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  1. Synthesis and applications of shell cross-linked thermoresponsive hybrid micelles based on poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-3-(trimethoxysilyl)propyl methacrylate)-b-poly(methyl methacrylate).

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    Wei, Hua; Cheng, Cheng; Chang, Cong; Chen, Wen-Qin; Cheng, Si-Xue; Zhang, Xian-Zheng; Zhuo, Ren-Xi

    2008-05-06

    Shell cross-linked (SCL) thermoresponsive hybrid micelles consisting of a cross-linked thermoresponsive hybrid hydrophilic shell and a hydrophobic core domain were synthesized from poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-3- (trimethoxysilyl)propyl methacrylate)-b-polymethyl methacrylate (P(NIPAAm-co-MPMA)-b-PMMA) amphiphilic block copolymers. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images showed that the SCL micelles formed regularly globular nanoparticles. The SCL micelles showed reversible dispersion/aggregation in response to temperature cycles through an outer polymer shell lower critical solution temperature (LCST) for PNIPAAm at around 33 degrees C, observed by turbidity measurements and dynamic light scattering (DLS). The drug loading and in vitro drug release properties of the SCL micelles bearing a silica-reinforced PNIPAAm shell were further studied, which showed that the SCL micelles exhibited a much improved entrapment efficiency (EE) as well as a slower release rate which allowed the entrapped molecules to be slowly released over a much longer period of time as compared with pure PNIPAAm-b-PMMA micelles.

  2. Temperature effects on the stability of gold nanoparticles in the presence of a cationic thermoresponsive copolymer

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    Pamies, Ramón; Zhu, Kaizheng; Kjøniksen, Anna-Lena; Nyström, Bo

    2016-11-01

    New hybrid complexes composed by a thermoresponsive copolymer and gold nanoparticles (Rh = 22 nm) have been characterized by dynamic light scattering (DLS) and UV-visible spectroscopy. A cationic thermoresponsive triblock copolymer, methoxy-poly(ethylene glycol)- block-poly( N-isopropylacrylamide)- block-poly((3-acrylamidopropyl) trimethyl ammonium chloride), abbreviated as MPEG- b-PNIPAAM- b-PN(+), has been synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). We have evaluated the thermal response at low concentrations of this triblock copolymer in bulk solution and the effect of concentration on the interaction between this thermosensitive copolymer and the gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) to form new hybrid complexes (60-1000 nm) at different temperatures. The thermosensitive nature of the copolymer causes both aggregation and contraction of the aggregates at elevated temperatures. The AuNPs were found to be separately embedded in the hybrid complexes. Interestingly, the AuNPs prevent macroscopic phase separation of the system at high temperatures.

  3. Methacrylic Zwitterionic, Thermoresponsive, and Hydrophilic (Co)Polymers via Cu(0)-Polymerization: The Importance of Halide Salt Additives.

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    Simula, Alexandre; Anastasaki, Athina; Haddleton, David M

    2016-02-01

    The synthesis of hydrophilic, thermoresponsive, and zwitterionic polymethacrylates is reported by Cu(0)-mediated reversible deactivation radical polymerization in water and/or water/alcohol mixtures. The predisproportionation of [Cu(I) (PMDETA)Cl] in water prior to initiator and monomer addition is exploited to yield well-defined polymethacrylates with full monomer conversions in 30 min. The addition of supplementary halide salts (NaCl) enables the synthesis of various molecular weight poly[poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate] (PEGMA475) (DPn = 10-80, Mn ≈ 10,000-40 000 g mol(-1)) with full monomer conversion and narrow molecular weight distributions attained in all cases (Đ ≈ 1.20-1.30). A bifunctional PEG initiator (average Mn ≈ 1000 g mol(-1)) is utilized for the polymerization of a wide range of methacrylates including 2-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate, 2-morpholinoethyl methacrylate, [2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl]dimethyl-(3-sulfopropyl)ammonium hydroxide, and 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine. Despite the high water content, high end group fidelity is demonstrated by in situ chain extensions and block copolymerizations with PEGMA475 yielding well-defined functional telechelic pentablock copolymers within 2.5 h.

  4. Photo-cross-linked hydrogels from thermoresponsive PEGMEMA-PPGMA-EGDMA copolymers containing multiple methacrylate groups: mechanical property, swelling, protein release, and cytotoxicity.

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    Tai, Hongyun; Howard, Daniel; Takae, Seiji; Wang, Wenxin; Vermonden, Tina; Hennink, Wim E; Stayton, Patrick S; Hoffman, Allan S; Endruweit, Andreas; Alexander, Cameron; Howdle, Steven M; Shakesheff, Kevin M

    2009-10-12

    Photo-cross-linked hydrogels from thermoresponsive polymers can be used as advanced injectable biomaterials via a combination of physical interaction (in situ thermal gelation) and covalent cross-links (in situ photopolymerization). This can lead to gels with significantly enhanced mechanical properties compared to non-photo-cross-linked thermoresponsive hydrogels. Moreover, the thermally phase-separated gels have attractive advantages over non-thermoresponsive gels because thermal gelation upon injection allows easy handling and holds the shape of the gels prior to photopolymerization. In this study, water-soluble thermoresponsive copolymers containing multiple methacrylate groups were synthesized via one-step deactivation enhanced atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) of poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (PEGMEMA, M(n) = 475), poly(propylene glycol) methacrylate (PPGMA, M(n) = 375), and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) and were used to form covalent cross-linked hydrogels by photopolymerization. The cross-linking density was found to have a significant influence on the mechanical and swelling properties of the photo-cross-linked gels. Release studies using lysozyme as a model protein demonstrated a sustained release profile that varied dependent on the copolymer composition, cross-linking density, and the temperature. Mouse C2C12 myoblast cells were cultured in the presence of the copolymers at concentrations up to 1 mg/mL. It was found that the majority of the cells remained viable, as assessed by Alamar Blue, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), and Live/Dead cell viability/cytotoxicity assays. These studies demonstrate that thermoresponsive PEGMEMA-PPGMA-EGDMA copolymers offer potential as in situ photopolymerizable materials for tissue engineering and drug delivery applications through a combination of facile synthesis, enhanced mechanical properties, tunable cross-linking density, low cytotoxicity, and accessible functionality for further

  5. Thermoresponsive poly[tri(ethylene glycol) monoethyl ether methacrylate]-peptide surfaces obtained by radiation grafting-synthesis and characterisation.

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    Adamus, A; Komasa, J; Kadłubowski, S; Ulański, P; Rosiak, J M; Kawecki, M; Klama-Baryła, A; Dworak, A; Trzebicka, B; Szweda, R

    2016-09-01

    This report demonstrates the feasibility of radiation grafting for the preparation of polymer layers functionalised with short peptide ligands which promote cell adhesion. Thermoresponsive poly [tri(ethylene glycol) monoethyl ether methacrylate] (PTEGMA) layers were synthesised on a polypropylene substrate by post-irradiation grafting. A cell adhesion moiety, the CF-IKVAVK peptide modified with a methacrylamide function and a fluorescent label were introduced to the surface during the polymerisation process. The amount of CF-IKVAVK was easily controlled by changing its concentration in the reaction mixture. The changes in the surface composition, morphology, philicity and thickness at each step of the polypropylene functionalisation confirmed that the surface modification procedures were successful. The increase in environmental temperature above the cloud point temperature of PTEGMA caused a decrease in surface philicity. The obtained PTEGMA and PTEGMA-peptide surfaces above TCP were tested as scaffolds for fibroblast sheet culture and temperature induced detachment. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Fabrication and characterization of superparamagnetic and thermoresponsive hydrogels based on oleic-acid-coated Fe 3O 4 nanoparticles, hexa(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate and 2-(acetoacetoxy)ethyl methacrylate

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    Papaphilippou, Petri C.; Pourgouris, Antonis; Marinica, Oana; Taculescu, Alina; Athanasopoulos, George I.; Vekas, Ladislau; Krasia-Christoforou, Theodora

    2011-03-01

    Stimuli-responsive hydrogel nanocomposites comprised of swollen polymer networks, in which magnetic nanoparticles are embedded, are a relatively new class of "smart" soft materials presenting a significant impact on various technological and biomedical applications. A novel approach for the fabrication of hydrogel nanocomposites exhibiting temperature- and magneto-responsive behavior involves the random copolymerization of hexa(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (HEGMA, hydrophilic, thermoresponsive) and 2-(acetoacetoxy)ethyl methacrylate (AEMA, hydrophobic, metal-chelating) in the presence of preformed oleic-acid-coated magnetite nanoparticles (OA·Fe 3O 4). In total, two series of hydrogel nanocomposites have been prepared in two different solvent systems: ethyl acetate (series A) and tetrahydrofuran (series B). The degrees of swelling (DSs) of all conetworks were determined in organic and in aqueous media. The nanocrystalline phase adopted by the embedded magnetic nanoparticles was investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectroscopy. The obtained diffraction patterns indicated the presence of magnetite (Fe 3O 4). Deswelling kinetic studies that were carried out at ˜60 °C in water demonstrated the thermoresponsive properties of the hydrogel nanocomposites, attributed to the presence of the hexaethylene glycol side chains within the conetworks. Moreover, thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) measurements showed that these materials exhibited superior thermal stability compared to the pristine hydrogels. Further to the characterization of compositional and thermal properties, the assessment of magnetic characteristics by vibrational sample magnetometry (VSM) disclosed superparamagnetic behavior. The tunable superparamagnetic behavior exhibited by these materials depending on the amount of magnetic nanoparticles incorporated within the networks combined with their thermoresponsive properties may allow for their future exploitation in the biomedical field.

  7. Swelling-induced optical anisotropy of thermoresponsive hydrogels based on poly(2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethyl methacrylate): deswelling kinetics probed by quantitative Mueller matrix polarimetry.

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    Patil, Nagaraj; Soni, Jalpa; Ghosh, Nirmalya; De, Priyadarsi

    2012-11-29

    Thermodynamically favored polymer-water interactions below the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) caused swelling-induced optical anisotropy (linear retardance) of thermoresponsive hydrogels based on poly(2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethyl methacrylate). This was exploited to study the macroscopic deswelling kinetics quantitatively by a generalized polarimetry analysis method, based on measurement of the Mueller matrix and its subsequent inverse analysis via the polar decomposition approach. The derived medium polarization parameters, namely, linear retardance (δ), diattenuation (d), and depolarization coefficient (Δ), of the hydrogels showed interesting differences between the gels prepared by conventional free radical polymerization (FRP) and reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization (RAFT) and also between dry and swollen state. The effect of temperature, cross-linking density, and polymerization technique employed to synthesize hydrogel on deswelling kinetics was systematically studied via conventional gravimetry and corroborated further with the corresponding Mueller matrix derived quantitative polarimetry characteristics (δ, d, and Δ). The RAFT gels exhibited higher swelling ratio and swelling-induced optical anisotropy compared to FRP gels and also deswelled faster at 30 °C. On the contrary, at 45 °C, deswelling was significantly retarded for the RAFT gels due to formation of a skin layer, which was confirmed and quantified via the enhanced diattenuation and depolarization parameters.

  8. Thermoresponsive amperometric glucose biosensor.

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    Pinyou, Piyanut; Ruff, Adrian; Pöller, Sascha; Barwe, Stefan; Nebel, Michaela; Alburquerque, Natalia Guerrero; Wischerhoff, Erik; Laschewsky, André; Schmaderer, Sebastian; Szeponik, Jan; Plumeré, Nicolas; Schuhmann, Wolfgang

    2015-03-24

    The authors report on the fabrication of a thermoresponsive biosensor for the amperometric detection of glucose. Screen printed electrodes with heatable gold working electrodes were modified by a thermoresponsive statistical copolymer [polymer I: poly(ω-ethoxytriethylenglycol methacrylate-co-3-(N,N-dimethyl-N-2-methacryloyloxyethyl ammonio) propanesulfonate-co-ω-butoxydiethylenglycol methacrylate-co-2-(4-benzoyl-phenoxy)ethyl methacrylate)] with a lower critical solution temperature of around 28 °C in aqueous solution via electrochemically induced codeposition with a pH-responsive redox-polymer [polymer II: poly(glycidyl methacrylate-co-allyl methacrylate-co-poly(ethylene glycol)methacrylate-co-butyl acrylate-co-2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate)-[Os(bpy)2(4-(((2-(2-(2-aminoethoxy)ethoxy)ethyl)amino)methyl)-N,N-dimethylpicolinamide)](2+)] and pyrroloquinoline quinone-soluble glucose dehydrogenase acting as biological recognition element. Polymer II bears covalently bound Os-complexes that act as redox mediators for shuttling electrons between the enzyme and the electrode surface. Polymer I acts as a temperature triggered immobilization matrix. Probing the catalytic current as a function of the working electrode temperature shows that the activity of the biosensor is dramatically reduced above the phase transition temperature of polymer I. Thus, the local modulation of the temperature at the interphase between the electrode and the bioactive layer allows switching the biosensor from an on- to an off-state without heating of the surrounding analyte solution.

  9. Elaboration of ammonio methacrylate copolymer based spongy cationic particles via double emulsion solvent evaporation process.

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    Zafar, Nadiah; Bitar, Ahmad; Valour, Jean Pierre; Fessi, Hatem; Elaissari, Abdelhamid

    2016-04-01

    The aim of present work is to investigate systematic study of the preparation of biodegradable particles via double emulsion solvent evaporation technique. The used formation is based on cationic ammonium methacrylate copolymer Eudragit® RS 100, without the use of any stabilizer. The effect of process parameters like ultra turrax® stirring speed and stirring time, ultrasonication time, polymer amount, and volume of outer aqueous phases on the colloidal properties of particles was investigated. All prepared dispersions were characterized in terms of size, size distribution, and electrokinetic properties, and surface morphology was investigated.

  10. Resonance light scattering method for the determination of DNA with cationic methacrylate based polymer nanoparticle probes.

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    Zou, Qi-Chao; Zhang, Jin-Zhi; Chai, Shi-Gan

    2011-11-01

    Narrowly distributed cationic poly (methyl methacrylate-co-diacetone acrylamide) (P(MMA-DAAM)) nanoparticles were successfully prepared by microemulsion polymerization. Photon correlation spectrometer (PCS) measurement and transmission electron microscope (TEM) observation revealed that z-average particle size of P(MMA-DAAM) is ∼27.5 nm. It was found that these cationic nanoparticles interact with DNA through electrostatic interaction to form P(MMA-DAAM)-DNA complex, which significantly enhances the resonance light scattering (RLS) signal. Therefore, a novel method using this polymer nanoparticle as a new probe for the detection of DNA by RLS technique is developed in this paper. The results showed this method is very convenient, sensitive, and reproducible.

  11. Preparation of thermoresponsive Fe3O4/P(acrylic acid-methyl methacrylate-N-isopropylacrylamide) magnetic composite microspheres with controlled shell thickness and its releasing property for phenolphthalein.

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    Zhang, Baoliang; Zhang, Hepeng; Fan, Xinlong; Li, Xiangjie; Yin, Dezhong; Zhang, Qiuyu

    2013-05-15

    In this work, Fe3O4/P(acrylic acid-methyl methacrylate-N-isopropylacrylamide) (Fe3O4/P(AA-MMA-NIPAm)) thermoresponsive magnetic composite microspheres have been prepared by controlled radical polymerization in the presence of 1,1-diphenylethene (DPE). The shell thickness of thermosensitive polymer (PNIPAm), which was on the surface of the microspheres, can be controlled by using DPE method. The morphology and thermosensitive properties of the composite microspheres, polymerization mechanism of the shell were characterized by TEM, FTIR, VSM, Laser Particle Sizer, TGA, NMR, and GPC. The microspheres with narrow particle size distribution show high saturation magnetization and superparamagnetism. The thermosensitive properties of the composite microspheres can be adjusted indirectly via controlling the addition amount of monomer (NIPAm) in the second step during controlled radical polymerization. Phenolphthalein was chosen as a model drug to investigate drug release behavior of the thermoresponsive magnetic composite microspheres with different shell thickness. Controlled drug release testing reveals that the release behavior depends on the thickness of polymer on the surface of the microspheres. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Effect of cationic surfactants on the conformational transition of poly(methacrylic acid)

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    Chu, D.; Thomas, J.K.

    1986-10-01

    The interaction between poly(methacrylic acid) and alkyltrimethylammonium bromide, C/sub n/TAB, cationic surfactants has been investigated in aqueous solutions of pH 8, by use of the photophysics of pyrene and its derivatives. Photophysical studies of these fluorescent probes, both steady-state and pulsed laser studies, show that a conformational transition of PMA is induced by C/sub n/TAB. The surfactant induces a coiling up of PMA chains at pH 8, which takes place via a cooperative process. This effect takes place when the concentration of C/sub n/TAB is above a critical aggregate concentration, CAC. The CAC is 1 or 2 orders of magnitude less than the cmc of the corresponding micelle. There is significant effect of surfactant chain length and PMA concentration on the CAC, which provides information on the nature of the CAC and the mechanism of the PMA transition. A model is suggested for the aggregation of PMA-C/sub 10/TAB based on experimental data. Studies show that the aggregate consists of about 100 C/sub 10/TAB molecules and 1 coiled polymer chain.

  13. Continuous process of preparation of n-butyl(meth)acrylate by esterification of (meth)acrylic acid by butanol on thermostable sulfo-cation exchanger

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    Zheleznaya, L.L.; Karakhanov, R.A.; Lunin, A.F.; Magadov, R.S.; Meshcheryakov, S.V.; Mkrtychan, V.R.; Fomin, V.A.

    1987-11-10

    The authors propose an effective thermostable sulfo-cation exchanger based on polymers with a system of conjugated bonds, sulfopolyphenylene ketone (SPP) differing from the known cation exchangers by the high thermostability (up to 250/sup 0/C), and also having the effect of the stabilization of the double bond in unsaturated monomers. The combination of inhibiting and cation exchange properties makes it also possible to use these sulfo-cation exchangers in the processes of esterification of (meth)acrylic acids by alcohols without addition of special inhibitors. The SPP catalyst was tested in esterification processes of acrylic an methacrylic acid by butanol at a pilot plant.

  14. The wettability of polytetrafluoroethylene and polymethyl methacrylate by aqueous solution of two cationic surfactants mixture.

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    Szymczyk, Katarzyna; Zdziennicka, Anna; Jańczuk, Bronisław; Wójcik, Wiesław

    2006-01-01

    Advancing contact angle (theta) measurements were carried out for aqueous solutions of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and cetylpyridinium bromide (CPyB) mixtures on polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). The obtained results indicate that the wettability of PTFE and PMMA by aqueous solutions of CTAB and CPyB mixtures depends on the composition and concentration of the mixture; however, synergism in the wettability does not exist. In the range of low concentrations of aqueous solution mixtures there is a linear dependence between the contact angle and composition of the mixtures, but at a concentration close to CMC a deviation from linear dependence is observed. In contrast to Zisman, there is no linear dependence between costheta and the surface tension of aqueous solution of CTAB and CPyB mixtures, but a linear dependence exists between the adhesional and surface tension, and these lines have a slope -1 and -0.34 for PTFE and PMMA, respectively, which suggests that adsorption of CTAB and CPyB mixtures at water-air and PTFE-water is the same, and the orientation of the CTAB and CPyB molecules at both interfaces in the saturated monolayer should also be the same. Adsorption of these mixtures at water-air interface is considerably higher than at PMMA-water interface, and CTAB and CPyB molecules should be parallelly oriented to PMMA surface in the saturated monolayer. Extrapolation of the straight lines to the points corresponding to the surface tension of aqueous solution, which completely spreads over the PTFE and PMMA surface, gives a critical surface tension of wetting equal to 23.44 and 33.13 mN/m, respectively. The value of 23.44 mN/m is higher than that of the surface tension of PTFE, but the value of 33.13 is lower than that of Lifshitz-van der Waals components of PMMA surface tension. On the basis of the critical surface tension, the surface tension of PTFE and PMMA, the Young equation, and thermodynamic analysis of the

  15. Sustained Drug Release by Thermoresponsive Sol-Gel Hybrid Hydrogels of Poly(N-Isopropylacrylamide-co-3-(Trimethoxysilyl)Propyl Methacrylate) Copolymers.

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    Osváth, Zsófia; Tóth, Tamás; Iván, Béla

    2017-03-01

    Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-3-(trimethoxysilyl)propyl methacrylate), P(NIPAAm-co-TMSPMA), copolymers with relatively high TMSPMA contents without insoluble fraction are successfully synthesized. Subsequent sol-gel reactions in both the absence and presence of tetraethyl orthosilicate lead to gels with high gel fractions. The resulting gels undergo gel collapse at 28.6-28.7 °C, i.e., below that of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) homopolymer of 34.3 °C. Unexpectedly, the theophylline-loaded hybrid gels release the drug not only below but also above the gel collapse temperature (GCT) with considerable rates and released amounts of drug. Surprisingly, evaluation of the sustained release profiles by the Korsmeyer-Peppas equation indicates that the release occurs by Fickian diffusion above GCT, which can be attributed to the lack of significant drug-polymer interaction at such temperatures. These results can be widely applied for the design and utilization of TMSPMA-based sol-gel polymer hybrids with desired release profiles of solutes below and above GCT for a variety of applications. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  16. Swelling equilibria for cationic 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA)-based hydrogels

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    Baker, J.P.; Blanch, H.W.; Prausnitz, J.M.

    1993-08-01

    Cationic HEMA-based hydrogels were synthesized by copolymerizing HEMA with [(methacrylamido)propyl]trimethylammonium chloride (MAPTAC). Swelling equilibria were measured in pure water an in aqueous sodium chloride solutions. Hydrogel swelling is an increasing function of the MAPTAC content. A Flory-type swelling model using a concentration-dependent Flory {Chi} parameter semi-qualitatively describes poly(HEMA co-MAPTAC) hydrogel swelling in aqueous sodium chloride.

  17. Cationic Methacrylate Polymers as Topical Antimicrobial Agents against Staphylococcus aureus Nasal Colonization

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    2015-01-01

    The in vitro and in vivo antimicrobial activity of primary ammonium ethyl methacrylate homopolymers (AEMPs) was investigated. AEMPs with different degrees of polymerization (DP = 7.7–12) were prepared by reversible addition–fragmentation chain-transfer (RAFT) polymerization. The AEMPs showed higher inhibitory effects against Gram-positive bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), than Gram-negative bacteria. The AEMPs also showed potent anti-S. aureus activity in the presence of fetal bovine serum, whereas the activity of the antibiotic mupirocin was reduced under the same conditions. The AEMPs showed very little or no hemolytic activity. The cytotoxicity of AEMPs against mammalian cells HEp-2 and COS-7 was concentration-dependent, and the cell viability significantly decreased at higher polymer concentrations. The AEMPs significantly reduced the number of viable S. aureus cells in the nasal environment of cotton rats when compared to that of the control. This study demonstrates that AEMPs have potential for use in treating topical S. aureus infections. PMID:25010735

  18. Thermoresponsiveness of hybrid micelles from poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(4-vinylpyridium) cations and SO4(2-) anions in aqueous solutions.

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    Wu, Kai; Shi, Linqi; Zhang, Wangqing; An, Yingli; Zhang, Xu; Li, Zhanyong; Zhu, X X

    2006-02-14

    The SO4(2-)-induced micellization of poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(4-vinylpyridium) (PEG110-b-P(4-VPH+)35) and the thermoresponsiveness of these hybrid micelles are studied by dynamic and static light scattering. When the concentration of H2SO4 is high enough, PEG110-b-P(4-VPH+)35 forms stable hybrid micelles with an ionic core of P(4-VPH+)35/SO4(2-) and a PEG corona at 25 degrees C. The formation of the hybrid micelles is reversible. A thermodynamic equilibrium exists between the hybrid micelles and PEG110-b-P(4-VPH+)35 unimers. The shifts of the equilibrium are mainly attributed to the variation of the electrostatic energy and entropic energy of the system. Therefore, the temperature can determine the states of the equilibrium, which means that the dissociation or the formation of the hybrid micelles can be triggered by just varying the temperature.

  19. Self-assembly between graphene sheets and cationic poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) particles: preparation and characterization of PMMA/graphene composites

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    Yang, Jintao; Yan, Xiaohui; Wu, Minjie; Chen, Feng; Fei, Zhengdong; Zhong, Mingqiang

    2012-01-01

    In this study, we presented a simple approach to prepare poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)/graphene composites based on the self-assembly between graphene oxide (GO) sheets and cationic PMMA emulsion particles. Briefly, cationic PMMA emulsion particles were first synthesized by a soap-free emulsion polymerization process, in which methacryloyloxyethyl trimethyl ammonium chloride was used as the emulsifier, and then blended with the aqueous solution of GO. Through electrostatic attraction, the exfoliated GO sheets were tightly adhered on the PMMA particles. The GO sheets could be reduced in situ into graphene sheets by a chemical method, without the aggregation. The structure of the prepared composites and the influences of GO and graphene sheets on the properties of PMMA were investigated. Both GO and graphene sheets can increase the glass transition temperature and storage modulus of PMMA. Moreover, graphene sheets provided a more significant reinforcement effect.

  20. Thermally switchable thin films of an ABC triblock copolymer of poly( n -butyl methacrylate)-poly(methyl methacrylate)-poly(2-fluoroethyl methacrylate)

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    Zhang, Shanju; Liu, Zhan; Bucknall, David G.; He, Lihong; Hong, Kunlun; Mays, Jimmy W.; Allen, Mark G.

    2011-09-01

    The thermo-responsive behavior of polymer films consisting of novel linear triblock copolymers of poly( n-butyl methacrylate)-poly(methyl methacrylate)-poly(2-fluoroethyl methacrylate) (PnBuMA-PMMA-P2FEMA) are reported using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), atomic forcing microscopy (AFM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and contacting angle (CA) measurements. The surface morphology, wettability and chemical structure of thin films of these triblock copolymers on silicon wafers as a function of temperature have been investigated. It has been shown that the wettability of the films is thermally switchable. Detailed structural analysis shows that thermo-responsive surface composition changes are produced. The underlying mechanism of the thermoresponsive behavior is discussed.

  1. Thermally Switchable Thin Films of an ABC Triblock Copolymer of Poly(n-butyl methacrylate)-poly(methyl methacrylate)-poly(2-fluoroethyl methacrylate)

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    Zhang, Shanju; Liu, Zhan; Bucknall, David G.; He, Lihong; Hong, Kunlun; Mays, Jimmy; Allen, Mark

    2011-01-01

    The thermo-responsive behavior of polymer films consisting of novel linear triblock copolymers of poly(n-butyl methacrylate)-poly(methyl methacrylate)-poly(2-fluoroethyl methacrylate) (PnBuMA-PMMA-P2FEMA) are reported using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), atomic forcing microscopy (AFM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and contacting angle (CA) measurements. The surface morphology, wettability and chemical structure of thin films of these triblock copolymers on silicon wafers as a function of temperature have been investigated. It has been shown that the wettability of the films is thermally switchable. Detailed structural analysis shows that thermo-responsive surface composition changes are produced. The underlying mechanism of the thermoresponsive behavior is discussed.

  2. Extended and Sequential Delivery of Protein from Injectable Thermoresponsive Hydrogels

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    Nelson, Devin M; Ma, Zuwei; Leeson, Cory E; Wagner, William R

    2011-01-01

    Thermoresponsive hydrogels are attractive for their injectability and retention in tissue sites where they may serve as a mechanical support and as a scaffold to guide tissue remodeling. Our objective in this report was to develop a thermoresponsive, biodegradable hydrogel system that would be capable of protein release from two distinct reservoirs – one where protein was attached to the hydrogel backbone, and one where protein was loaded into biodegradable microparticles mixed into the network. Thermoresponsive hydrogels consisting of N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm), 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA), and biodegradable methacrylate polylactide (MAPLA) were synthesized along with modified copolymers incorporating 1 mol% protein-reactive methacryloxy N,hydroxysuccinimide (MANHS), hydrophilic acrylic acid (AAc), or both. In vitro, bovine serum albumin (BSA) release was studied from hydrogels, poly(lactide-co-glycolide) microparticles, or microparticles mixed into the hydrogels. The synthesized copolymers were able to gel below 37°C and release protein in excess of 3 months. The presence of MANHS and AAc in the copolymers was associated with higher loaded protein retention during thermal transition (45% vs 22%) and faster release (2 months), respectively. Microspheres entrapped in the hydrogel released protein in a delayed fashion relative to microspheres in saline. The combination of a protein-reactive hydrogel mixed with protein-loaded microspheres demonstrated a sequential release of specific BSA populations. Overall, the described drug delivery system combines the advantages of injectability, degradability, extended release, and sequential release which may be useful in tissue engineering applications. PMID:22237975

  3. The role of PEG architecture and molecular weight in the gene transfection performance of PEGylated poly(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) based cationic polymers.

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    Venkataraman, Shrinivas; Ong, Wei Lin; Ong, Zhan Yuin; Joachim Loo, Say Chye; Ee, Pui Lai Rachel; Yang, Yi Yan

    2011-03-01

    In this study, we report the synthesis of well-defined model PEGylated poly(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) based cationic polymers composed of different PEG architecture with controlled PEG and nitrogen content via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization, and study the effects of PEG architecture and polymer molecular weight on gene delivery and cytotoxicity. Investigation of the physico-chemical interactions of these model cationic polymers with DNA demonstrated that all these polymers effectively complexed with DNA, and PEG topology did not significantly affect the abilities of the polymers to complex and release DNA. However the size and zeta potential of the complexes were found to be influenced by PEG architecture. The polymers with the block-like configurations formed nanosized DNA complexes. In contrast, considerably higher molecular weight was necessary for the copolymer with the statistical configuration of short PEG chains to form such a small complex. Cell line-dependent influence of PEG architecture on cellular uptake, gene expression efficiency and cell viability of the polymer-DNA complexes was observed. The diblock copolymer-DNA complexes induced higher gene expression than the brush-like block copolymer-DNA complexes, and the statistical copolymer-DNA complexes mediated much lower gene expression than the block-like copolymers-DNA complexes. Increasing the molecular weight of statistical polymer to some extent improved gene expression efficiency. The statistical copolymer was less cytotoxic as compared to the block-like copolymers. These findings provide important insights into the effect of PEGylation nature on gene expression, which will be useful for the design of PEGylated gene delivery polymers.

  4. Data of continuous harvest of stem cells via partial detachment from thermoresponsive nanobrush surfaces.

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    Yeh, Chin-Chen; Muduli, Saradaprasan; Peng, I-Chia; Lu, Yi-Tung; Ling, Qing-Dong; Alarfaj, Abdullah A; Munusamy, Murugan A; Kumar, S Suresh; Murugan, Kadarkarai; Chen, Da-Chung; Lee, Hsin-Chung; Chang, Yung; Higuchi, Akon

    2016-03-01

    This data article contains two figures and one table supporting the research article entitled: "Continuous harvest of stem cells via partial detachment from thermoresponsive nanobrush surface" [1]. The table shows coating conditions of three copolymers, poly(styrene-co-acrylic acid) grafted with oligovitronectin, poly(styrene-co-N-isopropylacrylamide) and poly(styrene-co-polyethylene glycol methacrylate) to prepare thermoresponsive surface. XPS spectra show the nitrogen peak of the polystyrene surface coated with poly(styrene-co-acrylic acid) grafted with oligovitronectin. The surface coating density analyzed from sorption of poly(styrene-co-acrylic acid) grafted with oligovitronectin by UV-vis spectroscopy is also presented.

  5. Data of continuous harvest of stem cells via partial detachment from thermoresponsive nanobrush surfaces

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    Yeh, Chin-Chen; Muduli, Saradaprasan; Peng, I-Chia; Lu, Yi-Tung; Ling, Qing-Dong; Alarfaj, Abdullah A.; Munusamy, Murugan A.; Kumar, S. Suresh; Murugan, Kadarkarai; Chen, Da-Chung; Lee, Hsin-chung; Chang, Yung; Higuchi, Akon

    2016-01-01

    This data article contains two figures and one table supporting the research article entitled: “Continuous harvest of stem cells via partial detachment from thermoresponsive nanobrush surface” [1]. The table shows coating conditions of three copolymers, poly(styrene-co-acrylic acid) grafted with oligovitronectin, poly(styrene-co-N-isopropylacrylamide) and poly(styrene-co-polyethylene glycol methacrylate) to prepare thermoresponsive surface. XPS spectra show the nitrogen peak of the polystyrene surface coated with poly(styrene-co-acrylic acid) grafted with oligovitronectin. The surface coating density analyzed from sorption of poly(styrene-co-acrylic acid) grafted with oligovitronectin by UV–vis spectroscopy is also presented. PMID:26909373

  6. Continuous harvest of stem cells via partial detachment from thermoresponsive nanobrush surfaces.

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    Peng, I-Chia; Yeh, Chin-Chen; Lu, Yi-Tung; Muduli, Saradaprasan; Ling, Qing-Dong; Alarfaj, Abdullah A; Munusamy, Murugan A; Kumar, S Suresh; Murugan, Kadarkarai; Lee, Hsin-chung; Chang, Yung; Higuchi, Akon

    2016-01-01

    Stem cell culture is typically based on batch-type culture, which is laborious and expensive. Here, we propose a continuous harvest method for stem cells cultured on thermoresponsive nanobrush surfaces. In this method, stem cells are partially detached from the nanobrush surface by reducing the temperature of the culture medium below the critical solution temperature needed for thermoresponse. The detached stem cells are harvested by exchange into fresh culture medium. Following this, the remaining cells are continuously cultured by expansion in fresh culture medium at 37 °C. Thermoresponsive nanobrush surfaces were prepared by coating block copolymers containing polystyrene (for hydrophobic anchoring onto culture dishes) with three types of polymers: (a) polyacrylic acid with cell-binding oligopeptides, (b) thermoresponsive poly-N-isopropylacrylamide, and (c) hydrophilic poly(ethyleneglycol)methacrylate. The optimal coating durations and compositions for these copolymers to facilitate adequate attachment and detachment of human adipose-derived stem cells (hADSCs) and embryonic stem cells (hESCs) were determined. hADSCs and hESCs were continuously harvested for 5 and 3 cycles, respectively, via the partial detachment of cells from thermoresponsive nanobrush surfaces.

  7. Methyl methacrylate

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  8. pH-sensitive methacrylic copolymers and the production thereof

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    Mallapragada, Surya K.; Anderson, Brian C.; Bloom, Paul D.; Sheares Ashby, Valerie V.

    2007-01-09

    The present invention provides novel multi-functional methacrylic copolymers that exhibit cationic pH-sensitive behavior as well as good water solubility under acidic conditions. The copolymers are constructed from tertiary amine methacrylates and poly(ethylene glycol) containing methacrylates. The copolymers are useful as gene vectors, pharmaceutical carriers, and in protein separation applications.

  9. pH-sensitive methacrylic copolymers and the production thereof

    DOEpatents

    Mallapragada, Surya K.; Anderson, Brian C.; Bloom, Paul D.; Sheares Ashby, Valerie V.

    2006-02-14

    The present invention provides novel multi-functional methacrylic copolymers that exhibit cationic pH-sensitive behavior as well as good water solubility under acidic conditions. The copolymers are constructed from tertiary amine methacrylates and poly(ethylene glycol) containing methacrylates. The copolymers are useful as gene vectors, pharmaceutical carriers, and in protein separation applications.

  10. Preparation and characterization of a thermoresponsive gigaporous medium for high-speed protein chromatography.

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    Qu, Jian-Bo; Chen, Yan-Li; Huan, Guan-Sheng; Zhou, Wei-Qing; Liu, Jian-Guo; Zhu, Hu; Zhang, Xiao-Yun

    2015-01-01

    A high-speed thermoresponsive medium was developed by grafting poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-butyl methacrylate) (P(NIPAM-co-BMA)) brushes onto gigaporous polystyrene (PS) microspheres via surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) technique, which has strong mechanical strength, good chemical stability and high mass transfer rate for biomacromolecules. The gigaporous structure, surface chemical composition, static protein adsorption, and thermoresponsive chromatographic properties of prepared medium (PS-P(NIPAM-co-BMA)) were characterized in detail. Results showed that the PS microspheres were successfully grafted with P(NIPAM-co-BMA) brushes and that the gigaporous structure was robustly maintained. After grafting, the nonspecific adsorption of proteins on PS microspheres was greatly reduced. A column packed with PS-P(NIPAM-co-BMA) exhibited low backpressure and significant thermo-responsibility. By simply changing the column temperature, it was able to separate three model proteins at the mobile phase velocity up to 2167 cm h(-1). In conclusion, the thermoresponsive polymer brushes grafted gigaporous PS microspheres prepared by ATRP are very promising in 'green' high-speed preparative protein chromatography.

  11. Preparation of novel ferrocene-based shell cross-linked thermoresponsive hybrid micelles with antitumor efficacy.

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    Wei, Hua; Quan, Chang-Yun; Chang, Cong; Zhang, Xian-Zheng; Zhuo, Ren-Xi

    2010-04-29

    The shell cross-linked (SCL) thermoresponsive hybrid poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-aminoethyl methacrylate)-b-polymethyl methacrylate (P(NIPAAm-co-AMA)-b-PMMA) micelle consisting of a cross-linked thermoresponsive hybrid shell and a hydrophobic core domain was fabricated via a two-step process: micellization of P(NIPAAm-co-AMA)-b-PMMA in aqueous solution followed by cross-linking of the hydrophilic shell layer via the amidation reaction between the amine groups of AMA units and the carboxylic acid functions of 1,1'-ferrocenedicarboxylic acid. The SCL micelle showed reversible dispersion/aggregation in response to the temperature cycles through the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of the thermoresponsive hybrid shell at around 36 degrees C, observed by turbidity measurements and dynamic light scattering (DLS). Besides the usage as an inorganic difunctional cross-linker, the inorganic ferrocene segment further endowed the SCL hybrid micelle with the antitumor efficacy, namely, the resulting SCL micelle exhibited a remarkable cytotoxic effect for HeLa cells with a very low IC50. The results showed that the SCL hybrid micelle developed in this study could be potentially used as an antitumor agent, which is unique compared to the conventional tumor therapy by using the antitumor drug loaded in the micellar core.

  12. Thermoresponsive PDMAEMA Brushes: Effect of Gold Nanoparticle Deposition.

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    Yenice, Zuleyha; Schön, Sebastian; Bildirir, Hakan; Genzer, Jan; von Klitzing, Regine

    2015-08-13

    The paper addresses the effect of gold nanoparticle (Au-NP) deposition on the thermoresponsive volume phase transition of the weak polyelectrolyte poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA) brushes. PDMAEMA brushes were synthesized via surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP). The PDMAEMA/Au-NP composite brushes were fabricated by immersing the brush modified wafer in the Au-NP suspension. Atomic force microscopy (AFM), ellipsometry, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) have been employed to characterize the neat PDMAEMA brushes and PDMAEMA/Au-NP composite brushes. All neat PDMAEMA brushes swelled below the volume phase transition temperature and collapsed with increasing temperature over a broad temperature range independent of the initial brush thickness. Water uptake of the brushes is also independent of initial brush thickness. The adsorption of the charged Au-NPs significantly affects the degree of swelling and the thermoresponsive properties of the brushes. PDMAEMA/Au-NP composite brushes do not exhibit any noticeable phase transition at the experimental temperature range irrespective of the initial brush thickness. The reason for this behavior is attributed to a combination of the following: the decreased conformational entropy of the Au-NP adsorbed polymer chains, the increased hydrophilicity of the system due to the charged Au-NPs, and the ≈13 nm diameter Au-NPs causing steric hindrance. We have also shown that the AFM full-indentation method can be successfully applied to determine the polymer brush thicknesses.

  13. Thermoresponsive hydrogels in biomedical applications: A seven-year update.

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    Klouda, Leda

    2015-11-01

    Thermally responsive hydrogels modulate their gelation behavior upon temperature change. Aqueous solutions solidify into hydrogels when a critical temperature is reached. In biomedical applications, the change from ambient temperature to physiological temperature can be employed. Their potential as in situ forming biomaterials has rendered these hydrogels very attractive. Advances in drug delivery, tissue engineering and cell sheet engineering have been made in recent years with the use of thermoresponsive hydrogels. The scope of this article is to review the literature on thermosensitive hydrogels published over the past seven years. The article concentrates on natural polymers as well as synthetic polymers, including systems based on N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm), poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(propylene oxide)-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO-PPO-PEO), poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)-biodegradable polyester copolymers, poly(organophosphazenes) and 2-(dimethylamino) ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA). Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Ammonium methacrylate

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  15. Synthesis, structural characterization, and thermoresponsivity of hybrid supramolecular dendrimers bearing a polyoxometalate core.

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    Chen, Hailong; Yang, Yang; Wang, Yizhan; Wu, Lixin

    2013-08-12

    A series of cationic dendrons bearing triethylene glycol monomethyl ether terminal groups of different generations have been synthesized and used to encapsulate an inorganic polyanionic cluster [K(12.5)Na(1.5)(NaP5W30O110)] through electrostatic interactions. The resulting dendritic cation-encapsulated polyoxometalate (POM) complexes, cluster-dendrimers, are soluble in water and exhibit lower critical solution temperatures (LCST). The thermoresponsivities of these complexes in aqueous solutions were studied by turbidimetry and variable-temperature (1)H NMR spectroscopy. The observed cloud points show a remarkable dependence on the generation of the dendrons. Complexes composed of first-generation dendrons exhibit no obvious thermoresponsive properties, but for complexes bearing second-generation dendrons, the LCST decreases as the number of dendritic cations around the POM cluster increases. Complexes composed of third-generation cations underwent reversible aggregation and disaggregation upon heating and cooling, respectively. This thermally induced self-aggregation was characterized by DLS and TEM. In addition, the effects of salt and solvent on the LCST were investigated. This research demonstrates a new type of thermoresponsive dendritic organic-inorganic hybrid complex and provides a general route to the endowment of POMs with temperature-sensitive properties through electrostatic interactions.

  16. Thermo-responsive hollow silica microgels with controlled drug release properties.

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    Liu, Guoqiang; Zhu, Changling; Xu, Jun; Xin, Yan; Yang, Tingting; Li, Jing; Shi, Lei; Guo, Zhiguang; Liu, Weimin

    2013-11-01

    Thermo-responsive hollow silica microgels (THSMGs) consisting of a hollow core, an intermediate silica supporting layer and a smart polymer gel corona were fabricated via organic-inorganic hybridization. Hollow silica particles and PNIPAAm microgels were successfully combined by utilizing the cross-linking reaction between 3-(trimethoxysilyl) propyl methacrylate (TMSPMA) and silanol groups on the silica surface, and then the copolymerization of TMSPMA and N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm). The morphology and chemical composition were systematically examined by field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) measurement. The thermo-responsive phase transition behavior was investigated by the determination of the lower critical solution temperature (LCST), and particle size measurement using dynamic light scattering. THSMGs remain porous even after the coverage of PNIPAAm gels, and also have obvious hydrophilic/hydrophobic transition property and good swelling/collapse capability in spite of the rigid silica layer. The results of in vitro cytotoxicity evaluation and Rhodamine B (RHB) release study demonstrated that THSMGs have good biocompatibility, and achieve a thermo-responsive controlled-release behavior. The prepared THSMGs show considerable potential for applications as targeted and ambient temperature responsive drug delivery system.

  17. Modulation of graft architectures for enhancing hydrophobic interaction of biomolecules with thermoresponsive polymer-grafted surfaces.

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    Idota, Naokazu; Kikuchi, Akihiko; Kobayashi, Jun; Sakai, Kiyotaka; Okano, Teruo

    2012-11-01

    This paper describes the effects of graft architecture of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PIPAAm) brush surfaces on thermoresponsive aqueous wettability changes and the temperature-dependent hydrophobic interaction of steroids in silica capillaries (I.D.: 50 μm). PIPAAm brushes were grafted onto glass substrates by surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) that is one of the living radical polymerization techniques. Increases in the graft density and chain length of PIPAAm brushes increased the hydration of polymer brushes, resulting in the increased hydrophilic properties of the surface below the transition temperature of PIPAAm at 32 °C. More hydrophobic surface properties were also observed on surfaces modified with the block copolymers of IPAAm and n-butyl methacrylate (BMA) than that with IPAAm homopolymer-grafted surfaces over the transition temperature. Using PBMA-b-PIPAAm-grafted silica capillaries, the baseline separation of steroids was successfully achieved by only changing temperature. The incorporation of hydrophobic PBMA chains in grafted PIPAAm enhanced the hydrophobic interaction with testosterone above the transition temperature. The surface modification of hydrophobicity-enhanced thermoresponsive polymers is a promising method for the preparation of thermoresponsive biointerfaces that can effectively modulated their biomolecule and cell adsorption with the wide dynamic range of hydrophilic/hydrophobic property change across the transition temperature.

  18. Hydrophilic magnetic nanoclusters with thermo-responsive properties and their drug controlled release

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    Meerod, Siraprapa; Rutnakornpituk, Boonjira; Wichai, Uthai; Rutnakornpituk, Metha

    2015-10-01

    Synthesis and drug controlled release properties of thermo-responsive magnetic nanoclusters grafted with poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (poly(NIPAAm)) and poly(NIPAAm-co-poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate) (PEGMA) copolymers were described. These magnetic nanoclusters were synthesized via an in situ radical polymerization in the presence of acrylamide-grafted magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs). Poly(NIPAAm) provided thermo-responsive properties, while PEGMA played a role in good water dispersibility to the nanoclusters. The ratios of PEGMA to NIPAAm in the (co)polymerization in the presence of the MNPs were fine-tuned such that the nanoclusters with good water dispersibility, good magnetic sensitivity and thermo responsiveness were obtained. The size of the nanoclusters was in the range of 50-100 nm in diameter with about 100-200 particles/cluster. The nanoclusters were well dispersible in water at room temperature and can be suddenly agglomerated when temperature was increased beyond the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) (32 °C). The release behavior of an indomethacin model drug from the nanoclusters was also investigated. These novel magnetic nanoclusters with good dispersibility in water and reversible thermo-responsive properties might be good candidates for the targeting drug controlled release applications.

  19. Extraction of oil from oil sands using thermoresponsive polymeric surfactants.

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    Yang, Bingqing; Duhamel, Jean

    2015-03-18

    Several thermoresponsive block copolymers constituted of a poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and a poly(2-(2-methoxyethoxy) ethyl methacrylate) (PMEO2MA) block were prepared by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and their ability to extract oil from oil sands was evaluated. The chemical composition of the PEG113-b-PMEO2MAX block copolymers was determined by (1)H NMR and gel permeation chromatography (GPC) with X-values ranging between 48 and 80. Aqueous solutions of block copolymers showed a cloud point of 34 ± 1 °C as determined by turbidimetry and dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements. DLS experiments indicated that these polymers formed stable block copolymer micelles due to association of the PMEO2MA blocks at temperatures greater than 45 °C with a unimodal distribution of hydrodynamic diameters. Since characterization of the block copolymer solutions as a function of temperature indicated the formation of hydrophobic domains in water for T > 45 °C, extractions of oil from oil sands with the block copolymers were conducted at T = 45 and 50 °C. At these temperatures, 15 mL of a 1 mg/mL PEG113-b-PMEO2MA77 aqueous solution extracted 100% of the oil trapped in 1 g of oil sand if 60 mg of toluene was added to the mixture. When the extraction was conducted under the same experimental conditions without block copolymer, a poor oil recovery of less than 30% was achieved. Starting with a 1 mg/mL block copolymer concentration, the block copolymer aqueous solution could be recycled up to five successive extractions while maintaining satisfying oil recovery. Each extraction cycle led to a 22% mass loss of block copolymer, certainly due to association with the toluene, oil, and sand particles. Together these experiments demonstrate that thermoresponsive block copolymers can be powerful aids to enhance the oil recovery of oil sands.

  20. Preparation of Thermo-Responsive and Cross-Linked Fluorinated Nanoparticles via RAFT-Mediated Aqueous Polymerization in Nanoreactors.

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    Ma, Jiachen; Zhang, Luqing; Geng, Bing; Azhar, Umair; Xu, Anhou; Zhang, Shuxiang

    2017-01-25

    In this work, a thermo-responsive and cross-linked fluoropolymer poly(2,2,2-Trifluoroethyl) methacrylate (PTFEMA) was successfully prepared by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) mediated aqueous polymerization with a thermo-responsive diblock poly(dimethylacrylamide-b-N-isopropylacrylamide) (PDMA-b-PNIPAM) that performed a dual function as both a nanoreactor and macro-RAFT agent. The cross-linked polymer particles proved to be in a spherical-like structure of about 50 nm in diameter and with a relatively narrow particle size distribution. ¹H-NMR and (19)F-NMR spectra showed that thermo-responsive diblock P(DMA-b-NIPAM) and cross-linked PTFEMA particles were successfully synthesized. Influence of the amount of ammonium persulfate (APS), the molar ratio of monomers to RAFT agent, influence of the amount of cross-linker on aqueous polymerization and thermo-responsive characterization of the particles are investigated. Monomer conversion increased from 44% to 94% with increasing the molar ratio of APS and P(DMA-b-NIPAM) from 1:9 to1:3. As the reaction proceeded, the particle size increased from 29 to 49 nm due to the consumption of TFEMA monomer. The size of cross-linked nanoparticles sharply decreased from 50.3 to 40.5 nm over the temperature range 14-44 °C, suggesting good temperature sensitivity for these nanoparticles.

  1. Novel highly hydrophilic methacrylate-based monolithic column with mixed-mode of hydrophilic and strong cation-exchange interactions for pressurized capillary electrochromatography.

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    Lin, Jia; Liu, Shaofeng; Lin, Jian; Lin, Xucong; Xie, Zenghong

    2011-07-22

    A novel highly hydrophilic polymethacrylate-based monolithic stationary phase based on the copolymerization of 2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propanesulfonic acid (AMPS) and pentaerythritol triacrylate (PETA) was designed for pressurized capillary electrochromatography. A typical hydrophilic interaction chromatography mechanism could be observed when the content of acetonitrile (ACN) in the mobile phase exceeded 25%. Slight swelling or shrinking with mobile phases of different polarity was observed in permeability studies. Good retentions and efficient separations of polar analytes, such as neutral amides and phenols, were well achieved in hydrophilic interaction chromatography mode with only about 50% ACN content in the mobile phase. It was remarkably lower than the content of ACN (>90%) used on the hydrophilic polymethacrylate-based monoliths reported previously. Additionally, a mixed mode of hydrophilic interaction (HI) and strong cation-exchange (SCX) could be also obtained in the analysis of charged peptides, and high column efficiency up to 80,000 plates/m was achieved without peak tailing. The prepared hydrophilic stationary phase might provide a potential environmental friendly separation media for polar solutes as it consumes a low volume of organic solvents. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Effects of thermoresponsivity and softness on skin penetration and cellular uptake of polyglycerol-based nanogels.

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    Rancan, Fiorenza; Asadian-Birjand, Mazdak; Dogan, Serap; Graf, Christina; Cuellar, Luis; Lommatzsch, Stefanie; Blume-Peytavi, Ulrike; Calderón, Marcelo; Vogt, Annika

    2016-04-28

    Nanogels are water soluble cross-linked polymer networks with nanometer size dimensions that can be designed to incorporate different types of compounds and are promising carrier systems for drugs and biological molecules. In this study, the interactions of thermoresponsive nanogels (tNGs) with the human skin barrier and underlying epidermis cells were investigated with the aim of using such macromolecules to improve dermal and transdermal drug delivery. The investigated tNGs were made of acrylated dendritic polyglycerol, as water soluble cross-linker, and of oligo ethylene glycol methacrylate (OEGMA) as subunit conferring thermoresponsive properties. tNGs with different polymer transition temperatures were tagged with Rhodamine B (RhdB) and analyzed for their physicochemical properties. We found that tNGs with cloud point temperatures (Tcps) of 38 °C (tNG-RhdB-T38) lost softness (measured by PeakForce quantitative nanomechanics, QNM) and aggregated to bigger sized particles (measured as increase of particle average size by dynamic light scattering, DLS) when temperature changed from 15 to 37 °C. On the contrary, at the same conditions, tNGs with higher Tcps (tNG-RhdB-T55) did not show any significant changes of these characteristics. Applied on excised human skin, both tNGs penetrated deep in the stratum corneum (SC). Small amounts of tNGs were detected also in cells of the viable epidermis. Interestingly, whereas tNG softness correlated with higher penetration in SC, a better cellular uptake was observed for the thermoresponsive tNG-RhdB-T38. We conclude that soft nanocarriers possess a high SC penetration ability and that thermoresponsive nanogels are attractive carrier systems for the targeting of drugs to epidermis cells. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Correlation between the chemical composition of thermoresponsive nanogels and their interaction with the skin barrier.

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    Giulbudagian, Michael; Rancan, Fiorenza; Klossek, André; Yamamoto, Kenji; Jurisch, Jana; Neto, Victor Colombo; Schrade, Petra; Bachmann, Sebastian; Rühl, Eckart; Blume-Peytavi, Ulrike; Vogt, Annika; Calderón, Marcelo

    2016-12-10

    In this paper we present a comprehensive study for the ability of thermoresponsive nanogels (tNG) to act as cutaneous penetration enhancers. Given the unique properties of such molecular architectures with regard to their chemical composition and thermoresponsive properties, we propose a particular mode of penetration enhancement mechanism, i.e. hydration of the stratum corneum. Different tNG were fabricated using dendritic polyglycerol as a multifunctional crosslinker and three different kinds of thermoresponsive polymers as linear counterpart: poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (pNIPAM), p(di(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate - co - oligo ethylene glycol methacrylate) (DEGMA-co-OEGMA475), and poly(glycidyl methyl ether - co - ethyl glycidyl ether) (tPG). Excised human skin was investigated by means of fluorescence microscopy, which enabled the detection of significant increment in the penetration of tNG as well as the encapsulated fluorescein. The morphology of the treated skin samples was thoroughly investigated by transmission electron microscopy and stimulated Raman spectromicroscopy. We found that tNG can perturbate the organization of both proteins and lipids in the skin barrier, which was attributed to tNG hydration effects. Interestingly, different drug delivery properties were detected and the ability of each investigated tNG to enhance skin penetration correlated well with the degree of induced stratum corneum hydration. The differences in the penetration enhancements could be attributed to the chemical structures of the nanogels used in this study. The most effective stratum corneum hydration was detected for nanogels having additional or more exposed polyether structure in their chemical composition.

  4. Synthesis and properties of novel biomimetic and thermo-responsive dextran-based biohybrids.

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    Li, Fan; Pei, Danfeng; Huang, Qingrong; Shi, Tongfei; Zhang, Guo

    2014-01-01

    A new class of biodegradable, biomimetic and thermo-responsive dextran/synthetic glycopolymer biohybrids (dextran-graft-poly(lactobionamidoethyl methacrylate)-block-poly(di(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate), dextran-g-(PLAMA-b-PDEGMA)), was synthesized by the direct atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) of unprotected lactobionamidoethyl methacrylate (LAMA) glycomonomer and di(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (DEGMA) monomer. The dextran macroinitiator for ATRP was prepared by partial esterification of the hydroxyl groups of the polysaccharide with 2-bromo-2-methylpropionic acid (BrMPA). The biohybrids containing PDEGMA segments exhibited a lower critical solution temperature (LCST) behavior, which changed from unimers to aggregates in solutions. Moreover, it was demonstrated that these biohybrids had specific biomolecular recognition with ricinus communis agglutinin 120 (RCA₁₂₀) in comparison with bovine serum albumin (BSA). Furthermore, these biohybrids showed good biocompatibility in the cytotoxicity assays. This hopefully provides a platform for targeted drug delivery and studying the biomolecular recognition between sugar and lectin.

  5. Thermoresponsive Polyphosphazene-Based Molecular Brushes by Living Cationic Polymerization

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    Wilfert, Sandra; Iturmendi, Aitziber; Henke, Helena; Brüggemann, Oliver; Teasdale, Ian

    2014-01-01

    Summary A series of polyphosphazenes with molecular brush type structures have been prepared with controlled molecular weights and narrow polydispersities. The polymers show lower critical solution temperatures (LCST) between 18 and 90 °C, which can be easily tailored by choice of side-substituent to suit the required application. A temperature triggered self-assembly is observed to give stable colloidal aggregates with dimensions in the region of 100–300 nm. PMID:24926189

  6. Thermo-Responsive Complexes of c-Myc Antisense Oligonucleotide with Block Copolymer of Poly(OEGMA) and Quaternized Poly(4-Vinylpyridine).

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    Topuzogullari, Murat; Elalmis, Yeliz Basaran; Isoglu, Sevil Dincer

    2017-04-01

    Solution behavior of thermo-responsive polymers and their complexes with biological macromolecules may be affected by environmental conditions, such as the concentration of macromolecular components, pH, ion concentration, etc. Therefore, a thermo-responsive polymer and its complexes should be characterized in detail to observe their responses against possible environments under physiological conditions before biological applications. To briefly indicate this important issue, thermo-responsive block copolymer of quaternized poly(4-vinylpyridine) and poly(oligoethyleneglycol methyl ether methacrylate) as a potential nonviral vector has been synthesized. Polyelectrolyte complexes of this copolymer with the antisense oligonucleotide of c-Myc oncogene are also thermo-responsive but, have lower LCST (lower critical solution temperature) values compared to individual copolymer. LCST values of complexes decrease with molar ratio of macromolecular components and presence of salt. Dilution of solutions also affects solution behavior of complexes and causes a significant decrease in size and an increase in LCST, which indicates possible effects of severe dilutions in the blood stream.

  7. Preparation of thermo-responsive graft copolymer by using a novel macro-RAFT agent and its application for drug delivery.

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    Song, Cunfeng; Yu, Shirong; Liu, Cheng; Deng, Yuanming; Xu, Yiting; Chen, Xiaoling; Dai, Lizong

    2016-05-01

    A methodology to prepare thermo-responsive graft copolymer by using a novel macro-RAFT agent was proposed. The macro-RAFT agent with pendant dithioester (ZC(S)SR) was facilely prepared via the combination of RAFT polymerization and esterification reaction. By means of ZC(S)SR-initiated RAFT polymerization, the thermo-responsive graft copolymer consisting of poly(methyl methacrylate-co-hydroxylethyl methacrylate) (P(MMA-co-HEMA)) backbone and hydrophilic poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm) side chains was constructed through the "grafting from" approach. The chemical compositions and molecular weight distributions of the synthesized polymers were respectively characterized by (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance ((1)H NMR) and gel permeation chromatography (GPC). Self-assembly behavior of the amphiphilic graft copolymers (P(MMA-co-HEMA)-g-PNIPAAm) was studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), dynamic light scattering (DLS) and spectrofluorimeter. The critical micelle concentration (CMC) value was 0.052 mg mL(-1). These micelles have thermo-responsibility and a low critical solution temperature (LCST) of 33.5°C. Further investigation indicated that the guest molecule release property of these micelles, which can be well described by a first-order kinetic model, was significantly affected by temperature. Besides, the micelles exhibited excellent biocompatibility and cellular uptake property. Hence, these micelles are considered to have potential application in controlled drug delivery.

  8. Thermoresponsive and photocrosslinkable PEGMEMA-PPGMA-EGDMA copolymers from a one-step ATRP synthesis.

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    Tai, Hongyun; Wang, Wenxin; Vermonden, Tina; Heath, Felicity; Hennink, Wim E; Alexander, Cameron; Shakesheff, Kevin M; Howdle, Steven M

    2009-04-13

    Thermoresponsive and photocrosslinkable polymers can be used as injectable scaffolds in tissue engineering to yield gels in situ with enhanced mechanical properties and stability. They allow easy handling and hold their shapes prior to photopolymerization for clinical practice. Here we report a novel copolymer with both thermoresponsive and photocrosslinkable properties via a facile one-step deactivation enhanced atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) using poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methylacrylate (PEGMEMA, M(n) = 475) and poly(propylene glycol) methacrylate (PPGMA, M(n) = 375) as monofunctional vinyl monomers and up to 30% of ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) as multifunctional vinyl monomer. The resultant PEGMEMA-PPGMA-EGDMA copolymers have been characterized by gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and 1H NMR analysis, which demonstrate their multivinyl functionality and hyperbranched structures. These water-soluble copolymers show lower critical solution temperature (LCST) behavior at 32 degrees C, which is comparable to poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM). The copolymers can also be cross-linked by photopolymerization through their multivinyl functional groups. Rheological studies clearly demonstrate that the photocrosslinked gels formed at a temperature above the LCST have higher storage moduli than those prepared at a temperature below the LCST. Moreover, the cross-linking density of the gels can be tuned to tailor their porous structures and mechanical properties by adjusting the composition and concentration of the copolymers. Hydrogels with a broad range of storage moduli from 10 to 400 kPa have been produced.

  9. Biocompatible thermoresponsive PEGMA nanoparticles crosslinked with cleavable disulfide-based crosslinker for dual drug release.

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    Ulasan, Mehmet; Yavuz, Emine; Bagriacik, Emin Umit; Cengeloglu, Yunus; Yavuz, Mustafa Selman

    2015-01-01

    Smart materials have been attracting much attention because of their stimuli responsive nature. We have synthesized biocompatible thermoresponsive crosslinked poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (PEGMA)-co-vinyl pyrrolidone nanoparticles (PEGMA NPs) using disulfide-based crosslinker by surfactant-free emulsion polymerization method. Particle characterization studies were carried out by dynamic light scattering, and scanning electron microscopy. Polymerization kinetics, effect of crosslinker and initiator concentrations on both average hydrodynamic diameter and polydispersity index were investigated. Hydrodynamic diameters of thermoresponsive PEGMA NPs were decreased from 210 nm to 90 nm upon heating over the lowest critical solution temperature (LCST). Disulfide crosslinked PEGMA NPs were demonstrated as a dual delivery system. Rhodamine B, a model of small-sized drug molecule, and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)-alizarin yellow, a model of large drug molecule, were loaded into PEGMA NPs where LCST of these NPs was tuned to 37°C, the body temperature. The rhodamine B was released from PEGMA NPs upon heating to 39°C. Then, PEG-alizarin content was released by subsequent degradation of nanoparticles using dithiothreitol (DTT), which reduces disulfide bonds to thiols. Furthermore, cytotoxicity studies of PEGMA NPs were carried out in 3T3 cells, which resulted in no toxic effect on the cells.

  10. A fluorescent thermometer based on a pyrene-labeled thermoresponsive polymer.

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    Pietsch, Christian; Vollrath, Antje; Hoogenboom, Richard; Schubert, Ulrich S

    2010-01-01

    Thermoresponsive polymers that undergo a solubility transition by variation of the temperature are important materials for the development of 'smart' materials. In this contribution we exploit the solubility phase transition of poly(methoxy diethylene glycol methacrylate), which is accompanied by a transition from hydrophilic to hydrophobic, for the development of a fluorescent thermometer. To translate the polymer phase transition into a fluorescent response, the polymer was functionalized with pyrene resulting in a change of the emission based on the microenvironment. This approach led to a soluble polymeric fluorescent thermometer with a temperature range from 11 °C to 21 °C. The polymer phase transition that occurs during sensing is studied in detail by dynamic light scattering.

  11. A Fluorescent Thermometer Based on a Pyrene-Labeled Thermoresponsive Polymer

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    Pietsch, Christian; Vollrath, Antje; Hoogenboom, Richard; Schubert, Ulrich S.

    2010-01-01

    Thermoresponsive polymers that undergo a solubility transition by variation of the temperature are important materials for the development of ‘smart’ materials. In this contribution we exploit the solubility phase transition of poly(methoxy diethylene glycol methacrylate), which is accompanied by a transition from hydrophilic to hydrophobic, for the development of a fluorescent thermometer. To translate the polymer phase transition into a fluorescent response, the polymer was functionalized with pyrene resulting in a change of the emission based on the microenvironment. This approach led to a soluble polymeric fluorescent thermometer with a temperature range from 11 °C to 21 °C. The polymer phase transition that occurs during sensing is studied in detail by dynamic light scattering. PMID:22163636

  12. Effect of the hydrophobic basal layer of thermoresponsive block co-polymer brushes on thermally-induced cell sheet harvest.

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    Matsuzaka, Naoki; Takahashi, Hironobu; Nakayama, Masamichi; Kikuchi, Akihiko; Okano, Teruo

    2012-01-01

    Thermoresponsive poly(benzyl methacrylate)-b-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PBzMA-b-PIPAAm) block co-polymer brush surfaces were prepared by surface-initiated two-step reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer radical (RAFT) polymerization. PBzMA brushes were fabricated on azoinitiator-immobilized glass substrates in the presence of dithiobenzoate (DTB) compound as a RAFT agent. The amount of grafted polymer was regulated by initial monomer concentrations. The second thermoresponsive blocks were added to the RAFT-related DTB groups located at PBzMA termini through the propagation of PIPAAm chains, resulting in formation of PBzMA-b-PIPAAm brushes. Surface characteristics of the block co-polymer brushes and its influence on thermally regulated cellular behavior were investigated using bovine carotid artery endothelial cells (BAECs), compared with PIPAAm brush surfaces. Cell adhesion/detachment behavior on thermoresponsive polymer brush surfaces significantly depended on their individual polymer architectures and chemical compositions of grafted polymers. Low-temperature treatment at 20°C, below the phase-transition temperature of PIPAAm, induced the spontaneous detachment of adhering cells from the PBzMA-b-PIPAAm brush surfaces with a higher rate than that from PIPAAm brush surfaces. In addition, the cell-repellent effect of the hydrophobic basal layer successfully accelerated for harvesting BAEC sheets from the block co-polymer brush surfaces. Unique features of thermoresponsive block co-polymer brush architectures can be applied to control cell-adhesion strength for enhancing cell adhesion or accelerating cell detachment.

  13. Regulation of protein binding toward a ligand on chromatographic matrixes by masking and forced-releasing effects using thermoresponsive polymer.

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    Yoshizako, Kimihiro; Akiyama, Yoshikatsu; Yamanaka, Hidenori; Shinohara, Yasuro; Hasegawa, Yukio; Carredano, Enrique; Kikuchi, Akihiko; Okano, Teruo

    2002-08-15

    A novel concept of affinity regulation based on masking and forced-releasing effects using a thermoresponsive polymer was elucidated. Affinity chromatographic matrixes were prepared using either poly(glycidyl methacrylate-co-ethyleneglycol dimethacrylate) or poly(glycidyl methacrylate-co-triethyleneglycol dimethacrylate) beads immobilized with ligand molecule, Cibacron Blue F3G-A (CB), together with poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PIPAAm), a polymer with a cloud point of 32 degrees C. Two different lengths of spacer molecules were used for the immobilization of CB while maintaining the PIPAAm size constant. Chromatographic analyses using bovine serum albumin as a model protein showed a clear correlation between spacer length and binding capacity at temperatures lower than the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of PIPAAm. The binding capacity under the LCST was significantly reduced only when the calculated spacer length was shorter than the mean size of the extended PIPAAm. Furthermore, the adsorbed protein could be desorbed (released) from the matrix surface by lowering the temperature to below the LCST while maintaining other factors such as pH and ion strength. Selective recovery of human albumin from human sera was demonstrated using this newly developed thermoresponsive affinity column.

  14. Protein-reactive, thermoresponsive copolymers with high flexibility and biodegradability.

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    Guan, Jianjun; Hong, Yi; Ma, Zuwei; Wagner, William R

    2008-04-01

    A family of injectable, biodegradable, and thermosensitive copolymers based on N-isopropylacrylamide, acrylic acid, N-acryloxysuccinimide, and a macromer polylactide-hydroxyethyl methacrylate were synthesized by free radical polymerization. Copolymers were injectable at or below room temperature and formed robust hydrogels at 37 degrees C. The effects of monomer ratio, polylactide length, and AAc content on the chemical and physical properties of the hydrogel were investigated. Copolymers exhibited lower critical solution temperatures (LCSTs) from 18 to 26 degrees C. After complete hydrolysis, hydrogels were soluble in phosphate buffered saline at 37 degrees C with LCSTs above 40.8 degrees C. Incorporation of type I collagen at varying mass fractions by covalent reaction with the copolymer backbone slightly increased LCSTs. Water content was 32-80% without collagen and increased to 230% with collagen at 37 degrees C. Hydrogels were highly flexible and relatively strong at 37 degrees C, with tensile strengths from 0.3 to 1.1 MPa and elongations at break from 344 to 1841% depending on NIPAAm/HEMAPLA ratio, AAc content, and polylactide length. Increasing the collagen content decreased both elongation at break and tensile strength. Hydrogel weight loss at 37 degrees C was 85-96% over 21 days and varied with polylactide content. Hydrogel weight loss at 37 degrees C was 85-96% over 21 days and varied with polylactide content. Degradation products were shown to be noncytotoxic. Cell adhesion on the hydrogels was 30% of that for tissue culture polystyrene but increased to statistically approximate this control surface after collagen incorporation. These newly described thermoresponsive copolymers demonstrated attractive properties to serve as cell or pharmaceutical delivery vehicles for a variety of tissue engineering applications.

  15. Degradable polymeric nanoparticles by aggregation of thermoresponsive polymers and ``click'' chemistry

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    Dworak, Andrzej; Lipowska, Daria; Szweda, Dawid; Suwinski, Jerzy; Trzebicka, Barbara; Szweda, Roza

    2015-10-01

    This study describes a novel approach to the preparation of crosslinked polymeric nanoparticles of controlled sizes that can be degraded under basic conditions. For this purpose thermoresponsive copolymers containing azide and alkyne functions were obtained by ATRP of di(ethylene glycol) monomethyl ether methacrylate (D) and 2-aminoethyl methacrylate (A) followed by post polymerization modification. The amino groups of A were reacted with propargyl chloroformate or 2-azido-1,3-dimethylimidazolinium hexafluorophosphate, which led to two types of copolymers. Increasing the temperature of aqueous solutions of the mixed copolymers caused their aggregation into spherical nanoparticles composed of both types of chains. Their dimensions could be controlled by changing the concentration and heating rate of the solutions. Covalent stabilization of aggregated chains was performed by a ``click'' reaction between the azide and alkyne groups. Due to the presence of a carbamate bond the nanoparticles undergo pH dependent degradation under mild basic conditions. The proposed procedure opens a route to new carriers for the controlled release of active species.This study describes a novel approach to the preparation of crosslinked polymeric nanoparticles of controlled sizes that can be degraded under basic conditions. For this purpose thermoresponsive copolymers containing azide and alkyne functions were obtained by ATRP of di(ethylene glycol) monomethyl ether methacrylate (D) and 2-aminoethyl methacrylate (A) followed by post polymerization modification. The amino groups of A were reacted with propargyl chloroformate or 2-azido-1,3-dimethylimidazolinium hexafluorophosphate, which led to two types of copolymers. Increasing the temperature of aqueous solutions of the mixed copolymers caused their aggregation into spherical nanoparticles composed of both types of chains. Their dimensions could be controlled by changing the concentration and heating rate of the solutions. Covalent

  16. Phase-transition and aggregation characteristics of a thermoresponsive dextran derivative in aqueous solutions.

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    Shi, Huan-Ying; Zhang, Li-Ming

    2006-10-16

    Grafting of poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) side chains onto a hydrophilic dextran backbone was found to provide the dextran with new, thermoresponsive properties in aqueous solutions. Depending on its solution concentration, the resulting dextran derivative could exhibit a temperature-induced phase-transition and critical transition temperature (T(c)). Different anions and cations of added salts, including five potassium salts and five alkali-metal chlorides, were observed to influence the T(c) value of its aqueous solution. Except for potassium iodide, all added salts were found to lower the T(c) value. The addition of the surfactant, cationic cetyltrimethylammonium bromide or anionic sodium dodecyl sulfate, resulted in an increase of the T(c) value. With the help of the Coomassie Brilliant Blue dye as a polarity probe, the formation of hydrophobic aggregates above the T(c) was revealed for this new dextran derivative in aqueous solution.

  17. Thermoresponsive scattering coating for smart white LEDs

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    Cornelissen, Hugo J.; Yu, Joan; Cennini, Giovanni; Bauer, Jurica; Verbunt, Paul P. C.; Bastiaansen, Cees W. M.; Broer, Dirk J.

    2015-09-01

    A novel responsive lighting system is presented capable of lowering the color temperature of emitted light on dimming. It is based on a single white light emitting LED and a thermo-responsive scattering coating. The coated LED automatically emits light of lower correlated color temperature (CCT) when the power is reduced, while maintaining a chromaticity close to the black body curve. Existing systems all use multiple color LEDs, additional control circuitry and mixing optics. An optical ray tracing model can explain the experimental results.

  18. Acrylates and Methacrylates,

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    1987-09-15

    of ethylene and hydrocyanic acid through ethylene cyanohydrin. In the presence of basic catalysts ethylene oxide easily adds hydrocyanic acid with the...of synthesis of methacrylates. At present methacrylates are obtained in the industry by continuous method from acetone and hydrocyanic acid through...acetone cyanohydrin. The addition/connection to it of hydrocyanic acid with the formation of acetone cyanohydrin is one of the most important reactions

  19. Thermoresponsive magnetic nanoparticles for seawater desalination.

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    Zhao, Qipeng; Chen, Ningping; Zhao, Dieling; Lu, Xianmao

    2013-11-13

    Thermoresponsive magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) as a class of smart materials that respond to a change in temperature may by used as a draw solute to extract water from brackish or seawater by forward osmosis (FO). A distinct advantage is the efficient regeneration of the draw solute and the recovery of water via heat-facilitated magnetic separation. However, the osmotic pressure attained by this type of draw solution is too low to counteract that of seawater. In this work, we have designed a FO draw solution based on multifunctional Fe3O4 nanoparticles grafted with copolymer poly(sodium styrene-4-sulfonate)-co-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PSSS-PNIPAM). The resulting regenerable draw solution shows high osmotic pressure for seawater desalination. This is enabled by three essential functional components integrated within the nanostructure: (i) a Fe3O4 core that allows magnetic separation of the nanoparticles from the solvent, (ii) a thermoresponsive polymer, PNIPAM, that enables reversible clustering of the particles for further improved magnetic capturing at a temperature above its low critical solution temperature (LCST), and (iii) a polyelectrolyte, PSSS, that provides an osmotic pressure that is well above that of seawater.

  20. Thermoresponsive AuNPs Stabilized by Pillararene-Containing Polymers.

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    Liao, Xiaojuan; Guo, Lei; Chang, Junxia; Liu, Sha; Xie, Meiran; Chen, Guosong

    2015-08-01

    Pillararene-containing thermoresponsive polymers are synthesized via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization using pillararene derivatives as the effective chain transfer agents for the first time. These polymers can self-assemble into micelles and form vesicles after guest molecules are added. Furthermore, such functional polymers can be further applied to prepare hybrid gold nanoparticles, which integrate the thermoresponsivity of polymers and molecular recognition of pillararenes.

  1. Recognition‐Mediated Hydrogel Swelling Controlled by Interaction with a Negative Thermoresponsive LCST Polymer

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    Belal, Khaled; Stoffelbach, François; Lyskawa, Joël; Fumagalli, Matthieu; Hourdet, Dominique; Marcellan, Alba; Smet, Lieselot De; de la Rosa, Victor R.

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Most polymeric thermoresponsive hydrogels contract upon heating beyond the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of the polymers used. Herein, we report a supramolecular hydrogel system that shows the opposite temperature dependence. When the non‐thermosesponsive hydrogel NaphtGel, containing dialkoxynaphthalene guest molecules, becomes complexed with the tetra cationic macrocyclic host CBPQT4+, swelling occurred as a result of host–guest complex formation leading to charge repulsion between the host units, as well as an osmotic contribution of chloride counter‐ions embedded in the network. The immersion of NaphtGel in a solution of poly(N‐isopropylacrylamide) with tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) end groups complexed with CBPQT4+ induced positive thermoresponsive behaviour. The LCST‐induced dethreading of the polymer‐based pseudorotaxane upon heating led to transfer of the CBPQT4+ host and a concomitant swelling of NaphtGel. Subsequent cooling led to reformation of the TTF‐based host–guest complexes in solution and contraction of the hydrogel. PMID:27730718

  2. Tuning thermoresponsive behavior of diblock copolymers and their gold core hybrids: part 1. Importance of placement of amphiphilic end groups on the diblock copolymers.

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    Chen, Ning; Xiang, Xu; Tiwari, Ashutosh; Heiden, Patricia A

    2013-02-01

    We report the effects of use and placement of amphiphilic end groups as a valuable tool to achieve significant changes in the thermoresponsive properties of diblock copolymers without the need to resort to compositional changes. We prepared diblock copolymers of di(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate and oligo(ethylene glycol) methyl ether acrylate with phenyl dithioester and carboxylic acid chain ends and compared the effects of placement of these amphiphilic chain ends on the cloud points of the copolymers. All the copolymers were high molecular weight (greater than 20 kDa) with a polydispersity between 1.1 and 1.2, and the cloud points were measured by UV-vis spectrophotometry and reported as the temperature at 50% normalized transmission. The thermoresponse showed a significant dependency on end group placement, reaching as much as a 28°C difference in measured cloud point simply by exchanging end group placement rather than compositional changes. The effect is attributed to changes in the solvation and mobility from chain end placement affecting the degree of association of the chains. The underlying effect is due to the hydrophilic/hydrophobic balance in combination with the use of amphiphilic chain end placement that can be applied to copolymers with different blocks at the chain ends. This work shows that substantial changes in thermo-response properties can be achieved by re-arranging monomer components rather than changing monomer composition. This may have value in biomedical materials where the range of acceptable monomers is limited.

  3. Synthesis of cationic flocculant by radiation-induced copolymerization of methyl chloride salt of N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate with acrylamide in aqueous solution. II. Copolymerization at higher monomer concentration

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    Ishigaki, I.; Fukuzaki, H.; Okada, T.; Okada, T.; Okamoto, J.; Machi, S.

    1981-05-01

    The radiation-induced copolymerization of methyl chloride salt of N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate with acrylamide was studied to prepare a polymer flocculant that can be handled as a solid. The product obtained in the presence of 5 to 20% water was a solid and could be ground to a powder without drying. In order to obtain a water-soluble polymer at a higher concentration, the effect of various additives on the copolymerization was investigated and found that alcohols bearing a hydrogen atom attached to the tertiary carbon atom effectively inhibit intermolecular crosslinking to give water-soluble polymer. It is suggested that the formation of water-insoluble polymer is predominantly attributable to the crosslinking of polymer chains rather than to the imidation of amide groups. Copolymerization in the presence of isopropyl alcohol as inhibitor of the crosslinking was also studied and compared with that reported previously, which was carried out at a lower monomer concentration without additives.

  4. ELF3 controls thermoresponsive growth in Arabidopsis.

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    Box, Mathew S; Huang, B Emma; Domijan, Mirela; Jaeger, Katja E; Khattak, Asif Khan; Yoo, Seong Jeon; Sedivy, Emma L; Jones, D Marc; Hearn, Timothy J; Webb, Alex A R; Grant, Alastair; Locke, James C W; Wigge, Philip A

    2015-01-19

    Plant development is highly responsive to ambient temperature, and this trait has been linked to the ability of plants to adapt to climate change. The mechanisms by which natural populations modulate their thermoresponsiveness are not known. To address this, we surveyed Arabidopsis accessions for variation in thermal responsiveness of elongation growth and mapped the corresponding loci. We find that the transcriptional regulator EARLY FLOWERING3 (ELF3) controls elongation growth in response to temperature. Through a combination of modeling and experiments, we show that high temperature relieves the gating of growth at night, highlighting the importance of temperature-dependent repressors of growth. ELF3 gating of transcriptional targets responds rapidly and reversibly to changes in temperature. We show that the binding of ELF3 to target promoters is temperature dependent, suggesting a mechanism where temperature directly controls ELF3 activity.

  5. Thermoforming polymethyl methacrylate.

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    Jagger, R G; Okdeh, A

    1995-11-01

    This study characterized a range of commercially available polymethyl methacrylate sheets with respect to molecular weight, residual monomer content, and glass transition temperature and then developed a thermoforming procedure that produced visually satisfactory thermoformed polymethyl methacrylate specimens. Molecular weight values of Perspex material were considerably greater than those of the other materials. All materials but Diakon had residual monomer concentrations of less than 1% and glass transition temperature values greater than 100 degrees C. Perspex material was selected for further investigation. It was necessary to preheat Perspex sheets in an oven at 160 degrees C for at least 30 minutes before heating and forming on the thermoforming apparatus to obtain acceptable specimens.

  6. Effect of layer-by-layer confinement of polypeptides and polysaccharides onto thermoresponsive microgels: a comparative study.

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    Díez-Pascual, Ana M; Wong, John E

    2010-07-01

    The confinement of polyelectrolyte multilayers of poly-L-lysine (PLL)/poly-L-glutamic acid (PGA) and chitosan (CHIT)/dextran sulfate (DEX) onto soft and porous thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-methacrylic acid) (P(NiPAM-co-MAA)) microgel was studied by dynamic light scattering (DLS) and electrophoretic measurements. DLS demonstrates an "odd-even" effect in the hydrodynamic radius depending on the type of polyelectrolyte in the outermost layer and that coated microgels retain their native thermoresponsive property. Strong hysteresis is found between the swelling and deswelling processes of microgels coated with polypeptides, whilst for those coated with polysaccharides are nearly reversible. Electrophoretic mobility results indicate charge reversal after each layer deposition, which magnitude decreases with increasing number of layers. Microgels coated with polysaccharides exhibit higher mobility values. Stability studies reveal spatial and temporal reorganization of the polymer chains over several weeks. Upon increasing time, the hydrodynamic radius of polypeptide-terminated microgels decreases, whereas that of polysaccharide-terminated increases to almost the original size of the uncoated microgel. Both systems exhibit an exponential growth of the bilayer thickness with the number of deposition steps, more pronounced for microgels coated with polypeptides. Our results demonstrate the feasibility of the layer-by-layer assembly of these biopolymers onto microgels, which could have potential application for storage and release of biomolecules.

  7. Probing the causes of thermal hysteresis using tunable N agg micelles with linear and brush-like thermoresponsive coronas† †Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: NMR spectra of small molecules and polymers, SEC chromatograms of the polymers, DLS, SLS and turbidimetry data for the micelles, a discussion of the chain density of micelles 11–15, additional calculations regarding the core composition of polymers 1–5 and definitions and calculations related to the light scattering data. See DOI: 10.1039/c6py01191h Click here for additional data file.

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    Blackman, L. D.

    2017-01-01

    Self-assembled thermoresponsive polymers in aqueous solution have great potential as smart, switchable materials for use in biomedical applications. In recent years, attention has turned to the reversibility of these polymers’ thermal transitions, which has led to debate over what factors influence discrepancies in the transition temperature when heating the system compared to the temperature obtained when cooling the system, known as the thermal hysteresis. Herein, we synthesize micelles with tunable aggregation numbers (N agg) whose cores contain poly(n-butyl acrylate-co-N,N-dimethylacrylamide) (p(nBA-co-DMA)) and four different thermoresponsive corona blocks, namely poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (pNIPAM), poly(N,N-diethylacrylamide) (pDEAm), poly(diethylene glycol monomethyl ether methacrylate) (pDEGMA) and poly(oligo(ethylene glycol) monomethyl ether methacrylate) (pOEGMA). By studying their thermoresponsive behavior, we elucidate the effects of changing numerous important characteristics both in the thermoresponsive chain chemistry and architecture, and in the structure of their self-assemblies. Our findings demonstrate large deviations in the reversibility between the self-assemblies and the corresponding thermoresponsive homopolymers; specifically we find that micelles whose corona consist of polymers with a brush-like architecture (pDEGMA and pOEGMA) exhibit irreversible phase transitions at a critical chain density. These results lead to a deeper understanding of stimuli-responsive self-assemblies and demonstrate the potential of tunable N agg micelles for uncovering structure–property relationships in responsive polymer systems. PMID:28496523

  8. Thermoresponsive microcapsules for controlled release of hydrophilic cargo

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    Amstad, Esther; Weitz, David

    2012-02-01

    Thermoresponsive microcapsules that collapse upon increasing the temperature above their lower critical solution temperature (LCST) such as poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) (PNIPAM) capsules are well known. However, capsules consisting of thermoresponsive polymers that possess an upper critical solution temperature (UCST) and therefore swell upon increasing the temperature above their UCST are scarce. We will present a microfluidic method to assemble thermoresponsive poly([2-(methacryloyloxy)-ethyl]-dimethyl-[3-sulfopropyl-ammoniumhzdroxide) (PMEDSH) microcapsules that have UCST. These capsules are in a collapsed state at room temperature and become highly water permeable upon increasing the temperature above the UCST. To simultaneously allow for encapsulation of hydrophilic cargo and enable the water based polymerization reaction of the PMEDSH shell, these microcapsules are assembled as water/water/oil emulsions using capillary microfluidic devices. The resulting PMEDSH microcapsules are envisaged as delivery vehicles and microreactors that allow for temperature induced controlled release of hydrophilic cargo. .

  9. Transiently thermoresponsive polymers and their applications in biomedicine.

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    Vanparijs, Nane; Nuhn, Lutz; De Geest, Bruno G

    2017-02-20

    The focus of this review is on the class of transiently thermoresponsive polymers. These polymers are thermoresponsive, but gradually lose this property upon chemical transformation - often a hydrolysis reaction - in the polymer side chain or backbone. An overview of the different approaches used for the design of these polymers along with their physicochemical properties is given. Their amphiphilic properties and degradability into fully soluble compounds make this class of responsive polymers attractive for drug delivery and tissue engineering applications. Examples of these are also provided in this review.

  10. Thermally tunable grating using thermo-responsive magnetic fluid

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    Zaibudeen, A. W.; Philip, John

    2017-04-01

    We report a thermally tunable grating prepared using poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) and super paramagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles. The array spacing is reversibly tuned by varying the temperature between 5 and 38 °C. Here, the ability of thermo-responsive polymer brushes to alter their conformation at an interface is exploited to control the grating spacing in nanoscale. The underlying mechanism for the temperature dependent conformational changes are studied by measuring the subtle intermolecular forces between the polymer covered interfaces. It is observed that the interparticle forces are repulsive and exponentially decaying with distance. The thermo-responsive grating is simple to use and offers a wide range of applications.

  11. Controllable targeted system based on pH-dependent thermo-responsive nanoparticles.

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    Yang, Chengling; Guo, Hua; Hu, Zhenpeng; Tian, Zhiqing; Wu, Yukun; Wang, Wei; Yuan, Zhi

    2015-11-01

    In this study, a pH-dependent thermo-responsive polymer (poly (N-isopropyl acrylamide-co-methacrylic acid-co-ethyl methacrylate, P(NIPAAm-co-MAA-co-EMA)), which was used as a masking functional module was designed and prepared. Its LCST was pH-dependent, leading to a sensitive isothermal phase transition between the blood and the extracellular environment of solid tumours. This masking polymer had a LCST of 36.4 °C at pH 6.5, and remained hydrophilic at pH 7.4 even when the temperature was increased to 50 °C. The liver-targeted nanoparticles (NPs) were then obtained by co-grafting the masking functional module and the targeting ligands glycyrrhetinic acid (GA) onto the gold nanoparticles (Au NPs). Their surface properties and targeting ability could be switched based on the expanding or shrinking behaviour of the polymers. The shielding/deshielding effect of GA was confirmed by the bovine serum albumin adsorption and cellular uptake. The results indicated that GA could be shielded by the hydrophilic P(NIPAAm-co-MAA-co-EMA) in the normal physiological environment (pH 7.4, 37 °C) and deshielded in the tumour microenvironment of pH 6.5, 40 °C, leading to an increase in cellular uptake as high as 2.3-fold compared with that observed at pH 7.4, 37 °C. More importantly, the ultrasensitive phase transition of the polymer was reversible, which means that the targeting ability of the deshielded Au NPs could be reshielded if they come back to the blood circulation.

  12. Thermo-responsive copolymer coatings for flow regulation on demand in glass microcapillaries.

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    Zhang, Y; Yarin, A L

    2010-11-01

    This study presents thermo-responsive on-demand regulation of water flow rate in glass microcapillaries with a recently developed water-stable, stimuli-responsive poly(methyl methacrylate/N-isopropyl acrylamide) [P(MMA/NIPAM)] copolymer grafted at the inner walls. It is shown that the grafted coatings are stable and can withstand significant tractions under temperature variation. Such microcapillaries allow flow regulation on demand by changing temperature across the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of the copolymer layer, which makes it swell or shrink, thus changing the bore available for pressure-driven flow. The grafted copolymer layers were subjected to different pressure drops applied to the capillary open ends, as well as to periodic temperature variation across the copolymer LCST to determine the best grafting conditions for microfluidic operation. Then, by varying the temperature, the flow rate in the capillaries was changed periodically on demand due to the swelling/shrinkage of the grafted copolymer layer. It was also shown that the entrapped air bubbles are present in the coating which can result in an apparent slip.

  13. Mucin-Inspired Thermoresponsive Synthetic Hydrogels Induce Stasis in Human Pluripotent Stem Cells and Human Embryos.

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    Canton, Irene; Warren, Nicholas J; Chahal, Aman; Amps, Katherine; Wood, Andrew; Weightman, Richard; Wang, Eugenia; Moore, Harry; Armes, Steven P

    2016-02-24

    Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs; both embryonic and induced pluripotent) rapidly proliferate in adherent culture to maintain their undifferentiated state. However, for mammals exhibiting delayed gestation (diapause), mucin-coated embryos can remain dormant for days or months in utero, with their constituent PSCs remaining pluripotent under these conditions. Here we report cellular stasis for both hPSC colonies and preimplantation embryos immersed in a wholly synthetic thermoresponsive gel comprising poly(glycerol monomethacrylate)-poly(2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate) [PGMA55-PHPMA135] diblock copolymer worms. This hydroxyl-rich mucin-mimicking nonadherent 3D gel maintained PSC viability and pluripotency in the quiescent G0 state without passaging for at least 14 days. Similarly, gel-coated human embryos remain in a state of suspended animation (diapause) for up to 8 days. The discovery of a cryptic cell arrest mechanism for both hPSCs and embryos suggests an important connection between the cellular mechanisms that evoke embryonic diapause and pluripotency. Moreover, such synthetic worm gels offer considerable utility for the short-term (weeks) storage of either pluripotent stem cells or human embryos without cryopreservation.

  14. Mucin-Inspired Thermoresponsive Synthetic Hydrogels Induce Stasis in Human Pluripotent Stem Cells and Human Embryos

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    2016-01-01

    Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs; both embryonic and induced pluripotent) rapidly proliferate in adherent culture to maintain their undifferentiated state. However, for mammals exhibiting delayed gestation (diapause), mucin-coated embryos can remain dormant for days or months in utero, with their constituent PSCs remaining pluripotent under these conditions. Here we report cellular stasis for both hPSC colonies and preimplantation embryos immersed in a wholly synthetic thermoresponsive gel comprising poly(glycerol monomethacrylate)-poly(2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate) [PGMA55-PHPMA135] diblock copolymer worms. This hydroxyl-rich mucin-mimicking nonadherent 3D gel maintained PSC viability and pluripotency in the quiescent G0 state without passaging for at least 14 days. Similarly, gel-coated human embryos remain in a state of suspended animation (diapause) for up to 8 days. The discovery of a cryptic cell arrest mechanism for both hPSCs and embryos suggests an important connection between the cellular mechanisms that evoke embryonic diapause and pluripotency. Moreover, such synthetic worm gels offer considerable utility for the short-term (weeks) storage of either pluripotent stem cells or human embryos without cryopreservation. PMID:27163030

  15. Enhanced specific ion effects in ethylene glycol-based thermoresponsive polymer brushes.

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    Murdoch, Timothy J; Humphreys, Ben A; Willott, Joshua D; Prescott, Stuart W; Nelson, Andrew; Webber, Grant B; Wanless, Erica J

    2017-03-15

    The thermoresponse of poly(di(ethyleneglycol) methyl ether methacrylate) (PMEO2MA) brushes has been investigated in the presence of monovalent anions at either end of the Hofmeister series using ellipsometry, neutron reflectometry (NR) and colloid probe atomic force microscopy (AFM). NR measurements in deuterium oxide showed no evidence of vertical phase separation perpendicular to the grafting substrate with a gradual transition between a block-like, dense structure at 45°C and an extended, dilute conformation at lower temperatures. All three techniques revealed a shift to a more collapsed state for a given temperature in kosmotropic potassium acetate solutions, while more swollen structures were observed in chaotropic potassium thiocyanate solutions. No difference was observed between 250mM and 500mM thiocyanate for a 540Å brush studied by ellipsometry, while the lower molecular weight ∼200Å brushes used for NR and AFM measurements continued to respond with increasing salt concentration. The effect of thiocyanate on the temperature response was greatly enhanced relative to PNIPAM with the shift in temperature response at 250mM being five times greater than a PNIPAM brush of similar thickness and grafting density.

  16. Thermoresponsive latexes for fragrance encapsulation and release.

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    Popadyuk, N; Popadyuk, A; Kohut, A; Voronov, A

    2016-04-01

    To synthesize cross-linked latex particles protecting the encapsulated fragrance at ambient temperatures and facilitating the release of cargo at the temperature of the surface of the skin that varies in different regions of the body between 33.5 and 36.9°C. Poly(stearyl acrylate) (PSA), a polymer with long crystallizable alkyl side chains (undergoes order-disorder transitions at 45°C), was chosen as the main component of the polymer particles. As a result, new thermoresponsive polymer particles for fragrance encapsulation were synthesized and characterized, including assessing the performance of particles in triggered release by elevated temperature. To obtain network domains of various crystallinity, stearyl acrylate was copolymerized with dipropylene glycol acrylate caprylate (DGAC) (comonomer) in the presence of a dipropylene glycol diacrylate sebacate (cross-linker) using the miniemulsion process. Comonomers and a cross-linker were mixed directly in a fragrance during polymerization. Fragrance release was evaluated at 25, 31, 35 and 39°C to demonstrate a new material potential in personal/health care skin-related applications. Particles protect the fragrance from evaporation at 25°C. The fragrance release rate gradually increases at 31, 35 and 39°C. Two slopes were found on release plots. The first slope corresponds to a rapid fragrance release. The second slope indicates a subsequent reduction in the release rate. Crystalline-to-amorphous transition of PSA triggers the release of fragrances from cross-linked latex particles at elevated temperatures. The presence of the encapsulated fragrance, as well as the inclusion of amorphous fragments in the polymer network, reduces the particle crystallinity and enhances the release. Release profiles can be tuned by temperature and controlled by the amount of loaded fragrance and the ratio of comonomers in the feed mixture. © 2015 Society of Cosmetic Scientists and the Société Française de Cosmétologie.

  17. Thermoresponsive, in situ crosslinkable hydrogels based on N-isopropylacrylamide: Fabrication, characterization and mesenchymal stem cell encapsulation

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    Klouda, Leda; Perkins, Kevin R.; Watson, Brendan M.; Hacker, Michael C.; Bryant, Stephanie J.; Raphael, Robert M.; Kasper, F. Kurtis; Mikos, Antonios G.

    2011-01-01

    Hydrogels that solidify in response to a dual, physical and chemical, mechanism upon temperature increase were fabricated and characterized. The hydrogels were based on N-isopropylacrylamide, which renders them thermoresponsive, and contained covalently crosslinkable moieties in the macromers. The effects of the macromer end group, namely acrylate or methacrylate, and the fabrication conditions were investigated on the degradative and swelling properties of the hydrogels. The hydrogels exhibited higher swelling below their lower critical solution temperature (LCST). When immersed in cell culture media at physiological temperature, which was above their LCST, hydrogels showed constant swelling and no degradation over eight weeks, with methacrylated hydrogels having higher swelling than their acrylated analogs. In addition, hydrogels immersed in cell culture media under the same conditions showed lower swelling as compared to phosphate buffered saline. The interplay between chemical crosslinking and thermally induced phase separation affected the swelling characteristics of hydrogels in different media. Mesenchymal stem cells encapsulated in the hydrogels in vitro were viable over three weeks and markers of osteogenic differentiation were detected when the cells were cultured with osteogenic supplements. Hydrogel mineralization in the absence of cells was observed in cell culture medium with the addition of fetal bovine serum and β-glycerol phosphate. The results suggest that these hydrogels may be suitable as carriers for cell delivery in tissue engineering. PMID:21187170

  18. Preparation of Optically Transparent Films of Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and Montmorillonite

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    2001-11-01

    methacrylate] [PMMA] and Montmorillonite DISTRIBUTION: Approved for public release, distribution unlimited This paper is part of the following report...Society V6.4 Preparation of Optically Transparent Films of Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and Montmorillonite Elena Vasiliul, Chyi-Shan Wang"’ 2...exchanged with 1.40 meq/g of dimethyl dehydrogenated tallow ammonium from a sodium montmorillonite , Cloisite Na+ (CNa). Since the cation-exchange

  19. Contact dermatitis to methyl methacrylate.

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    Kassis, V; Vedel, P; Darre, E

    1984-07-01

    2 cases of contact dermatitis to methyl methacrylate monomer are presented. The patients are nurses who mixed bone cement at orthopedic operations. During the procedure, they used 2 pairs of gloves (latex). Butyl rubber gloves are recommended for methyl methacrylate monomer to avoid sensitization and/or cumulative irritant contact dermatitis on the hands.

  20. Evaluation of a thermoresponsive polycaprolactone scaffold for in vitro three-dimensional stem cell differentiation.

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    Hruschka, Veronika; Saeed, Aram; Slezak, Paul; Cheikh Al Ghanami, Racha; Feichtinger, Georg Alexander; Alexander, Cameron; Redl, Heinz; Shakesheff, Kevin; Wolbank, Susanne

    2015-01-01

    Tissue engineering (TE) strategies aim at imitating the natural process of regeneration by using bioresorbable scaffolds that support cellular attachment, migration, proliferation, and differentiation. Based on the idea of combining a fully degradable polymer [poly(ɛ-caprolactone)] with a thermoresponsive polymer (polyethylene glycol methacrylate), a scaffold was developed, which liquefies below 20°C and solidifies at 37°C. In this study, this scaffold was evaluated for its ability to support C2C12 cells and human adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) to generate an expandable three-dimensional (3D) construct for soft or bone TE. As a first step, biomaterial seeding was optimized and cellular attachment, survival, distribution, and persistence within the 3D material were characterized. C2C12 cells were differentiated toward the osteogenic as well as myogenic lineage, while ASCs were cultured in control, adipogenic, or osteogenic differentiation media. Differentiation was examined using quantitative real-time PCR for the expression of osteogenic, myogenic, and adipogenic markers and by enzyme activity and immunoassays. Both cell types attached and were found evenly distributed within the material. C2C12 cells and ASCs demonstrated the potential to differentiate in all tested lineages under 2D conditions. Under 3D osteogenic conditions for C2C12 cells, only osteocalcin expression (fold induction: 16.3±0.2) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity (p<0.001) were increased compared with the control C2C12 cells. Three-dimensional osteogenic differentiation of ASC was limited and donor dependent. Only one donor showed an increase in the osteogenic markers osteocalcin (p=0.027) and osteopontin (p=0.038). In contrast, differentiation toward the myogenic or adipogenic lineage showed expression of specific markers in 3D, at least at the level of the 2D culture. In 3D culture, strong induction of myogenin (p<0.001) as well as myoD (p<0.001) was found in C2C12 cells. The

  1. Thermoresponsive Magnetic Hydrogels as Theranostic Nanoconstructs

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    2015-01-01

    We report the development of thermoresponsive magnetic hydrogels based on poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) encapsulation of Fe3O4 magnetic nanostructures (MNS). In particular, we examined the effects of hydrogels encapsulated with poly-ethylene glycol (PEG) and polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) surface modified Fe3O4 MNS on magnetic resonance (MR) T2 (transverse spin relaxation) contrast enhancement and associated delivery efficacy of absorbed therapeutic cargo. The microstructural characterization reveal the regular spherical shape and size (∼200 nm) of the hydrogels with elevated hydrophilic to hydrophobic transition temperature (∼40 °C) characterized by LCST (lower critical solution temperature) due to the presence of encapsulated MNS. The hydrogel-MNS (HGMNS) system encapsulated with PEG functionalized Fe3O4 of 12 nm size (HGMNS-PEG-12) exhibited relaxivity rate (r2) of 173 mM–1s–1 compared to 129 mM–1s–1 obtained for hydrogel-MNS system encapsulated with POSS functionalized Fe3O4 (HGMNS-POSS-12) of the same size. Further studies with HGMNS-PEG-12 with absorbed drug doxorubicin (DOX) reveals approximately two-fold enhance in release during 1 h RF (radio-frequency) field exposure followed by 24 h incubation at 37 °C. Quantitatively, it is 2.1 μg mg–1 (DOX/HGMNS) DOX release with RF exposure while only 0.9 μg mg–1 release without RF exposure for the same period of incubation. Such enhanced release of therapeutic cargo is attributed to micro-environmental heating in the surroundings of MNS as well as magneto-mechanical vibrations under high frequency RF inside hydrogels. Similarly, RF-induced in vitro localized drug delivery studies with HeLa cell lines for HGMNS-PEG-12 resulted in more than 80% cell death with RF field exposures for 1 h. We therefore believe that magnetic hydrogel system has in vivo theranostic potential given high MR contrast enhancement from encapsulated MNS and RF-induced localized therapeutic delivery in one

  2. Thermoresponsive magnetic hydrogels as theranostic nanoconstructs.

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    Jaiswal, Manish K; De, Mrinmoy; Chou, Stanley S; Vasavada, Shaleen; Bleher, Reiner; Prasad, Pottumarthi V; Bahadur, Dhirendra; Dravid, Vinayak P

    2014-05-14

    We report the development of thermoresponsive magnetic hydrogels based on poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) encapsulation of Fe3O4 magnetic nanostructures (MNS). In particular, we examined the effects of hydrogels encapsulated with poly-ethylene glycol (PEG) and polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) surface modified Fe3O4 MNS on magnetic resonance (MR) T2 (transverse spin relaxation) contrast enhancement and associated delivery efficacy of absorbed therapeutic cargo. The microstructural characterization reveal the regular spherical shape and size (∼200 nm) of the hydrogels with elevated hydrophilic to hydrophobic transition temperature (∼40 °C) characterized by LCST (lower critical solution temperature) due to the presence of encapsulated MNS. The hydrogel-MNS (HGMNS) system encapsulated with PEG functionalized Fe3O4 of 12 nm size (HGMNS-PEG-12) exhibited relaxivity rate (r2) of 173 mM(-1) s(-1) compared to 129 mM(-1) s(-1) obtained for hydrogel-MNS system encapsulated with POSS functionalized Fe3O4 (HGMNS-POSS-12) of the same size. Further studies with HGMNS-PEG-12 with absorbed drug doxorubicin (DOX) reveals approximately two-fold enhance in release during 1 h RF (radio-frequency) field exposure followed by 24 h incubation at 37 °C. Quantitatively, it is 2.1 μg mg(-1) (DOX/HGMNS) DOX release with RF exposure while only 0.9 μg mg(-1) release without RF exposure for the same period of incubation. Such enhanced release of therapeutic cargo is attributed to micro-environmental heating in the surroundings of MNS as well as magneto-mechanical vibrations under high frequency RF inside hydrogels. Similarly, RF-induced in vitro localized drug delivery studies with HeLa cell lines for HGMNS-PEG-12 resulted in more than 80% cell death with RF field exposures for 1 h. We therefore believe that magnetic hydrogel system has in vivo theranostic potential given high MR contrast enhancement from encapsulated MNS and RF-induced localized therapeutic delivery in one

  3. Thermo-responsive and fluorescent cellulose nanocrystals grafted with polymer brushes

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    Wu, Weibing; Huang, Fang; Pan, Shaobo; ...

    2014-11-24

    Fluorescent and thermo-responsive cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) with tuned polymer brushes were preparedviasurface initiated activators generated by electron transfer for atom transfer radical polymerization.

  4. Zwitterionic Poly(amino acid methacrylate) Brushes

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    2014-01-01

    A new cysteine-based methacrylic monomer (CysMA) was conveniently synthesized via selective thia-Michael addition of a commercially available methacrylate-acrylate precursor in aqueous solution without recourse to protecting group chemistry. Poly(cysteine methacrylate) (PCysMA) brushes were grown from the surface of silicon wafers by atom-transfer radical polymerization. Brush thicknesses of ca. 27 nm were achieved within 270 min at 20 °C. Each CysMA residue comprises a primary amine and a carboxylic acid. Surface zeta potential and atomic force microscopy (AFM) studies of the pH-responsive PCysMA brushes confirm that they are highly extended either below pH 2 or above pH 9.5, since they possess either cationic or anionic character, respectively. At intermediate pH, PCysMA brushes are zwitterionic. At physiological pH, they exhibit excellent resistance to biofouling and negligible cytotoxicity. PCysMA brushes undergo photodegradation: AFM topographical imaging indicates significant mass loss from the brush layer, while XPS studies confirm that exposure to UV radiation produces surface aldehyde sites that can be subsequently derivatized with amines. UV exposure using a photomask yielded sharp, well-defined micropatterned PCysMA brushes functionalized with aldehyde groups that enable conjugation to green fluorescent protein (GFP). Nanopatterned PCysMA brushes were obtained using interference lithography, and confocal microscopy again confirmed the selective conjugation of GFP. Finally, PCysMA undergoes complex base-catalyzed degradation in alkaline solution, leading to the elimination of several small molecules. However, good long-term chemical stability was observed when PCysMA brushes were immersed in aqueous solution at physiological pH. PMID:24884533

  5. Dual-thermoresponsive phase behavior of blood compatible zwitterionic copolymers containing nonionic poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide).

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    Chang, Yung; Chen, Wen-Yih; Yandi, Wetra; Shih, Yu-Ju; Chu, Wan-Ling; Liu, Ying-Ling; Chu, Chih-Wei; Ruaan, Ruoh-Chyu; Higuchi, Akon

    2009-08-10

    Thermoresponsive statistical copolymers of zwitterionic sulfobetaine methacrylate (SBMA) and nonionic N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm) were prepared with an average molecular weight of about 6.0 kDa via homogeneous free radical copolymerization. The aqueous solution properties of poly(SBMA-co-NIPAAm) were measured using a UV--visible spectrophotometer. The copolymers exhibited controllable lower and upper critical solution temperatures in aqueous solution and showed stimuli-responsive phase transition in the presence of salts. Regulated zwitterionic and nonionic molar mass ratios led to poly(SBMA-co-NIPAAm) copolymers having double-critical solution temperatures, where the water-insoluble polymer microdomains are generated by the zwitterionic copolymer region of polySBMA or nonionic copolymer region of polyNIPAAm depending on temperature. A high content of the nonionic polyNIPAAm in poly(SBMA-co-NIPAAm) exhibits nonionic aggregation at high temperatures due to the desolvation of polyNIPAAm, whereas relatively low content of polyNIPAAm in poly(SBMA-co-NIPAAm) exhibits zwitterionic aggregation at low temperatures due to the desolvation of polySBMA. Plasma protein adsorption on the surface coated with poly(SBMA-co-NIPAAm) was measured with a surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensor. The copolymers containing polySBMA above 29 mol % showed extremely low protein adsorption and high anticoagulant activity in human blood plasma. The tunable and switchable thermoresponsive phase behavior of poly(SBMA-co-NIPAAm), as well as its high plasma protein adsorption resistance and anticoagulant activity, suggests a potential for blood-contacting applications.

  6. Surface grafting thermoresponsive PEO-PPO-PEO chains.

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    Malal, Ram; Malal, Maya; Cohn, Daniel

    2011-05-01

    The objective of this study was to engineer surfaces comprising covalently bound polyethylene oxide-polypropylene oxide-polyethylene oxide (PEO-PPO-PEO) chains, able to coil and uncoil in aqueous media, as a function of temperature. Thermoresponsive surfaces can be used in diverse areas, such as tissue engineering and 'on-command' drug delivery. The grafting scheme was exemplified using a poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) film and started with the exposure of the substrate to plasma of ammonia, whereby amine groups were formed on the film. In the next stage, the amine moieties reacted with the hydroxyterminated thermoresponsive PEO-PPO-PEO triblocks via the hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI) coupling agent. XPS analysis of the PET film after being exposed to plasma of ammonia revealed substantial amounts of nitrogen, as revealed by the sizeable N1s peak observed at 400.2 eV. A large increase in the C1s ether peak at 286.5 eV was apparent after binding the PEO-PPO-PEO triblocks to the substrate. These findings were confirmed by FTIR spectroscopy and supported by water contact angle measurements. PEO-PPO-PEO triblocks were chain extended by reacting them with HDI, whereby longer polyether urethane chains were formed. The long thermoresponsive chains produced (P-F127) were then tethered to the PET surface, following the procedure used to graft the shorter F127 triblocks. The thermoresponsiveness of the surface was demonstrated by measuring the water contact angle of the P-F127-containing surfaces as a function of temperature.

  7. Reversible Self-Actuated Thermo-Responsive Pore Membrane.

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    Park, Younggeun; Gutierrez, Maria Paz; Lee, Luke P

    2016-12-19

    Smart membranes, which can selectively control the transfer of light, air, humidity and temperature, are important to achieve indoor climate regulation. Even though reversible self-actuation of smart membranes is desirable in large-scale, reversible self-regulation remains challenging. Specifically, reversible 100% opening/closing of pore actuation showing accurate responsiveness, reproducibility and structural flexibility, including uniform structure assembly, is currently very difficult. Here, we report a reversible, thermo-responsive self-activated pore membrane that achieves opening and closing of pores. The reversible, self-actuated thermo-responsive pore membrane was fabricated with hybrid materials of poly (N-isopropylacrylamide), (PNIPAM) within polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) to form a multi-dimensional pore array. Using Multiphysics simulation of heat transfer and structural mechanics based on finite element analysis, we demonstrated that pore opening and closing dynamics can be self-activated at environmentally relevant temperatures. Temperature cycle characterizations of the pore structure revealed 100% opening ratio at T = 40 °C and 0% opening ratio at T = 20 °C. The flexibility of the membrane showed an accurate temperature-responsive function at a maximum bending angle of 45°. Addressing the importance of self-regulation, this reversible self-actuated thermo-responsive pore membrane will advance the development of future large-scale smart membranes needed for sustainable indoor climate control.

  8. Thermoresponsive ketoprofen-imprinted monolith prepared in ionic liquid.

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    Sun, Xuan; Zhao, Chun-Yan; Wang, Xian-Hua; Huang, Yan-Ping; Liu, Zhao-Sheng

    2014-09-01

    A thermoresponsive imprinted monolith with the ability of molecular recognition for ketoprofen was prepared for the first time. The smart monolith was synthesized in a stainless steel column using acrylamide (AAm) and 2-acrylamide-2-methyl propanesulfonic acid (AMPS) as functional monomers, which can form interpolymer complexation to restrict access of the analyte to the imprinted networks at low temperatures. To avoid a high back pressure of the column derived from neat dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) as a porogenic solvent that is needed to solve polar AMPS, an ionic liquid, [BMIM]BF4, was introduced into the pre-polymerization mixture. The molecular recognition ability towards ketoprofen of the resulting thermoresponsive molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) monolith displayed significant dependence on temperature compared with a non-imprinted column (NIP), and the greatest imprinting factor was achieved at the transition temperature of 35 °C (above 10). Furthermore, the number of binding sites of the smart MIP monolith at 35 °C was about 76 times as large as that at 25 °C. In addition, Freundlich analyses indicated that the thermoresponsive MIP monolith had homogeneous affinity sites at both 25 and 35 °C with heterogeneity index 0.9251 and 0.9851, respectively.

  9. Thermoresponsive magnetic micelles for simultaneous magnetic hyperthermia and drug delivery.

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    Kim, D.-H.; Rozhkova, E. A.; Rajh, T.; Bader, S. D.; Novosad, V.

    2009-05-18

    Hyperthermia has been shown to be a potentially effective therapeutic modality in cancer treatment as it intensifies the efficacy of chemotherapy. The hyperthermia has a good synergic effect with chemotherapy. Their sensitivity to chemotherapy after hyperthermia treatment is increased. Therefore, a simultaneous hyperthermia and chemotherapy can be a new approach for cancer treatment. Multifunctional magnetic nanoparticles with thermoresponsive polymer allowed the simultaneous cancer therapy because the functions of thermo triggered drug release and heating for hyperthermia can be performed simultaneously by applied magnetic field. In our study, magnetic nanoparticles loaded thermoresponsive micelles were synthesized for the simultaneous magnetic hyperthermia and chemotherapy. The micelles made of amphiphilic block copolymer of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-acrylamide)-block-poly(e-caprolaction), P(NIPAAm-co-AAm)-b-PCL, were combined with magnetic nanoparticles and drug which are self-assembled at the hydrophobic core. We synthesized iron oxide nanoparticles having a narrow size distribution of 6 nm by the high-temperature diol reduction in benzyl ether. The amphiphilic block copolymer, P(NIPAAm-co-AAm)-b-PCL was synthesized by radical polymerization for copolymer and ring opening polymerization for block copolymer, respectively. Iron oxide loaded thermoresponsive micelles were formed by solvent-evaporation method. Simultaneous heating and drug release was demonstrated with the anticancer drug doxorubicin.

  10. Reversible Self-Actuated Thermo-Responsive Pore Membrane

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    Park, Younggeun; Gutierrez, Maria Paz; Lee, Luke P.

    2016-01-01

    Smart membranes, which can selectively control the transfer of light, air, humidity and temperature, are important to achieve indoor climate regulation. Even though reversible self-actuation of smart membranes is desirable in large-scale, reversible self-regulation remains challenging. Specifically, reversible 100% opening/closing of pore actuation showing accurate responsiveness, reproducibility and structural flexibility, including uniform structure assembly, is currently very difficult. Here, we report a reversible, thermo-responsive self-activated pore membrane that achieves opening and closing of pores. The reversible, self-actuated thermo-responsive pore membrane was fabricated with hybrid materials of poly (N-isopropylacrylamide), (PNIPAM) within polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) to form a multi-dimensional pore array. Using Multiphysics simulation of heat transfer and structural mechanics based on finite element analysis, we demonstrated that pore opening and closing dynamics can be self-activated at environmentally relevant temperatures. Temperature cycle characterizations of the pore structure revealed 100% opening ratio at T = 40 °C and 0% opening ratio at T = 20 °C. The flexibility of the membrane showed an accurate temperature-responsive function at a maximum bending angle of 45°. Addressing the importance of self-regulation, this reversible self-actuated thermo-responsive pore membrane will advance the development of future large-scale smart membranes needed for sustainable indoor climate control. PMID:27991563

  11. Reversible Self-Actuated Thermo-Responsive Pore Membrane

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    Park, Younggeun; Gutierrez, Maria Paz; Lee, Luke P.

    2016-12-01

    Smart membranes, which can selectively control the transfer of light, air, humidity and temperature, are important to achieve indoor climate regulation. Even though reversible self-actuation of smart membranes is desirable in large-scale, reversible self-regulation remains challenging. Specifically, reversible 100% opening/closing of pore actuation showing accurate responsiveness, reproducibility and structural flexibility, including uniform structure assembly, is currently very difficult. Here, we report a reversible, thermo-responsive self-activated pore membrane that achieves opening and closing of pores. The reversible, self-actuated thermo-responsive pore membrane was fabricated with hybrid materials of poly (N-isopropylacrylamide), (PNIPAM) within polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) to form a multi-dimensional pore array. Using Multiphysics simulation of heat transfer and structural mechanics based on finite element analysis, we demonstrated that pore opening and closing dynamics can be self-activated at environmentally relevant temperatures. Temperature cycle characterizations of the pore structure revealed 100% opening ratio at T = 40 °C and 0% opening ratio at T = 20 °C. The flexibility of the membrane showed an accurate temperature-responsive function at a maximum bending angle of 45°. Addressing the importance of self-regulation, this reversible self-actuated thermo-responsive pore membrane will advance the development of future large-scale smart membranes needed for sustainable indoor climate control.

  12. New bioerodable thermoresponsive polymers for possible radiotherapeutic applications.

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    Hruby, Martin; Kucka, Jan; Lebeda, Ondrej; Mackova, Hana; Babic, Michal; Konak, Cestmir; Studenovsky, Martin; Sikora, Antonin; Kozempel, Jan; Ulbrich, Karel

    2007-05-14

    A new thermoresponsive system designed for local radiotherapy has been developed. In this system a radionuclide complex is entrapped in a thermoresponsive polymer locally precipitated at body temperature after injection of a polymer-complex solution into the tissue where a therapeutic effect is required. The lifetime of the system is controlled by the rate of polymer hydrolysis, its dissolution and elimination from the body. The thermoresponsive polymer with the cloud temperature (CT) below body temperature is based on copolymers of N-isopropylmethacrylamide with a methacrylamide-type comonomer containing hydrophobic n-alkyls of three different sizes (C(3), C(6) and C(12)) bonded by a hydrolytically labile hydrazone bond. Hydrolysis of hydrazone bond results in a copolymer soluble at body temperature. The copolymer containing 27.5 mole% of the comonomer with the C(6) moiety, which was chosen for further study, has the CT 22 degrees C and its phase separation is complete at 34 degrees C. Polymer dissolution is complete within 48 h at both pH 5.0 or 7.4. The model therapeutic radionuclide, (64)Cu, in the form of its hydrophobic chelate bis(quinolin-8-olato-N,O) [(64)Cu]copper, is efficiently kept hydrophobically entrapped in the phase-separated polymer until the dissolution by hydrolytic degradation is completed.

  13. Dual Thermoresponsive Aggregation of Schizophrenic PDMAEMA-b-PSBMA Copolymer with an Unrepeatable pH Response and a Recycled CO2/N2 Response.

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    Sun, Hui; Chen, Xiaolu; Han, Xia; Liu, Honglai

    2017-03-14

    A dual thermoresponsive block copolymer of poly[2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate]-block-poly(sulfobetaine methacrylate) (PDMAEMA-b-PSBMA) exhibited reversible schizophrenic aggregation behavior in water because of the upper critical solution temperature (UCST) of the PSBMA block and the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of the PDMAEMA block. Both the UCST and LCST shifted to lower values with increasing DMAEMA/SBMA block ratios, which was ascribed to the hydrophobic/hydrophilic balance of both blocks. Because of the salt-sensitive PSBMA and pH-responsive PDMAEMA, the UCST and LCST values of PDMAEMA-b-PSBMA were codetermined by varying the salt concentrations and pH. Specifically, increasing the salt concentration resulted in a notable decrease in the UCST and a slight increase in the LCST due to the salt-induced screening of the electrostatic attractions of the PSBMA and salt-enhanced solubility of the PSBMA blocks, respectively. The LCST decreased with increasing pH because of the deprotonation of PDMAEMA, and the UCST first increased and then decreased with increasing pH. Besides, the copolymer with larger PDMAEMA content was more sensitive to pH. For the repetitive adjustment to thermoresponsive aggregation, repeated addition of acids and bases induced salt accumulation and diminished the switchability of pH, whereas repeated switching cycles were achieved by CO2/N2 bubbling without introducing salt enrichment. The difference in HCl/NaOH titration and CO2/N2 bubbling also existed in the switching cycles when PDMAEMA-b-PSBMA served as a stimulus-responsive emulsifier.

  14. Novel calcium-alginate capsules with aqueous core and thermo-responsive membrane.

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    Wang, Ji-Yun; Jin, Yao; Xie, Rui; Liu, Jie-Yi; Ju, Xiao-Jie; Meng, Tao; Chu, Liang-Yin

    2011-01-01

    Novel calcium-alginate (Ca-alginate) capsules with aqueous core and thermo-responsive membrane are successfully prepared by introducing a co-extrusion minifluidic approach, and the thermo-responsive gating characteristics of Ca-alginate capsule membranes embedded with poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) microspheres are investigated systematically. The experimental results show that the prepared Ca-alginate capsules are highly monodisperse, and the average diameter and membrane thickness of Ca-alginate capsules are about 2.96 mm and 0.11 mm respectively. The Ca-alginate capsule membranes exhibit desired thermo-responsive gating property. With increasing the content of PNIPAM microspheres embedded in the Ca-alginate capsule membranes, the thermo-responsive gating coefficient of the capsule membranes increases simply. When solute molecules diffuse through the capsule membrane, the thermo-responsive gating coefficient is significantly affected by the molecular weight of solute molecules.

  15. Thermo-responsive Diblock Copolymer Worm Gels in Non-polar Solvents

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    2014-01-01

    Benzyl methacrylate (BzMA) is polymerized using a poly(lauryl methacrylate) macromolecular chain transfer agent (PLMA macro-CTA) using reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization at 70 °C in n-dodecane. This choice of solvent leads to an efficient dispersion polymerization, with polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA) occurring via the growing PBzMA block to produce a range of PLMA–PBzMA diblock copolymer nano-objects, including spheres, worms, and vesicles. In the present study, particular attention is paid to the worm phase, which forms soft free-standing gels at 20 °C due to multiple inter-worm contacts. Such worm gels exhibit thermo-responsive behavior: heating above 50 °C causes degelation due to the onset of a worm-to-sphere transition. Degelation occurs because isotropic spheres interact with each other much less efficiently than the highly anisotropic worms. This worm-to-sphere thermal transition is essentially irreversible on heating a dilute solution (0.10% w/w) but is more or less reversible on heating a more concentrated dispersion (20% w/w). The relatively low volatility of n-dodecane facilitates variable-temperature rheological studies, which are consistent with eventual reconstitution of the worm phase on cooling to 20 °C. Variable-temperature 1H NMR studies conducted in d26-dodecane confirm partial solvation of the PBzMA block at elevated temperature: surface plasticization of the worm cores is invoked to account for the observed change in morphology, because this is sufficient to increase the copolymer curvature and hence induce a worm-to-sphere transition. Small-angle X-ray scattering and TEM are used to investigate the structural changes that occur during the worm-to-sphere-to-worm thermal cycle; experiments conducted at 1.0 and 5.0% w/w demonstrate the concentration-dependent (ir)reversibility of these morphological transitions. PMID:24678949

  16. Synthesis and characterization of injectable, water-soluble copolymers of tertiary amine methacrylates and poly(ethylene glycol) containing methacrylates.

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    Anderson, Brian C; Mallapragada, Surya K

    2002-11-01

    Several homopolymers and copolymers of 2-(diethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DEAEM) and poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (PEGMEM) were synthesized using anionic polymerization initiated by potassium t-butoxide. The polymers were characterized by average molecular weight, polydispersity and monomeric unit composition. A very narrow molecular weight distribution was achieved with a well-controlled composition. The glass transition temperatures and compositions of the copolymers followed a Gordon-Taylor relationship. The water solubility and biocompatibility of the copolymers was compared to their parent homopolymers to determine if the addition of a poly(ethylene glycol) group was sufficient to solubilize the polymers in aqueous buffer solutions and to increase the biocompatibility of the polymers. These water-soluble, injectable cationic copolymers have potential applications in gene delivery as well as other biomaterial applications.

  17. Sequence dependent conformations of glycidyl methacrylate/butyl methacrylate copolymers in the gas phase

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    Baker, Erin Shammel; Gidden, Jennifer; Simonsick, William J.; Grady, Michael C.; Bowers, Michael T.

    2004-11-01

    Sequence dependent conformations of a series of glycidyl methacrylate/butyl methacrylate (GMA/BMA) copolymers cationized by sodium were analyzed in the gas phase using ion mobility methods. GMA and BMA have the same nominal mass but vary in exact mass by 0.036 Da (CH4 versus O). Matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) was used to form Na+(GMA/BMA) copolymer ions and their collision cross-sections were measured in helium using ion mobility methods. The copolymer sequences from Na+(GMA/BMA)3 to Na+(GMA/BMA)5 (i.e. for the trimer to the pentamer) were studied. Analysis by molecular mechanics/dynamics indicates that each copolymer (regardless of sequence) forms a ring around the sodium ions due to Na+/oxygen electrostatic interactions. However, the structures vary in size, since the epoxy oxygen atoms in the glycidyl groups are attracted to the sodium ions while the carbon-composed butyl groups are not. This allows copolymers with more GMA segments to fold tighter (more spherically) around the sodium ion and have smaller cross-sections than copolymers with a larger amount of BMA segments in the sequence. Due to this cross-sectional difference, the GMA/BMA sequence compositions of the trimer and tetramer could be quantified.

  18. Synthesis and Characterization of Amphiphilic Graft Copolymers of Poly (1,3dioxolane) Macromonomers with Styrene and Methyl Methacrylate

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    Bendaikha, H.; Clisson, G.; Khoukh, A.; François, J.; Kada, S. Ould; Krallafa, A.

    2008-08-01

    Methacrylate-terminated Poly (1,3dioxolane) (PDXL) macromonomers were synthesized by cationic ring-opening polymerization in the presence of 2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate (2-HPMA) as transfer agent. Molecular weights and polydispersity index of the PDXL macromonomers were evaluated by size exclusion chromatography (SEC) and 1H-NMR. Copolymerizations of PDXL macromonomers with styrene (St) and methyl methacrylate (MMA) were carried out using various feed molar ratios. Monomer reactivity ratios between the macromonomers and the comonomers were estimated from the copolymerization results. Glass transition temperatures of the copolymers were found to decrease with an increase in the amount of PDXL in the copolymers.

  19. Thermo-responsive shell cross-linked PMMA-b-P(NIPAAm-co-NAS) micelles for drug delivery.

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    Chang, Cong; Wei, Hua; Wu, De-Qun; Yang, Bin; Chen, Ni; Cheng, Si-Xue; Zhang, Xian-Zheng; Zhuo, Ren-Xi

    2011-11-28

    Thermo-responsive amphiphilic poly(methyl methacrylate)-b-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-N-acryloxysuccinimide) (PMMA-b-P(NIPAAm-co-NAS)) block copolymer was synthesized by successive RAFT polymerizations. The uncross-linked micelles were facilely prepared by directly dissolving the block copolymer in an aqueous medium, and the shell cross-linked (SCL) micelles were further fabricated by the addition of ethylenediamine as a di-functional cross-linker into the micellar solution. Optical absorption measurements showed that the LCST of uncross-linked and cross-linked micelles was 31.0°C and 40.8°C, respectively. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed that both uncross-linked and cross-linked micelles exhibited well-defined spherical shape in aqueous phase at room temperature, while the SCL micelles were able to retain the spherical shape with relatively smaller dimension even at 40°C due to the cross-linked structure. In vitro drug release study demonstrated a slower and more sustained drug release behavior from the SCL micelles at high temperature as compared with the release profile of uncross-linked micelles, indicating the great potential of SCL micelles developed herein as novel smart carriers for controlled drug release.

  20. Chiral Structures of Thermoresponsive Soft Spheres in Hollow Cylinders

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    Lohr, Matthew A.; Alsayed, Ahmed; Zhang, Zexin; Yodh, Arjun G.

    2009-03-01

    We experimentally observe the formation of closely packed crystalline structures in hollow cylinders. The structures have varying degrees of chiral order. The systems are created from aqueous suspensions of thermoresponsive N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPA) microgel particles packed in micron-diameter glass capillaries. We categorize these structures according to classifications used by Erickson for tubular packings of hard spheres [1]. By varying the temperature-tunable diameter of these particles, the system's volume fraction is changed, permitting observations of the resilience of these structures and their melting transitions. Melting of these thermal crystalline structures is observed. [1] R. O. Erickson, Science 181 (1973) 705-716.

  1. Harvesting pre-polarized macrophages using thermo-responsive substrates

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    Malheiro, Vera; Elbs-Glatz, Yvonne; Obarzanek-Fojt, Magdalena; Maniura-Weber, Katharina; Bruinink, Arie

    2017-01-01

    In the cell culture environment macrophages are highly adherent cells. Currently used methods to harvest macrophages have the disadvantage of reducing cell viability and their ability to re-attach after seeding. Although thermo-responsive surfaces have been employed to harvest cell sheets no reports are available to use these to harvest (pre-polarized) macrophages. We show that this method significantly improves the yield of living macrophages and percentage of subsequent cell reattachment, whilst having a minimal effect on the cell phenotype. PMID:28195152

  2. SANS study on the solvated structure and molecular interactions of a thermo-responsive polymer in a room temperature ionic liquid

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    Hirosawa, Kazu; Fujii, Kenta; Ueki, Takeshi; ...

    2016-06-17

    Here, we utilized small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) to quantitatively characterize the LCST-type phase behavior of the poly(benzyl methacrylate) (PBnMA) derivative poly(2-phenylethyl methacrylate) (PPhEtMA) in the deuterated ionic liquid (IL) d8-1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)amide (d8-[C2mIm+][TFSA-]). The SANS curves showed a discontinuous change from those characteristics of dispersed polymer chains to those of large aggregates of PPhEtMA chains suspended in the IL solution, indicating that phase separation occurs discontinuously at Tc. We also evaluated the enthalpic and entropic contributions to the effective interaction parameter χeff of PPhEtMA in [C2mIm+][TFSA-] and compared them with those of PBnMA. The absolute value of the enthalpic contribution observedmore » for PPhEtMA was smaller than that for PBnMA. This difference in the enthalpic term can be attributed to the unfavorable interaction between the IL and the alkyl group in the side chain of PPhEtMA. In addition, the temperature dependence of χeff was smaller than the previously reported value for a thermo-responsive polymer in an aqueous system. Finally, it was found out that the strong dependence of Tc on the chemical structure in IL systems originated from the relatively smaller temperature dependence of χeff.« less

  3. Induction of cell self-organization on weakly positively charged surfaces prepared by the deposition of polyion complex nanoparticles of thermoresponsive, zwitterionic copolymers.

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    Iwai, Ryosuke; Haruki, Ryota; Nemoto, Yasushi; Nakayama, Yasuhide

    2017-07-01

    We have developed inducible cell self-organization through weakly positively charged culture surfaces. In this study, a thermoresponsive and zwitterionic copolymer comprised of N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) and methacrylic acid (MA) (PDMAEMA-co-PMA; Mn: ∼9.7 × 10(4) g/mol; PDMAEMA/PMA ratio: 10) was designed for inducing cell self-organization. The copolymer formed single polymer-derived polyion complex (sPIC) nanoparticles following dissolution in an aqueous solution. The sPIC nanoparticles had a positive charge (ca. 25 mV). Self-organization occurred in adipose-derived vascular stromal cell monolayers cultivated on sPIC-deposited surfaces. There were dramatic morphological changes of these cells with the formation of capillary-like networks and single-cell aggregates with little cytotoxicity. This was a significant improvement compared with cells grown on previously developed surfaces deposited with PIC, a mixture of PDMAEMA and plasmid DNA. Thus, sPICs of PDMAEMA-co-PMA may allow for the accurate evaluation of a variety of cell behaviors with less cytotoxicity, and may facilitate additional potential medical applications such as cell-based therapy and drug discovery. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part B: Appl Biomater, 105B: 1009-1015, 2017. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  4. One-step synthesis and self-assembly behavior of thermo-responsive star-shaped β-cyclodextrin-(P(MEO2MA- co-PEGMA))21 copolymers

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    Wei, Lulu; Lu, Beibei; Li, Lei; Wu, Jianning; Liu, Zhiyong; Guo, Xuhong

    2017-09-01

    A novel β-cyclodextrin-poly(2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethyl methacrylate)- co-poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate (abbreviated as: β-CD-(P(MEO2MA- co-PEGMA))21) was prepared by using the one-step strategy, and then the star-shaped copolymers were used in the atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). The structure of star-shaped β-CD-(P(MEO2MA- co-PEGMA))21 copolymers were studied by FTIR, 1H NMR and gel permeation chromatography (GPC). The star-shaped copolymers could self-assembled into micelles in aqueous solution owing to the outer amphiphilic β-CD as a core and the hydrophilic P(MEO2MA- co-PEGMA) segments as a shell. These thermo-responsive starshaped copolymers micelles exhibited lower critical solution temperature (LCST) in water, which could be finely tuned by changing the feed ratio of MEO2MA to PEGMA. The LCST of star-shaped β-CD-(P(MEO2MA- co-PEGMA))21 copolymer micelles were increased from 35°C to 58°C with the increasing content of PEGMA. The results were investigated by DLS and TEM. When the temperature was higher than corresponding LCSTs, the micelles started to associate and form spherical nanoparticles. Therefore, β-CD-(P(MEO2MA- co-PEGMA))21 star-shaped copolymer micelles could be potentially applied in nano-carrier, nano-reactor, smart materials and biomedical fields.

  5. Thermo-Responsive Polymers for Cell-based Therapeutic Applications

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    James, Hodari-Sadiki

    Poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm) is a well-known thermo-responsive polymer that has be shown to be biocompatible, with surfaces coated with PNIPAAm supporting the culture of cells. These surfaces support the adhesion and proliferation of multiple cell phenotypes at 37 °C, when surface is hydrophobic, as the polymer chains are collapse and lose their affinity for water. Reducing the temperature below the polymers lower critical solution temperature (LCST) elicits hydration and swelling of the polymer chains and leads to cell detachment. In vitro culture on thermo-responsive surfaces can be used to produce cell sheets for the use of different therapeutic treatments. PNIPAAm coated membranes were used to culture human keratinocyte cells to confluence, with cell release possible after exposing the membranes to room temperature (˜25 °C) for 10 minutes. Cell sheet transfer was possible from the coated membrane to cell culture dishes using a protocol that we developed. There was also a trend towards similar cell apoptosis on both PNIPAAm coated and uncoated surfaces.

  6. A thermo-responsive protein treatment for dry eyes

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    Wang, Wan; Jashnani, Aarti; Aluri, Suhaas R.; Gustafson, Joshua A.; Hsueh, Pang-Yu; Yarber, Frances; McKown, Robert L.; Laurie, Gordon W.; Hamm-Alvarez, Sarah F.; MacKay, J. Andrew

    2015-01-01

    Millions of Americans suffer from dry eye disease, and there are few effective therapies capable of treating these patients. A decade ago, an abundant protein component of human tears was discovered and named lacritin(Lacrt). Lacrt has prosecretory activity in the lacrimal gland and mitogenic activity at the corneal epithelium. Similar to other proteins placed on the ocular surface, the durability of its effect is limited by rapid tear turnover. Motivated by the rationale that a thermo-responsive coacervate containing Lacrt would have better retention upon administration, we have constructed and tested the activity of a thermo-responsive Lacrt fused to an Elastin-like polypeptide (ELP). Inspired from the human tropoelastin protein, ELP protein polymers reversibly phase separate into viscous coacervates above a tunable transition temperature. This fusion construct exhibited the prosecretory function of native Lacrt as illustrated by its ability to stimulate β-hexosaminidase secretion from primary rabbit lacrimal gland acinar cells. It also increased tear secretion from non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice, a model of autoimmune dacryoadenitis, when administered via intra-lacrimal injection. Lacrt ELP fusion proteins undergo temperature-mediated assembly to form a depot inside the lacrimal gland. We propose that these Lacrt ELP fusion proteins represent a potential therapy for dry eye disease and the strategy of ELP-mediated phase separation may have applicability to other diseases of the ocular surface. PMID:25481446

  7. Bioactive thermoresponsive polyblend nanofiber formulations for wound healing.

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    Pawar, Mahesh D; Rathna, G V N; Agrawal, Shubhang; Kuchekar, Bhanudas S

    2015-03-01

    The rationale of this work is to develop new bioactive thermoresponsive polyblend nanofiber formulations for wound healing (topical). Various polymer compositions of thermoresponsive, poly(N-isopropylacrylamide), egg albumen and poly(ε-caprolactone) blend solutions with and without a drug [gatifloxacin hydrochloride, Gati] were prepared. Non-woven nanofibers of various compositions were fabricated using an electrospinning technique. The morphology of the nanofibers was analyzed by an environmental scanning electron microscope. The morphology was influenced by the concentration of polymer, drug, and polymer blend composition. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy analysis showed the shift in bands due to hydrogen ion interactions between polymers and drug. Thermogram of PNIPAM/PCL/EA with Gati recorded a shift in lower critical solution temperature (LCST) and glass transition temperature (Tg) of PNIPAM. Similarly Tg and melting temperature (Tm) of PCL were shifted. X-ray diffraction patterns recorded a decrease in the crystalline state of PCL nanofibers and transformed crystalline drug to an amorphous state. In vitro release study of nanofibers with Gati showed initial rapid release up to 10h, followed by slow and controlled release for 696h (29days). Nanofiber mats with Gati exhibited antibacterial properties to Staphylococcus aureus, supported suitable controlled drug release with in vitro cell viability and in vivo wound healing.

  8. An implantable thermoresponsive drug delivery system based on Peltier device.

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    Yang, Rongbing; Gorelov, Alexander V; Aldabbagh, Fawaz; Carroll, William M; Rochev, Yury

    2013-04-15

    Locally dropping the temperature in vivo is the main obstacle to the clinical use of a thermoresponsive drug delivery system. In this paper, a Peltier electronic element is incorporated with a thermoresponsive thin film based drug delivery system to form a new drug delivery device which can regulate the release of rhodamine B in a water environment at 37 °C. Various current signals are used to control the temperature of the cold side of the Peltier device and the volume of water on top of the Peltier device affects the change in temperature. The pulsatile on-demand release profile of the model drug is obtained by turning the current signal on and off. The work has shown that the 2600 mAh power source is enough to power this device for 1.3 h. Furthermore, the excessive heat will not cause thermal damage in the body as it will be dissipated by the thermoregulation of the human body. Therefore, this simple novel device can be implanted and should work well in vivo.

  9. 76 FR 69659 - Methacrylic Acid-Methyl Methacrylate-Polyethylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether Methacrylate Graft...

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    2011-11-09

    ... copolymer when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. Akzo Noel Surface Chemistry LLC submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting an... methacrylate graft copolymer on food or feed commodities. DATES: This regulation is effective November 9, 2011...

  10. Thermo-responsive and fluorescent cellulose nanocrystals grafted with polymer brushes

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    Wu, Weibing; Huang, Fang; Pan, Shaobo; Mu, Wei; Meng, Xianzhi; Yang, Haitao; Xu, Zhaoyang; Ragauskas, Arthur J.; Deng, Yulin

    2014-11-24

    Fluorescent and thermo-responsive cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) with tuned polymer brushes were preparedviasurface initiated activators generated by electron transfer for atom transfer radical polymerization.

  11. pH-sensitive methacrylic copolymer gels and the production thereof

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    Mallapragada, Surya K.; Anderson, Brian C.

    2007-05-15

    The present invention provides novel gel forming methacrylic blocking copolymers that exhibit cationic pH-sensitive behavior as well as good water solubility. The copolymers are constructed by polymerization of a tertiary amine methacrylate with either a (poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(propylene oxide)-b-poly(ethylene oxide) polymer, such as the commercially available Pluronic.RTM. polymers, or a poly(ethylene glycol)methyl ether polymer. The polymers may be used for drug and gene delivery, protein separation, as structural supplements, and more.

  12. Activity and stability of urease entrapped in thermosensitive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-poly(ethyleneglycol)-methacrylate) hydrogel.

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    Bayramoglu, Gulay; Arica, M Yakup

    2014-02-01

    Urease was entrapped in thermally responsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-poly(ethyleneglycol)-methacrylate), p[NIPAM-p(PEG)-MA], copolymer hydrogels. The copolymer membrane shows temperature-responsive properties similar to conventional p(NIPAM) hydrogels, which reversibly swell below and de-swell above the lower critical solution temperature of p(NIPAM) hydrogel at around 32 °C. The retained activities of the entrapped urease (in p[NIPAM-p(PEG)-MA]-4 hydrogels) were between 83 and 53% compared to that of the same quantity of free enzyme. Due to the thermo-responsive character of the hydrogel matrix, the maximum activity was achieved at around 25 °C with the immobilized urease. Optimum pH was the same for both free and entrapped enzyme. Operational, thermal and storage stabilities of the enzyme were found to increase with entrapment of urease in the thermoresponsive hydrogel matrixes. As for reusability, the immobilized urease retained 89% of its activity after ten repeated uses.

  13. Stiffness-Controlled Thermoresponsive Hydrogels for Cell Harvesting with Sustained Mechanical Memory.

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    Fan, Xingliang; Zhu, Lu; Wang, Ke; Wang, Bingjie; Wu, Yaozu; Xie, Wei; Huang, Chengyu; Chan, Barbara Pui; Du, Yanan

    2017-03-01

    Most mechanobiological investigations focused on in situ mechanical regulation of cells on stiffness-controlled substrates with few downstream applications, as it is still challenging to harvest and expand mechanically primed cells by enzymatic digestion (e.g., trypsin) without interrupting cellular mechanical memory between passages. This study develops thermoresponsive hydrogels with controllable stiffness to generate mechanically primed cells with intact mechanical memory for augmented wound healing. No significant cellular property alteration of the fibroblasts primed on thermoresponsive hydrogels with varied stiffness has been observed through thermoresponsive harvesting. When reseeding the harvested cells for further evaluation, softer hydrogels are proven to better sustain the mechanical priming effects compared to rigid tissue culture plate, which indicates that both the stiffness-controlled substrate and thermoresponsive harvesting are required to sustain cellular mechanical memory between passages. Moreover, epigenetics analysis reveals that thermoresponsive harvesting could reduce the rearrangement and loss of chromatin proteins compared to that of trypsinization. In vivo wound healing using mechanically primed fibroblasts shows featured epithelium and sebaceous glands, which indicates augmented skin recovery compared with trypsinized fibroblasts. Thus, the thermoresponsive hydrogel-based cell harvesting system offers a powerful tool to investigate mechanobiology between cell passages and produces abundant cells with tailored mechanical priming properties for cell-based applications.

  14. Aqueous-based initiator attachment and ATRP grafting of polymer brushes from poly(methyl methacrylate) substrates.

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    Balamurugan, Sreelatha S; Subramanian, Balamurugan; Bolivar, Jowell G; McCarley, Robin L

    2012-10-09

    Many polymers, such as PMMA, are very susceptible to swelling or dissolution by organic solvents. Growing covalently attached polymer brushes from these surfaces by atom-transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) is challenging because of the typical requirement of organic solvent for initiator immobilization. We report an unprecedented, aqueous-based route to graft poly(N-isopropylacrylamide), PNIPAAm, from poly(methyl methacrylate), PMMA, surfaces by ATRP, wherein the underlying PMMA is unaffected. Successful attachment of the ATRP initiator, N-hydroxysuccinimidyl-2-bromo-2-methylpropionate, on amine-bearing PMMA surfaces was confirmed by XPS. From this surface-immobilized initiator, thermoresponsive PNIPAAm brushes were grown by aqueous ATRP to yield optically transparent PNIPAAm-grafted PMMA surfaces. This procedure is valuable, as it can be applied for the aqueous-based covalent attachment of ATRP initiator on any amine-functionalized surface, with subsequent polymerization of a variety of monomers.

  15. Aqueous-Based Initiator Attachment and ATRP Grafting of Polymer Brushes from Poly(methyl methacrylate) Substrates

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    Balamurugan, Sreelatha S.; Subramanian, Balamurugan; Bolivar, Jowell G.; McCarley, Robin L.

    2012-01-01

    Many polymers, such as PMMA, are very susceptible to swelling or dissolution by organic solvents. Growing covalently attached polymer brushes from these surfaces by ATRP is challenging because of the typical requirement of organic solvent for initiator immobilization. We report an unprecedented, aqueous-based route to graft poly(N-isopropylacrylamide), PNIPAAm, from poly(methyl methacrylate), PMMA, surfaces by atom-transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), wherein the underlying PMMA is unaffected. Successful attachment of the ATRP initiator, N-hydroxysuccinimidyl-2-bromo-2-methylpropionate, on amine-bearing PMMA surfaces was confirmed by XPS. From this surface-immobilized initiator, thermoresponsive PNIPAAm brushes were grown by aqueous ATRP to yield optically transparent PNIPAAm-grafted PMMA surfaces. This procedure is valuable, as it can be applied for the aqueous-based covalent attachment of ATRP initiator on any amine-functionalized surface, with subsequent polymerization of a variety of monomers. PMID:22967226

  16. 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

  17. Synthesis of thermo-responsive polymers recycling aqueous two-phase systems and phase formation mechanism with partition of ε-polylysine.

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    Xu, Chengning; Dong, Wenying; Wan, Junfen; Cao, Xuejun

    2016-11-11

    Aqueous two-phase systems (ATPS) have the potential application in bioseparation and biocatalysis engineering. In this paper, a recyclable ATPS was developed by two thermo-responsive copolymers, PVBAm and PN. Copolymer PVBAm was copolymerized using N-vinylcaprolactam, Butyl methacrylate and Acrylamide as monomers, and PN was synthesized by N-isopropylacrylamide. The lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of PVBAm and PN were 45.0°C and 33.5°C, respectively. The recoveries of both polymers could achieve over 95.0%. The phase behavior and formation mechanism of PVBAm/PN ATPS was studied. Low-field nuclear magnetic resonance (LF-NMR) was applied in the phase-forming mechanism study in ATPS. In addition, combining the analysis results of surface tension, transmission electron microscopy and dynamic light scattering, the phase-forming of the PVBAm/PN ATPS was proved. The application was performed by partition of ε-polylysine in the 2% PVBAm/2% PN (w/w) ATPS. The results demonstrated that ε-polylysine was extracted into the PN-rich phase, the maximal partition coefficient (1/K) and extraction recovery of pure ε-polylysine were 6.87 and 96.36%, respectively, and 7.41 partition coefficient and 97.85% extraction recovery for ε-polylysine fermentation broth were obtained in the presence of 50mM (NH4)2SO4 at room temperature. And this method can effectively remove the most impurities from fermentation broth when (NH4)2SO4 exists in the ATPS. It is believed that the thermo-responsive recycling ATPS has a good application prospect in the field of bio-separation.

  18. 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.

  19. Tunable Thermoresponsiveness of Resilin via Coassembly with Rigid Biopolymers.

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    Whittaker, Jasmin L; Dutta, Naba K; Knott, Robert; McPhee, Gordon; Voelcker, Nicolas H; Elvin, Chris; Hill, Anita; Choudhury, Namita Roy

    2015-08-18

    The ability to tune the thermoresponsiveness of recombinant resilin protein, Rec1-resilin, through a facile coassembly system was investigated in this study. The effects of change in conformation and morphology with time and the responsive behavior of Rec1-resilin in solution were studied in response to the addition of a rigid model polypeptide (poly-l-proline) or a hydrophobic rigid protein (Bombyx mori silk fibroin). It was observed that by inducing more ordered conformations and increasing the hydrophobicity the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of the system was tuned to lower values. Time and temperature were found to be critical parameters in controlling the coassembly behavior of Rec1-resilin in both the model polypeptide and more complex protein systems. Such unique properties are useful for a wide range of applications, including drug delivery and soft tissue engineering applications.

  20. Patterned Thermoresponsive Microgel Coatings for Noninvasive Processing of Adherent Cells.

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    Uhlig, Katja; Wegener, Thomas; He, Jian; Zeiser, Michael; Bookhold, Johannes; Dewald, Inna; Godino, Neus; Jaeger, Magnus; Hellweg, Thomas; Fery, Andreas; Duschl, Claus

    2016-03-14

    Cultivation of adherently growing cells in artificial environments is of utmost importance in medicine and biotechnology to accomplish in vitro drug screening or to investigate disease mechanisms. Precise cell manipulation, like localized control over adhesion, is required to expand cells, to establish cell models for novel therapies and to perform noninvasive cell experiments. To this end, we developed a method of gentle, local lift-off of mammalian cells using polymer surfaces, which are reversibly and repeatedly switchable between a cell-attractive and a cell-repellent state. This property was introduced through micropatterned thermoresponsive polymer coatings formed from colloidal microgels. Patterning was obtained through automated nanodispensing or microcontact printing, making use of unspecific electrostatic interactions between microgels and substrates. This process is much more robust against ambient conditions than covalent coupling, thus lending itself to up-scaling. As an example, wound healing assays were accomplished at 37 °C with highly increased precision in microfluidic environments.

  1. Thermomechanical behavior of amorphous tactic methacrylate polymers

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    Kiran, E.; Gillham, J. K.; Gipstein, E.

    1974-01-01

    Dynamic mechanical spectra of amorphous stereoregular poly(methyl methacrylate)s and poly(t-butyl methacrylate)s with assigned microtacticities are presented and discussed. An intermolecular argument is invoked to account for the higher glass transition temperature of syndiotactic vis a vis isotactic PMMA, in spite of the higher density of the latter at 30 C. An argument is presented to show that the ratio of glassy-region relaxation temperature to glass transition temperature is not only a measure of the degree of coupling of the beta and glass transition processes, but also of the degree to which intermolecular factors influence these processes. The greater extent of the low-temperature irreversibilities observed in the thermomechanical spectra of poly(t-butyl methacrylate)s is attributed to the brittle character induced by the bulky side groups which presumably weaken cohesive forces.

  2. Recyclable Thermoresponsive Polymer-Cellulase Bioconjugates for Biomass Depolymerization

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    Mackenzie, Katherine J.; Francis, Matthew B.

    2013-01-01

    Here we report the construction and characterization of a recoverable, thermoresponsive polymer-endoglucanase bioconjugate that matches the activity of unmodified enzymes on insoluble cellulose substrates. Two copolymers exhibiting a thermoresponsive lower critical solution temperature (LCST) were created through the copolymerization of an aminooxy-bearing methacrylamide with N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAm) or N-isopropylmethacrylamide (NIPMa). The aminooxy group provided a handle through which the LCST was adjusted through small-molecule quenching. This allowed materials with LCSTs ranging from 20.9 °C to 60.5 °C to be readily obtained after polymerization. The thermostable endoglucanase EGPh from the hypothermophilic Pyrococcus horikoshii was transaminated with pyridoxal-5’-phosphate to produce a ketone-bearing protein, which was then site-selectively modified through oxime linkage with benzylalkoxyamine or 5 kDa-poly(ethylene glycol)-alkoxyamine. These modified proteins showed activity comparable to the controls when assayed on an insoluble cellulosic substrate. Two polymer bioconjugates were then constructed using transaminated EGPh and the aminooxy-bearing copolymers. After twelve hours, both bioconjugates produced an equivalent amount of free reducing sugars as the unmodified control using insoluble cellulose as a substrate. The recycling ability of the NIPAm copolymer-EGPh conjugate was determined through three rounds of activity, maintaining over 60% activity after two cycles of reuse and affording significantly more soluble carbohydrates than unmodified enzyme alone. When assayed on acid-pretreated Miscanthus, this bioconjugate increased the amount of reducing sugars by 2.8-fold over three rounds of activity. The synthetic strategy of this bioconjugate allows the LCST of the material to be changed readily from a common stock of copolymer and the method of attachment is applicable to a variety of proteins, enabling the same approach to be amenable to

  3. Thermoresponsive Polymers for Nuclear Medicine: Which Polymer Is the Best?

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    Sedláček, Ondřej; Černoch, Peter; Kučka, Jan; Konefal, Rafał; Štěpánek, Petr; Vetrík, Miroslav; Lodge, Timothy P; Hrubý, Martin

    2016-06-21

    Thermoresponsive polymers showing cloud point temperatures (CPT) in aqueous solutions are very promising for the construction of various systems in biomedical field. In many of these applications these polymers get in contact with ionizing radiation, e.g., if they are used as carriers for radiopharmaceuticals or during radiation sterilization. Despite this fact, radiosensitivity of these polymers is largely overlooked to date. In this work, we describe the effect of electron beam ionizing radiation on the physicochemical and phase separation properties of selected thermoresponsive polymers with CPT between room and body temperature. Stability of the polymers to radiation (doses 0-20 kGy) in aqueous solutions increased in the order poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) (PVCL, the least stable) ≪ poly[N-(2,2-difluoroethyl)acrylamide] (DFP) < poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) ≪ poly(2-isopropyl-2-oxazoline-co-2-n-butyl-2-oxazoline) (POX). Even low doses of β radiation (1 kGy), which are highly relevant to the storage of polymer radiotherapeutics and sterilization of biomedical systems, cause significant increase in molecular weight due to cross-linking (except for POX, where this effect is weak). In the case of PVCL irradiated with low doses, the increase in molecular weight induced an increase in the CPT of the polymer. For PNIPAM and DFP, there is strong chain hydrophilization leading to an increase in CPT. From this perspective, POX is the most suitable polymer for the construction of delivery systems that experience exposure to radiation, while PVCL is the least suitable and PNIPAM and DFP are suitable only for low radiation demands.

  4. Thermo-responsive hydrogels for intravitreal injection and biomolecule release

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    Drapala, Pawel

    In this dissertation, we develop an injectable polymer system to enable localized and prolonged release of therapeutic biomolecules for improved treatment of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Thermo-responsive hydrogels derived from N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm) and cross-linked with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) poly(L-Lactic acid) (PLLA) copolymer were synthesized via free-radical polymerization. These materials were investigated for (a) phase change behavior, (b) in-vitro degradation, (c) capacity for controlled drug delivery, and (d) biocompatibility. The volume-phase transition temperature (VPTT) of the PNIPAAm- co-PEG-b-PLLA hydrogels was adjusted using hydrophilic and hydrophobic moieties so that it is ca. 33°C. These hydrogels did not initially show evidence of degradation at 37°C due to physical cross-links of collapsed PNIPAAm. Only after addition of glutathione chain transfer agents (CTA)s to the precursor did the collapsed hydrogels become fully soluble at 37°C. CTAs significantly affected the release kinetics of biomolecules; addition of 1.0 mg/mL glutathione to 3 mM cross-linker accelerated hydrogel degradation, resulting in 100% release in less than 2 days. This work also explored the effect of PEGylation in order to tether biomolecules to the polymer matrix. It was demonstrated that non-site-specific PEGylation can postpone the burst release of solutes (up to 10 days in hydrogels with 0.5 mg/mL glutathione). Cell viability assays showed that at least two 20-minute buffer extraction steps were needed to remove cytotoxic elements from the hydrogels. Clinically-used therapeutic biomolecules LucentisRTM and AvastinRTM were demonstrated to be both stable and bioactive after release form PNIPAAm-co-PEG-b-PLLA hydrogels. The thermo-responsive hydrogels presented here offer a promising platform for the localized delivery of proteins such as recombinant antibodies.

  5. (Meth)Acrylate Vinyl Ester Hybrid Polymerizations

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    Lee, TaiYeon; Cramer, Neil; Hoyle, Charles; Stansbury, Jeffrey

    2009-01-01

    In this study vinyl ester monomers were synthesized by an amine catalyzed Michael addition reaction between a multifunctional thiol and the acrylate double bond of vinyl acrylate. The copolymerization behavior of both methacrylate/vinyl ester and acrylate/vinyl ester systems was studied with near-infrared spectroscopy. In acrylate/vinyl ester systems, the acrylate groups polymerize faster than the vinyl ester groups resulting in an overall conversion of 80% for acrylate double bonds in the acrylate/vinyl ester system relative to only 50% in the bulk acrylate system. In the methacrylate/vinyl ester systems, the difference in reactivity is even more pronounced resulting in two distinguishable polymerization regimes, one dominated by methacrylate polymerization and a second dominated by vinyl ester polymerization. A faster polymerization rate and higher overall conversion of the methacrylate double bonds is thus achieved relative to polymerization of the pure methacrylate system. The methacrylate conversion in the methacrylate/vinyl ester system is near 100% compared to only ~60% in the pure methacrylate system. Utilizing hydrophilic vinyl ester and hydrophobic methacrylate monomers, polymerization-induced phase separation is observed. The phase separated domain size is on the order of ~1 μm under the polymerization conditions. The phase separated domains become larger and more distinct with slower polymerization and correspondingly increased time for diffusion. PMID:19855853

  6. 40 CFR 721.10153 - Modified methyl methacrylate, 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate polymer (generic).

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    2011-07-01

    ...-hydroxyethyl methacrylate polymer (generic). 721.10153 Section 721.10153 Protection of Environment...-hydroxyethyl methacrylate polymer (generic). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to... methacrylate polymer (PMN P-08-6) is subject to reporting under this section for the significant new...

  7. 40 CFR 721.10153 - Modified methyl methacrylate, 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate polymer (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...-hydroxyethyl methacrylate polymer (generic). 721.10153 Section 721.10153 Protection of Environment...-hydroxyethyl methacrylate polymer (generic). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to... methacrylate polymer (PMN P-08-6) is subject to reporting under this section for the significant new...

  8. 40 CFR 721.10153 - Modified methyl methacrylate, 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate polymer (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ...-hydroxyethyl methacrylate polymer (generic). 721.10153 Section 721.10153 Protection of Environment...-hydroxyethyl methacrylate polymer (generic). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to... methacrylate polymer (PMN P-08-6) is subject to reporting under this section for the significant new uses...

  9. 40 CFR 721.9492 - Polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl methacrylate and substituted methacrylate.

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    2014-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl... Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.9492 Polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl methacrylate... generically as polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl methacrylate and substituted methacrylate (PMNs P-97-143/144...

  10. 40 CFR 721.10153 - Modified methyl methacrylate, 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate polymer (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ...-hydroxyethyl methacrylate polymer (generic). 721.10153 Section 721.10153 Protection of Environment...-hydroxyethyl methacrylate polymer (generic). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to... methacrylate polymer (PMN P-08-6) is subject to reporting under this section for the significant new uses...

  11. 40 CFR 721.10153 - Modified methyl methacrylate, 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate polymer (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ...-hydroxyethyl methacrylate polymer (generic). 721.10153 Section 721.10153 Protection of Environment...-hydroxyethyl methacrylate polymer (generic). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to... methacrylate polymer (PMN P-08-6) is subject to reporting under this section for the significant new uses...

  12. Study on properties and testing methods of thermo-responsive cementing system for well cementing in heavy oil thermal recovery

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    Li, Lianjiang

    2017-08-01

    In this paper, thermo-responsive cement slurry system were being developed, the properties of conventional cement slurry, compressive strength high temperature of cement sheath, mechanical properties of cement sheath and thermal properties of cement sheath were being tested. Results were being used and simulated by Well-Life Software, Thermo-responsive cement slurry system can meet the requirements of heavy oil thermal recovery production. Mechanical and thermal properties of thermo-responsive cement sheath were being tested. Tensile fracture energy of the thermo-responsive cement sheath is larger than conventional cement. The heat absorption capacity of conventional cement sheath is larger than that of thermo-responsive cement sheath, this means more heat is needed for the unit mass once increasing 1.0 °C, which also indicates that thermo-responsive cement own good heat insulating and preservation effects. The heat conductivity coefficient and thermal expansion coefficient of thermo-responsive cement is less than and conventional cement, this means that thermo-responsive cement have good heat preservation and insulation effects with good thermal expansion stabilities.

  13. Cationic acrylamide emulsion polymer brine thickeners

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    Gleason, P.A.; Piccoline, M.A.

    1986-12-02

    This patent describes a thickened, solids free, aqueous drilling and servicing brine having a density of at least 14.4 ppg. comprising (a) an aqueous solution of at least one water-soluble salt of a multivalent metal, and (b) a cationic water-in-oil emulsion polymer of acrylamide or methacrylamide and a cationic monomer selected from the group consisting of a dialkylaminoalkyl acrylamide or methacrylamide, a trialkylaminoalkyl acrylamide or methacrylamide, a trialkylaminoalkyl acrylate or methacrylate, and a dialkyldialkyl ammonium halide. The acrylamide or methacrylamide to cationic monomer molar ratio of the polymer is about 70:30 to 95:5, the polymer having an I.V. in 1.0N KCl of about 1.0 to 7.0 dl/g and being present in a compatible and viscosifying amount; the thickened brine characterized by being substantially non-dilatent.

  14. Exposure to volatile methacrylates in dental personnel.

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    Hagberg, Stig; Ljungkvist, Göran; Andreasson, Harriet; Karlsson, Stig; Barregård, Lars

    2005-06-01

    Dental personnel are exposed to acrylates due to the acrylic resin-based composites and bonding agents used in fillings. It is well known that these compounds can cause contact allergy in dental personnel. However, in the 1990s, reports emerged on asthma also caused by methacrylates. The main volatile acrylates in dentistry are 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate and methyl methacrylate. The aim of this study was to quantify the exposure to these acrylates in Swedish dental personnel. We studied the exposure to 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate and methyl methacrylate in five randomly selected public dental clinics and at the Faculty of Odontology at Göteborg University. In total, 21 whole-day and 46 task-specific short-term (1-18 min) measurements were performed. The median 8-hour time-weighted averages were 2.5 microg/m3 (dentists) and 2.9 microg/m3 (dental nurses) for 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate, and 0.8 microg/m3 (dentists) and 0.3 microg/m3 (dental nurses) for methyl methacrylate. The maximum short-term exposure levels were 79 microg/m3 for 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate and 15 microg/m3 for methyl methacrylate, similar in dentists and dental nurses. The observed levels are much lower than in complete denture fabrication. We found only one previous study in dentistry and it showed similar results (though it reported short-term measurements only). Irritant effects would not be expected in healthy people at these levels. Nevertheless, occupational respiratory diseases due to methacrylates may occur in dental personnel, and improvements in the handling of these chemicals in dentistry are warranted. This includes better vials for the bonding agents and avoiding evaporation from discarded materials.

  15. Water-dispersed thermo-responsive boron nitride nanotubes: synthesis and properties

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    Kalay, Saban; Stetsyshyn, Yurij; Lobaz, Volodymyr; Harhay, Khrystyna; Ohar, Halyna; Çulha, Mustafa

    2016-01-01

    In this study, water-dispersed thermo-responsive boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) were prepared in a simple two-step process, where on the first step oligoperoxide was grafted via the interaction of amino groups (defects) of BNNTs with pyromellitic chloroanhydride fragments in oligoperoxide molecules. The second step involves N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAM) graft polymerization ‘from the surface’ of oligoperoxide-functionalized BNNTs resulting in poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) coating. The pristine and functionalized BNNTs were characterized by thermogravimetric analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometry, dynamic light scattering, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. PNIPAM-functionalized BNNTs exhibit excellent dispersibility in water and possess thermo-responsive properties. The water-dispersion of thermo-responsive PNIPAM-functionalized BNNTs can help their potential use in biomedical applications as ‘smart’ surfaces, nanotransducers and nanocarriers.

  16. Water-dispersed thermo-responsive boron nitride nanotubes: synthesis and properties.

    PubMed

    Kalay, Saban; Stetsyshyn, Yurij; Lobaz, Volodymyr; Harhay, Khrystyna; Ohar, Halyna; Çulha, Mustafa

    2016-01-22

    In this study, water-dispersed thermo-responsive boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) were prepared in a simple two-step process, where on the first step oligoperoxide was grafted via the interaction of amino groups (defects) of BNNTs with pyromellitic chloroanhydride fragments in oligoperoxide molecules. The second step involves N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAM) graft polymerization 'from the surface' of oligoperoxide-functionalized BNNTs resulting in poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) coating. The pristine and functionalized BNNTs were characterized by thermogravimetric analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometry, dynamic light scattering, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. PNIPAM-functionalized BNNTs exhibit excellent dispersibility in water and possess thermo-responsive properties. The water-dispersion of thermo-responsive PNIPAM-functionalized BNNTs can help their potential use in biomedical applications as 'smart' surfaces, nanotransducers and nanocarriers.

  17. Novel thermo-responsive fucose binding ligands for glycoprotein purification by affinity precipitation.

    PubMed

    Arnold, Lindsay; Chen, Rachel

    2014-02-01

    Novel thermo-responsive affinity sugar binders were developed by fusing a bacterial fucose lectin with a thermo-responsive polypeptide. These designer affinity ligand fusions were produced using an Escherichia coli system capable of extracellular secretion of recombinant proteins and were isolated with a high recovery yield (95%) directly from growth medium by Inverse Temperature Cycling (ITC). With horse radish peroxidase (HRP) as a model protein, we demonstrate here that the designer thermo-responsive ligands are capable of interacting with glycans on a glycoprotein, a property that was used to develop a novel affinity precipitation method for glycoprotein purification. The method, requiring only simple process steps, affords full recovery of a target glycoprotein, and is effective at a target glycoprotein concentration as low as 1.4 pM in the presence of large amounts of contaminants. By developing other sugar binders in the similar fashion, the method should be highly useful for glycoprotein purification and detection.

  18. Development and preclinical pharmacokinetics of a novel subcutaneous thermoresponsive system for prolonged delivery of heparin.

    PubMed

    Matanović, Maja Radivojša; Grabnar, Pegi Ahlin; Voinovich, Dario; Golob, Samuel; Mijovski, Mojca Božič; Grabnar, Iztok

    2015-12-30

    Heparin is still widely used for treatment and prevention of thromboembolic diseases. Due to specific physicochemical properties, it requires frequent parenteral injections. In this study we present the development and in vitro evaluation of an advanced delivery system for prolonged subcutaneous release of heparin. The delivery system consisted of an in situ forming thermoresponsive poloxamer-based platform combined with pH-responsive polyelectrolyte heparin/chitosan nanocomplexes. Thermoresponsive hydrogels were tested for gelation temperature, gel dissolution and in vitro heparin release, whereas polyelectrolyte nanocomplexes were physico-chemically characterized, as well as tested for in vitro cytotoxicity and in vitro heparin release. Hydrogel combined of two poloxamers demonstrated the highest gelation temperature (28.6°C), while the addition of hydroxypropyl methylcellulose prolonged gel dissolution. On the other hand, nanocomplexes' dispersions, prepared at 1:1 heparin/chitosan mass ratio and in the concentration range 0.375-1.875mg/mL, demonstrated mean diameter <400nm and zeta potential >34mV. Pharmacokinetics of selected formulations (thermoresponsive hydrogel, nanocomplexes and a dual system consisting of nanocomplexes incorporated into thermoresponsive hydrogel) were studied in rats. Heparin plasma concentration-time profiles revealed a double-peak phenomenon, probably due to heparin diffusion inside the polymer matrix and gel dissolution. Pharmacokinetic parameters were determined by a non-linear mixed effects modeling approach. It was demonstrated that thermoresponsive hydrogel with heparin/chitosan nanocomplexes enabled the lowest absorption rate of heparin into systemic circulation and provided heparin concentration above the prophylaxis threshold for 5 days. In situ gelling thermoresponsive matrix combined with chitosan nanocomplexes present a promising delivery system for heparin, requiring less frequent administration during long-term treatment.

  19. Phase holograms in polymethyl methacrylate

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    Maker, P. D.; Muller, R. E.

    1992-01-01

    A procedure is described for the fabrication of complex computer-generated phase holograms in polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) by means of partial-exposure e-beam lithography and subsequent carefully controlled partial development. Following the development, the pattern appears (rendered in relief) in the PMMA, which then acts as the phase-delay medium. The devices fabricated were designed with 16 equal phase steps per retardation cycle, were up to 3 mm square, and consisted of up to 10 millions of 0.3-2.0-micron square pixels. Data files were up to 60 Mb-long, and the exposure times ranged to several hours. A Fresnel phase lens was fabricated with a diffraction-limited optical performance of 83-percent efficiency.

  20. Active Control of SPR by Thermoresponsive Hydrogels for Biosensor Applications

    PubMed Central

    2013-01-01

    The use of thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-based hydrogel (pNIPAAm) for rapid tuning of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) is reported. This approach is implemented by using an SPR layer architecture with an embedded indium tin oxide microheater and pNIPAAm film on its top. It takes advantage of rapid thermally induced swelling and collapse of pNIPAAm that is accompanied by large refractive index changes and leads to high thermo-optical coefficient of dn/dT = 2 × 10–2 RIU/K. We show that this material is excellently suited for efficient control of refractive index-sensitive SPR and that it can serve simultaneously as a 3D binding matrix in biosensor applications (if modified with biomolecular recognition elements for a specific capture of target analyte). We demonstrate that this approach enables modulating of the output signal in surface plasmon-enhanced fluorescence spectroscopy biosensors and holds potential for simple time-multiplexing of sensing channels for parallelized readout of fluorescence assays. PMID:23762499

  1. Fast and reversible thermoresponsive polymer switching materials for safer batteries

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    Chen, Zheng; Hsu, Po-Chun; Lopez, Jeffrey; Li, Yuzhang; To, John W. F.; Liu, Nan; Wang, Chao; Andrews, Sean C.; Liu, Jia; Cui, Yi; Bao, Zhenan

    2016-01-01

    Safety issues have been a long-standing obstacle impeding large-scale adoption of next-generation high-energy-density batteries. Materials solutions to battery safety management are limited by slow response and small operating voltage windows. Here we report a fast and reversible thermoresponsive polymer switching material that can be incorporated inside batteries to prevent thermal runaway. This material consists of electrochemically stable graphene-coated spiky nickel nanoparticles mixed in a polymer matrix with a high thermal expansion coefficient. The as-fabricated polymer composite films show high electrical conductivity of up to 50 S cm-1 at room temperature. Importantly, the conductivity decreases within one second by seven to eight orders of magnitude on reaching the transition temperature and spontaneously recovers at room temperature. Batteries with this self-regulating material built in the electrode can rapidly shut down under abnormal conditions such as overheating and shorting, and are able to resume their normal function without performance compromise or detrimental thermal runaway. Our approach offers 103-104 times higher sensitivity to temperature changes than previous switching devices.

  2. Autonomously-triggered microfluidic cooling using thermo-responsive hydrogels.

    PubMed

    Agarwal, Abhishek K; Dong, Liang; Beebe, David J; Jiang, Hongrui

    2007-03-01

    We present autonomously-triggered on-chip microfluidic cooling devices that utilize thermo-responsive hydrogels to adapt to local environmental temperatures. An external rotating magnetic stirrer couples with an in situ fabricated nickel impeller in these centrifugal-based microfluidic cooling devices to recirculate cooler water. Temperature-responsive hydrogels, which exhibit volumetric expansion and contraction, are integrated at the axle of the impeller. In this design, the hydrogels behave similar to an automotive clutch, to autonomously control the impeller's rotation as a function of the local environmental temperature. Therefore, the hydrogels act as both sensors and actuators and help take away the necessity for additional temperature sensing, feedback, and/or control units here. Cooling devices capable of on-chip thermal management at multiple predetermined onset operation points are realized by changes to the composition of hydrogel to alter its lowest critical solution temperature (LCST). Furthermore, the effect of magnetic stirrer frequency on the fluid cooling and flowrates for different two-blade nickel impeller designs are presented.

  3. Highly Efficient Thermoresponsive Nanocomposite for Controlled Release Applications

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    Yassine, Omar; Zaher, Amir; Li, Er Qiang; Alfadhel, Ahmed; Perez, Jose E.; Kavaldzhiev, Mincho; Contreras, Maria F.; Thoroddsen, Sigurdur T.; Khashab, Niveen M.; Kosel, Jurgen

    2016-06-01

    Highly efficient magnetic release from nanocomposite microparticles is shown, which are made of Poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) hydrogel with embedded iron nanowires. A simple microfluidic technique was adopted to fabricate the microparticles with a high control of the nanowire concentration and in a relatively short time compared to chemical synthesis methods. The thermoresponsive microparticles were used for the remotely triggered release of Rhodamine (B). With a magnetic field of only 1 mT and 20 kHz a drug release of 6.5% and 70% was achieved in the continuous and pulsatile modes, respectively. Those release values are similar to the ones commonly obtained using superparamagnetic beads but accomplished with a magnetic field of five orders of magnitude lower power. The high efficiency is a result of the high remanent magnetization of the nanowires, which produce a large torque when exposed to a magnetic field. This causes the nanowires to vibrate, resulting in friction losses and heating. For comparison, microparticles with superparamagnetic beads were also fabricated and tested; while those worked at 73 mT and 600 kHz, no release was observed at the low field conditions. Cytotoxicity assays showed similar and high cell viability for microparticles with nanowires and beads.

  4. Highly Efficient Thermoresponsive Nanocomposite for Controlled Release Applications.

    PubMed

    Yassine, Omar; Zaher, Amir; Li, Er Qiang; Alfadhel, Ahmed; Perez, Jose E; Kavaldzhiev, Mincho; Contreras, Maria F; Thoroddsen, Sigurdur T; Khashab, Niveen M; Kosel, Jurgen

    2016-06-23

    Highly efficient magnetic release from nanocomposite microparticles is shown, which are made of Poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) hydrogel with embedded iron nanowires. A simple microfluidic technique was adopted to fabricate the microparticles with a high control of the nanowire concentration and in a relatively short time compared to chemical synthesis methods. The thermoresponsive microparticles were used for the remotely triggered release of Rhodamine (B). With a magnetic field of only 1 mT and 20 kHz a drug release of 6.5% and 70% was achieved in the continuous and pulsatile modes, respectively. Those release values are similar to the ones commonly obtained using superparamagnetic beads but accomplished with a magnetic field of five orders of magnitude lower power. The high efficiency is a result of the high remanent magnetization of the nanowires, which produce a large torque when exposed to a magnetic field. This causes the nanowires to vibrate, resulting in friction losses and heating. For comparison, microparticles with superparamagnetic beads were also fabricated and tested; while those worked at 73 mT and 600 kHz, no release was observed at the low field conditions. Cytotoxicity assays showed similar and high cell viability for microparticles with nanowires and beads.

  5. Highly Efficient Thermoresponsive Nanocomposite for Controlled Release Applications

    PubMed Central

    Yassine, Omar; Zaher, Amir; Li, Er Qiang; Alfadhel, Ahmed; Perez, Jose E.; Kavaldzhiev, Mincho; Contreras, Maria F.; Thoroddsen, Sigurdur T.; Khashab, Niveen M.; Kosel, Jurgen

    2016-01-01

    Highly efficient magnetic release from nanocomposite microparticles is shown, which are made of Poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) hydrogel with embedded iron nanowires. A simple microfluidic technique was adopted to fabricate the microparticles with a high control of the nanowire concentration and in a relatively short time compared to chemical synthesis methods. The thermoresponsive microparticles were used for the remotely triggered release of Rhodamine (B). With a magnetic field of only 1 mT and 20 kHz a drug release of 6.5% and 70% was achieved in the continuous and pulsatile modes, respectively. Those release values are similar to the ones commonly obtained using superparamagnetic beads but accomplished with a magnetic field of five orders of magnitude lower power. The high efficiency is a result of the high remanent magnetization of the nanowires, which produce a large torque when exposed to a magnetic field. This causes the nanowires to vibrate, resulting in friction losses and heating. For comparison, microparticles with superparamagnetic beads were also fabricated and tested; while those worked at 73 mT and 600 kHz, no release was observed at the low field conditions. Cytotoxicity assays showed similar and high cell viability for microparticles with nanowires and beads. PMID:27335342

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

    PubMed Central

    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

  7. SANS study on the solvated structure and molecular interactions of a thermo-responsive polymer in a room temperature ionic liquid

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    Hirosawa, Kazu; Fujii, Kenta; Ueki, Takeshi; Kitazawa, Yuzo; Littrell, Kenneth C.; Watanabe, Masayoshi; Shibayama, Mitsuhiro

    2016-06-17

    Here, we utilized small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) to quantitatively characterize the LCST-type phase behavior of the poly(benzyl methacrylate) (PBnMA) derivative poly(2-phenylethyl methacrylate) (PPhEtMA) in the deuterated ionic liquid (IL) d8-1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)amide (d8-[C2mIm+][TFSA-]). The SANS curves showed a discontinuous change from those characteristics of dispersed polymer chains to those of large aggregates of PPhEtMA chains suspended in the IL solution, indicating that phase separation occurs discontinuously at Tc. We also evaluated the enthalpic and entropic contributions to the effective interaction parameter χeff of PPhEtMA in [C2mIm+][TFSA-] and compared them with those of PBnMA. The absolute value of the enthalpic contribution observed for PPhEtMA was smaller than that for PBnMA. This difference in the enthalpic term can be attributed to the unfavorable interaction between the IL and the alkyl group in the side chain of PPhEtMA. In addition, the temperature dependence of χeff was smaller than the previously reported value for a thermo-responsive polymer in an aqueous system. Finally, it was found out that the strong dependence of Tc on the chemical structure in IL systems originated from the relatively smaller temperature dependence of χeff.

  8. SANS study on the solvated structure and molecular interactions of a thermo-responsive polymer in a room temperature ionic liquid

    SciTech Connect

    Hirosawa, Kazu; Fujii, Kenta; Ueki, Takeshi; Kitazawa, Yuzo; Littrell, Kenneth C.; Watanabe, Masayoshi; Shibayama, Mitsuhiro

    2016-06-17

    Here, we utilized small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) to quantitatively characterize the LCST-type phase behavior of the poly(benzyl methacrylate) (PBnMA) derivative poly(2-phenylethyl methacrylate) (PPhEtMA) in the deuterated ionic liquid (IL) d8-1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)amide (d8-[C2mIm+][TFSA-]). The SANS curves showed a discontinuous change from those characteristics of dispersed polymer chains to those of large aggregates of PPhEtMA chains suspended in the IL solution, indicating that phase separation occurs discontinuously at Tc. We also evaluated the enthalpic and entropic contributions to the effective interaction parameter χeff of PPhEtMA in [C2mIm+][TFSA-] and compared them with those of PBnMA. The absolute value of the enthalpic contribution observed for PPhEtMA was smaller than that for PBnMA. This difference in the enthalpic term can be attributed to the unfavorable interaction between the IL and the alkyl group in the side chain of PPhEtMA. In addition, the temperature dependence of χeff was smaller than the previously reported value for a thermo-responsive polymer in an aqueous system. Finally, it was found out that the strong dependence of Tc on the chemical structure in IL systems originated from the relatively smaller temperature dependence of χeff.

  9. 21 CFR 172.775 - Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer. 172.775... Additives § 172.775 Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer. Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer may... produced by the polymerization of methacrylic acid and divinylbenzene. The divinylbenzene functions as a...

  10. A thermally responsive injectable hydrogel incorporating methacrylate-polylactide for hydrolytic lability

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    Ma, Zuwei; Nelson, Devin M.; Hong, Yi; Wagner, William R.

    2011-01-01

    Injectable thermoresponsive hydrogels are of interest for a variety of biomedical applications, including regional tissue mechanical support as well as drug and cell delivery. Within this class of materials there is a need to provide options for gels with stronger mechanical properties as well as variable degradation profiles. To address this need, the hydrolytically labile monomer, methacrylate-polylactide (MAPLA), with an average 2.8 lactic acid units, was synthesized and copolymerized with N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm) and 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) to obtain bioabsorbable thermally responsive hydrogels. Poly(NIPAAm-co-HEMA-co-MAPLA) with three monomer feed ratios (84/10/6, 82/10/8 and 80/10/10) was synthesized and characterized with NMR, FTIR and GPC. The copolymers were soluble in saline at reduced temperature (<10°C), forming clear solutions that increased in viscosity with the MAPLA feed ratio. The copolymers underwent sol-gel transition at lower critical solution temperatures of 12.4, 14.0 and 16.2°C respectively and solidified immediately upon being placed in a 37°C water bath. The warmed hydrogels gradually excluded water to reach final water contents of ~45%. The hydrogels as formed were mechanically strong, with tensile strengths as high as 100 kPa and shear moduli of 60 kPa. All three hydrogels were completely degraded (solubilized) in PBS over a 6–8 month period at 37°C, with a higher MAPLA feed ratio resulting in a faster degradation period. Culture of primary vascular smooth muscle cells with degradation solutions demonstrated a lack of cytotoxicity. The synthesized hydrogels provide new options for biomaterial injection therapy where increased mechanical strength and relatively slow resorption rates would be attractive. PMID:20575552

  11. 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.

  12. Dual responsive pickering emulsion stabilized by poly[2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate] grafted cellulose nanocrystals.

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    Tang, Juntao; Lee, Micky Fu Xiang; Zhang, Wei; Zhao, Boxin; Berry, Richard M; Tam, Kam C

    2014-08-11

    A weak polyelectrolyte, poly[2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate] (PDMAEMA), was grafted onto the surface of cellulose nanocrystals via free radical polymerization. The resultant suspension of PDMAEMA-grafted-cellulose nanocrystals (PDMAEMA-g-CNC) possessed pH-responsive properties. The grafting was confirmed by FTIR, potentiometric titration, elementary analysis, and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA); the surface and interfacial properties of the modified particles were characterized by surface tensiometer. Compared to pristine cellulose nanocrystals, modified CNC significantly reduced the surface and interfacial tensions. Stable heptane-in-water and toluene-in-water emulsions were prepared with PDMAEMA-g-CNC. Various factors, such as polarity of solvents, concentration of particles, electrolytes, and pH, on the properties of the emulsions were investigated. Using Nile Red as a florescence probe, the stability of the emulsions as a function of pH and temperature was elucidated. It was deduced that PDMAEMA chains promoted the stability of emulsion droplets and their chain conformation varied with pH and temperature to trigger the emulsification and demulsification of oil droplets. Interestingly, for heptane system, the macroscopic colors varied depending on the pH condition, while the color of the toluene system remained the same. Reversible emulsion systems that responded to pH were observed and a thermoresponsive Pickering emulsion system was demonstrated.

  13. Thin Poly(Di(Ethylene Glycol)Methyl Ether Methacrylate) Homopolymer Brushes Allow Controlled Adsorption and Desorption of PaTu 8988t Cells.

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    Voß, Yvonne; Wassel, Ekram; Jiang, Siyu; Song, Qimeng; Druzhinin, Sergey I; Schönherr, Holger

    2016-10-20

    Poly(di(ethylene glycol)methyl ether methacrylate) (PDEGMA) brushes, which are known to suppress protein adsorption and prevent cell attachment, are reported here to possess interesting and tunable thermoresponsive behavior, if the brush thickness is reduced or the grafting density is altered. PDEGMA brushes with a dry ellipsometric thickness of 5 ± 1 nm can be switched from cell adherent behavior at 37 °C to cell nonadherent at 25 °C. This behavior coincides with the temperature-dependent irreversible adsorption of fibronectin from phosphate saline buffer and proteins present in the cell culture medium, as unveiled by surface plasmon resonance measurements. Unlike for tissue culture polystyrene reference surfaces, swelling of the PDEGMA chains below the lower critical solution temperature results in the absence of paxillin and actin containing cellular filaments responsible for cell attachment. These tunable properties of very thin homopolymer PDEGMA brushes render this system interesting as an alternative thermoresponsive layer for continuous cell culture or enzyme-free cell culture systems.

  14. Ultrasound initiated miniemulsion polymerization of methacrylate monomers.

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    Teo, Boon M; Prescott, Stuart W; Ashokkumar, Muthupandian; Grieser, Franz

    2008-01-01

    The ultrasound initiated emulsion polymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA), n-butyl methacrylate (BMA) and 2-ethylhexyl methacrylate (2EHMA) in the presence of sodium dodecylsulfate as a stabiliser produced latex particles in the size range of 70 nm to 110 nm with molecular weights of the order of 2-6 x 10(6) g mol(-1). The experimental data obtained show significant differences in the rates of polymerization of the methacrylate monomers in the order 2EHMA>BMA>MMA. The rate trend is discussed with respect to the physicochemical properties of the monomers. It is suggested from the results obtained that the mechanism involved in sonochemical formation of the latex particles is very similar to that of a conventional miniemulsion polymerization process.

  15. Fabrication of Patterned Thermoresponsive Microgel Strips on Cell-Adherent Background and Their Application for Cell Sheet Recovery.

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    Xia, Yongqing; Tang, Ying; Wu, Han; Zhang, Jing; Li, Zongyi; Pan, Fang; Wang, Shengjie; Wang, Xiaojuan; Xu, Hai; Lu, Jian Ren

    2017-01-18

    Interfaces between materials and cells play a critical role in cell biomedical applications. Here, a simple, robust, and cost-effective method is developed to fabricate patterned thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-styrene) microgel strips on a polyethyleneimine-precoated, non-thermoresponsive cell-adherent glass coverslip. The aim is to investigate whether cell sheets could be harvested from these cell-adherent surfaces patterned with thermoresponsive strips comprised of the microgels. We hypothesize that if the cell-to-cell interaction is strong enough to retain the whole cell sheet from disintegration, the cell segments growing on the thermoresponsive strips may drag the cell segments growing on the cell-adherent gaps to detach, ending with a whole freestanding and transferable cell sheet. Critical value concerning the width of the thermoresponsive strip and its ratio to the non-thermoresponsive gap may exist for cell sheet recovery from this type of surface pattern. To obtain this critical value, a series of strip patterns with various widths of thermoresponsive strip and non-thermoresponsive gap were prepared using negative microcontact printing technology, with COS7 fibroblast cells being used to test the growth and detachment. The results unraveled that COS7 cells preferentially attached and proliferated on the cell-adherent, non-thermoresponsive gaps to form patterned cell layers and that they subsequently proliferated to cover the microgel strips to form a confluent cell layer. Intact COS7 cell sheets could be recovered when the width of the thermoresponsive strip is no smaller than that of the non-thermoresponsive gap. Other cells such as HeLa, NIH3T3, 293E, and L929 could grow similarly; that is, they showed initial preference to the non-thermoresponsive gaps and then migrated to cover the entire patterned surface. However, it was difficult to detach them as cell sheets due to the weak interactions within the cell layers formed. In contrast

  16. Methacrylated glycol chitosan as a photopolymerizable biomaterial.

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    Amsden, Brian G; Sukarto, Abby; Knight, Darryl K; Shapka, Stephen N

    2007-12-01

    Glycol chitosan is a derivative of chitosan that is soluble at neutral pH and possesses potentially useful biological properties. With the goal of obtaining biocompatible hydrogels for use as tissue engineering scaffolds or drug delivery depots, glycol chitosan was converted to a photopolymerizable prepolymer through graft methacrylation using glycidyl methacrylate in aqueous media at pH 9. N-Methacrylation was verified by both (1)H NMR and (13)C NMR. The degree of N-methacrylation, measured via (1)H NMR, was easily varied from 1.5% to approximately 25% by varying the molar ratio of glycidyl methacrylate to glycol chitosan and the reaction time. Using a chondrocyte cell line, the N-methacrylated glycol chitosan was found to be noncytotoxic up to a concentration of 1 mg/mL. The prepolymer was cross-linked in solution using UV light and Irgacure 2959 photoinitiator under various conditions to yield gels of low sol content ( approximately 5%), high equilibrium water content (85-95%), and thicknesses of up to 6 mm. Cross-polarization magic-angle spinning (13)C solid state NMR verified the complete conversion of the double bonds in the gel. Chondrocytes seeded directly onto the gel surface, populated the entirety of the gel and remained viable for up to one week. The hydrogels degraded slowly in vitro in the presence of lysozyme at a rate that increased as the cross-link density of the gels decreased.

  17. Thermoresponsive hyaluronic acid nanogels as hydrophobic drug carrier to macrophages.

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    Fernandes Stefanello, Talitha; Szarpak-Jankowska, Anna; Appaix, Florence; Louage, Benoit; Hamard, Lauriane; De Geest, Bruno G; van der Sanden, Boudewijn; Nakamura, Celso Vataru; Auzély-Velty, Rachel

    2014-11-01

    Delivery systems for macrophages are particularly attractive since these phagocytic cells play a important role in immunological and inflammatory responses, also acting as host cells for microorganisms that are involved in deadly infectious diseases, such as leishmaniasis. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is specifically recognized by macrophages that are known to express HA receptors. Therefore, in this study, we focused on HA-based nanogels as drug carriers for these cells. The drug delivery was validated in an in vivo study on mice using intravital two-photon laser scanning microscopy. HA derivatives were modified with a biocompatible oligo(ethylene glycol)-based thermoresponsive polymer to form nanogels. These HA conjugates were readily prepared by varying the molar mass of initial HA and the degree of substitution via radical-mediated thiol-ene chemistry in aqueous solution. The derivatives were shown to self-assemble into spherical gel particles with diameters ranging from 150 to 214 nm above 37 °C. A poorly water-soluble two-photon dye was successfully loaded into the nanogels during this self-assembly process. In vitro cellular uptake tests using a RAW 264.7 murine macrophage cell line showed successful intracellular delivery of the hydrophobic dye. After intravenous injection in mice, the nanogels circulated freely in the blood but were rapidly phagocytized within 13 min by circulating macrophages and stored in the liver and spleen, as observed by two-photon microscopy. Benefit can be thus expected in using such a delivery system for the liver and spleen macrophage-associated diseases.

  18. The modulation of physicochemical characterization of innovative liposomal platforms: the role of the grafted thermoresponsive polymers.

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    Chountoulesi, Maria; Kyrili, Aimilia; Pippa, Natassa; Meristoudi, Anastasia; Pispas, Stergios; Demetzos, Costas

    2017-05-01

    This study is focused on chimeric advanced drug delivery systems and specifically on thermosensitive liposomes, combining lipids and thermoresponsive polymers. In this investigation, 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC) chimeric liposomal systems were prepared, incorporating the homopolymer C12H25-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-COOH (C12H25-PNIPAM-COOH) and the block copolymer poly(n-butylacrylate-b-N-isoropylacrylamide) (PnBA-PNIPAM), at six different molar ratios. Both of these polymers contain the thermoresponsive PNIPAM block, which exhibits lower critical solution temperature (LCST) at 32 °C in aqueous solutions, changing its nature from hydrophilic to hydrophobic above LCST. During the preparation of liposomes, the dispersions were observed visually, while after the preparation we studied the alterations of the physicochemical characteristics, by measuring the size, size distribution and ζ-potential of prepared liposomes. The presence of polymer, either C12H25-PNIPAM-COOH or PnBA-PNIPAM, resulted in liposomes exhibiting different physicochemical characteristics in comparison to conventional DPPC liposomes. At the highest percentage of the polymeric guest, chimeric liposomes were found to retain their size during the stability studies. The incorporation of the appropriate amount of these novel thermoresponsive polymers yields liposomal stabilization and imparts thermoresponsiveness, due to the functional PNIPAM block.

  19. Synergistic action of thermoresponsive and hygroresponsive elements elicits rapid and directional response of a bilayer actuator.

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    Zhang, Lidong; Desta, Israel; Naumov, Panče

    2016-05-01

    A bilayer actuator composed of thermoresponsive and thermo/hygroresponsive elements is developed, which undergoes fast, directional and autonomous curling with a speed of up to 0.7 m s(-1) and recovers its shape by hydration. In situ tensile testing of the thermal response of individual layers provided insights into the mechanism of actuation of thermo/hygromorphic bilayers.

  20. Thermoresponsive Acidic Microgels as Functional Draw Agents for Forward Osmosis Desalination.

    PubMed

    Hartanto, Yusak; Zargar, Masoumeh; Wang, Haihui; Jin, Bo; Dai, Sheng

    2016-04-19

    Thermoresponsive microgels with carboxylic acid functionalization have been recently introduced as an attractive draw agent for forward osmosis (FO) desalination, where the microgels showed promising water flux and water recovery performance. In this study, various comonomers containing different carboxylic acid and sulfonic acid functional groups were copolymerized with N-isopropylacrylamide (NP) to yield a series of functionalized thermoresponsive microgels possessing different acidic groups and hydrophobicities. The purified microgels were examined as the draw agents for FO application, and the results show the response of water flux and water recovery was significantly affected by various acidic comonomers. The thermoresponsive microgel with itaconic acid shows the best overall performance with an initial water flux of 44.8 LMH, water recovery up to 47.2% and apparent water flux of 3.1 LMH. This study shows that the incorporation of hydrophilic dicarboxylic acid functional groups into the microgels leads to the enhancement on water adsorption and overall performance. Our work elucidates in detail on the structure-property relationship of thermoresponsive microgels in their applications as FO draw agents and would be beneficial for future design and development of high performance FO desalination.

  1. A thermo-responsive supramolecular organogel: dual luminescence properties and luminescence conversion induced by Cd(2+).

    PubMed

    Ma, Xinxian; Zhang, Jinjin; Tang, Ning; Wu, Jincai

    2014-12-14

    A simple dual luminescent acylhydrazone-functionalized benzimidazole derivative (L) was blended with ethylene glycol affording a thermo-responsive green-light-emitting supramolecular gel (G-gel). This G-gel can convert to a blue-light-emitting gel (B-gel) by strongly increasing the luminescence of the benzimidazole moiety upon addition of one equivalent of Cd(2+).

  2. TOC1–PIF4 interaction mediates the circadian gating of thermoresponsive growth in Arabidopsis

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    Zhu, Jia-Ying; Oh, Eunkyoo; Wang, Tina; Wang, Zhi-Yong

    2016-01-01

    Arabidopsis adapts to elevated temperature by promoting stem elongation and hyponastic growth through a temperature-responsive transcription factor PIF4. Here we show that the evening-expressed clock component TOC1 interacts with and inactivates PIF4, thereby suppressing thermoresponsive growth in the evening. We find that the expression of PIF4 target genes show circadian rhythms of thermosensitivity, with minimum responsiveness in the evening when TOC1 level is high. Loss of function of TOC1 and its close homologue PRR5 restores thermosensitivity in the evening, whereas TOC1 overexpression causes thermo insensitivity, demonstrating that TOC1 mediates the evening-specific inhibition of thermoresponses. We further show that PIF4 is required for thermoadaptation mediated by moderately elevated temperature. Our results demonstrate that the interaction between TOC1 and PIF4 mediates the circadian gating of thermoresponsive growth, which may serve to increase fitness by matching thermoresponsiveness with the day–night cycles of fluctuating temperature and light conditions. PMID:27966533

  3. Rheological properties of a biological thermo-responsive hydrogel produced from soybean oil polymers

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    The rheological properties of a newly developed biological thermo-hydrogel made from vegetable oil were investigated. The material named HPSO-HG is a hydrolytic product of polymerized soybean oil (PSO). HPSO-HG is a thermo-responsive gel, and it exhibited viscoelastic behavior above 2% (wt.%) at roo...

  4. Photolithography with polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)

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    Carbaugh, Daniel J.; Wright, Jason T.; Parthiban, Rajan; Rahman, Faiz

    2016-02-01

    Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) is widely used as an electron beam resist but is not used as a photoresist because of its insensitivity to electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths longer than about 300 nm. In this paper we describe a technique for performing conventional photolithography with high molecular weight PMMA at the widely used 365 nm i-line wavelength. The technique involves photosensitizing PMMA with Irgacure 651—a commercially available photo-initiator that can cause PMMA strands to cross-link. Optimum amount of Irgacure can produce a negative tone photoresist with adequate photosensitivity and plasma etch resistance. We describe this technique in detail with complete processing conditions and discuss the effects of varying Irgacure 651 concentration in PMMA as well as changes in UV exposure dose. We also show example structures patterned with commonly available materials and equipment. Finally, we show that it is possible to carry out gradient lithography with this approach, in order to produce structures in relief in photosensitive PMMA.

  5. 40 CFR 721.9492 - Polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl methacrylate and substituted methacrylate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl... Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.9492 Polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl methacrylate...) The chemical substances identified generically as polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl methacrylate...

  6. 40 CFR 721.9492 - Polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl methacrylate and substituted methacrylate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl... Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.9492 Polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl methacrylate...) The chemical substances identified generically as polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl methacrylate...

  7. 40 CFR 721.9492 - Polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl methacrylate and substituted methacrylate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl... Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.9492 Polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl methacrylate...) The chemical substances identified generically as polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl methacrylate and...

  8. 40 CFR 721.9492 - Polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl methacrylate and substituted methacrylate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl... Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.9492 Polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl methacrylate...) The chemical substances identified generically as polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl methacrylate and...

  9. Random hcp and fcc structures in thermoresponsive microgel crystals.

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    Brijitta, J; Tata, B V R; Joshi, R G; Kaliyappan, T

    2009-08-21

    Monodisperse thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) microgel particles having a diameter of 520 nm were synthesized by free-radical precipitation polymerization and centrifuged to obtain a concentrated suspension. The centrifuged mother suspension was made to self-order into a crystalline state by repeated annealing beyond the volume phase transition (VPT) of the particles. We report here the three-dimensional (3D) real space structure, determined using a confocal laser scanning microscope, of PNIPAM microgel crystal samples prepared by two different recrystallized routes: (1) solidifying a shear melted colloidal liquid (referred as as-prepared sample) and (2) slow cooling of a colloidal liquid (referred as recrystallized sample). We have recorded images of several regions of the crystal with each region containing 15 horizontal crystal planes for determining the in-plane [two-dimensional (2D)] and 3D pair-correlation functions. The 2D pair-correlation function g(r) revealed hexagonal long-range order of particles in the layers with a lattice constant of 620 nm. The analysis of stacking sequence of layers recorded on as-prepared sample has revealed the existence of stacking disorder with an average stacking probability alpha approximately 0.42. This value of alpha together with the analysis of 3D pair-correlation function determined from particle positions revealed the structure of microgel crystals in the as-prepared sample to be random hexagonal close packing. We report the first observation of a split second peak in the 3D g(r) of the microgel crystals obtained from a shear melted liquid. Upon melting the sample above VPT and recrystallizing it the split second peak disappeared and the crystals are found to have a face centered cubic (fcc) structure with alpha approximately 0.95. From simulations, the split second peak is shown to arise from the displacement of some of the B-planes from the ideal hcp positions. The present results are discussed in

  10. Characterisation of poly(alkyl methacrylate)s by means of electrospray ionisation-tandem mass spectrometry (ESI-MS/MS)

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    Jackson, Anthony T.; Slade, Susan E.; Scrivens, James H.

    2004-11-01

    Electrospray ionisation-tandem mass spectrometry (ESI-MS/MS) has been employed for the characterisation of two poly(alkyl methacrylate) polymers, namely poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and poly(n-butyl methacrylate) (PBMA). Collision-induced dissociation (CID) experiments were performed in a quadrupole orthogonal time-of-flight (ToF) tandem mass spectrometer fitted with a nanospray source. Tandem mass spectra from singly, doubly and triply charged precursor ions (with alkali metals used for cationisation of the oligomers) are shown and the data are compared to those previously generated by means of matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation-collision-induced dissociation (MALDI-CID). These data indicate that cations with greater ionic radii may yield the most useful structural information as the mass-to-charge ratio of the precursor ion increases, whereas lithium or sodium ions are proposed to be ideal for obtaining spectra from lower molecular weight oligomers. Fragment ions at low mass-to-charge ratios dominate the spectra. Two series of peaks may be used to calculate the masses of the initiating and terminating end groups of the polymer. Ion peaks of greater mass-to-charge ratios form series that may be used to infer sequence information from the polymers.

  11. Effects of metal ions on entero-soluble poly(methacrylic acid-methyl methacrylate) coating: a combined analysis by ATR-FTIR spectroscopy and computational approaches.

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    Cilurzo, Francesco; Gennari, Chiara G M; Selmin, Francesca; Vistoli, Giulio

    2010-04-05

    Poly(methacrylic acid-methyl methacrylate)s (HPMMs) are pH-dependent polymers which ionize and form salts (PMMs) in neutral conditions. Despite their wide use in tablet coating, the interactions of PMMs with electrolytes present in biorelevant media and luminal fluids have been scantly investigated. The data generated in the current work provide the basic information on the effect of bivalent cations, namely, Ca2+, Zn2+ and Mn2+, on the HPMMs' solubility and, consequently, on the performances (disintegration and drug dissolution) of acetaminophen gastroresistant tablets when exposed to fluid containing such salts. The interactions between polymers and metal ions were analyzed by ATR-FTIR spectroscopy and in silico combining molecular dynamics simulations to explore the conformational profiles of several oligomers with different M(w), taken as model of the polymers, with ab initio and semiempirical calculations in the gas phase. The computational results agree with the experimental data in terms of spatial disposition of the bications with respect to PMMs (Ca2+ and Mn2+ as bidentate form and Zn2+ as monodentate ligand) and interaction strength (Zn2+ > Mn(2+) > Ca2+). The tablet disintegration and dissolution rate of acetaminophen were strongly affected by the interactions of the dissolving copolymer with the metal ions which led to coating insolubilization. These preliminary results underline that the ingestion of metal ions at high concentrations could affect the drug liberation from gastroresistant dosage forms.

  12. Hot embossing and thermal bonding of poly(methyl methacrylate) microfluidic chips using positive temperature coefficient ceramic heater.

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    Wang, Xia; Zhang, Luyan; Chen, Gang

    2011-11-01

    As a self-regulating heating device, positive temperature coefficient ceramic heater was employed for hot embossing and thermal bonding of poly(methyl methacrylate) microfluidic chip because it supplied constant-temperature heating without electrical control circuits. To emboss a channel plate, a piece of poly(methyl methacrylate) plate was sandwiched between a template and a microscopic glass slide on a positive temperature coefficient ceramic heater. All the assembled components were pressed between two elastic press heads of a spring-driven press while a voltage was applied to the heater for 10 min. Subsequently, the embossed poly(methyl methacrylate) plate bearing negative relief of channel networks was bonded with a piece of poly(methyl methacrylate) cover sheet to obtain a complete microchip using a positive temperature coefficient ceramic heater and a spring-driven press. High quality microfluidic chips fabricated by using the novel embossing/bonding device were successfully applied in the electrophoretic separation of three cations. Positive temperature coefficient ceramic heater indicates great promise for the low-cost production of poly(methyl methacrylate) microchips and should find wide applications in the fabrication of other thermoplastic polymer microfluidic devices.

  13. Self-hardening and thermoresponsive alpha tricalcium phosphate/pluronic pastes.

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    Maazouz, Yassine; Montufar, Edgar B; Malbert, Julien; Espanol, Montserrat; Ginebra, Maria-Pau

    2017-02-01

    Although calcium phosphate cements (CPCs) are used for bone regeneration in a wide range of clinical applications, various physicochemical phenomena are known to hinder their potential use in minimally invasive surgery or in highly vascularized surgical sites, mainly because of their lack of injectability or their low washout resistance. The present work shows that the combination of CPCs with an inverse-thermoresponsive hydrogel is a good strategy for finely tuning the cohesive and rheological properties of CPCs to achieve clinical acceptable injectability to prevent phase separation during implantation and cohesion to avoid washout of the paste. The thermoresponsive CPC developed combines alpha-tricalcium phosphate with an aqueous solution of pluronic F127, which exhibits an inverse thermoresponsive behaviour, with a gelling transformation at around body temperature. These novel CPCs exhibited temperature-dependent properties. Addition of the polymer enhanced the injectability of the paste, even at a low liquid-to-powder ratio, and allowed the rheological properties of the cement to be tuned, with the injection force decreasing with the temperature of the paste. Moreover, the cohesion of the paste was also temperature-dependent and increased as the temperature of the host medium increased due to gelling induced in the paste. The thermoresponsive cement exhibited excellent cohesion and clinically acceptable setting times at 37°C, irrespective of the initial temperature of the paste. The addition of pluronic F127 slightly delayed the setting reaction in the early stages but did not hinder the full transformation to calcium-deficient hydroxyapatite. Moreover, the frozen storage of premixed thermoresponsive cement pastes was explored, the main physicochemical properties of the cements being maintained upon thawing, even after 18months of frozen storage. This avoids the need to mix the cement in the operating theatre and allows its use off-the-shelf. The reverse

  14. Printing thermoresponsive reverse molds for the creation of patterned two-component hydrogels for 3D cell culture.

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    Müller, Michael; Becher, Jana; Schnabelrauch, Matthias; Zenobi-Wong, Marcy

    2013-07-10

    Bioprinting is an emerging technology that has its origins in the rapid prototyping industry. The different printing processes can be divided into contact bioprinting(1-4) (extrusion, dip pen and soft lithography), contactless bioprinting(5-7) (laser forward transfer, ink-jet deposition) and laser based techniques such as two photon photopolymerization(8). It can be used for many applications such as tissue engineering(9-13), biosensor microfabrication(14-16) and as a tool to answer basic biological questions such as influences of co-culturing of different cell types(17). Unlike common photolithographic or soft-lithographic methods, extrusion bioprinting has the advantage that it does not require a separate mask or stamp. Using CAD software, the design of the structure can quickly be changed and adjusted according to the requirements of the operator. This makes bioprinting more flexible than lithography-based approaches. Here we demonstrate the printing of a sacrificial mold to create a multi-material 3D structure using an array of pillars within a hydrogel as an example. These pillars could represent hollow structures for a vascular network or the tubes within a nerve guide conduit. The material chosen for the sacrificial mold was poloxamer 407, a thermoresponsive polymer with excellent printing properties which is liquid at 4 °C and a solid above its gelation temperature ~20 °C for 24.5% w/v solutions(18). This property allows the poloxamer-based sacrificial mold to be eluted on demand and has advantages over the slow dissolution of a solid material especially for narrow geometries. Poloxamer was printed on microscope glass slides to create the sacrificial mold. Agarose was pipetted into the mold and cooled until gelation. After elution of the poloxamer in ice cold water, the voids in the agarose mold were filled with alginate methacrylate spiked with FITC labeled fibrinogen. The filled voids were then cross-linked with UV and the construct was imaged with an

  15. Printing Thermoresponsive Reverse Molds for the Creation of Patterned Two-component Hydrogels for 3D Cell Culture

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    Müller, Michael; Becher, Jana; Schnabelrauch, Matthias; Zenobi-Wong, Marcy

    2013-01-01

    Bioprinting is an emerging technology that has its origins in the rapid prototyping industry. The different printing processes can be divided into contact bioprinting1-4 (extrusion, dip pen and soft lithography), contactless bioprinting5-7 (laser forward transfer, ink-jet deposition) and laser based techniques such as two photon photopolymerization8. It can be used for many applications such as tissue engineering9-13, biosensor microfabrication14-16 and as a tool to answer basic biological questions such as influences of co-culturing of different cell types17. Unlike common photolithographic or soft-lithographic methods, extrusion bioprinting has the advantage that it does not require a separate mask or stamp. Using CAD software, the design of the structure can quickly be changed and adjusted according to the requirements of the operator. This makes bioprinting more flexible than lithography-based approaches. Here we demonstrate the printing of a sacrificial mold to create a multi-material 3D structure using an array of pillars within a hydrogel as an example. These pillars could represent hollow structures for a vascular network or the tubes within a nerve guide conduit. The material chosen for the sacrificial mold was poloxamer 407, a thermoresponsive polymer with excellent printing properties which is liquid at 4 °C and a solid above its gelation temperature ~20 °C for 24.5% w/v solutions18. This property allows the poloxamer-based sacrificial mold to be eluted on demand and has advantages over the slow dissolution of a solid material especially for narrow geometries. Poloxamer was printed on microscope glass slides to create the sacrificial mold. Agarose was pipetted into the mold and cooled until gelation. After elution of the poloxamer in ice cold water, the voids in the agarose mold were filled with alginate methacrylate spiked with FITC labeled fibrinogen. The filled voids were then cross-linked with UV and the construct was imaged with an epi

  16. 21 CFR 882.5300 - Methyl methacrylate for cranioplasty.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... methacrylate for cranioplasty. (a) Identification. Methyl methacrylate for cranioplasty (skull repair) is a self-curing acrylic that a surgeon uses to repair a skull defect in a patient. At the time of...

  17. 21 CFR 882.5300 - Methyl methacrylate for cranioplasty.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... methacrylate for cranioplasty. (a) Identification. Methyl methacrylate for cranioplasty (skull repair) is a self-curing acrylic that a surgeon uses to repair a skull defect in a patient. At the time of...

  18. 21 CFR 882.5300 - Methyl methacrylate for cranioplasty.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... methacrylate for cranioplasty. (a) Identification. Methyl methacrylate for cranioplasty (skull repair) is a self-curing acrylic that a surgeon uses to repair a skull defect in a patient. At the time of...

  19. 21 CFR 882.5300 - Methyl methacrylate for cranioplasty.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... methacrylate for cranioplasty. (a) Identification. Methyl methacrylate for cranioplasty (skull repair) is a self-curing acrylic that a surgeon uses to repair a skull defect in a patient. At the time of...

  20. 21 CFR 882.5300 - Methyl methacrylate for cranioplasty.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... methacrylate for cranioplasty. (a) Identification. Methyl methacrylate for cranioplasty (skull repair) is a self-curing acrylic that a surgeon uses to repair a skull defect in a patient. At the time of...

  1. Aminated thermoresponsive microgels prepared from the Hofmann rearrangement of amides without side reactions.

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    Wang, Zuohe; Pelton, Robert

    2014-06-17

    Thermoresponsive microgels bearing primary amine groups were prepared by the Hofmann rearrangement of methacrylamide groups present in cross-linked NIPMAM (N-isopropylmethacrylamide) microgels. Most thermoresponsive microgels are based on NIPAM (N-isopropylacrylamide). By substituting NIPMAM for NIPAM, and methacrylamide for acrylamide, side reactions and the generation of carboxyl groups were prevented during the Hofmann reaction. The Hofmann rearrangement is sufficiently slow under our conditions (1 h for a 51% conversion) to permit fine control of the primary amine contents in the microgels. When starting with PNIPMAM microgels containing both methacrylamide and acrylic acid residues, we prepared a series of amphoteric microgels spanning a range of amine contents, all from a common parent microgel. Therefore, every microgel in the series had the same microstructure, cross-link density, and molecular weight.

  2. Effect of thermal cycling on the properties of thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) hydrogels.

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    Li, Sai Kit; D'Emanuele, Antony

    2003-11-28

    Crosslinked poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) hydrogels have been widely studied for a variety of thermoresponsive applications, including chromatography, affinity precipitation, controlled biocatalysis, viable cell immobilisation, biomimetic actuators and, in particular, modulated drug delivery. The exploitation of crosslinked poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) hydrogels in all these applications relies on the well-known temperature-sensitive swelling properties of these hydrogels. The purpose of the current study was to determine the effects of repeated thermal cycling on the thermoresponsive swelling behaviour of crosslinked poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) hydrogels. The results show that repeated thermal cycling leads to the formation of cracks on the surface of the hydrogels. Repeated thermal cycling also results in a decreased degree of swelling in the crosslinked poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) hydrogels at temperatures below the volume phase transition temperature (VPTT).

  3. Influence of temperature on the drainage of thermoresponsive polymer thin film

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    Bussonniere, Adrien; Jackman, Matthew; Leung, Hin Long; Liu, Bo; Liu, Qingxia; Tsai, Peichun Amy

    2016-11-01

    Due to their switchable stability under external excitation, responsive aqueous foams have recently raised interests in various applications, such as washing, cleaning and mineral recovery, where stable foam and controlled destabilization are required. In this work, we investigate the influence of the temperature and polymer concentration on gravitational thin film drainage using a thermoresponsive polymer. The dynamics of film thinning was recorded on the thin film using a thickness measurement method. We successively illuminate the film with three LEDs of different wavelengths. The absolute thickness was accurately deduced using the three interference patterns. The results show an increase of drainage rates with increasing temperature but insignificant influence of polymer concentration (in the range between 50 and 300 mg/L). The thinning process was twice faster above the LCST (lower critical solution temperature) than that at room temperature. Our results of the temperate-dependent drainage show that the thermoresponsive solubility of polymer plays a key role in thin film stability.

  4. Dynamic Orthogonal Switching of a Thermoresponsive Self-Organized Helical Superstructure.

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    Zhang, Lingli; Wang, Ling; Hiremath, Uma S; Bisoyi, Hari Krishna; Nair, Geetha G; Yelamaggad, Channabasaveshwar V; Urbas, Augustine M; Bunning, Timothy J; Li, Quan

    2017-04-12

    Controllable manipulation of self-organized dynamic superstructures of functional molecular materials by external stimuli is an enabling enterprise. Herein, we have developed a thermally driven, self-organized helical superstructure, i.e., thermoresponsive cholesteric liquid crystal (CLC), by integrating a judiciously chosen thermoresponsive chiral molecular switch into an achiral liquid crystalline medium. The CLC in lying state, in both planar and twisted nematic cells, exhibits reversible in-plane orthogonal switching of its helical axis in response to the combined effect of temperature and electric field. Consequently, the direction of the cholesteric grating has been observed to undergo 90° switching in a single cell, enabling non-mechanical beam steering along two orthogonal directions. The ability to reversibly switch the cholesteric gartings along perpendicular directions by appropriately adjusting temperature and electric field strength could facilitate their applications in 2D beam steering, spectrum scanning, optoelectronics and beyond.

  5. Bioinspired Thermoresponsive Photonic Polymers with Hierarchical Structures and Their Unique Properties.

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    Lu, Tao; Zhu, Shenmin; Ma, Jun; Lin, Jinyou; Wang, Wanlin; Pan, Hui; Tian, Feng; Zhang, Wang; Zhang, Di

    2015-10-01

    Thermoresponsive photonic materials having hierarchical structures are created by combining a template of Morpho butterfly wings with poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) through a chemical bonding and polymerization route. These materials show temperature-induced color tunability. Through reacting with both NIPAM monomers and the amino groups of chitosan in wing scales, glutaraldehyde workes as a bridge by creating chemical bonding between the biotemplate and the PNIPAM. The corresponding reflection peaks red-shift with increase in temperature-an opposite phenomenon to previous studies, demonstrating a thermoresponsive photonic property. This unique phenomenon is caused by the refractive index change due to the volume change of PNIPAM during the temperature rising. This work sets up an efficient strategy for the fabrication of stimuli-responsive photonic materials with hierarchical structures toward extensive applications in science and technology.

  6. 21 CFR 172.775 - Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2010-04-01 2009-04-01 true Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer. 172.775... HUMAN CONSUMPTION Other Specific Usage Additives § 172.775 Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer. Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer may be safely used in food in accordance with the following...

  7. 21 CFR 172.775 - Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer. 172.775... HUMAN CONSUMPTION Other Specific Usage Additives § 172.775 Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer. Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer may be safely used in food in accordance with the following...

  8. 21 CFR 172.775 - Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer. 172.775... HUMAN CONSUMPTION Other Specific Usage Additives § 172.775 Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer. Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer may be safely used in food in accordance with the following...

  9. High-capacity thermo-responsive magnetic molecularly imprinted polymers for selective extraction of curcuminoids.

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    You, Qingping; Zhang, Yuping; Zhang, Qingwen; Guo, Junfang; Huang, Weihua; Shi, Shuyun; Chen, Xiaoqin

    2014-08-08

    Thermo-responsive magnetic molecularly imprinted polymers (TMMIPs) for selective recognition of curcuminoids with high capacity and selectivity have firstly been developed. The resulting TMMIPs were characterized by TEM, FT-IR, TGA, VSM and UV, which indicated that TMMIPs showed thermo-responsiveness [lower critical solution temperature (LCST) at 33.71°C] and rapid magnetic separation (5s). The polymerization, adsorption and release conditions were optimized in detail to obtain the highest binding capacity, selectivity and release ratio. We found that the adopted thermo-responsive monomer [N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAm)] could be considered not only as inert polymer backbone for thermo-responsiveness but also as functional co-monomers combination with basic monomer (4-VP) for more specific binding sites when ethanol was added in binding solution. The maximum adsorption capacity with highest selectivity of curcumin was 440.3μg/g (1.93 times that on MMIPs with no thermosensitivity) at 45°C (above LCST) in 20% (v/v) ethanol solution on shrunk TMMIPs, and the maximum release proportion was about 98% at 20°C (below LCST) in methanol-acetic acid (9/1, v/v) solution on swelled TMMIPs. The adsorption process between curcumin and TMMIPs followed Langumuir adsorption isotherm and pseudo-first-order reaction kinetics. The prepared TMMIPs also showed high reproducibility (RSD<6% for batch-to-batch evaluation) and stability (only 7% decrease after five cycles). Subsequently, the TMMIPs were successfully applied for selective extraction of curcuminoids from complex natural product, Curcuma longa.

  10. Excimer laser micropatterning of freestanding thermo-responsive hydrogel layers for cells-on-chip applications

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    Santaniello, Tommaso; Martello, Federico; Tocchio, Alessandro; Gassa, Federico; Webb, Patrick; Milani, Paolo; Lenardi, Cristina

    2012-10-01

    We report a novel reliable and repeatable technologic manufacturing protocol for the realization of micro-patterned freestanding hydrogel layers based on thermo-responsive poly-(N-isopropyl)acrylamide (PNIPAAm), which have potential to be employed as temperature-triggered smart surfaces for cells-on-chip applications. PNIPAAm-based films with controlled mechanical properties and different thicknesses (100-300 µm thickness) were prepared by injection compression moulding at room temperature. A 9 × 9 array of 20 µm diameter through-holes is machined by means of the KrF excimer laser on dry PNIPAAm films which are physically attached to flat polyvinyl chloride (PVC) substrates. Machining parameters, such as fluence and number of shots, are optimized in order to achieve highly resolved features. Micro-structured freestanding films are then easily obtained after hydrogels are detached from PVC by gradually promoting the film swelling in ethanol. In the PNIPAAm water-swollen state, the machined holes’ diameter approaches a slight larger value (30 µm) according to the measured hydrogel swelling ratio. Thermo-responsive behaviour and through-hole tapering characterization are carried out by metrology measurements using an optical inverted and confocal microscope setup, respectively. After the temperature of freestanding films is raised above 32 °C, we observe that the shrinkage of the whole through-hole array occurs, thus reducing the holes’ diameter to less than a half its original size (about 15 µm) as a consequence of the film dehydration. Different holes’ diameters (10 and 30 µm) are also obtained on dry hydrogel employing suitable projection masks, showing similar shrinking behaviour when hydrated and undergone thermo-response tests. Thermo-responsive PNIPAAm-based freestanding layers could then be integrated with other suitable micro-fabricated thermoplastic components in order to preliminary test their feasibility in operating as temperature

  11. A Rigid Nested Metal-Organic Framework Featuring a Thermoresponsive Gating Effect Dominated by Counterions.

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    Gao, Qiang; Xu, Jian; Cao, Dapeng; Chang, Ze; Bu, Xian-He

    2016-11-21

    We herein report a rigid nested metal-organic framework (MOF) featuring a unique thermoresponsive gating adsorption behavior, which, in contrast to any known flexibility modes for stimuli-responsive MOFs, depends on the thermal motion of the extra-framework counterions. In addition, this MOF also exhibits adsorption selectivity of CO2 over N2 , H2 , and Ar at 273 K, thus enabling a strategic separation and encapsulation of CO2 .

  12. Thermoresponsiveness of integrated ultra-thin silicon with poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) hydrogels.

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    Yu, Cunjiang; Pan, Yuping; Ma, Huan; Ma, Teng; Zhang, Jiaping; Song, Yanmei; Kalani, M Yashar S; Dai, Lenore; Jiang, Hanqing

    2011-06-01

    Stimuli-sensitive polymer materials have limited device functionality, design and manufacturing flexibility although they are pushed to enable smart device applications. Here we demonstrate the capability of integrating thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm) hydrogels with silicon nanoribbons, and enable the stiff silicon ribbons to become adaptive and drivable by the soft environmentally sensitive substrate, such as becoming mechanically stretched and compressed on temperature change. These and related soft/hard smart devices and systems may open new opportunities in biomedical applications.

  13. Thermoplastic Elastomer-Enabled Smart Electrolyte for Thermoresponsive Self-Protection of Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices.

    PubMed

    Shi, Ye; Ha, Heonjoo; Al-Sudani, Atheer; Ellison, Christopher J; Yu, Guihua

    2016-09-01

    Thermoresponsive smart electrolytes based on Pluronic solution are developed for active control and thermal self-protection of electrochemical energy-storage devices. Mechanistic studies reveal that the highly effective and reversible self-protection behavior is attributed to the sol-gel transition of the Pluronic solution upon temperature change. The transition temperature and the degree of performance suppression can be tuned over a wide range.

  14. Bio-based production of methacrylic acid

    USDA-ARS?s Scientific Manuscript database

    Methacrylic acid (MAA) is an important industrial chemical commodity, with annual production exceeding 3 million metric tons and a market value surpassing $9 billion. The primary use of MAA is the conversion to ester derivatives, which are further converted into numerous useful polymers. Despite the...

  15. Methacrylate Polymer Monoliths for Separation Applications

    PubMed Central

    Groarke, Robert J.; Brabazon, Dermot

    2016-01-01

    This review summarizes the development of methacrylate-based polymer monoliths for separation science applications. An introduction to monoliths is presented, followed by the preparation methods and characteristics specific to methacrylate monoliths. Both traditional chemical based syntheses and emerging additive manufacturing methods are presented along with an analysis of the different types of functional groups, which have been utilized with methacrylate monoliths. The role of methacrylate based porous materials in separation science in industrially important chemical and biological separations are discussed, with particular attention given to the most recent developments and challenges associated with these materials. While these monoliths have been shown to be useful for a wide variety of applications, there is still scope for exerting better control over the porous architectures and chemistries obtained from the different fabrication routes. Conclusions regarding this previous work are drawn and an outlook towards future challenges and potential developments in this vibrant research area are presented. Discussed in particular are the potential of additive manufacturing for the preparation of monolithic structures with pre-defined multi-scale porous morphologies and for the optimization of surface reactive chemistries. PMID:28773570

  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. Characterization of a Thermoresponsive Chitosan Derivative as a Potential Draw Solute for Forward Osmosis.

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    Lecaros, Rumwald Leo G; Syu, Zih-Chi; Chiao, Yu-Hsuan; Wickramasinghe, S Ranil; Ji, Yan-Li; An, Quan-Fu; Hung, Wei-Song; Hu, Chien-Chieh; Lee, Kueir-Rarn; Lai, Juin-Yih

    2016-11-01

    A thermoresponsive chitosan derivative was synthesized by reacting chitosan (CS) with butyl glycidyl ether (BGE) to break the inter- and intramolecular hydrogen bonds of the polymer. An aqueous solution of the thermoresponsive CS derivative exhibits a lower critical solution temperature (LCST) than CS, and it undergoes a phase transition separation when the temperature changes. Successful incorporation of BGE into the CS was confirmed by FTIR and XPS analyses. Varying the BGE content and the concentration of the aqueous solution produced different LCST ranges, as shown by transmittance vs temperature curves. The particle size was observed by scanning electron microscopy, which revealed that the particles were smaller and well dispersed at 15 °C, whereas the particles became larger and tended to aggregate at 60 °C. A similar trend was observed with the mean particle size measured using dynamic light scattering. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy data also revealed the reversibility of the particle properties as a function of temperature. Microstructure analysis showed that the particles had larger free-volume sizes at 15 °C than at 60 °C. The particles were also found to be nontoxic with 92% cell survival. A simple forward osmosis (FO) test for dye dehydration revealed the potential use of the thermoresponsive chitosan derivative as a draw solute with a flux of 8.6 L/m(2) h and rejection of 99.8%.

  18. Hollow microgel based ultrathin thermoresponsive membranes for separation, synthesis, and catalytic applications.

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    Tripathi, Bijay Prakash; Dubey, Nidhi Chandrama; Stamm, Manfred

    2014-10-22

    Thermoresponsive core-shell microgels with degradable core are synthesized via surfactant based free radical polymerization using N,N'-(1,2-dihydroxy-ethylene)bis(acrylamide) (DHEA) as a cross-linker for core preparation. The 1,2-glycol bond present in DHEA is susceptible to NaIO4 solution, and thus, the structure can be cleaved off resulting in hollow microgel. Ultrathin membranes are prepared by suction filtration of a dilute suspension of core-shell microgels over a sacrificial layer of Cd(OH)2 nanostrand coated on track etched membrane. After removal of the degraded cores from microgels, the membranes are cross-linked with glutaraldehyde and the nanostrands are removed by passing a 10 mM HCl solution. The prepared membranes are thoroughly characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), dynamic light scattering (DLS), and dynamic contact angle for morphology, thermoresponsive, and hydrophilic properties, respectively. The prepared membranes showed thermoresponsive permeation behavior and remarkable separation performance for low molecular weight dyes and lysozyme protein. These membranes are also used to synthesize gold nanoparticles and immobilize lactate dehydrogenase enzyme for catalytic and biocatalytic application. The results for water permeation, solute rejection, and ability to immobilize gold nanoparticles and enzymes showed its wide range of applicability. Furthermore, the synthesis of hollow microgel is simple and environmentally friendly, and the membrane preparation is easy, scalable, and other microgel systems can also be used. These responsive membranes constitute a significant contribution to advanced separation technology.

  19. Initiated chemical vapor deposition of thermoresponsive poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) thin films for cell sheet engineering.

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    Lee, Bora; Jiao, Alex; Yu, Seungjung; You, Jae Bem; Kim, Deok-Ho; Im, Sung Gap

    2013-08-01

    Poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) (PNVCL) is a thermoresponsive polymer known to be nontoxic, water soluble and biocompatible. Here, PNVCL homopolymer was successfully synthesized for the first time by use of a one-step vapor-phase process, termed initiated chemical vapor deposition (iCVD). Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy results showed that radical polymerization took place from N-vinylcaprolactam monomers without damaging the functional caprolactam ring. A sharp lower critical solution temperature transition was observed at 31°C from the iCVD poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) (PNVCL) film. The thermoresponsive PNVCL surface exhibited a hydrophilic/hydrophobic alteration with external temperature change, which enabled the thermally modulated attachment and detachment of cells. The conformal coverage of PNVCL film on various substrates with complex topography, including fabrics and nanopatterns, was successfully demonstrated, which can further be utilized to fabricate cell sheets with aligned cell morphology. The advantage of this system is that cells cultured on such thermoresponsive surfaces could be recovered as an intact cell sheet by simply lowering the temperature, eliminating the need for conventional enzymatic treatments.

  20. Dynamic and biocompatible thermo-responsive magnetic hydrogels that respond to an alternating magnetic field

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    Crippa, Federica; Moore, Thomas L.; Mortato, Mariangela; Geers, Christoph; Haeni, Laetitia; Hirt, Ann M.; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara; Petri-Fink, Alke

    2017-04-01

    Magnetic thermo-responsive hydrogels are a new class of materials that have recently attracted interest in biomedicine due to their ability to change phase upon magnetic stimulation. They have been used for drug release, magnetic hyperthermia treatment, and can potentially be engineered as stimuli-responsive substrates for cell mechanobiology. In this regard, we propose a series of magnetic thermo-responsive nanocomposite substrates that undergo cyclical swelling and de-swelling phases when actuated by an alternating magnetic field in aqueous environment. The synthetized substrates are obtained with a facile and reproducible method from poly-N-isopropylacrylamide and superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles. Their conformation and the temperature-related, magnetic, and biological behaviors were characterized via scanning electron microscopy, swelling ratio analysis, vibrating sample magnetometry, alternating magnetic field stimulation and indirect viability assays. The nanocomposites showed no cytotoxicity with fibroblast cells, and exhibited swelling/de-swelling behavior near physiological temperatures (around 34 °C). Therefore these magnetic thermo-responsive hydrogels are promising materials as stimuli-responsive substrates allowing the study of cell-behavior by changing the hydrogel properties in situ.

  1. Fabrication and Characterization of Thermoresponsive Polystyrene Nanofibrous Mats for Cultured Cell Recovery

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    Oh, Hwan Hee; Uyama, Hiroshi; Park, Won Ho; Cho, Donghwan; Kwon, Oh Hyeong

    2014-01-01

    Rapid cell growth and rapid recovery of intact cultured cells are an invaluable technique to maintain the biological functions and viability of cells. To achieve this goal, thermoresponsive polystyrene (PS) nanofibrous mat was fabricated by electrospinning of PS solution, followed by the graft polymerization of thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)(PIPAAm) on PS nanofibrous mats. Image analysis of the PS nanofiber revealed a unimodal distribution pattern with 400 nm average fiber diameter. Graft polymerization of PIPAAm on PS nanofibrous mats was confirmed by spectroscopic methods such as ATR-FTIR, ESCA, and AFM. Human fibroblasts were cultured on four different surfaces, PIPAAm-grafted and ungrafted PS dishes and PIPAAm-grafted and ungrafted PS nanofibrous mats, respectively. Cells on PIPAAm-grafted PS nanofibrous mats were well attached, spread, and proliferated significantly much more than those on other surfaces. Cultured cells were easily detached from the PIPAAm-grafted surfaces by decreasing culture temperature to 20°C, while negligible cells were detached from ungrafted surfaces. Moreover, cells on PIPAAm-grafted PS nanofibrous mats were detached more rapidly than those on PIPAAm-grafted PS dishes. These results suggest that thermoresponsive nanofibrous mats are attractive cell culture substrates which enable rapid cell growth and recovery from the culture surface for application to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. PMID:24696851

  2. Fabrication and characterization of thermoresponsive polystyrene nanofibrous mats for cultured cell recovery.

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    Oh, Hwan Hee; Ko, Young-Gwang; Uyama, Hiroshi; Park, Won Ho; Cho, Donghwan; Kwon, Oh Hyeong

    2014-01-01

    Rapid cell growth and rapid recovery of intact cultured cells are an invaluable technique to maintain the biological functions and viability of cells. To achieve this goal, thermoresponsive polystyrene (PS) nanofibrous mat was fabricated by electrospinning of PS solution, followed by the graft polymerization of thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)(PIPAAm) on PS nanofibrous mats. Image analysis of the PS nanofiber revealed a unimodal distribution pattern with 400 nm average fiber diameter. Graft polymerization of PIPAAm on PS nanofibrous mats was confirmed by spectroscopic methods such as ATR-FTIR, ESCA, and AFM. Human fibroblasts were cultured on four different surfaces, PIPAAm-grafted and ungrafted PS dishes and PIPAAm-grafted and ungrafted PS nanofibrous mats, respectively. Cells on PIPAAm-grafted PS nanofibrous mats were well attached, spread, and proliferated significantly much more than those on other surfaces. Cultured cells were easily detached from the PIPAAm-grafted surfaces by decreasing culture temperature to 20 °C, while negligible cells were detached from ungrafted surfaces. Moreover, cells on PIPAAm-grafted PS nanofibrous mats were detached more rapidly than those on PIPAAm-grafted PS dishes. These results suggest that thermoresponsive nanofibrous mats are attractive cell culture substrates which enable rapid cell growth and recovery from the culture surface for application to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

  3. Solute solvent interaction in methyl methacrylate and 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate monomers solutions

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    Al-ghamdi, Attieh A.; Bahattab, M. A.; Farhoud, M.; Al-Dossary, Mishal; Al-Enizi, Abdullah; Al-Deyab, S. S.

    2006-11-01

    Solute-solvent interactions are studied using induced birefringence measurements in monomers solutions of methyl methacrylate (MMA) and 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA), dissolved in ethanol, acetone, ethyl acetate, tetrahydrofuran and dimethyl sulfoxide, over a broad range of concentrations. The data are combined with refractive index and density to calculate the electric, optical and molar Kerr constants. All related microscopic parameters concerning the molecular structure such as nonlinear Kerr constants, anisotropic factors, and optical anisotropy have been calculated.

  4. Non-Equilibrium Dynamics of Vesicles and Micelles by Self-Assembly of Block Copolymers with Double Thermoresponsivity

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    Tang, Yu-Hang; Li, Zhen; Li, Xuejin; Deng, Mingge; Karniadakis, George Em

    2016-04-12

    We present a mesoscopic simulation study of doubly thermoresponsive self-assemblies, revealing previously unknown dynamic behavior and proving experimental hypotheses. By explicitly modeling internal energy as a degree of freedom of coarse-grained particles, we simulated the thermally induced self assembly process triggered by the evolution of temperature over time and space. We found that both external and intrinsic factors are responsible for altering the assembly pathway of thermoresponsive micelles and hence determining the final aggregate morphology. We identified a frequency regime where thermoresponsive unilamellar vesicles can sustain repeated heating cooling cycles in a thermal loading test, and we quantified the collapse probability and half-life of the vesicles under frequencies that cause vesicle destruction. Two molecular movement modes dominate, namely flip and slip, in thermoresponsive bilayer membranes during the inversion of composition. We demonstrated that doubly thermoresponsive micelles and vesicles, as potential drug delivery vehicles, exhibit distinct hydrodynamic behavior when flowing through capillaries whose temperature spans across the inversion temperature of the carriers.

  5. Inhomogeneity of photoacid generators in methacrylate-type EUV resist film studied by molecular dynamics simulations

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    Toriumi, Minoru; Itani, Toshiro

    2015-06-01

    Extreme ultraviolet (EUV) resist materials are requested simultaneously to improve the resolution, line-edge roughness (LER), and sensitivity. In a resist film, inhomogeneous structures in the nanometer region may have large effects directly on the resolution and LER and indirectly on sensitivity. In this paper, we will focus on evaluating the inhomogeneity of photoacid generators (PAGs) in a methacrylate-type EUV resist film by molecular dynamics simulations. Results show the inhomogeneity of positions and motions of PAGs in the resist film. Moreover, PAG anions show larger diffusion constants than PAG cations. These properties can be elucidated qualitatively by considering the free volumes in the resist matrix and molecular structures such as bulky phenyl groups of PAG cations and chemical properties such as the fluorine atom interaction of PAG anions.

  6. Free Radical Polymerization of Styrene and Methyl Methacrylate in Various Room Temperature Ionic Liquids

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    Zhang, Hongwei; Hong, Kunlun; Mays, Jimmy

    2005-01-01

    Conventional free radical polymerization of styrene and methyl methacrylate was carried out in various room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs). The RTILs used in this research encompass a wide range of cations and anions. Typical cations include imidazolium, phosphonium, pyridinium, and pyrrolidinium; typical anions include amide, borate, chloride, imide, phosphate, and phosphinate. Reactions are faster and polymers obtained usually have higher molecular weights when compared to polymerizations carried out in volatile organic solvents under the same conditions. This shows that rapid rates of polymerization and high molecular weights are general features of conventional radical polymerizations in RTILs. Attempts to correlate the polarities and viscosities of the RTILs with the polymerization behavior fail to yield discernible trends.

  7. Antialgal activity of poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA) brushes against the marine alga Ulva.

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    Yandi, Wetra; Mieszkin, Sophie; Callow, Maureen E; Callow, James A; Finlay, John A; Liedberg, Bo; Ederth, Thomas

    2017-02-01

    Marine biofouling has detrimental effects on the environment and economy, and current antifouling coatings research is aimed at environmentally benign, non-toxic materials. The possibility of using contact-active coatings is explored, by considering the antialgal activity of cationic poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA) brushes. The antialgal activity was investigated via zoospore settlement and sporeling growth assays of the marine algae Ulva linza and U. lactuca. The assay results for PDMAEMA brushes were compared to those for anionic and neutral surfaces. It was found that only PDMAEMA could disrupt zoospores that come into contact with it, and that it also inhibits the subsequent growth of normally settled spores. Based on the spore membrane properties, and characterization of the PDMAEMA brushes over a wide pH range, it is hypothesized that the algicidal mechanisms are similar to the bactericidal mechanisms of cationic polymers, and that further development could lead to successful contact-active antialgal coatings.

  8. Dendrimer/methyl methacrylate co-polymers: residual methyl methacrylate and degree of conversion.

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    Viljanen, Eeva K; Skrifvars, Mikael; Vallittu, Pekka K

    2005-01-01

    Dendrimer/methyl methacrylate co-polymers were studied for use in dental composites. The aim was to determine the effects of methyl methacrylate concentration in the resin mixture and polymerization method on the degree of conversion and residual monomer content of the copolymers. Two dendrimers were studied, D12 with 12 reactive methacrylate groups and D24 with 24 reactive groups. The concentration of methyl methacrylate varied from 20 wt% to 50 wt% of monomers. Camphorquinone (CQ) was used as the light-activation initiator and 2-(N,N-dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) as the activator, both in the quantity of 3.0 wt%. Three polymerization methods were used: photo-polymerization, photo-polymerized immediately followed by post-polymerization at 120 degrees C for 15 min, and photo-polymerization followed by postpolymerization after 7 days. The degree of conversion was determined using FT-IR. Residual monomers were extracted with tetrahydrofuran and methanol and analyzed with HPLC. The highest degrees of conversion were 65 and 62%, and the lowest residual monomer contents 1.0 and 1.5% for D12 and D24, respectively. These were measured after heat-induced post-polymerization. For D12, increasing the proportion of methyl methacrylate decreased the degree of conversion and increased the residual monomer content after photo-polymerization. Post-polymerization enhanced the polymerization of the dendrimer co-polymers in respect of degree of conversion and residual monomer content. The present study suggested that the tested dendrimer/methyl methacrylate copolymers require heat-induced polymerization to reach the generally accepted levels of degree of conversion and residual monomers.

  9. Effect of methacrylic acid:methyl methacrylate monomer ratios on polymerization rates and properties of polymethyl methacrylates.

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    Chen, T; Kusy, R P

    1997-08-01

    Five binary formulations were prepared from methyl methacrylate (MMA) and methacrylic acid (MAA) monomers, and six ternary formulations were prepared from polysols of 30% wt polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)/MMA and MAA. Using thermal analyses (DSC and TGA) the polymerization kinetics, condition of postcuring, relative amount of residual monomers, and glass transition temperature (Tg) were determined. From bar-shaped samples, 25 x 5 x 0.9 mm in dimensions, mechanical properties [flexural moduli (E) and maximum strengths (sigma)] were measured in three-point bending. Polymerization kinetics of binary formulations improved over pure PMMA (from 15 to 4 min) as a result of over a 60-fold increase in propagation-to-termination constants (Kp/Kt) of MAA/MMA. The further addition of PMMA increased the viscosity, slowed down termination, and, consequently, improved the polymerization kinetics twofold. These enhancements occurred without a substantive change in the Tg of the ternary system (ca. 107 degrees C) over pure PMMA (ca. 112 degrees C). Moreover, the Es of the four ternary formulations averaged 2.94 GPa, which was comparable with many values reported in the literature. In contrast the sigma s of these same formulations averaged 97 MPa, which was about 25% better than earlier investigations of pure acrylic. When a thermoplastic material is required for pultruding profiles that cure fast and have good thermal-mechanical properties, ternaries of PMMA/MMA/MAA should be considered.

  10. A novel, biodegradable, thermoresponsive hydrogel attenuates ventricular remodeling and improves cardiac function following myocardial infarction - a review.

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    Yi, Xin; Li, Xiaoyan; Ren, Shan; He, Yiyu; Wan, Weiguo; Wen, Ying; Jiang, Xuejun

    2014-01-01

    Myocardial infarction (MI) and the subsequent heart failure remain among of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in world wide. A number of studies have demonstrated that intramyocardial biomaterials injections improve cardiac function after implantation because of their angiogenic potential. Thermoresponsive hydrogels, one member of the hydrogels family, are a kind of biomaterial whose structure is similar to that of extracellular matrix. These hydrogels have been interesting for biomedical uses as they can swell in situ under physiological conditions and provide the advantage of convenient administration. The hydrogel that our team is interested in is a novel biodegradable injectable thermoresponsive hydrogel-the copolymer dextran-poly (ε-caprolactone) -2-hydroxylethyl methacrylatepoly (N-isopropylacrylaminde) (Dex-PCL-HEMA/PNIPAAm). Thus, this review will focus on requirements and challenges of injectable synthetic material, and possible mechanism of thermoresponsive hydrogel in treating MI. The main emphases are on the work done and future interesting studies in our laboratory.

  11. Self-Assembled Nanogels of Cholesterol-Bearing Hydroxypropyl Cellulose: A Thermoresponsive Building Block for Nanogel Tectonic Materials.

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    Tahara, Yoshiro; Sakiyama, Mizuki; Takeda, Shigeo; Nishimura, Tomoki; Mukai, Sada-Atsu; Sawada, Shin-Ichi; Sasaki, Yoshihiro; Akiyoshi, Kazunari

    2016-11-29

    Hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC) is a fascinating polysaccharide to use in developing a nanogel to be a thermoresponsive building unit for nanogel tectonic materials. Cholesterol-bearing HPC (Ch-HPC) self-assembled to form nanogels through hydrophobic interactions of the cholesteryl groups in water. Ch-HPC nanogels had a lower critical solution temperature in line with that of native HPC. The particle size of Ch-HPC nanogels was reversibly controlled by the temperature and salting-out effect. The thermoresponsive property was also observed in Ch-HPC nanogel-cross-linked macrogels. These results suggest that a Ch-HPC nanogel is an attractive building block for thermoresponsive nanogel tectonic materials.

  12. Facile fabrication of P(OVNG-co-NVCL) thermoresponsive double-hydrophilic glycopolymer nanofibers for sustained drug release.

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    Xu, Mu-Ru; Shi, Meng; Bremner, David H; Sun, Kan; Nie, Hua-Li; Quan, Jing; Zhu, Li-Min

    2015-11-01

    The thermoresponsive double-hydrophilic glycopolymer (DHG), Poly (6-O-vinyl-nonanedioyl-D-galactose-co-N-vinylcaprolactam) (P(OVNG-co-NVCL)) was synthesized via a chemo-enzymatic process and a free radical copolymerization and the resulting nanofibers were fabricated using an electrospinning process. The desired lower critical solution temperature (LCST) between 32 and 40 °C of the DHG polymers was achieved by adjusting the molar fraction of galactose monomer in the copolymers during the synthesis. The thermoresponsive DHG polymers were found to have good cytocompatibility with Hela cells as determined by the MTT assay, and special recognition of the protein peanut agglutinin (PNA). The drug release properties of these newly designed thermoresponsive DHG P(OVNG-co-NVCL) nanofibers are temperature regulated, can target specific proteins and have the potential application in the field of sustained drug release.

  13. A pre-formed methyl methacrylate cranioplasty.

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    Cooper, P R; Schechter, B; Jacobs, G B; Rubin, R C; Wille, R L

    1977-09-01

    The use of a pre-formed methyl methacrylate cranioplasty prosthesis reinforced with stainless steel wire is described. The prosthesis is non-reactive, virtually unbreakable, and undentable. Pre-forming of the prosthesis in the dental laboratory using a mold of the patient's bony defect as a model saves considerable operating time, and when employed for a large cranial defect the three dimensional cosmetic effect is superior to intra-operatively fashioned prostheses.

  14. Dimensional accuracy of thermoformed polymethyl methacrylate.

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    Jagger, R G

    1996-12-01

    Thermoforming of polymethyl methacrylate sheet is used to produce a number of different types of dental appliances. The purpose of this study was to determine the dimensional accuracy of thermoformed polymethyl methacrylate specimens. Five blanks of the acrylic resin were thermoformed on stone casts prepared from a silicone mold of a brass master die. The distances between index marks were measured both on the cast and on the thermoformed blanks with an optical comparator. Measurements on the blanks were made again 24 hours after processing and then 1 week, 1 month, and 3 months after immersion in water. Linear shrinkage of less than 1% (range 0.37% to 0.52%) was observed 24 hours after removal of the blanks from the cast. Immersion of the thermoformed specimens in water resulted in an increase in measured dimensions, but after 3 months' immersion these increases were still less than those of the cast (range 0.07% to 0.18%). It was concluded that it is possible to thermoform Perspex polymethyl methacrylate accurately.

  15. Reactivity of methacrylates in insertion polymerization.

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    Rünzi, Thomas; Guironnet, Damien; Göttker-Schnetmann, Inigo; Mecking, Stefan

    2010-11-24

    Polymerization of ethylene by complexes [{(P^O)PdMe(L)}] (P^O = κ(2)-(P,O)-2-(2-MeOC(6)H(4))(2)PC(6)H(4)SO(3))) affords homopolyethylene free of any methyl methacrylate (MMA)-derived units, even in the presence of substantial concentrations of MMA. In stoichiometric studies, reactive {(P^O)Pd(Me)L} fragments generated by halide abstraction from [({(P^O)Pd(Me)Cl}μ-Na)(2)] insert MMA in a 1,2- as well as 2,1-mode. The 1,2-insertion product forms a stable five-membered chelate by coordination of the carbonyl group. Thermodynamic parameters for MMA insertion are ΔH(++) = 69.0(3.1) kJ mol(-1) and ΔS(++) = -103(10) J mol(-1) K(-1) (total average for 1,2- and 2,1-insertion), in comparison to ΔH(++) = 48.5(3.0) kJ mol(-1) and ΔS(++) = -138(7) J mol(-1) K(-1) for methyl acrylate (MA) insertion. These data agree with an observed at least 10(2)-fold preference for MA incorporation vs MMA incorporation (not detected) under polymerization conditions. Copolymerization of ethylene with a bifunctional acrylate-methacrylate monomer yields linear polyethylenes with intact methacrylate substituents. Post-polymerization modification of the latter was exemplified by free-radical thiol addition and by cross-metathesis.

  16. The mechanical properties of elastomeric poly(alkyl methacrylate)s.

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    Davy, K W; Braden, M

    1987-09-01

    A range of poly(alkyl methacrylate)s in the range C5 to C13 with varying degrees of crosslinking, have been studied with respect to stress-strain behaviour. Where the extensions to break were sufficiently high, stress-strain properties conformed well to the statistical theory of rubber elasticity, the Mooney/Rivlin C2 term being sensibly zero. All materials studied were very elastic, exhibiting extremely little permanent set. The energy to break decreases very rapidly as the homologous series is ascended, and 0.5% crosslinking agent is perfectly adequate to give elastic properties. Hence either n-pentyl or hexyl methacrylates are to be preferred in soft prosthesis formulations on mechanical grounds.

  17. Poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(glycidyl methacrylate) with oligoamine side chains as efficient gene vectors.

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    Ma, Ming; Li, Feng; Chen, Fu-jie; Cheng, Si-xue; Zhuo, Ren-xi

    2010-02-11

    Well-defined diblock copolymers, poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(glycidyl methacrylate)s (PEG-b-PGMAs), with different poly(glycidyl methacrylate) (PGMA) chains, were prepared via atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) from the same macromolecular initiator 2-bromoisobutyryl-terminated poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG). Ethyldiamine (EDA), diethylenetriamine (DETA), triethylenetetramine (TETA), and polyethyleneimine (PEI) with an M(W) of 400 (PEI(400)) were used to decorate PEG-b-PGMAs to get the cationic polymers PEG-b-PGMA- oligoamines. These cationic polymers possessed high buffer capability and could condense plasmid DNA (pDNA) into nanoscaled complexes of 125-530 nm. These complexes showed the positive zeta potential of 20-35 mV at N/P ratios of 10-50. Most of them exhibited very low cytotoxicity and good transfection efficiency in 293T cells. The presence of the serum medium did not decrease the transfection efficiency due to the steric stabilization of the PEG chains.

  18. Onlay frontal cranioplasty using wire reinforced methyl methacrylate.

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    Greene, Arin K; Warren, Stephen M; McCarthy, Joseph G

    2008-04-01

    Methyl methacrylate is a biologically inert alloplastic material that is commonly used to rebuild the calvarial vault. Since methyl methacrylate does not permit tissue incorporation it is susceptible to displacement and/or fracture. In order to increase the tensile strength of methyl methacrylate onlay cranioplasties, we use wire reinforced masonry techniques. A 56-year-old female presents with forehead asymmetry due to displacement and fracture of a silicone alloplastic implant. This patient, treated with onlay wire reinforced methyl methacrylate, demonstrates the utility of this novel technique. Wire is passed through 2-mm outer cortex tunnels like spokes on a wheel, around the perimeter of the defect to form a rebar grid. Methyl methacrylate is poured onto the rebar grid and contoured after it solidifies. Wire reinforced methyl methacrylate is a simple technique to improve the tensile strength of calvarial alloplastic reconstructions.

  19. Thermo-responsive polymeric nanoparticles for enhancing neuronal differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells.

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    Seo, Hye In; Cho, Ann-Na; Jang, Jiho; Kim, Dong-Wook; Cho, Seung-Woo; Chung, Bong Geun

    2015-10-01

    We report thermo-responsive retinoic acid (RA)-loaded poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-co-acrylamide (PNIPAM-co-Am) nanoparticles for directing human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) fate. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance analysis confirmed that RA was efficiently incorporated into PNIAPM-co-Am nanoparticles (PCANs). The size of PCANs dropped with increasing temperatures (300-400 nm at room temperature, 80-90 nm at 37°C) due to its phase transition from hydrophilic to hydrophobic. Due to particle shrinkage caused by this thermo-responsive property of PCANs, RA could be released from nanoparticles in the cells upon cellular uptake. Immunocytochemistry and quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction analysis demonstrated that neuronal differentiation of hiPSC-derived neuronal precursors was enhanced after treatment with 1-2 μg/ml RA-loaded PCANs. Therefore, we propose that this PCAN could be a potentially powerful carrier for effective RA delivery to direct hiPSC fate to neuronal lineage. The use of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) has been at the forefront of research in the field of regenerative medicine, as these cells have the potential to differentiate into various terminal cell types. In this article, the authors utilized a thermo-responsive polymer, Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM), as a delivery platform for retinoic acid. It was shown that neuronal differentiation could be enhanced in hiPSC-derived neuronal precursor cells. This method may pave a way for future treatment of neuronal diseases. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Host-Guest Self-Assembly Toward Reversible Thermoresponsive Switching for Bacteria Killing and Detachment.

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    Shi, Zhen-Qiang; Cai, Yu-Ting; Deng, Jie; Zhao, Wei-Feng; Zhao, Chang-Sheng

    2016-09-14

    A facile method to construct reversible thermoresponsive switching for bacteria killing and detachment was currently developed by host-guest self-assembly of β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) and adamantane (Ad). Ad-terminated poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (Ad-PNIPAM) and Ad-terminated poly[2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl]trimethylammonium chloride (Ad-PMT) were synthesized via atom transfer radical polymerization, and then assembled onto the surface of β-CD grafted silicon wafer (SW-CD) by simply immersing SW-CD into a mixed solution of Ad-PNIPAM and Ad-PMT, thus forming a thermoresponsive surface (SW-PNIPAM/PMT). Atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray photoelectron spectrometry (XPS), and water contact angle (WCA) analysis were used to characterize the surface of SW-PNIPAM/PMT. The thermoresponsive bacteria killing and detachment switch of the SW-PNIPAM/PMT was investigated against Staphyloccocus aureus. The microbiological experiments confirmed the efficient bacteria killing and detachment switch across the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of PNIPAM. Above the LCST, the Ad-PNIPAM chains on the SW-PNIPAM/PMT surface were collapsed to expose Ad-PMT chains, and then the exposed Ad-PMT would kill the attached bacteria. While below the LCST, the previously collapsed Ad-PNIPAM chains became more hydrophilic and swelled to cover the Ad-PMT chains, leading to the detachment of bacterial debris. Besides, the proposed method to fabricate stimuli-responsive surfaces with reversible switches for bacteria killing and detachment is facile and efficient, which creates a new route to extend the application of such smart surfaces in the fields requiring long-term antimicrobial treatment.

  1. Oxygen plasma-treated thermoresponsive polymer surfaces for cell sheet engineering.

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    Shimizu, Kazunori; Fujita, Hideaki; Nagamori, Eiji

    2010-06-01

    Although cell sheet tissue engineering is a potent and promising method for tissue engineering, an increase of mechanical strength of a cell sheet is needed for easy manipulation of it during transplantation or 3D tissue fabrication. Previously, we developed a cell sheet-polymer film complex that had enough mechanical strength that can be manipulated even by tweezers (Fujita et al., 2009. Biotechnol Bioeng 103(2): 370-377). We confirmed the polymer film involving a temperature sensitive polymer and extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins could be removed by lowering temperature after transplantation, and its potential use in regenerative medicine was demonstrated. However, the use of ECM proteins conflicted with high stability in long-term storage and low cost. In the present study, to overcome these drawbacks, we employed the oxygen plasma treatment instead of using the ECM proteins. A cast and dried film of thermoresponsive poly-N-isopropylacrylamide (PNIPAAm) was fabricated and treated with high-intensity oxygen plasma. The cells became possible to adhere to the oxygen plasma-treated PNIPAAm surface, whereas could not to the inherent surface of bulk PNIPAAm without treatment. Characterizations of the treated surface revealed the surface had high stability. The surface roughness, wettability, and composition were changed, depending on the plasma intensity. Interestingly, although bulk PNIPAAm layer had thermoresponsiveness and dissolved below lower critical solution temperature (LCST), it was found that the oxygen plasma-treated PNIPAAm surface lost its thermoresponsiveness and remained insoluble in water below LCST as a thin layer. Skeletal muscle C2C12 cells could be cultured on the oxygen plasma-treated PNIPAAm surface, a skeletal muscle cell sheet with the insoluble thin layer could be released in the medium, and thus the possibility of use of the cell sheet for transplantation was demonstrated.

  2. The cubyl cation rearrangements.

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    Jalife, Said; Mondal, Sukanta; Cabellos, Jose Luis; Martinez-Guajardo, Gerardo; Fernandez-Herrera, Maria A; Merino, Gabriel

    2016-02-25

    Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics simulations and high-level ab initio computations predict that the cage-opening rearrangement of the cubyl cation to the 7H(+)-pentalenyl cation is feasible in the gas phase. The rate-determining step is the formation of the cuneyl cation with an activation barrier of 25.3 kcal mol(-1) at the CCSD(T)/def2-TZVP//MP2/def2-TZVP level. Thus, the cubyl cation is kinetically stable enough to be formed and trapped at moderate temperatures, but it may be rearranged at higher temperatures.

  3. A thermoresponsive and magnetic colloid for 3D cell expansion and reconfiguration.

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    Saeed, Aram; Francini, Nora; White, Lisa; Dixon, James; Gould, Toby; Rashidi, Hassan; Al Ghanami, Racha Cheikh; Hruschka, Veronika; Redl, Heinz; Saunders, Brian R; Alexander, Cameron; Shakesheff, Kevin M

    2015-01-27

    A dual thermoresponsive and magnetic colloidal gel matrix is described for enhanced stem-cell culture. The combined properties of the material allow enzyme-free passaging and expansion of mesenchymal stem cells, as well as isolation of cells postculture by the simple process of lowering the temperature and applying an external magnetic field. The colloidal gel can be reconfigured with thermal and magnetic stimuli to allow patterning of cells in discrete zones and to control movement of cells within the porous matrix during culture.

  4. Collapsing and reswelling kinetics of thermoresponsive polymers on surfaces: a matter of confinement and constraints.

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    Willet, Nicolas; Gabriel, Sabine; Jérôme, Christine; Du Prez, Filip E; Duwez, Anne-Sophie

    2014-10-07

    We report on the collapsing and reswelling ability of grafted poly(methyl vinyl ether) chains of different molecular architectures. In order to study the influence of constraints and confinement of the chains, the polymer was grafted onto AFM tips, as a model of a curved nano-sized surface, and onto macroscopic silicon substrates for comparison purposes. AFM-based force spectroscopy experiments were performed to characterise at the nanoscale the temperature-dependent collapsing process and the reversibility to the swollen state on both substrates. The reversible character of the thermoresponsive transition and its kinetics were shown to greatly depend on the polymer architecture and the constraints encountered by the chains.

  5. Thermoresponsive PNIPAAm-modified cotton fabric surfaces that switch between superhydrophilicity and superhydrophobicity

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    Jiang, Cheng; Wang, Qihua; Wang, Tingmei

    2012-03-01

    Thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm) was grafted onto the cotton fabric by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). Introducing 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorodecyltriethoxysilane (PFDTS) onto the surface, the density of PNIPAAm chains can be adjusted because of the competitive reactions of (3-aminopropyl) triethoxysilane (APS) and PFDTS. With the appropriate ratio of APS and PFDTS, the cotton fabric can be switched from superhydrophilic to superhydrophobic by controlling temperature. The prepared cotton fabric may find application in functional textiles, soft and folding superhydrophobic materials.

  6. Multifunctional poly(alkyl methacrylate) films for dental care.

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    Nielsen, Birthe V; Nevell, Thomas G; Barbu, Eugen; Smith, James R; Rees, Gareth D; Tsibouklis, John

    2011-02-01

    Towards the evaluation of non-permanent dental coatings for their capacity to impart dental-care benefits, thin films of a homologous series of comb-like poly(alkyl methacrylate)s (ethyl to octadecyl) have been deposited, from aqueous latex formulations, onto dentally relevant substrates. AFM studies have shown that the thickness (40-300 nm) and surface roughness (8-12 nm) of coherent polymer films are influenced by the degree of polymerization and by the length of the pendant chain. Of the polymers under consideration, poly(butyl methacrylate) formed a close-packed film that conferred to dental substrates a high degree of inhibition to acid-mediated erosion (about 27%), as evaluated by released-phosphate determinations. The potential utility of the coatings to act as anti-sensitivity barriers has been evaluated by determining the hydraulic conductance of coated bovine-dentine substrates; single treatments of dentine discs with poly(butyl methacrylate) or with poly(ethyl methacrylate) effected mean respective reductions in fluid flow of about 23% with respect to water-treated controls; repeated applications of the poly(butyl methacrylate) latex led to mean reductions in fluid flow of about 80%. Chromometric measurements have shown that pellicle-coated hydroxyapatite discs treated with poly(butyl methacrylate), poly(hexyl methacrylate) or poly(lauryl methacrylate) exhibit significant resistance to staining by food chromogens.

  7. Nonviral Plasmid DNA Carriers Based on N,N'-Dimethylaminoethyl Methacrylate and Di(ethylene glycol) Methyl Ether Methacrylate Star Copolymers.

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    Mendrek, Barbara; Sieroń, Łukasz; Żymełka-Miara, Iwona; Binkiewicz, Paulina; Libera, Marcin; Smet, Mario; Trzebicka, Barbara; Sieroń, Aleksander L; Kowalczuk, Agnieszka; Dworak, Andrzej

    2015-10-12

    Star polymers with random and block copolymer arms made of cationic N,N'-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) and nonionic di(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (DEGMA) were synthesized via atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and used for the delivery of plasmid DNA in gene therapy. All stars were able to form polyplexes with plasmid DNA. The structure and size of the polyplexes were precisely determined using light scattering and cryo-TEM microscopy. The hydrodynamic radius of a complex of DNA with star was dependent on the architecture of the star arms, the DEGMA content and the number of amino groups in the star compared to the number of phosphate groups of the nucleic acid (N/P ratio). The smallest polyplexes (Rh90°∼50 nm) with positive zeta potentials (∼15 mV) were formed of stars with N/P=6. The introduction of DEGMA into the star structure caused a decrease of polyplex cytotoxicity in comparison to DMAEMA homopolymer stars. The overall transfection efficiency using HT-1080 cells showed that the studied systems are prospective gene delivery agents. The most promising results were obtained for stars with random copolymer arms of high DEGMA content.

  8. On permeability of methyl methacrylate, 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate and triethyleneglycol dimethacrylate through protective gloves in dentistry.

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    Andreasson, Harriet; Boman, Anders; Johnsson, Stina; Karlsson, Stig; Barregård, Lars

    2003-12-01

    Continuous glove use is more common in dentistry than in most other occupations, and the glove should offer protection against blood-borne infections, skin irritants and contact allergens. Methacrylate monomers are potent contact allergens, and it is known that these substances may penetrate the glove materials commonly used. The aim of this study was to assess the permeability of various types of gloves to methyl methacrylate (MMA), 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and triethyleneglycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA) with special reference to combinations with ethanol or acetone. The permeation rate and time lag breakthrough (lag-BT) for MMA (neat, or diluted to 30% in ethanol or acetone), HEMA (30% in water, ethanol, or acetone) and TEGDMA (30% in ethanol or acetone) were investigated for different protective gloves. Nine different types of gloves were tested for one or several of these methacrylates. The lag-BT for neat MMA was

  9. Night-time atmospheric chemistry of methacrylates.

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    Salgado, M Sagrario; Gallego-Iniesta, M Paz; Martín, M Pilar; Tapia, Araceli; Cabañas, Beatriz

    2011-07-01

    Methacrylates are α, β-unsaturated esters that are widely used in the polymer plastics and resins production. Kinetic information of NO(3) radical reactions is especially scarce and a good understanding of all the atmospheric oxidation processes of these compounds is necessary in order to determine lifetimes in the atmosphere and to evaluate the impact of these reactions on the formation of ozone and other photooxidants. The experiments have been carried out using the relative technique in a static Teflon reactor at room temperature and atmospheric pressure (N(2) as bath gas) using gas chromatography (GC)-flame ionization detection (FID) as detection system. Products were analyzed using solid phase microextraction (SPME)-GC-mass spectrometry (MS) technique and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) using air as bath gas. The following rate coefficients were obtained (in cm(3) molecule(-1) s(-1)): methyl methacrylate + NO(3) = (3.55 ± 0.62) × 10(-15), ethyl methacrylate + NO(3) = (5.42 ± 1.90) × 10(-15), butyl methacrylate + NO(3) = (7.87 ± 3.86) × 10(-15). Methylpyruvate, ethylpyruvate, and butylpyruvate/butanol were identified as main degradation products respectively in the GC-MS analysis. Nitrates compounds were also identified in the FTIR study. The reactivity increases with the substitution and with the chain of the alkyl group in -C(O)OR. An electrophilic addition mechanism is proposed as dominant degradation process. Estimations of the atmospheric lifetimes clearly indicate that the dominant atmospheric loss process for methacrylate esters is their daytime reaction with the hydroxyl radical. NO(3) and ozone are the main oxidants at night time. A detailed products analysis including quantification could elucidate the mechanism for butanol generation for butyl methacrylate reaction.

  10. Injectible bodily prosthetics employing methacrylic copolymer gels

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    Mallapragada, Surya K.; Anderson, Brian C.

    2007-02-27

    The present invention provides novel block copolymers as structural supplements for injectible bodily prosthetics employed in medical or cosmetic procedures. The invention also includes the use of such block copolymers as nucleus pulposus replacement materials for the treatment of degenerative disc disorders and spinal injuries. The copolymers are constructed by polymerization of a tertiary amine methacrylate with either a (poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(propylene oxide)-b-poly(ethylene oxide) polymer, such as the commercially available Pluronic.RTM. polymers, or a poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether polymer.

  11. Fabrication of thermo-responsive cotton fabrics using poly(vinyl caprolactam-co-hydroxyethyl acrylamide) copolymer.

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    Xiao, Min; González, Edurne; Monterroza, Alexis Martell; Frey, Margaret

    2017-10-15

    A thermo-responsive polymer with hydrophilic to hydrophobic transition behavior, poly(vinyl caprolactam-co-hydroxyethyl acrylamide) P(VCL-co-HEAA), was prepared by copolymerization of vinyl caprolactam and N-hydroxyethyl acrylamide via free radical solution polymerization. The resulting copolymer was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), gel permeation chromatography (GPC), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of P(VCL-co-HEAA) was determined at 34.5°C. This thermo-responsive polymer was then grafted onto cotton fabrics using 1,2,3,4-butanetetracarboxylic acid (BTCA) as crosslinker and sodium hypophosphite (SHP) as catalyst. FTIR and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) studies confirmed the successful grafting reaction. The modified cotton fabric exhibited thermo-responsive behavior as evidenced by water vapor permeability measurement confirming decreased permeability at elevated temperature. This is the first demonstration that a PVCL based copolymer is grafted to cotton fabrics. This study provides a new thermo-responsive polymer for fabrication of smart cotton fabrics with thermally switchable hydrophilicity. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. 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.

  13. Thermoresponsive Stability of Colloids in Butyl Acetate/Ethanol Binary Solvent Realized by Grafting Linear Acrylate Copolymers.

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    Jin, Lu; Bemetz, Jonas; Meng, Xia; Wu, Hua; Morbidelli, Massimo

    2017-09-07

    We have developed a new class of thermoresponsive colloids that can exhibit a sharp reversible transition between dispersion and aggregation in binary BuAc/EtOH solvents based on the UCST (upper critical solution temperature)-type phase separation. This is realized by grafting linear PMMA-BA (random) copolymer onto the colloidal particles. We have selected TiO2/PS hybrid spheres (HSs) as a model system to demonstrate our general design concept. By grafting the linear PMMA-BA copolymer onto the HS surface, with the molecular weight from 30 to 40 kDa, we found that the thermoresponsive transition between dispersion and aggregation is fast, sharp, and reversible. At high mass fractions of the HSs, we have even observed a sharp transition between dispersion and gelation (or phase separation). The transition temperature can be tuned by varying the binary solvent composition, BuAc/EtOH, and the molecular weight of the grafted linear copolymer in the range from 5 to 55 °C. One of the most important features of this work is that the thermoresponsive materials used in organic solvents are initially synthesized in water with widely applied conventional (instead of research-based) techniques, thus being well suited for industrial production. In addition, the proposed approach is rather general and applicable to realizing the thermoresponsive transition for various types of colloids and nanoparticles.

  14. Controllable drug release of electrospun thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)/poly(2-acrylamido-2- methylpropanesulfonic acid) nanofibers.

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    Lin, Xiuling; Tang, Dongyan; Cui, Weiwei; Cheng, Yan

    2012-07-01

    Electrospinning micro- and nanofibers are being increasingly investigated for drug delivery. The components and their stimuli-responsive properties of fibers are important factors influencing the drug release behavior. The aim of this study is to fabricate thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm)/poly(2-acrylamido-2-methylpropanesulfonic acid) (PAMPS) nanofibers by single-spinneret electrospinning technique. The electrospun nanofibers are used as a drug carrier by cospinning with nifedipine (NIF), and the release behaviors of NIF from the thermoresponsive nanofibers can be controlled by the response of nanofibers with temperature. The morphology of the nanofibers and its composites with NIF was determined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The hydrogen bond interactions between PNIPAAm/PAMPS and the water-insoluble drug of NIF were introduced and confirmed by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy and energy dispersive spectrometer. The thermoresponsive properties of nanofibers were investigated by contact angle (CA) measurements. The release behaviors of NIF from the PNIPAAm/PAMPS nanofibers were observed by SEM and demonstrated by UV-vis spectroscopy. It was found that uniform fibers of NIF and PNIPAAm/PAMPS could be fabricated without particles on the surface. The release of NIF from nanofibers could be controlled effectively by the changes of hydrogen bonds between PNIPAAm/PAMPS and NIF, and by adjusting temperatures of the thermoresponsive nanofibers. Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  15. Synthesis of high-molecular-weight polymer of methyl chloride salt of N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate by radiation-induced polymerization at high pressure. [Gamma radiation

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    Ishigaki, I.; Okada, T.; Sasuga, T.; Takehisa, M.; Machi, S.

    1981-02-01

    Polymer of the methyl chloride salt of N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate and its copolymer with acrylamide are used as cationic flocculants for the treatment of waste water containing organic suspensions. As reported, radiation-induced polymerization is one of the most convenient methods because of its temperature independence of initiation and extremely large G-value. In general, a flocculant with higher molecular weight has larger flocculation effects. The high-molecular-weight products were prepared in high monomer concentration and a low dose rate. This paper concerns the polymerization and copolymerization of methyl chloride salt of N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate at high pressure, up to 7000 kg/cm/sup 2/, providing high-molecular-weight cationic flocculants.

  16. Methacrylic resin having a high solar radiant energy absorbing property and process for producing the same

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    Abe, K.; Kamada, K.; Nakai, Y.

    1981-10-20

    A methacrylic resin having a high solar radiant energy absorbing property wherein an organic compound (A) containing cupric ion and a compound (B) having at least one p-o-h bond in a molecule are contained into the methacrylic resin selected from poly(Methyl methacrylate) or methacrylic polymers containing at least 50% by weight of a methyl methacrylate unit. A process for producing said methacrylic resin is also disclosed.

  17. Tunable thermo-responsive hydrogels: synthesis, structural analysis and drug release studies.

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    Cirillo, Giuseppe; Spataro, Tania; Curcio, Manuela; Spizzirri, U Gianfranco; Nicoletta, Fiore Pasquale; Picci, Nevio; Iemma, Francesca

    2015-03-01

    Thermo-responsive hydrogel films, synthesized by UV-initiated radical polymerization, are proposed as delivery devices for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Diclofenac sodium and Naproxen). N-isopropylacrylamide and N,N'-ethylenebisacrylamide were chosen as thermo-sensitive monomer and crosslinker, respectively. Infrared spectroscopy was used to assess the incorporation of monomers into the network, and the network density of hydrogel films was found to strictly depend on both feed composition and film thickness. Calorimetric analyses showed negative thermo-responsive behaviour with shrinking/swelling transition values in the range 32.8-36.1°C. Equilibrium swelling studies around the LCST allowed the correlation between the structural changes and the temperature variations. The mesh size, indeed, rapidly changed from a collapsed to a swollen state, with beneficial effects in applications such as size-selective permeation or controlled drug delivery, while the crosslinking degree, the film thickness, and the loading method deeply influenced the drug release profiles at 25 and 40°C. The analysis of both 3D-network structure, release kinetics and diffusional constraints at different temperatures was evaluated by mathematical modelling.

  18. The microbial transglutaminase immobilization on carboxylated poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) for thermo-responsivity.

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    Zhou, Jian Qin; He, Ting; Wang, Jian Wen

    2016-06-01

    Microbial transglutaminase (mTG) is widely utilized in the PEGylation of pharmaceutical proteins. mTG immobilization can be achieved via covalent bonding on solid supports. However, the catalytic efficiency of mTG immobilized on solid supports was significantly reduced by mass transfer limitation. To overcome this limitation, mTG was covalently immobilized on the thermo-responsive carboxylated poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (pNIPAM). The pNIPAM-mTG conjugate exhibited reversibly solubility in aqueous solution with a low critical solution temperature (LCST) at 39°C, i.e., it was insoluble above 39°C and soluble below 39°C. The pH dependence of the pNIPAM-mTG conjugate was similar with that of the native mTG. Upon conjugation to pNIPAM, the optimal temperature of mTG shifted down from 50-55°C to 40-45°C, and the thermal stability of the conjugate was elevated. The easy separation of the pNIPAM-mTG conjugate with its substrate and the catalytic efficiency of the pNIPAM-mTG conjugate were demonstrated by employing the pNIPAM-mTG conjugate to cross-link bovine serum albumin (BSA) and catalyze PEGylation of therapeutic protein, cytochrome c (Cyt C), respectively. The thermo-responsive mTG is suitable to modify proteins in food processing and biomedical engineering.

  19. Thermo-responsive non-woven scaffolds for "smart" 3D cell culture.

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    Rossouw, Claire L; Chetty, Avashnee; Moolman, Francis Sean; Birkholtz, Lyn-Marie; Hoppe, Heinrich; Mancama, Dalu T

    2012-08-01

    The thermo-responsive polymer poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) has received widespread attention for its in vitro application in the non-invasive, non-destructive release of adherent cells on two dimensional surfaces. In this study, 3D non-woven scaffolds fabricated from poly(propylene) (PP), poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET), and nylon that had been grafted with PNIPAAm were tested for their ability to support the proliferation and subsequent thermal release of HC04 and HepG2 hepatocytes. Hepatocyte viability and proliferation were estimated using the Alamar Blue assay and Hoechst 33258 total DNA quantification. The assays revealed that the pure and grafted non-woven scaffolds maintained the hepatocytes within the matrix and promoted 3D proliferation comparable to that of the commercially available Algimatrix™ alginate scaffold. Albumin production and selected cytochrome P450 genes expression was found to be superior in cells growing on pure and grafted non-woven PP scaffolds as compared to cells grown as a 2D monolayer. Two scaffolds, namely, PP-g-PNIPAAm-A and PP-g-PNIPAAm-B were identified as having far superior thermal release capabilities; releasing the majority of the cells from the matrices within 2 h. This is the first report for the development of 3D non-woven, thermo-responsive scaffolds able to release cells from the matrix without the use of any enzymatic assistance or scaffold degradation. Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  20. Tunable Electromagnetic Coupling in Plasmonic Nanostructures Mediated by Thermoresponsive Polymer Brushes.

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    Nguyen, Mai; Kanaev, Andrei; Sun, Xiaonan; Lacaze, Emmanuelle; Lau-Truong, Stéphanie; Lamouri, Aazdine; Aubard, Jean; Felidj, Nordin; Mangeney, Claire

    2015-11-24

    A smart and highly SERS-active plasmonic platform was designed by coupling regular arrays of nanotriangles to colloidal gold nanorods via a thermoresponsive polymer spacer (poly(N-isopropylacrylamide), PNIPAM). The substrates were prepared by combining a top-down and a bottom-up approach based on nanosphere lithography, surface-initiated controlled radical polymerization, and colloidal assembly. This multistep strategy provided regular hexagonal arrays of nanotriangles functionalized by polymer brushes and colloidal gold nanorods, confined exclusively on the nanotriangle surface. Interestingly, one could finely tune the gold nanorod impregnation on the polymer-coated nanostructures by adjusting the polymer layer thickness, leading to highly coupled plasmonic systems for intense SERS signal. Moreover, the thermoresponsive properties of the PNIPAM brushes could be wisely handled in order to monitor the SERS activity of the nanostructures coupled via this polymer spacer. The coupled hybrid plasmonic nanostructures designed in this work are therefore very promising smart platforms for the sensitive detection of analytes by SERS.

  1. Multifaceted thermoresponsive poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) coupled with carbon dots for biomedical applications.

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    Kavitha, Thangavelu; Kim, Jin-Oh; Jang, Seungwook; Kim, Dong-Pyo; Kang, Inn-Kyu; Park, Soo-Young

    2016-04-01

    A fluorescent thermoresponsive polymer consisting of poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) (PVCL) coupled with carbon dots (CDs) (PVCL-CDs) was synthesized by reacting a carboxyl-terminated PVCL derivative with CDs via N-hydroxysuccinimide and N-(3-(dimethylamino)propyl)-N-ethylcarbodiimide hydrochloride coupling. The temperature-dependent fluorescence properties of this material were studied for biomedical applications. Fluorescence quenching in PVCL-CDs was observed above the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) due to thermo-induced aggregation of the PVCL chains. This fluorescent thermoresponsive PVCL-CDs showed good biocompatibility and was demonstrated as a thermometer for sensing intracellular temperatures and also as a marker for bioimaging. In addition, PVCL-CDs showed a significant fluorescence turn-on response to proteins above the LCST, which allows for the utilization of this material in biosensors. Thus, PVCL-CDs, with its tuneable size, low cytotoxicity, good photostability, ease of bioconjugation, and resistance to metabolic degradation, is a novel material for biomedical applications. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Novel Injectable Pentablock Copolymer Based Thermoresponsive Hydrogels for Sustained Release Vaccines.

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    Bobbala, Sharan; Tamboli, Viral; McDowell, Arlene; Mitra, Ashim K; Hook, Sarah

    2016-01-01

    The need for multiple vaccinations to enhance the immunogenicity of subunit vaccines may be reduced by delivering the vaccine over an extended period of time. Here, we report two novel injectable pentablock copolymer based thermoresponsive hydrogels made of polyethyleneglycol-polycaprolactone-polylactide-polycaprolactone-polyethyleneglycol (PEG-PCL-PLA-PCL-PEG) with varying ratios of polycaprolactone (PCL) and polylactide (PLA), as single shot sustained release vaccines. Pentablock copolymer hydrogels were loaded with vaccine-encapsulated poly lactic-co-glycolic acid nanoparticles (PLGA-NP) or with the soluble vaccine components. Incorporation of PLGA-NP into the thermoresponsive hydrogels increased the complex viscosity of the gels, lowered the gelation temperature, and minimized the burst release of antigen and adjuvants. The two pentablock hydrogels stimulated both cellular and humoral responses. The addition of PLGA-NP to the hydrogels sustained immune responses for up to 49 days. The polymer with a higher ratio of PCL to PLA formed a more rigid gel, induced stronger immune responses, and stimulated effective anti-tumor responses in a prophylactic melanoma tumor model.

  3. PNIPAAm-grafted thermoresponsive microcarriers: surface-initiated ATRP synthesis and characterization.

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    Çakmak, Soner; Çakmak, Anıl S; Gümüşderelioğlu, Menemşe

    2013-07-01

    In this study, we developed novel thermoresponsive microcarriers as a powerful tool for cell culture and tissue engineering applications. For this purpose, two types of commercially available spherical microparticles (approximately 100 μm in diameter), dextran-based Sephadex® and vinyl acetate-based VA-OH (Biosynth®), were used and themoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm) was grafted to the beads' surfaces by surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP). Initially, hydroxyl groups of microbeads were reacted with 2-bromopropionyl bromide to form ATRP macroinitiator. Then, NIPAAm was successfully polymerized from the initiator attached microbeads by ATRP with CuBr/2,2'-dipyridyl, catalyst complex. Furthermore, grafted and ungrafted microbeads were characterized by attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscope (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis (ESCA). The results of characterization studies confirmed that PNIPAAm was successfully grafted onto both dextran and vinyl acetate-based beads by means of ATRP reaction and thus, grafted microbeads gained thermoresponsive characteristics which will be evaluated for cell harvesting in further studies. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Composite of magnetic drug carriers with thermo-responsive polymer for controlled drug release

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    Liu, Jia; Kitamoto, Yoshitaka

    2016-02-01

    The present paper describes organic/inorganic composite nanoparticles (CNPs) with a thermal response for biomedical applications. The composite nanoparticles are composed of a thermo-responsive polymer shell of hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC) and a magnetic FeOx/silica core that exhibits a heat-generation capability against alternating magnetic fields. The heat-generation capability of the FeOx core was improved by modifying the synthesis process of the NPs to oxidize nonmagnetic FeO to magnetic Fe3O4. The HPC shell is observed by transmission electron microscopy after coating FeOx/silica NPs with HPC; the coating is confirmed by the increase of the hydrodynamic size of NPs and the weight loss with thermogravimetry. The FeOx/silica/HPC composite NPs exhibit a thermal response, which is confirmed by the temperature-dependent hydrodynamic size of the NPs. These results indicate that the thermo-responsive FeOx/silica/HPC composite particles have a potential as a drug carrier with a capability of controlled release.

  5. Composites Formed from Thermoresponsive Polymers and Conductive Nanowires for Transient Electronic Systems.

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    Zhang, Xin; Bellan, Leon M

    2017-07-05

    The disintegration of transient electronic systems after a preprogrammed time or a particular stimulus (e.g., water, light, or temperature) is fundamentally linked to the properties and behavior of the materials used for their construction. Herein, we demonstrate that polymers exhibiting lower critical solution temperature (LCST) behavior can work as thermoresponsive substrates for circuitry and that these materials can be coupled with conductive nanowires to form a transient electronics platform with unique, irreversible temperature-responsive behavior. The transient systems formed from composites of LCST polymers and conductive nanowires exhibit stable electrical performance in solution (Tsolution > LCST) for over 24 h until a cooling stimulus triggers a rapid (within 5 min) and gigantic (3-4 orders of magnitude) transition in electrical conductance due to polymer dissolution. Using a parylene mask, we are able to fabricate thermoresponsive electrical components, such as conductive traces and parallel-plate capacitors, demonstrating the versatility of this material and patterning technique. With this unique stimulus-responsive transient system and polymers with LCSTs above room temperature (e.g., poly(N-isopropylacrylamide), methyl cellulose), we have developed a platform in which a circuit requires a source of heat to remain viable and is destroyed and vanishes once this heat source is lost.

  6. Carbonated water mediated preparation of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) thermoresponsive gels and liquids.

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    Walsh, Dominic; Hall, Simon R; Moir, Adam; Wimbush, Stuart C; Palazzo, Barbara

    2007-12-01

    Carbonic acid solution was used a medium for the free radical polymerization synthesis of poly( N-isopropylacrylamide) (p-nipam) thermoresponsive polymer as an alternative to conventional inert gas purging. It was found that p-nipam cross-linked gels or linear liquids and p-nipam/dextran magnetite composite gels could be very rapidly prepared and large gels recovered intact from open air vessels. A porogen was necessary for high thermoresponse, and dextran use resulted in microporous composite gels that gave optimal thermal response at weight ratio of p-nipam:dextran of 4:1. Up to 82% weight loss was rapidly obtained upon warming above the lower critical solution temperature. Analysis of products was made by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), and superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID). A simplified and efficient overall method for preparation of biomedical polymers is shown. A wider application of H2CO3 solution as a viable alternative media and to allow open air aqueous polymerizations of water soluble or hydrophilic monomers is indicated.

  7. A Coarse-Grained Model for Thermoresponsive Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)

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    Abbott, Lauren J.; Stevens, Mark J.

    Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) is a thermoresponsive polymer that undergoes a phase transition at its lower critical solution temperature (LCST). Although atomistic simulations have been effective to study PNIPAM single chains in solution, they are limited in reaching longer length- and time-scales. In this work, a coarse-grained (CG) model is developed for PNIPAM that captures its thermoresponsive behavior. Nonbonded parameters are fit to experimental thermodynamic data, with minor adjustments to provide better agreement with radial distribution functions from atomistic simulations. Bonded parameters are fit to probability distributions from atomistic simulations using multi-centered Gaussian-based potentials. The temperature-dependent potentials derived for the CG model in this work properly capture the coil-globule transition of PNIPAM single chains and yield a chain-length dependence consistent with atomistic simulations and experiment. The self-assembly of PNIPAM surfactants is also explored. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  8. Application of thermoresponsive hydrogel/gold nanorods composites in the detection of diquat.

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    Jiang, Caiyun; Ma, Xiaoyuan; Xue, Maoyun; Lian, Hong-Zhen

    2017-11-01

    Gallic acid (GA) was employed as a reducing agent for facile in situ preparation of gold nanorods (GNRs) in thermoresponsive P(NIPAM-NVP) hydrogel films. Based on the surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) effect of GNRs and the enrichment effect of thermoresponsive hydrogel film on test molecules through a shrinkage process, the obtained P(NIPAM-NVP)/GNRs composites have been used as SERS substrate for the rapid detection of diquat. The influences of substrate pre-treatment, laser wavelength, and sample treatment method on diquat determination have been investigated comprehensively. The results showed the composite material to be a good SERS substrate for highly sensitive detection and a promising preconcentration matrix of diquat. The limit of detection of the proposed protocol was estimated to be 2.7×10(-13)molL(-1) for diquat. Notably, diquat could be concentrated with the enrichment factor of about 4 after three times swelling-shrinking processes of the hydrogel film. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Thermoresponsive polymers as gene and drug delivery vectors: architecture and mechanism of action.

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    Calejo, Maria Teresa; Sande, Sverre Arne; Nyström, Bo

    2013-12-01

    This topic is important as it allows for improved specificity in drug delivery, providing possibilities for reduced side effects, and thereby improved pharmacotherapy. As a wealth of different polymers and mechanisms of action has been suggested, a systematic overview of the field is of current importance. This article presents an overview over a selection of thermoresponsive polymers suitable as excipients in systems for gene and drug delivery with particular emphasis on the influence of polymer structure, composition, molecular weight (MW) and architecture on the responsive mechanisms. Due to the immense number of reports on these increasingly popular materials, focus has been restricted to the use of micelle-forming polymers with a lower critical solution temperature, temperature-responsive hydrogels for drug delivery applications and temperature-sensitive polymers as non-viral vectors for polynucleotide delivery. Specific examples covered are poly-(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAM), Pluronics and their derivatives. It is concluded that the studies constitute an excellent platform for development of thermoresponsive systems with improved gene and drug delivery properties. A thorough knowledge of factors important for loading efficiency and drug release is necessary to be able to develop optimal nano-carriers for the future. Other issues that are not fully understood is how small the carriers need to be, and which manufacturing procedures should be used.

  10. Thermoresponsive Substrates Used for the Growth and Controlled Differentiation of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells.

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    Fan, Xingliang; Nash, Maria E; Gorelov, Alexander V; Barry, Frank P; Shaw, Georgina; Rochev, Yury A

    2015-08-24

    This communication outlines the advances made in the development of thermoresponsive substrates for human mesenchymal stem cell (hMSC) expansion and subsequent controlled specific and multilineage differentiation from a previous study performed by this group. Previously, the development of an inexpensive and technically accessible method for hMSC expansion and harvesting was reported, using the solvent casting deposition method and thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide). Here, the logical continuation of this work is reported with the multipassage expansion of hMSCs with phenotypic maintenance followed by induced adipogenic, osteogenic, and chondrogenic differentiation. Interestingly, 1 μm thick solvent cast films are not only capable of hosting an expanding population of phenotypically preserved hMSCs similar to tissue culture plastic controls, but also the cells detached via temperature control better maintain their ability to differentiate compared to conventionally trypsinized cells. This approach to hMSC expansion and differentiation can be highly attractive to stem cell researchers where clinical therapies have seen a collective deviation away from the employment of animal derived products such as proteolytic trypsin. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. Effect of Polymer Deposition Method on Thermoresponsive Polymer Films and Resulting Cellular Behavior

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    Reed, JA; Love, SA; Lucero, AE; Haynes, CL; Canavan, HE

    2013-01-01

    Poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) or pNIPAM is a thermoresponsive polymer that is widely studied for use in bioengineering applications. The interest in this polymer lies in the polymer’s unique capability to undergo a sharp property change near physiological temperatures, which aids in the spontaneous release of biological cells from substrates. Currently, there are many methods to deposit pNIPAM onto substrates, including atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and electron beam ionization. Each method yields pNIPAM coated substrates with different surface characteristics which can influence cell behavior. In this work, we compare two methods of pNIPAM deposition: plasma deposition and co-deposition with a sol gel. The resulting pNIPAM films were analyzed for use as substrates for mammalian cell culture based on surface characterization (XPS, ToF-SIMS, AFM, contact angles), cell attachment/detachment studies, and an analysis of exocytosis function using carbon-fiber microelectrode amperometry (CFMA). We find that, although both methods are useful for the deposition of functional pNIPAM films, plasma deposition is much preferred for cell-sheet engineering applications due to the films’ thermoresponse, minimal change in cell density, and maintenance of supported cell exocytosis function. PMID:21506526

  12. Thermoresponsive anionic copolymer brushes containing strong acid moieties for effective separation of basic biomolecules and proteins.

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    Nagase, Kenichi; Kobayashi, Jun; Kikuchi, Akihiko; Akiyama, Yoshikatsu; Kanazawa, Hideko; Okano, Teruo

    2014-10-13

    A thermoresponsive copolymer brush possessing the sulfonic acid group, poly(N-isopropylacrylamide (IPAAm)-co-2-acrylamido-2-methylpropanesulfonic acid (AMPS)-co-tert-butylacrylamide (tBAAm)), was grafted onto the surface of silica beads through surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization. Prepared copolymer and copolymer brushes on silica beads were characterized by observing the phase transition profile, CHNS elemental analysis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and gel permeation chromatography. The phase transition profile indicated that an appropriate AMPS composition for enabling thermally modulated property changes is 5 mol %, while excessive amounts of sulfonic acid groups prevented copolymer phase transition. Chromatographic elutions of catecholamine derivatives and basic proteins were observed, using the prepared copolymer brush-modified beads as chromatographic matrices, and the results suggest that the beads interact with these analytes through relatively strong electrostatic interactions. Thus, poly(IPAAm-co-AMPS-co-tBAAm) brush-modified beads will be useful for effective thermoresponsive chromatography matrices that separate basic biomolecules through strong electrostatic interactions.

  13. Thermo-responsive polymer brush-grafted porous polystyrene beads for all-aqueous chromatography.

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    Mizutani, Aya; Nagase, Kenichi; Kikuchi, Akihiko; Kanazawa, Hideko; Akiyama, Yoshikatsu; Kobayashi, Jun; Annaka, Masahiko; Okano, Teruo

    2010-01-22

    Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PIPAAm) brush-grafted porous polystyrene beads with variable grafted polymer densities were prepared using surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) for applications in thermo-responsive chromatography. Utilization of these grafted beads as a stationary phase in aqueous chromatographic analysis of insulin provides a graft density-dependent analyte retention behavior. The separations calibration curve on PIPAAm-grafted polystyrene was obtained using pullulan standards and exhibited inflection points attributed to analyte diffusion into bead pores and partitioning into grafted PIPAAm brush surfaces. Presence of these inflection points supports a separation mechanism where insulin penetrates pores in polystyrene beads and hydrophobically interacts with PIPAAm brushes grafted within the pores. Control of PIPAAm brush graft density on polystyrene facilitates effective aqueous phase separation of peptides based on thermally modulated hydrophobic interactions with grafted PIPAAm within stationary phase pores. These results indicated that PIPAAm brush-grafted porous polystyrene beads prepared by surface-initiated ATRP was effective stationary phase of thermo-responsive chromatography for aqueous phase peptide separations. Copyright 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. DEGRADATION OF POLY(METHYL METHACRYLATE) IN SOLUTION

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    The rate of degradation of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) to methyl methacrylate (MMA) was investigated in the liquid phase with toluene as the solvent. The degradation experiments were carried out in a tubular flow reactor at 1000 psig (6.8 MPa) and at four different temperat...

  15. Cation binding by bacteriorhodopsin

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    Chang, C.H.; Chen, J.G.; Govindjee, R.; Ebrey, T.

    1984-01-01

    It was found that extensively washed purple membrane has about 1 calcium and 3-4 magnesium ions bound per bacteriorhodopsin molecule. When these divalent cations are removed by any of a variety of means, the pigment changes its color from purple to blue (lambda/sub max/ approx. = 600 nm). This blue pigment, which can be formed at near neutral pH, is probably very similar to blue species formed when the pH of a purple membrane sample is lowered to approx. = 2. When any of a wide variety of cations are added to a blue membrane preparation, the characteristic purple color of bacteriorhodopsin returns. Divalent and trivalent cations are much more efficient than monovalent cations in restoring the purple color and are effective at a ratio approaching one cation per pigment molecule. Besides shifting the absorption spectrum, removal of the divalent cations drastically alters the photochemical cycle of bacteriorhodopsin, including abolishing the unprotonated Schiff base (M-type) intermediate. Finally, lanthanum not only displaces the divalent cations normally bound to the purple membrane but also greatly reduces both the rate of decay of the M412 intermediate and proton uptake.

  16. Uptake of isoprene, methacrylic acid and methyl methacrylate into aqueous solutions of sulfuric acid and hydrogen peroxide.

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    Liu, Ze; Ge, Maofa; Wang, Weigang

    2012-01-01

    Multiphase acid-catalyzed oxidation by hydrogen peroxide has been suggested to be a potential route to secondary organic aerosol formation from isoprene and its gas-phase oxidation products, but the lack of kinetics data significantly limited the evaluation of this process in the atmosphere. Here we report the first measurement of the uptake of isoprene, methacrylic acid and methyl methacrylate into aqueous solutions of sulfuric acid and hydrogen peroxide. Isoprene cannot readily partition into the solution because of its high volatility and low solubility, which hinders its further liquid-phase oxidation. Both methacrylic acid and methyl methacrylate can enter the solutions and be oxidized by hydrogen peroxide, and steady-state uptake was observed with the acidity of solution above 30 wt.% and 70 wt.%, respectively. The steady-state uptake coefficient of methacrylic acid is much larger than that of methyl methacrylate for a solution with same acidity. These observations can be explained by the different reactivity of these two compounds caused by the different electron-withdrawing conjugation between carboxyl and ester groups. The atmospheric lifetimes were estimated based on the calculated steady-state uptake coefficients. These results demonstrate that the multiphase acid-catalyzed oxidation of methacrylic acid plays a role in secondary organic aerosol formation, but for isoprene and methyl methacrylate, this process is not important in the troposphere.

  17. Amphiphilic copolymer derived from tamarind gum and poly (methyl methacrylate) via ATRP towards selective removal of toxic dyes.

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    Pal, Aniruddha; Pal, Sagar

    2017-03-15

    Herein an amphiphilic graft copolymer has been synthesized from tamarind gum and poly (methyl methacrylate) (g-TKP/pMMA) using atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) in presence of CuBr/bpy catalyst. Structural and surface properties of the copolymer have been investigated using (1)H NMR and FTIR spectra, DLS, TGA and FESEM analyses. The controlled and living nature of polymerization reaction has been explored using GPC analysis, while the gel characteristics of the copolymer has been analysed by rheological study. Finally, the copolymer demonstrates excellent pH triggered selective adsorption efficacy towards removal of toxic cationic/anionic dyes. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Improvement of holographic thermal stability in phenanthrenequinone-doped poly(methyl methacrylate-co-methacrylic acid) photopolymer

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    Yu, Dan; Liu, Hongpeng; Wang, Heng; Wang, Jian; Jiang, Yongyuan; Sun, Xiudong

    2011-08-01

    Experimental studies of holographic thermal stability in phenanthrenequinone (PQ)-doped poly(methyl methacrylate-co-methacrylic acid) [P(MMA-co-MAA)] photopolymers are presented. A possibility to improve the thermal stability of holograms is demonstrated by doping methacrylic acid (MAA) into the poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) polymer matrix. MAA as a copolymerization monomer can form a more stable polymer matrix with methyl methacrylate (MMA) monomer and increase average molecular weight of photoproducts, which finally depress the diffusion of photoproduct. The optimized MAA concentration copolymerized into P(MMA-co-MAA) polymer matrix can bring nearly a month's lifetime of gratings, which is obviously an improvement over the usual PQ-PMMA material under thermal treatment.

  19. Studies on novel radiopaque methyl methacrylate: glycidyl methacrylate based polymer for biomedical applications.

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    Dawlee, S; Jayakrishnan, A; Jayabalan, M

    2009-12-01

    A new class of radiopaque copolymer using methyl methacrylate (MMA) and glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) monomers was synthesized and characterized. The copolymer was made radiopaque by the epoxide ring opening of GMA using the catalyst o-phenylenediamine and the subsequent covalent attachment of elemental iodine. The copolymer was characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra, energy dispersive X-ray analysis using environmental scanning electron microscope (EDAX), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). X-ray visibility of the copolymer was checked by X-radiography. Blood compatibility and cytotoxicity of the newly synthesized copolymer were also evaluated. The iodinated copolymer was thermally stable, blood compatible, non-cytotoxic, and highly radiopaque. The presence of bulky iodine group created a new copolymer with modified properties for potential use in biomedical applications.

  20. Stabilization of methacrylic polymers against sterilizing radiation

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    Keating, P.J.; Roach, D.E.

    1992-04-07

    This patent describes a method for preparing a polymer with improved resistance to sterilizing radiation. It comprises preparing a polymer comprising at least 50% of units derived from one or more alkyl methacrylates and, optionally, units derived from one or more other monomers selected from vinyl or vinylidene monomers; admixing the polymer with from about one-half to about two percent by weight of the monomers of at least one aliphatic alcohol, the alcohol containing up to ten carbon atoms, no ultraviolet stabilizer being present, so as to distribute the alcohol essentially uniformly throughout the polymer, wherein an impact modifier is admixed with the polymer prior to admixing the at least one alcohol.

  1. Controllable surface morphology and properties via mist polymerization on a plasma-treated polymethyl methacrylate surface.

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    Wan, S J; Wang, L; Xu, X J; Zhao, C H; Liu, X D

    2014-02-14

    Surface modification by grafting polymers on solid materials is an important strategy used to improve surface properties. This article reports that under appropriate conditions, very thin layers with desired morphologies may be constructed on a plasma-treated substrate by feeding a small quantity of a monomer with a mist stream carrying droplets produced from monomer solutions. We investigate the effects of process parameters that affect layer morphology, including exposure time to the mist stream, concentration of the monomer solution, and solvent selectivity. For a methyl methacrylate solution in ethanol, nanoparticles are uniformly grown with increasing monomer concentration or exposure time and finally form a porous layer at 3.65 mol L(-1) for 30 min. Decreasing solvent polarity not only affects surface morphology, but also increases hydrophobicity of the resulting surface. With 2,2,3,4,4,4-hexafluorobutyl methacrylate as the monomer, SEM and AFM micrographs indicated that mist polymerization results in numerous microspheres on the activated surface. These experimental results were interpreted by a mechanism in terms of an in situ polymerization accompanied by a phase transformation of the resulting polymer. Specifically, plasma treatment provides highly active cations and radicals to initiate very rapid polymerization, and the resulting polymers are consequently deposited from the liquid onto the surface under phase transition mechanisms.

  2. Genotoxicity and cytotoxicity of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate.

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    Pawlowska, Elzbieta; Poplawski, Tomasz; Ksiazek, Dominika; Szczepanska, Joanna; Blasiak, Janusz

    2010-02-01

    Resin-based methacrylate materials are widely used in restorative dentistry. They are viscous substances that are converted into solid material via polymerization. This process, however, may be incomplete, leading to the release of monomers into the oral cavity and the pulp, which can be reached through the dentin micro-channels. This opens the opportunity for the monomers to reach the bloodstream. Monomers can reach concentrations in the millimolar range, high enough to cause cellular damage, so it is justified to study their potential toxic effects. In the present work we investigated the cytotoxicity and genotoxicity of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) in human peripheral blood lymphocytes and A549 lung-tumour cells. HEMA at concentrations up to 10mM neither affected the viability of the cells nor interacted with isolated plasmid DNA during a 1h exposure. However, HEMA induced concentration-dependent DNA damage in lymphocytes, as assessed by alkaline and pH 12.1 versions of the comet assay. HEMA did not cause double-strand breaks, as assessed by the neutral version of the comet assay and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. The use of DNA repair enzymes, spin traps and vitamin C produced results suggesting that HEMA induced oxidative modifications to DNA bases. DNA damage caused by HEMA at 10mM was removed within 120min. HEMA induced apoptosis in a concentration-dependent manner and caused cell-cycle delay at the G0/G1-checkpoint. Methylglycol chitosan displayed a protective effect against the DNA-damaging action of HEMA. The results obtained in this study suggest that HEMA induces adverse biological effects, mainly via reactive oxygen species, which can lead to DNA damage, apoptosis and cell-cycle delay. Chitosan and its derivatives can be considered as additional components of dental restoration to decrease the harmful potency of HEMA.

  3. Thermoresponsive poly(glycidyl ether) brushes on gold: Surface engineering parameters and their implication for cell sheet fabrication.

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    Heinen, Silke; Cuéllar-Camacho, José Luis; Weinhart, Marie

    2017-09-01

    Thermoresponsive polymer coatings, optimized for cell adhesion and thermally-triggered cell detachment, allow the fabrication of confluent cell sheets with intact extracellular matrix. However, rational design guidelines for such coatings are rare, since temperature-triggered cell adhesion and detachment from thermoresponsive surfaces are mechanistically not well understood. Herein, we investigated the impact of molecular weight (2, 9, 24kDa), grafting density (0.04-1.4 chains nm(-2)), morphology, and roughness of well-characterized thermoresponsive poly(glycidyl ether) brushes on the cell response at 37 and 20°C. NIH 3T3 mouse fibroblasts served as a model cell line for adhesion, proliferation, and cell sheet detachment. The cell response was correlated with serum protein adsorption from cell culture medium containing 10% fetal bovine serum. Intact cell sheets could be harvested from all the studied poly(glycidyl ether) coated surfaces, irrespective of the molecular weight, provided that the morphology of the coating was homogenous and the surface was fully shielded by the hydrated brush. The degree of chain overlap was estimated by the ratio of twice the polymer's Flory radius in a theta solvent to its interchain distance, which should be located in the strongly overlapping brush regime (2 Rf/l>1.4). In contrast, dense PNIPAM (2.5kDa) control monolayers did not induce protein adsorption from cell culture medium at 37°C and, as a result, did not allow a significant cell adhesion. These structural design parameters of functional poly(glycidyl ether) coatings on gold will contribute to future engineering of these thermoresponsive coatings on more common, cell culture relevant substrates. Cell sheet engineering as a scaffold-free approach towards tissue engineering resembles a milestone in regenerative medicine. The fabrication of confluent cell sheets maintains the extracellular matrix of cells which serves as the physiological cell scaffold. Thermoresponsive poly

  4. New Poly(amino acid methacrylate) Brush Supports the Formation of Well-Defined Lipid Membranes

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    2015-01-01

    A novel poly(amino acid methacrylate) brush comprising zwitterionic cysteine groups (PCysMA) was utilized as a support for lipid bilayers. The polymer brush provides a 12-nm-thick cushion between the underlying hard support and the aqueous phase. At neutral pH, the zeta potential of the PCysMA brush was ∼−10 mV. Cationic vesicles containing >25% DOTAP were found to form a homogeneous lipid bilayer, as determined by a combination of surface analytical techniques. The lipid mobility as measured by FRAP (fluorescence recovery after photobleaching) gave diffusion coefficients of ∼1.5 μm2 s–1, which are comparable to those observed for lipid bilayers on glass substrates. PMID:25746444

  5. Biocompatible Bacterial Cellulose-Poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) Nanocomposite Films

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    Figueiredo, Andrea G. P. R.; Figueiredo, Ana R. P.; Alonso-Varona, Ana; Fernandes, Susana C. M.; Palomares, Teodoro; Rubio-Azpeitia, Eva; Barros-Timmons, Ana; Silvestre, Armando J. D.; Pascoal Neto, Carlos; Freire, Carmen S. R.

    2013-01-01

    A series of bacterial cellulose-poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) nanocomposite films was prepared by in situ radical polymerization of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA), using variable amounts of poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEGDA) as cross-linker. Thin films were obtained, and their physical, chemical, thermal, and mechanical properties were evaluated. The films showed improved translucency compared to BC and enhanced thermal stability and mechanical performance when compared to poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA). Finally, BC/PHEMA nanocomposites proved to be nontoxic to human adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADSCs) and thus are pointed as potential dry dressings for biomedical applications. PMID:24093101

  6. Thermal gating in lipid membranes using thermoresponsive cyclic peptide-polymer conjugates.

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    Danial, Maarten; Tran, Carmen M-N; Jolliffe, Katrina A; Perrier, Sébastien

    2014-06-04

    The partition and self-assembly of a new generation of cyclic peptide-polymer conjugates into well-defined phospholipid trans-bilayer channels is presented. By varying the structural parameters of the cyclic peptide-polymer conjugates through the ligation of hydrophobic and hydrophilic polymers, both the structure of the artificial channels using large unilamellar vesicle assays and the structural parameters required for phospholipid bilayer partitioning are elucidated. In addition, temperature was used as an external stimulus for the modulation of transbilayer channel formation without requiring the redesign and synthesis of the cyclic peptide core. The thermoresponsive character of the cyclic peptide-polymer conjugates lays the foundation for on-demand control over phospholipid transmembrane transport, which could lead to viable alternatives to current transport systems that traditionally rely on endocytic pathways.

  7. Thermoresponsive polymer system based on poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) intended for local radiotherapy applications.

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    Černoch, Peter; Černochová, Zulfiya; Kučka, Jan; Hrubý, Martin; Petrova, Svetlana; Štěpánek, Petr

    2015-04-01

    Brachytherapy represents effective local therapy of unresectable solid tumors with very few side effects. Radiolabeled thermoresponsive polymers offer almost noninvasive approach to brachytherapy applications. A radioiodinated, water-soluble, thermosensitive poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) (PVCL) polymer was prepared using two approaches. The direct copolymerization with N-methacryloyl-l-tyrosinamide, as well as end-capping of carboxy-terminated PVCL homopolymer with tyramine, were used. In both cases the product was successfully radiolabeled with (125)I. The obtained polymers demonstrate cloud-point temperature (TC) values in the range of 33-35°C in all the studied solvent systems (water, PBS (pH 7.4) and physiological saline solution). Above the cloud point temperature, the molecularly dissolved polymer is macroprecipitated from the solution. The TC values close to the human body temperature of this biocompatible poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) polymer makes it a promising material intended for local therapy of solid tumors.

  8. A temperature-dependent coarse-grained model for the thermoresponsive polymer poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)

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    Abbott, Lauren J.; Stevens, Mark J.

    2015-12-22

    In this study, a coarse-grained (CG) model is developed for the thermoresponsive polymer poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM), using a hybrid top-down and bottom-up approach. Nonbonded parameters are fit to experimental thermodynamic data following the procedures of the SDK (Shinoda, DeVane, and Klein) CG force field, with minor adjustments to provide better agreement with radial distribution functions from atomistic simulations. Bonded parameters are fit to probability distributions from atomistic simulations using multi-centered Gaussian-based potentials. The temperature-dependent potentials derived for the PNIPAM CG model in this work properly capture the coil–globule transition of PNIPAM single chains and yield a chain-length dependence consistent with atomisticmore » simulations.« less

  9. A temperature-dependent coarse-grained model for the thermoresponsive polymer poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)

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    Abbott, Lauren J.; Stevens, Mark J.

    2015-12-22

    In this study, a coarse-grained (CG) model is developed for the thermoresponsive polymer poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM), using a hybrid top-down and bottom-up approach. Nonbonded parameters are fit to experimental thermodynamic data following the procedures of the SDK (Shinoda, DeVane, and Klein) CG force field, with minor adjustments to provide better agreement with radial distribution functions from atomistic simulations. Bonded parameters are fit to probability distributions from atomistic simulations using multi-centered Gaussian-based potentials. The temperature-dependent potentials derived for the PNIPAM CG model in this work properly capture the coil–globule transition of PNIPAM single chains and yield a chain-length dependence consistent with atomistic simulations.

  10. Monodisperse thermoresponsive microgels of poly(ethylene glycol) analogue-based biopolymers.

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    Cai, Tong; Marquez, Manuel; Hu, Zhibing

    2007-08-14

    Monodisperse microgels of P(MEO2MA-co-OEGMA) have been synthesized by using free radical polymerization. Microgels with a variety of particle radii ranging from 82 to 412 nm have been obtained with different surfactant concentrations. The particle size distribution is extremely narrow and even better than that for PNIPAM microgels. Pure MEO2MA microgels have an LCST of about 22 degrees C. The LCSTs corresponding to the molar ratio of OEGMA to MEO2MA at 10 and 20% are 31 and 37 degrees C, respectively. Microgels in water self-assemble into various phases, including a crystalline phase with iridescent colors, which are the result of Bragg diffraction from differently oriented crystalline planes. Considering that PEG is nontoxic and anti-immunogenic as proven by the FDA, thermoresponsive P(MEO2MA-co-OEGMA) microgels may have many exciting biomedical applications.

  11. Isocyanate crosslinked reactive starch nanoparticles for thermo-responsive conducting applications.

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    Valodkar, Mayur; Thakore, Sonal

    2010-11-02

    Hydrophobic nanoparticles and nanocomposite films of 1,4-hexamethylene diisocyanate (HMDI)-modified starch nanoparticles (SNPs) have been synthesized at ambient temperatures. The platelet-like starch nanocrystals become pseudospherical after modification with HMDI and the size increases or decreases depending on diisocyanate concentration compared to the ungrafted particles as revealed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) results. The obtained nanocrystals were characterized by means of the FT-IR and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques. When compared with the hydrophobic performance of the unmodified starch nanocrystals, that of crosslinked starch nanocrystals significantly increased. X-ray diffraction reveals that the crystalline structure of modified starch nanocrystals was preserved. The resulting hydrophobic starch nanoparticles are versatile precursors to the development of nanocomposites. The polyether-polyurethane crosslinked with SNPs nanocomposite film exhibited thermo-responsive electrical conductivity.

  12. Thermoresponsive magnetic nano-biosensors for rapid measurements of inorganic arsenic and cadmium.

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    Siddiki, Mohammad Shohel Rana; Shimoaoki, Shun; Ueda, Shunsaku; Maeda, Isamu

    2012-10-18

    Green fluorescent protein-tagged sensor proteins, ArsR-GFP and CadC-GFP, have been produced as biosensors for simple and low-cost quantification of As(III) or Cd(II). In this study, the sensor protein-promoter DNA complexes were reconstructed on the surfaces of magnetic particles of different sizes. After the surface modification all the particles could be attracted by magnets, and released different amounts of GFP-tagged protein, according to the metal concentrations within 5 min, which caused significant increases in fluorescence. A detection limit of 1 µg/L for As(III) and Cd(II) in purified water was obtained only with the nanoparticles exhibiting enough magnetization after heat treatment for 1 min. Therefore, thermoresponsive magnetic nano-biosensors offer great advantages of rapidity and sensitivity for the measurement of the toxic metals in drinking water.

  13. Tuning the sphere-to-rod transition in the self-assembly of thermoresponsive polymer hybrids.

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    Lee, Jangwook; Park, Honghyun; Jeong, Eun Ju; Kwark, Young-Je; Lee, Kuen Yong

    2015-12-01

    Nano-scale drug delivery systems have undergone extensive development, and control of size and structure is critical for regulation of their biological responses and therapeutic efficacy. Amphiphilic polymers that form self-assembled structures in aqueous media have been investigated and used for the diagnosis and therapy of various diseases, including cancer. Here, we report the design and fabrication of thermoresponsive polymeric micelles from alginate conjugated with poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm). Alginate-PNIPAAm hybrids formed self-aggregated structures in response to temperature changes near body temperature. A structural transition from micellar spheres to rods of alginate-PNIPAAm hybrids was observed depending on the molecular weight of PNIPAAm and the polymer concentration. Additionally, hydrogels with nanofibrous structures were formed by simply increasing the polymer concentration. This approach to controlling the structure of polymer micelles from nanoparticles to fibrous hydrogels may be useful in applications in drug delivery and tissue engineering.

  14. Preparation of thermo-responsive superhydrophobic TiO2/poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) microspheres

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    Chen, Hao; Pan, Shuaijun; Xiong, Yuzi; Peng, Chang; Pang, Xiangzhong; Li, Ling; Xiong, Yuanqin; Xu, Weijian

    2012-10-01

    Here we reported a facile method that combined sol-gel and surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) to prepare thermo-responsive superhydrophobic TiO2/poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) microspheres with core-shell structure. The surface coated with microspheres show hydrophilic properties (CA = 90.5 ± 2.3°) at 27 °C, it changes to superhydrophobicity (CA = 150.2 ± 2.3°) while the temperature rises up to 42 °C. This performance is attributed to lower critical solution temperature (LCST) phenomenon of Poly (N-isopropylacrylamide). Five cycle measurements of water droplet reversible switch between hydrophilicity and superhydrophobicity were demonstrated temperature-responsive surface property. The changes were rapid and significant. The as-prepared particles have been characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, thermal gravimetric analysis, FT-IR analysis, and dynamic light scattering.

  15. Facile fabrication, properties and application of novel thermo-responsive hydrogel

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    Li, Jiaxing; Gong, Xiuqing; Yi, Xin; Sheng, Ping; Wen, Weijia

    2011-07-01

    The authors report a novel thermo-responsive hydrogel design based on the thermally induced aggregation of two kinds of nonionic surfactants: triblock copolymer poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) (EPE) and 4-octylphenol polyethoxylate (TX-100). In the preparation of the hydrogel, agarose is used to host the aqueous surfactant molecules, allowing them to move freely through its intrinsic network structure. To study it, EPE molecules are labeled with fluorescent Rhodamine B, and the aggregation phenomenon under various temperatures is imaged by fluorescence microscopy. In order to realize flexible control of the opaque/transparent transition temperature (OTTT), the surfactants' aggregation is modified by adding ionic surfactant or salts. The rate of the opaque/transparent transition and applications in the smart window and smart roof based on this kinds of hydrogel are also investigated.

  16. Thermoresponsive Magnetic Nano-Biosensors for Rapid Measurements of Inorganic Arsenic and Cadmium

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    Siddiki, Mohammad Shohel Rana; Shimoaoki, Shun; Ueda, Shunsaku; Maeda, Isamu

    2012-01-01

    Green fluorescent protein-tagged sensor proteins, ArsR-GFP and CadC-GFP, have been produced as biosensors for simple and low-cost quantification of As(III) or Cd(II). In this study, the sensor protein-promoter DNA complexes were reconstructed on the surfaces of magnetic particles of different sizes. After the surface modification all the particles could be attracted by magnets, and released different amounts of GFP-tagged protein, according to the metal concentrations within 5 min, which caused significant increases in fluorescence. A detection limit of 1 μg/L for As(III) and Cd(II) in purified water was obtained only with the nanoparticles exhibiting enough magnetization after heat treatment for 1 min. Therefore, thermoresponsive magnetic nano-biosensors offer great advantages of rapidity and sensitivity for the measurement of the toxic metals in drinking water. PMID:23202034

  17. Thermo-responsive and aqueous dispersible ZnO/PNIPAM core/shell nanoparticles

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    Alem, Halima; Schejn, Aleksandra; Roques-Carmes, Thibault; Ghanbaja, Jaafar; Schneider, Raphaël

    2015-08-01

    In this work, we developed a new process to covalently graft a thermoresponsive polymer on the surface of fluorescent nanocrystals in order to synthesize materials that combine both responsive and fluorescent properties. For the first time, poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) was grown by activator regenerated by electron transfer-atom transfer radical polymerization (ARGET-ATRP) from ZnO quantum dots (QDs) by surface-initiated polymerization. This process allowed the formation of fluorescent and responsive ZnO/PNIPAM core/shell QDs while only requiring the use of a ppm amount of copper for the synthesis. The influence of the nature of the silanized layer and the polymerization time on the properties of the final nanomaterials were investigated. Results clearly evidence that both the PNIPAM layer thickness and the temperature affected the luminescence properties of the core/shell nanoparticles, but also that the PNIPAM layer, when it is thick enough, could stabilize the QDs’ optical properties.

  18. Thermoresponsive fibers containing n-stearyl acrylate groups for shape memory effect

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    Chen, L.; Yu, X.; Feng, X.; Han, Y. L.; Liu, M.; Lin, T. X.

    2007-07-01

    A novel kind of thermoresponsive shape memory fiber was prepared by mixing the P(SA-co-AA) copolymers of stearyl acrylate (SA), and acrylic acid (AA), with PVA polyvinyl alcohol through chemically crosslinking after spinning. The molecular structure, thermomechanical properties and shape memory behaviors were investigated. It was found that the mixed P(SA-co-AA)/PVA fibers had crystalline structures and showed a dramatic change in Young's modulus at melting temperature (Tm) due to the reversible order-disorder transition. The mixed P(SA-co-AA)/PVA fibers also showed a good shape memory effect, through which the deformed fibers could recover to their original shapes and sizes within 40 seconds after they were heated above their Tm again.

  19. Thermoresponsive cellulose ether and its flocculation behavior for organic dye removal.

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    Tian, Ye; Ju, Benzhi; Zhang, Shufen; Hou, Linan

    2016-01-20

    A thermoresponsive polymer, 2-hydroxy-3-butoxypropyl hydroxyethyl cellulose (HBPEC), was prepared by grafting butyl glycidyl ether (BGE) onto hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC). The lower critical solution temperature (LCST) and critical flocculation temperature (CFT) of HBPEC were varied by changing the molar substitution (MS) and salt concentrations. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images and fluorescence spectroscopy showed that HBPEC can assemble into micelles. Additionally, using Nile Red as a model dye, the performance of HBPEC for the removing Nile Red from aqueous solutions via cloud point extraction procedures was investigated in detail. The encapsulation behavior of dye in the aqueous solution of HBPEC was studied by fluorescence spectroscopy and fluorescence microscope. The experimental results indicated that 99.4% of dye was removed from the aqueous solutions, and the HBPEC was recycled and reused easily, Furthermore, the recycle efficiency (RE) and maximum loading capacity portrayed little loss with the number of cycles.

  20. Thermoresponsive composite hydrogels with aligned macroporous structure by ice-templated assembly.

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    Bai, Hao; Polini, Alessandro; Delattre, Benjamin; Tomsia, Antoni P

    2013-10-26

    Natural tissues, such as bone, tendon, and muscle, have well defined hierarchical structures, which are crucial for their biological and mechanical functions. However, mimicking these structural features still remains a great challenge. In this study, we use ice-templated assembly and UV-initiated cryo-polymerization to fabricate a novel kind of composite hydrogel which have both aligned macroporous structure at micrometer scale and a nacre-like layered structure at nanoscale. Such hydrogels are macroporous, thermoresponsive, and exhibit excellent mechanical performance (tough and high stretchable), attractive properties that are of significant impact on the wide applications of composite hydrogels, especially as tissue-engineering scaffolds. The fabrication method in this study including freeze-casting and cryo-polymerization can also be applied to other materials, which makes it promising for designing and developing smart and multifunctional composite hydrogels with hierar chical structures.

  1. Thermoresponsive composite hydrogels with aligned macroporous structure by ice-templated assembly

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    Bai, Hao; Polini, Alessandro; Delattre, Benjamin; Tomsia, Antoni P.

    2014-01-01

    Natural tissues, such as bone, tendon, and muscle, have well defined hierarchical structures, which are crucial for their biological and mechanical functions. However, mimicking these structural features still remains a great challenge. In this study, we use ice-templated assembly and UV-initiated cryo-polymerization to fabricate a novel kind of composite hydrogel which have both aligned macroporous structure at micrometer scale and a nacre-like layered structure at nanoscale. Such hydrogels are macroporous, thermoresponsive, and exhibit excellent mechanical performance (tough and high stretchable), attractive properties that are of significant impact on the wide applications of composite hydrogels, especially as tissue-engineering scaffolds. The fabrication method in this study including freeze-casting and cryo-polymerization can also be applied to other materials, which makes it promising for designing and developing smart and multifunctional composite hydrogels with hierar chical structures. PMID:24489436

  2. A temperature-dependent coarse-grained model for the thermoresponsive polymer poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)

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    Abbott, Lauren J.; Stevens, Mark J.

    2015-12-28

    A coarse-grained (CG) model is developed for the thermoresponsive polymer poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM), using a hybrid top-down and bottom-up approach. Nonbonded parameters are fit to experimental thermodynamic data following the procedures of the SDK (Shinoda, DeVane, and Klein) CG force field, with minor adjustments to provide better agreement with radial distribution functions from atomistic simulations. Bonded parameters are fit to probability distributions from atomistic simulations using multi-centered Gaussian-based potentials. The temperature-dependent potentials derived for the PNIPAM CG model in this work properly capture the coil–globule transition of PNIPAM single chains and yield a chain-length dependence consistent with atomistic simulations.

  3. Thermoresponsive substrates used for the expansion of human mesenchymal stem cells and the preservation of immunophenotype.

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    Nash, Maria E; Fan, Xingliang; Carroll, William M; Gorelov, Alexander V; Barry, Frank P; Shaw, Georgina; Rochev, Yury A

    2013-04-01

    The facile regeneration of undifferentiated human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) from thermoresponsive surfaces facilitates the collection of stem cells avoiding the use of animal derived cell detachment agents commonly used in cell culture. This communication proposes a procedure to fabricate coatings from commercially available pNIPAm which is both affordable and a significant simplification on alternative approaches used elsewhere. Solvent casting was used to produce films in the micrometer range and successful cell adhesion and proliferation was highly dependent on the thickness of the coating produced with 1 μm thick coatings supporting cells to confluence. 3T3 cell sheets and hMSCs were successfully detached from the cast coatings upon temperature reduction. Furthermore, results indicate that the hMSCs remained undifferentiated as the surface receptor profile of hMSCs was not altered when cells were detached in this manner.

  4. Reversible gating of smart plasmonic molecular traps using thermoresponsive polymers for single-molecule detection

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    Zheng, Yuanhui; Soeriyadi, Alexander H.; Rosa, Lorenzo; Ng, Soon Hock; Bach, Udo; Justin Gooding, J.

    2015-01-01

    Single-molecule surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) has attracted increasing interest for chemical and biochemical sensing. Many conventional substrates have a broad distribution of SERS enhancements, which compromise reproducibility and result in slow response times for single-molecule detection. Here we report a smart plasmonic sensor that can reversibly trap a single molecule at hotspots for rapid single-molecule detection. The sensor was fabricated through electrostatic self-assembly of gold nanoparticles onto a gold/silica-coated silicon substrate, producing a high yield of uniformly distributed hotspots on the surface. The hotspots were isolated with a monolayer of a thermoresponsive polymer (poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)), which act as gates for molecular trapping at the hotspots. The sensor shows not only a good SERS reproducibility but also a capability to repetitively trap and release molecules for single-molecular sensing. The single-molecule sensitivity is experimentally verified using SERS spectral blinking and bianalyte methods. PMID:26549539

  5. Stimuli-responsive hybrid materials: breathing in magnetic layered double hydroxides induced by a thermoresponsive molecule

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    Abellán, Gonzalo; Jordá, Jose Luis; Atienzar, Pedro; Varela, María; Jaafar, Miriam; Gómez-Herrero, Julio; Zamora, Félix; Ribera, Antonio; García, Hermenegildo; Coronado, Eugenio

    2014-12-04

    In this study, a hybrid magnetic multilayer material of micrometric size, with highly crystalline hexagonal crystals consisting of CoAl–LDH ferromagnetic layers intercalated with thermoresponsive 4-(4 anilinophenylazo)benzenesulfonate (AO5) molecules diluted (ratio 9 : 1) with a flexible sodium dodecylsulphate (SDS) surfactant has been obtained. The resulting material exhibits thermochromism attributable to the isomerization between the azo (prevalent at room temperature) and the hydrazone (favoured at higher temperatures) tautomers, leading to a thermomechanical response. In fact, these crystals exhibited thermally induced motion triggering remarkable changes in the crystal morphology and volume. In situ variable temperature XRD of these thin hybrids shows that the reversible change into the two tautomers is reflected in a shift of the position of the diffraction peaks at high temperatures towards lower interlayer spacing for the hydrazone form, as well as a broadening of the peaks reflecting lower crystallinity and ordering due to non-uniform spacing between the layers. These structural variations between room temperature (basal spacing (BS) = 25.91 Å) and 100 °C (BS = 25.05 Å) are also reflected in the magnetic properties of the layered double hydroxide (LDH) due to the variation of the magnetic coupling between the layers. Finally and in conclusion, our study constitutes one of the few examples showing fully reversible thermo-responsive breathing in a 2D hybrid material. In addition, the magnetic response of the hybrid can be modulated due to the thermotropism of the organic component that, by influencing the distance and in-plane correlation of the inorganic LDH, modulates the magnetism of the CoAl–LDH sheets in a certain range.

  6. "On-off" thermoresponsive coating agent containing salicylic acid applied to maize seeds for chilling tolerance.

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    Guan, Yajing; Li, Zhan; He, Fei; Huang, Yutao; Song, Wenjian; Hu, Jin

    2015-01-01

    Chilling stress is an important constraint for maize seed establishment in the field. In this study, a type of "on-off" thermoresponsive coating agent containing poly (N-isopropylacrylamide-co-butylmethacrylate) (Abbr. P(NIPAm-co-BMA)) hydrogel was developed to improve the chilling tolerance of coated maize seed. The P(NIPAm-co-BMA) hydrogel was synthesized by free-radical polymerization of N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAm) and butylmethacrylate (BMA). Salicylic acid (SA) was loaded in the hydrogel as the chilling resistance agent. SA-loaded P(NIPAm-co-BMA) was used for seed film-coating of two maize varieties, Huang C (HC, chilling-tolerant) and Mo17 (chilling-sensitive), to investigate the coated seed germination and seedling growth status under chilling stress. The results showed that the hydrogel obtained a phase transition temperature near 12°C with a NIPAM to MBA weight ratio of 1: 0.1988 (w/w). The temperature of 12°C was considered the "on-off" temperature for chilling-resistant agent release; the SA was released from the hydrogel more rapidly at external temperatures below 12°C than above 12°C. In addition, when seedlings of both maize varieties suffered a short chilling stress (5°C), higher concentrations of SA-loaded hydrogel resulted in increased germination energy, germination percentage, germination index, root length, shoot height, dry weight of roots and shoots and protective enzyme activities and a decreased malondialdehyde content in coated maize seeds compared to single SA treatments. The majority of these physiological and biochemical parameters achieved significant levels compared with the control. Therefore, SA-loaded P(NIPAm-co-BMA), a nontoxic thermoresponsive hydrogel, can be used as an effective material for chilling tolerance in film-coated maize seeds.

  7. N-isopropylacrylamide-based thermoresponsive polyelectrolyte multilayer films for human mesenchymal stem cell expansion.

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    Liao, Tianqing; Moussallem, Maroun D; Kim, Junho; Schlenoff, Joseph B; Ma, Teng

    2010-01-01

    Human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) are colony-forming unit fibroblasts (CFU-F) derived from adult bone marrow and have significant potential for many cell-based tissue-engineering applications. Their therapeutic potential, however, is restricted by their diminishing plasticity as they are expanded in culture. In this study, we used N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAM)-based thermoresponsive polyelectrolyte multilayer (N-PEMU) films as culture substrates to support hMSC expansion and evaluated their effects on cell properties. The N-PEMU films were made via layer-by-layer adsorption of thermoresponsive monomers copolymerized with charged monomers, positively charged allylamine hydrochloride (PAH), or negatively charged styrene sulfonic acid (PSS) and compared to fetal bovine serum (FBS) coated surfaces. Surface charges were shown to alter the extracellular matrix (ECM) structure and subsequently regulate hMSC responses including adhesion, proliferation, integrin expression, detachment, and colony forming ability. The positively charged thermal responsive surfaces improved cell adhesion and growth in a range comparable to control surfaces while maintaining significantly higher CFU-F forming ability. Immunostaining and Western blot results indicate that the improved cell adhesion and growth on the positively charged surfaces resulted from the elevated adhesion of ECM proteins such as fibronectin on the positively charge surfaces. These results demonstrate that the layer-by-layer approach is an efficient way to form PNIPAM-based thermal responsive surfaces for hMSC growth and removal without enzymatic treatment. The results also show that surface charge regulates ECM adhesion, which in turn influences not only cell adhesion but also CFU-forming ability and their multi-lineage differentiation potential.

  8. Controlled aggregation and cell uptake of thermoresponsive polyoxazoline-grafted superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles.

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    Kurzhals, Steffen; Gal, Noga; Zirbs, Ronald; Reimhult, Erik

    2017-02-23

    Hydrophilic polymer-coated iron oxide nanoparticles are potential materials for a plethora of applications in the biotechnological field. Typical such polymers, e.g. dextran or poly(ethylene glycol), lack the ability to tailor the biological response to an environmental trigger, while common responsive polymers such as poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) or poly(acrylic acid) are not suitable for biomedical applications. We present the synthesis and characterization of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles with thermoresponsive polyoxazoline brushes grafted at unprecedented density using nitrodopamine anchor chemistry. Reversible aggregation/deaggregation is observed in water and biological medium, confirming control over the colloidal stability. Thermal switching of the solubility could only be achieved by global heating of the sample, while local magnetothermal heating did not produce a sufficiently strong temperature gradient through the brush. Varying the polymer composition allows for tuning of the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) as well as the average nanoparticle cluster size obtained upon heating. The LCST of polyoxazolines and the thermal colloidal stability are shown to be greatly affected by ion concentration, by polymer grafting density and also by the presence of serum protein; this shows that transition temperatures of free polymers in water can be very misleading for the design of polymer-coated nanomaterials for biomedical applications. Finally, the thermoresponsive SPION are shown to be non-cytotoxic and with a low cell uptake scaling with the hydration of the polymer brush, which is tuned by the polymer composition. Thus, we demonstrate that pozylated nanoparticles provide the advantages of PEG- and PNIPAM-grafted nanoparticles, but provide a tunable and more easily functionalizable platform for further development.

  9. Stimuli-responsive hybrid materials: breathing in magnetic layered double hydroxides induced by a thermoresponsive molecule.

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    Abellán, Gonzalo; Jordá, Jose Luis; Atienzar, Pedro; Varela, María; Jaafar, Miriam; Gómez-Herrero, Julio; Zamora, Félix; Ribera, Antonio; García, Hermenegildo; Coronado, Eugenio

    2015-03-01

    A hybrid magnetic multilayer material of micrometric size, with highly crystalline hexagonal crystals consisting of CoAl-LDH ferromagnetic layers intercalated with thermoresponsive 4-(4-anilinophenylazo)benzenesulfonate (AO5) molecules diluted (ratio 9 : 1) with a flexible sodium dodecylsulphate (SDS) surfactant has been obtained. The resulting material exhibits thermochromism attributable to the isomerization between the azo (prevalent at room temperature) and the hydrazone (favoured at higher temperatures) tautomers, leading to a thermomechanical response. In fact, these crystals exhibited thermally induced motion triggering remarkable changes in the crystal morphology and volume. In situ variable temperature XRD of these thin hybrids shows that the reversible change into the two tautomers is reflected in a shift of the position of the diffraction peaks at high temperatures towards lower interlayer spacing for the hydrazone form, as well as a broadening of the peaks reflecting lower crystallinity and ordering due to non-uniform spacing between the layers. These structural variations between room temperature (basal spacing (BS) = 25.91 Å) and 100 °C (BS = 25.05 Å) are also reflected in the magnetic properties of the layered double hydroxide (LDH) due to the variation of the magnetic coupling between the layers. Overall, our study constitutes one of the few examples showing fully reversible thermo-responsive breathing in a 2D hybrid material. In addition, the magnetic response of the hybrid can be modulated due to the thermotropism of the organic component that, by influencing the distance and in-plane correlation of the inorganic LDH, modulates the magnetism of the CoAl-LDH sheets in a certain range.

  10. Stimuli-responsive hybrid materials: breathing in magnetic layered double hydroxides induced by a thermoresponsive molecule

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    Abellán, Gonzalo; Jordá, Jose Luis; Atienzar, Pedro; ...

    2014-12-04

    In this study, a hybrid magnetic multilayer material of micrometric size, with highly crystalline hexagonal crystals consisting of CoAl–LDH ferromagnetic layers intercalated with thermoresponsive 4-(4 anilinophenylazo)benzenesulfonate (AO5) molecules diluted (ratio 9 : 1) with a flexible sodium dodecylsulphate (SDS) surfactant has been obtained. The resulting material exhibits thermochromism attributable to the isomerization between the azo (prevalent at room temperature) and the hydrazone (favoured at higher temperatures) tautomers, leading to a thermomechanical response. In fact, these crystals exhibited thermally induced motion triggering remarkable changes in the crystal morphology and volume. In situ variable temperature XRD of these thin hybrids shows thatmore » the reversible change into the two tautomers is reflected in a shift of the position of the diffraction peaks at high temperatures towards lower interlayer spacing for the hydrazone form, as well as a broadening of the peaks reflecting lower crystallinity and ordering due to non-uniform spacing between the layers. These structural variations between room temperature (basal spacing (BS) = 25.91 Å) and 100 °C (BS = 25.05 Å) are also reflected in the magnetic properties of the layered double hydroxide (LDH) due to the variation of the magnetic coupling between the layers. Finally and in conclusion, our study constitutes one of the few examples showing fully reversible thermo-responsive breathing in a 2D hybrid material. In addition, the magnetic response of the hybrid can be modulated due to the thermotropism of the organic component that, by influencing the distance and in-plane correlation of the inorganic LDH, modulates the magnetism of the CoAl–LDH sheets in a certain range.« less

  11. Multimaterial 3D Printing of Graphene-Based Electrodes for Electrochemical Energy Storage Using Thermoresponsive Inks.

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    Rocha, Victoria G; García-Tuñón, Esther; Botas, Cristina; Markoulidis, Foivos; Feilden, Ezra; D'Elia, Eleonora; Ni, Na; Shaffer, Milo; Saiz, Eduardo

    2017-10-11

    The current lifestyles, increasing population, and limited resources result in energy research being at the forefront of worldwide grand challenges, increasing the demand for sustainable and more efficient energy devices. In this context, additive manufacturing brings the possibility of making electrodes and electrical energy storage devices in any desired three-dimensional (3D) shape and dimensions, while preserving the multifunctional properties of the active materials in terms of surface area and conductivity. This paves the way to optimized and more efficient designs for energy devices. Here, we describe how three-dimensional (3D) printing will allow the fabrication of bespoke devices, with complex geometries, tailored to fit specific requirements and applications, by designing water-based thermoresponsive inks to 3D-print different materials in one step, for example, printing the active material precursor (reduced chemically modified graphene (rCMG)) and the current collector (copper) for supercapacitors or anodes for lithium-ion batteries. The formulation of thermoresponsive inks using Pluronic F127 provides an aqueous-based, robust, flexible, and easily upscalable approach. The devices are designed to provide low resistance interface, enhanced electrical properties, mechanical performance, packing of rCMG, and low active material density while facilitating the postprocessing of the multicomponent 3D-printed structures. The electrode materials are selected to match postprocessing conditions. The reduction of the active material (rCMG) and sintering of the current collector (Cu) take place simultaneously. The electrochemical performance of the rCMG-based self-standing binder-free electrode and the two materials coupled rCMG/Cu printed electrode prove the potential of multimaterial printing in energy applications.

  12. Mechanical and swelling characterization of poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide -co- methoxy poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate) sol-gels.

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    Pollock, Jacob F; Healy, Kevin E

    2010-04-01

    The dimensional stability and rheological properties of a series of comb-like copolymers of N-isopropyl acrylamide (NIPAAm) and methoxy poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate (mPEGMA), poly(NIPAAm-co-mPEGMA), with varying poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) graft densities and molecular weights were studied. The thermoresponsive character of the copolymer solutions was investigated by kinetic and equilibrium swelling, as well as by static and dynamic mechanical analysis. Surface response mapping was employed to target particular compositions and concentrations with excellent dimensional stability and a relatively large change in dynamic mechanical properties upon thermoreversible gelation. The mechanical characteristics of the gels depended strongly upon concentration of total polymer and less so upon copolymer ratio. Increased PEG graft density was shown to slow the deswelling rate and increase the equilibrium water content of the gels. Upon gelation at sol concentrations of 1-20 wt.% the materials underwent no deswelling or syneresis and maintained stable gels with a large elastic regime and high yield strain (i.e. elastic and soft but tough), even within the Pascal range of complex shear moduli. These materials are unique in that they maintained a physiologically useful lower critical solution temperature (approximately 33 degrees C), despite having a high PEG content. Copolymers with a high PEG content and low polymer fraction were conveniently transparent in the gel phase, allowing visualization of cellular activity without disrupting the microenvironment. Mesenchymal stem cells showed good viability and proliferation in three-dimensional culture within the gels, despite the lack of ligand incorporation to promote cellular interaction. Multi-component matrices can be created through simple mixing of copolymer solutions and peptide-conjugated linear polymers and proteins to produce combinatorial microenvironments with the potential for use in cell biology, tissue

  13. Polyelectrolyte complexes of poly[(2-dimethylamino) ethyl methacrylate]/chondroitin sulfate obtained at different pHs: I. Preparation, characterization, cytotoxicity and controlled release of chondroitin sulfate.

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    Bonkovoski, Letícia C; Martins, Alessandro F; Bellettini, Ismael C; Garcia, Francielle P; Nakamura, Celso V; Rubira, Adley F; Muniz, Edvani C

    2014-12-30

    For the first time, polyelectrolyte complex based on poly[(2-dimethylamino) ethyl methacrylate] (PDMAEMA) and chondroitin sulfate (CS) was prepared. The properties of novel material and precursors were investigated by WAXS, FTIR, TGA, SEM and DLS analysis. The PDMAEMA/CS PECs presented hydrophilic-hydrophobic transition at pHs 6.0, 7.0 and 8.0 whereas the non-complexed PDMAEMA showed such a transition at pH 8.0 and not at pHs 6.0 and 7.0. Studies of CS release from PECs at pHs 6 and 8 confirmed that the samples possess the potential to release the CS in alkaline and not in acidic conditions. Since PECs are thermo-responsive due to the reduction of LCST caused by the increase in pH, the release of CS was dependent on temperature and pH factors. Cytotoxicity assays using healthy VERO cells showed that the complexation between CS and PDMAEMA increased the PECs' biocompatibility related to PDMAEMA. However, the biocompatibility depends on the amount of CS present in the PECs.

  14. Unexpected Chiro-Thermoresponsive Behavior of Helical Poly(phenylacetylene)s Bearing Elastin-Based Side Chains.

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    Arias, Sandra; Freire, Felix; Calderón, Marcelo; Bergueiro, Julian

    2017-09-11

    The thermoresponsive behavior of an elastin-based polymer can be altered by the polymeric macromolecular conformation. Thus, when the elastin basic amino acid sequence VPGVG is used as a pendant group of a poly(phenylacetylene) (PPA) its thermoresponsive behavior in water can be remotely detected through conformational changes on the formed helix. Circular dichroism at different temperatures shows an inversion of the first Cotton effect (450 nm) at 25.8 °C that matches with the cloud point temperature. The elastin-based side-chain poly(phenylacetylene) shows an upper critical solution temperature with low pH and concentration dependency, not expected in elastin-based polymers. It was found that the polymer self-assembles in water into spherical nanoparticles with hydrodynamic diameters of 140 nm at the hydrophobic state. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. Methodized depiction of design of experiment for parameters optimization in synthesis of poly(Nvinylcaprolactam) thermoresponsive polymers

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    Mohammed, Marwah N.; Yusoh, Kamal Bin; Haji Shariffuddin, Jun Haslinda Binti

    2016-12-01

    Recently, common research on stimuli-responsive polymers comprising thermoresponsive polymers has been widely investigated. In this research study, the synthesis process parameters of poly(Nvinylcaprolactam) (PNVCL) a thermoresponsive polymer, has been engaged for optimization as an attempt. The response surface methodology (RSM), has been employed in the identification of the elevated factors affecting on PNVCL production conversion (%) yield. Four independent process variables including monomer concentration, initiator concentration, polymerization temperature and time were studied. Various polymerization combination factors consist of a set of experiment runs were discussed using the Box-Behnken approach in Minitab 16. The study efficiently established the procedure and recompenses of RSM, for the estimation of process response. The optimum value for the most significant (temperature and time) variables for maximum PNVCL conversion (%) yield were obtained to be ˜80 °C and 92.5 min, respectively. Monomer and initiator concentrations were hardly effective on the (%) yield.

  16. Quaternary ammonium poly(diethylaminoethyl methacrylate) possessing antimicrobial activity.

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    Farah, Shady; Aviv, Oren; Laout, Natalia; Ratner, Stanislav; Beyth, Nurit; Domb, Abraham J

    2015-04-01

    Quaternary ammonium (QA) methacrylate monomers and polymers were synthesized from a N-alkylation of N,N-diethylaminoethyl methacrylate (DEAEM) monomer. Linear copolymers, and for the first time reported crosslinked nanoparticles (NPs), based QA-PDEAEM were prepared by radical polymerization of the quaternized QA-DEAEM monomers with either methyl methacrylate (MMA) or a divinyl monomer. QA-PDEAEM NPs of 50-70 nm were embedded in polyethylene vinyl acetate coating. QA-polymers with N-C8 and N-C18 alkyl chains and copolymers with methyl methacrylate were prepared at different molar ratios and examined for their antimicrobial effectiveness. These coatings exhibited strong antibacterial activity against four representative Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.

  17. On the influence of the architecture of poly(ethylene glycol)-based thermoresponsive polymers on cell adhesion

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    Uhlig, Katja; Boysen, Björn; Lankenau, Andreas; Jaeger, Magnus; Wischerhoff, Erik; Lutz, Jean-François; Laschewsky, André; Duschl, Claus

    2012-01-01

    Thermoresponsive polymer surface coatings are a promising tool for cell culture applications. They allow for a mild way of cell detachment that preserves the activity of membrane proteins—a prerequisite for reliable cell analysis. To enlarge the application range of these coatings to cells with different adhesion properties, we synthesized various novel poly(ethylene glycol)-based thermoresponsive polymers and describe how (i) their chemical structure and (ii) their surface density affect their efficiency. In order to quantify the influence of both factors, the time for cell spreading and rounding efficiency were observed. As a result, efficiency of cell rounding, which is closely correlated to cell detachment, is less affected by both factors than the time needed for cell spreading. This time can effectively be adjusted by the molecular architecture which includes the length of the polymer backbone and the side chains. Based on this work, recommendations are given for future optimization of functionality of thermoresponsive polymer coatings for cell culture applications. PMID:23761842

  18. Study of layer-by-layer films on thermoresponsive nanogels using temperature-controlled dual-focus fluorescence correlation spectroscopy.

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    Wong, John E; Müller, Claus B; Díez-Pascual, Ana M; Richtering, Walter

    2009-12-10

    While a few studies have reported on the layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly of polyelectrolytes on soft and porous templates, none have really demonstrated direct proof that the layers are actually on the template. Thermoresponsive nanogels present challenges that render a quantitative proof of successful polyelectrolyte deposition extremely difficult. Additionally, the fate of the polyelectrolyte has never been investigated during the phase transition of the coated nanogel. Here, the auto- and cross-correlation functions of a labeled polyelectrolyte assembled via the LbL technique onto soft and porous thermoresponsive labeled nanogels using dual-focus fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (2f-FCS) are presented. Performing 2f-FCS as a function of temperature, hydrodynamic radii of nanogels coated with various numbers of layers are determined, which are found to be in excellent agreement with values obtained from dynamic light scattering. This study presents irrefutable quantitative evidence of successful LbL assembly on thermoresponsive nanogels and demonstrates that the layers are not stripped off during the phase transition of the nanogels. Forster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) detection also supports our findings.

  19. Effective separation of peptides using highly dense thermo-responsive polymer brush-grafted porous polystyrene beads.

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    Mizutani, Aya; Nagase, Kenichi; Kikuchi, Akihiko; Kanazawa, Hideko; Akiyama, Yoshikatsu; Kobayashi, Jun; Annaka, Masahiko; Okano, Teruo

    2010-08-15

    For the development of well-defined highly dense thermo-responsive polymer grafted surface as an improved stationary phase for thermo-responsive chromatography, poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PIPAAm) brush-grafted porous polystyrene beads were prepared by surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). The PIPAAm grafted region of polystyrene beads was adjusted by the addition of isooctane as a poor solvent for polystyrene upon the reaction of ATRP initiator immobilization. Using a thermo-responsive HPLC column containing the prepared beads with PIPAAm brush grafted on the inside pores nearby the outer surfaces, angiotensin subtypes were effectively separated with aqueous mobile phase, because the densely grafted PIPAAm on nearby the outer surface effectively interacted with the peptides hydrophobically. Retention of basic peptide was achieved by the beads with basic mobile phase. These results indicated that the prepared beads with grafted PIPAAm nearby the outer surface became an effective chromatographic stationary phase for retaining basic peptides using wide pH range of mobile phase. Copyright 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Observation of Cell Shortening and Dynamic Changes of Actin Filaments during Cell Detachment from Thermoresponsive-Gelatin-Coated Substrate

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    Nagayama, Kazuaki; Matsumoto, Takeo

    We observed cell shortening and dynamic changes of actin filaments during detachment from the substrate by using a thermoresponsive-gelatin. The thermoresponsive-gelatin, a mixture of the poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) grafted gelatin (PNIPAAm-grafted-gelatin) and PNIPAAm, was coated on the glass bottom culture dishes. Rat aortic smooth muscle cells (SMC) expressed GFP-actin were cultured on the thermoresponsive-gelatin-coated dishes filled with serum free Dulbecco’s Modified Eagle’s medium (DMEM) or Ca2 + -Mg2 + -free Hank’s balanced salt solution (HBSS(-)). They adhered normally at 37°C, and became shortened and detached from the dishes when the ambient temperature was dropped below 34°C due to melting of the gelatin substrate. The shortening of SMCs was larger in DMEM (51.0 ±3.0%, mean ± SEM, n=14) than in HBSS(-) (35.8 ±3.6%, n=14). Actin filaments remained straight during detachment in HBSS(-), while in DMEM, they locally concentrated and disappeared at cell periphery. The shortening of SMCs upon detachment from ordinary plastic culture dishes by trypsinization was more than for both media. No significant difference was observed between the two, indicating detrimental effects of the trypsin. The present method was useful to study the cell contraction and the actin filament behavior during cell detachment for this causes minimal damage to cells.

  1. Thiol-ene-methacrylate composites as dental restorative materials

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    Boulden, Jordan E.; Cramer, Neil B.; Schreck, Kathleen M.; Couch, Charles L.; Bracho-Troconis, Cora; Stansbury, Jeffrey W.; Bowman, Christopher N.

    2010-01-01

    Objectives The objective of this study was to evaluate composite methacrylate-thiol-ene formulations with varying thiol:ene stoichiometry relative to composite dimethacrylate control formulations. It was hypothesized that the methacrylate-thiol-ene systems would exhibit superior properties relative to the dimethacrylate control resins and that excess thiol relative to ene would further enhance shrinkage and conversion associated properties. Methods Polymerization kinetics and functional group conversions were determined by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Volume shrinkage was measured with a linometer and shrinkage stress was measured with a tensometer. Flexural modulus and strength, depth of cure, water sorption and solubility tests were all performed according to ISO 4049. Results All of the methacrylate-thiol-ene systems exhibited improvements in methacrylate conversion, flexural strength, shrinkage stress, depth of cure, and water solubility, while maintaining equivalent flexural modulus and water sorption relative to the dimethacrylate control systems. Increasing the thiol to ene stoichiometry resulted in further increased methacrylate functional group conversion and decreased volume shrinkage. Flexural modulus and strength, shrinkage stress, depth of cure, water sorption and solubility did not exhibit statistically significant changes with excess thiol . Significance Due to their improved overall functional group conversion and reduced water sorption, the methacrylate-thiol-ene formulations are expected to exhibit improved biocompatibility relative to the dimethacrylate control systems. Improvements in flexural strength and reduced shrinkage stress may be expected to result in composite restorations with superior longevity and performance. PMID:21122904

  2. Methacrylate-based monolithic layers for planar chromatography of polymers.

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    Maksimova, E F; Vlakh, E G; Tennikova, T B

    2011-04-29

    A series of macroporous monolithic methacrylate-based materials was synthesized by in situ free radical UV-initiated copolymerization of functional monomers, such as glycidyl methacrylate (GMA), butyl methacrylate (BuMA), 2-aminoethyl methacrylate (AEMA), 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and 2-cyanoethyl methacrylate (CEMA), with crosslinking agent, namely, ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EDMA). The materials obtained were applied as the stationary phases in simple and robust technique - planar chromatography (PLC). The method of separation layer fabrication representing macroporous polymer monolith bound to the specially prepared glass surface was developed and optimized. The GMA-EDMA and BuMA-EDMA matrixes were successfully applied for the separation of low molecular weight compounds (the mixture of several dies), as well as poly(vinylpyrrolidone) and polystyrene homopolymers of different molecular weights using reversed-phase mechanism. The materials based on copolymers AEMA-HEMA-EDMA and CEMA-HEMA-EDMA were used for normal-phase PLC separation of 2,4-dinitrophenyl amino acids and polystyrene standards.

  3. Chlorhexidine-releasing methacrylate dental composite materials.

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    Leung, Danny; Spratt, David A; Pratten, Jonathan; Gulabivala, Kishor; Mordan, Nicola J; Young, Anne M

    2005-12-01

    Light curable antibacterial, dental composite restoration materials, consisting of 80 wt% of a strontium fluoroaluminosilicate glass dispersed in methacrylate monomers have been produced. The monomers contained 40-100 wt% of a 10 wt% chlorhexidine diacetate (CHXA) in hydroxyethylmethacrylate (HEMA) solution and 60-0 wt% of a 50/50 mix of urethane dimethacrylate (UDMA) and triethyleneglycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA). On raising HEMA content, light cure polymerisation rates decreased. Conversely, water sorption induced swelling and rates of diffusion controlled CHXA release from the set materials increased. Experimental composites with 50 and 90 wt% of the CHXA in HEMA solution in the monomer were shown, within a constant depth film fermentor (CDFF), to have slower rates of biofilm growth on their surfaces between 1 and 7 days than the commercial dental composite Z250 or fluoride-releasing dental cements, Fuji II LC and Fuji IX. When an excavated bovine dentine cylinder re-filled with Z250 was placed for 10 weeks in the CDFF, both bacteria and polymers from the artificial saliva penetrated between the material and dentine. With the 50 wt% experimental HEMA/CHXA formulation, this bacterial microleakage was substantially reduced. Polymer leakage, however, still occurred. Both polymer and bacterial microleakage were prevented with a 90 wt% HEMA/CHXA restoration in the bovine dentine due to swelling compensation for polymerisation shrinkage in combination with antibacterial release.

  4. Furfuryl methacrylate plasma polymers for biomedical applications.

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    Shirazi, Hanieh Safizadeh; Rogers, Nicholas; Michelmore, Andrew; Whittle, Jason D

    2016-09-08

    Furfuryl methacrylate (FMA) is a promising precursor for producing polymers for biomedical and cell therapy applications. Herein, FMA plasma polymer coatings were prepared with different powers, deposition times, and flow rates. The plasma polymer coatings were characterized using atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS). The results from AFM and SEM show the early growth of the coatings and the existence of particle aggregates on the surfaces. XPS results indicated no measureable chemical differences between the deposited films produced under different power and flow rate conditions. ToF-SIMS analysis demonstrated differing amounts of C5H5O (81 m/z) and C10H9O2 (161 m/z) species in the coatings which are related to the furan ring structure. Through judicious choice of plasma polymerization parameters, the quantity of the particle aggregates was reduced, and the fabricated plasma polymer coatings were chemically uniform and smooth. Primary human fibroblasts were cultured on FMA plasma polymer surfaces to determine the effect of surface chemical composition and the presence of particle aggregates on cell culture. Particle aggregates were shown to inhibit fibroblast attachment and proliferation.

  5. Pentablock copolymers of pluronic F127 and modified poly(2-dimethyl amino)ethyl methacrylate for internalization mechanism and gene transfection studies

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    Huang, Shih-Jer; Wang, Tzu-Pin; Lue, Sheng-I; Wang, Li-Fang

    2013-01-01

    Cationic polymers are one of the major nonviral gene delivery vectors investigated in the past decade. In this study, we synthesized several cationic copolymers using atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) for gene delivery vectors: pluronic F127-poly(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) (PF127-pDMAEMA), pluronic F127-poly (dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate-tert-butyl acrylate) (PF127-p(DMAEMA-tBA)), and pluronic F127-poly(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate-acrylic acid) (PF127-p(DMAEMA-AA)). The copolymers showed high buffering capacity and efficiently complexed with plasmid deoxyribonucleic acid (pDNA) to form nanoparticles 80–180 nm in diameter and with positive zeta potentials. In the absence of 10% fetal bovine serum, PF127-p(DMAEMA-AA) showed the highest gene expression and the lowest cytotoxicity in 293T cells. After acrylic acid groups had been linked with a fluorescent dye, the confocal laser scanning microscopic image showed that PF127-p(DMAEMA-AA)/pDNA could efficiently enter the cells. Both clathrin-mediated and caveolae-mediated endocytosis mechanisms were involved. Our results showed that PF127-p(DMAEMA-AA) has great potential to be a gene delivery vector. PMID:23745045

  6. Thermoresponsive Polymers with Lower Critical Solution Temperature- or Upper Critical Solution Temperature-Type Phase Behaviour Do Not Induce Toxicity to Human Endothelial Cells.

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    Ji, Yuejia; Zhu, Mengxiang; Gong, Yu; Tang, Haoyu; Li, Juan; Cao, Yi

    2017-01-01

    Thermoresponsive polymers have gained extensive attention as biomedical materials especially for targeted drug delivery systems. We have recently developed water-soluble polypeptide-based thermoresponsive polymers that exhibit lower critical solution temperature (LCST)- or upper critical solution temperature (UCST)-type phase behaviours. In this study, the toxicity of these polymers to human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) was investigated to assess the safety and biocompatibility. Up to 100 μg/ml, thermoresponsive polymers did not induce cytotoxicity to HUVECs, showing as unaltered mitochondrial viability assessed as cell counting kit-8 (CCK-8) assay and membrane integrity assessed as lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) assay. Inflammatory response, assessed as the release of chemokine-soluble monocyte chemotactic protein 1 (sMCP-1) and interleukin-8 (IL-8) as well as cytokine IL-6, was not significantly affected by the polymers. In addition, 1 μM thapsigargin (TG), an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress inducer, significantly decreased mitochondrial viability, but did not affect membrane integrity or inflammatory response. The presence of thermoresponsive polymers with LCST-type phase behaviour did not further affect the effects of TG. In conclusion, the thermoresponsive polymers used in this study are not toxic to endothelial cells and therefore could be further considered as safe materials for biomedical applications.

  7. Characterization of new acrylic bone cement based on methyl methacrylate/1-hydroxypropyl methacrylate monomer.

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    Pascual, B; Goñi, I; Gurruchaga, M

    1999-01-01

    New formulations of acrylic bone cement based on methyl methacrylate/1-hydroxypropyl methacrylate (MMA/HPMA) monomers were developed with the purpose of obtaining more ductile materials with reduced polymerization shrinkage. In this way, the ductility of such materials increased, but the introduction of high percentages of the hydrophilic component produced an important decrease in Young's modulus and strength. To ascertain the reason for the deterioration of the tensile parameters, an analysis by scanning electron microscopy of these formulations was carried out; it revealed poor adhesion between the matrix and poly(MMA) beads. We also observed that the polymerization shrinkage increased as the amount of hydrophilic monomer in the formulation decreased, and the 50% (v/v) HPMA modified bone cement compensated for this volume reduction with its water uptake swelling. Measurements taken on the setting time and polymerization exotherm showed a decrease in the former and an increase in the latter, because of the introduction of a more reactive monomer in the bone cement formulation.

  8. Positive mode electrospray tandem mass spectrometry of poly(methacrylic acid) oligomers.

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    Giordanengo, Rémi; Viel, Stéphane; Allard-Breton, Béatrice; Thévand, André; Charles, Laurence

    2009-06-01

    The dissociation of small poly(methacrylic acid) (PMAA) cations produced by electrospray was characterized by tandem mass spectrometry. Similarly to PMAA ions produced in the negative ion mode, the two electrosprayed cationic forms, namely [PMAA+Na](+) and [PMAA-H+2Na](+), were shown to fragment via a major pathway consisting of successive dehydration steps. Elimination of a water molecule would occur between two consecutive acid groups in a charged-remote mechanism and was shown to proceed as many times as pairs of acidic pendant groups were available. As a result, comparing the number of dehydration steps observed in the MS/MS spectrum of two consecutive oligomers from the polymeric distribution reveals the degree of polymerization of the molecule. Secondary less informative reactions were shown to consist of losses of CO and/or CO(2), depending on the nature of the precursor ion. These fragmentation rules could be used to characterize PMAA-based copolymers, as successfully demonstrated for a polymeric impurity in the tested PMAA sample.

  9. Respiratory effects of exposure to methacrylates among dental assistants.

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    Jaakkola, M S; Leino, T; Tammilehto, L; Ylöstalo, P; Kuosma, E; Alanko, K

    2007-06-01

    Case reports of occupational asthma in dental personnel have been published, but there is little data on the risk of respiratory disorders related to occupational exposure to methacrylates in dental assistants. The objective of this study was to investigate the relation of exposure to methacrylates to occurrence of respiratory symptoms and diseases among dental assistants. A cross-sectional study of female dental assistants from the membership register of the Finnish Association of Dental Hygienists and Assistants was conducted in the Helsinki metropolitan area. A CATI was carried out to collect information on health and exposures. A total of 799 dental assistants participated (response rate 87%). Daily use of methacrylates was related to a significantly increased risk of adult-onset asthma (adjusted OR 2.65, 95% CI 1.14-7.24), nasal symptoms (1.37, 1.02-1.84), and work-related cough or phlegm (1.69, 1.08-2.71). Nasal symptoms showed a dose-response relation with increasing years of exposure to methacrylates, and those with >10 years of exposure had also increased risk of hoarseness, dyspnoea, and wheezing with dyspnoea. Dental assistants with a history of atopic diseases were particularly susceptible to exposure to methacrylates, the adjusted OR for adult asthma being in this group 4.18 (95% CI 1.02-28.55) and for nasal symptoms 2.11 (1.08-4.19). This study provides new evidence that the risk of adult-onset asthma, nasal symptoms and other respiratory symptoms increase significantly with daily use of methacrylates in dental assistants' work. The results suggest that exposure to methacrylates poses an important occupational hazard for dental assistants.

  10. Evaluation of the Antimicrobial Activity of Cationic Polymers against Mycobacteria: Toward Antitubercular Macromolecules

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    2017-01-01

    Antimicrobial resistance is a global healthcare problem with a dwindling arsenal of usable drugs. Tuberculosis, caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, requires long-term combination therapy and multi- and totally drug resistant strains have emerged. This study reports the antibacterial activity of cationic polymers against mycobacteria, which are distinguished from other Gram-positive bacteria by their unique cell wall comprising a covalently linked mycolic acid–arabinogalactan–peptidoglycan complex (mAGP), interspersed with additional complex lipids which helps them persist in their host. The present study finds that poly(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) has particularly potent antimycobacterial activity and high selectivity over two Gram-negative strains. Removal of the backbone methyl group (poly(dimethylaminoethyl acrylate)) decreased antimycobacterial activity, and poly(aminoethyl methacrylate) also had no activity against mycobacteria. Hemolysis assays revealed poly(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) did not disrupt red blood cell membranes. Interestingly, poly(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) was not found to permeabilize mycobacterial membranes, as judged by dye exclusion assays, suggesting the mode of action is not simple membrane disruption, supported by electron microscopy analysis. These results demonstrate that synthetic polycations, with the correctly tuned structure are useful tools against mycobacterial infections, for which new drugs are urgently required. PMID:28365981

  11. Thermo-responsive PNIPAM-metal hybrids: An efficient nanocatalyst for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol

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    Satapathy, Smith Sagar; Bhol, Prachi; Chakkarambath, Aswathy; Mohanta, Jagdeep; Samantaray, Kunal; Bhat, Suresh K.; Panda, Subhendu K.; Mohanty, Priti S.; Si, Satyabrata

    2017-10-01

    Micron size thermoresponsive cross-linked polymeric microgels of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) are used as ;microreactor; for embedding metal nanoparticles of different shapes. Using a simple and robust method, we have synthesized various polymer-metal hybrid nanostructures incorporated with Au nanorods (AuNR), Au nanospheres (AuNS) and Ag nanospheres (AgNS). These hybrid nanostructures have been characterized by transmission electron microscope (TEM), UV-vis spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering (DLS) and static light scattering (SLS) followed by their catalytic activity. TEM studies directly confirmed the mondispersity of synthesized hybrid microgels and stability of the embedded metal nanoparticles within the microgels. Optical studies confirmed the presence of respective absorption bands that correspond to AuNS, AgNS and AuNR respectively. Extensive DLS studies demonstrated that although these hybrid microgels preserve their thermoresponsive properties, i.e their hydrodynamic radius decreased with increasing temperature, their thermosensitivity were comparatively lesser than pure PNIPAM microgels. Combining with studies using static light scattering, we further found that AuNS and AgNS were inhomogeneously distributed within microgels where the majority of the nanoparticles present within the loosely cross-linked shell. On the other hand AuNR were distributed more homogeneously within the microgels. Catalytic performance of various nanostructures loaded onto PNIPAM microgel beads were evaluated by studying the catalytic reduction of 4-nitrophenol. Complete catalytic conversion using AgNS occurred in ∼30 min with a first-order rate constant of 0.159 min-1 having a 7 min induction period. On the other hand no induction period was observed for AuNS and AuNR and the reaction completed in 3-4 min with a first-order rate constant of 1.607 min-1 and 1.627 min-1 respectively. Further, PNIPAM-AuNS and PNIPAM-AuNR possess better catalytic activity as well as

  12. [Preparation of cationic dextran microspheres loaded with tetanus toxoid and study on the mechanism of protein loading].

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    Zheng, Chun-li; Liu, Xiao-qing; Zhu, Jia-bi; Zhao, Yu-na

    2010-09-01

    The aim of this study is to prepare cationic biodegradable dextran microspheres loaded with tetanus toxoid (TT) and to investigate the mechanism of protein loading. Positively charged microspheres were prepared by polymerization of hydroxylethyl methacrylate derivatized dextran (dex-HEMA) and dimethyl aminoethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) in an aqueous two-phase system. The loading of the microspheres with TT was based on electrostatic attraction. The net positive surface charge increased with increasing amounts of DMAEMA. Confocal images showed fluorescein isothiocyanate labeled bovine serum albumin (FITC-BSA) could penetrate into cationic dextran microspheres but not natural dextran microspheres. TT loading efficiency by post-loading was higher compared with by pre-loading. Even though TT is incorporated in the hydrogel network based on electrostatic interaction, still a controlled release can be achieved by varying the initial network density of the microspheres.

  13. Diaryldichalcogenide radical cations.

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    Mallow, Ole; Khanfar, Monther A; Malischewski, Moritz; Finke, Pamela; Hesse, Malte; Lork, Enno; Augenstein, Timo; Breher, Frank; Harmer, Jeffrey R; Vasilieva, Nadezhda V; Zibarev, Andrey; Bogomyakov, Artem S; Seppelt, Konrad; Beckmann, Jens

    2015-01-01

    One-electron oxidation of two series of diaryldichalcogenides (C6F5E)2 (13a-c) and (2,6-Mes2C6H3E)2 (16a-c) was studied (E = S, Se, Te). The reaction of 13a and 13b with AsF5 and SbF5 gave rise to the formation of thermally unstable radical cations [(C6F5S)2]˙(+) (14a) and [(C6F5Se)2]˙(+) (14b) that were isolated as [Sb2F11](-) and [As2F11](-) salts, respectively. The reaction of 13c with AsF5 afforded only the product of a Te-C bond cleavage, namely the previously known dication [Te4](2+) that was isolated as [AsF6](-) salt. The reaction of (2,6-Mes2C6H3E)2 (16a-c) with [NO][SbF6] provided the corresponding radical cations [(2,6-Mes2C6H3E)2]˙(+) (17a-c; E = S, Se, Te) in the form of thermally stable [SbF6](-) salts in nearly quantitative yields. The electronic and structural properties of these radical cations were probed by X-ray diffraction analysis, EPR spectroscopy, and density functional theory calculations and other methods.

  14. Osteoblast cell death on methacrylate polymers involves apoptosis.

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    Gough, J E; Downes, S

    2001-12-15

    The success of an implant depends on the implant-tissue interface. There are many causes of implant failure, one of which is tissue necrosis. The aim of this in vitro study was to determine whether cell death of primary human osteoblasts (implant site specific cells) occurred by apoptosis (a form of programmed cell death) on two methacrylate polymers. Cells were cultured on poly(ethyl methacrylate)/tetrahydrofurfuryl methacrylate and poly(methyl methacrylate in the form of 13-mm discs, in conditioned medium containing leachable monomer and in the presence of various concentrations of monomer itself in the culture medium. It was found that monomer and leached monomer caused apoptosis of human osteoblast cells in this system. Tetrahydrofurfuryl methacrylate monomer was found to be more toxic than currently used monomer methylmethacrylate. Preincubation of polymers in serum containing medium was found to increase the biocompatibility of the polymers. High levels of apoptosis occurred on polymer used directly after polymerization. Apoptosis levels were decreased after polymer was incubated at 60 degrees C overnight or for 3 days. Apoptosis therefore may occur in cells at the implant site in vivo.

  15. Impact ionisation spectra from hypervelocity impacts using aliphatic poly(methyl methacrylate) microparticle projectiles.

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    Burchell, Mark J; Armes, Steven P

    2011-02-28

    We report impact ionisation spectra from spherical poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) microparticles of 724 nm diameter impacting a rhodium target. These projectiles were coated with an ultrathin (~11 nm) overlayer of polypyrrole, an electrically conducting organic polymer; this enabled the accumulation of sufficient surface charge to allow electrostatic acceleration up to speeds of 4 to 8 km s(-1) using a high-voltage Van de Graaff instrument. A grid above the target (held at 3.33 kV cm(-1) with respect to the target) accelerated the cations that were generated during the hypervelocity impacts, and these ions then drifted to a charge detector. By measuring the collected charge vs. time and assuming only single ionisation events, time-of-flight mass spectra were obtained. Strong signals were observed for cationic species with ions of m/z 41, 65 and 115. There were also minor contributions from cations with masses ranging from m/z 29 to 142. The three major signals are assigned to fragment ions (C(3)H(5)(+), C(4)H(5)O(+)/C(5)H(9)(+) and C(6)H(11)O(2)(+)) which are known to be associated with the decomposition of PMMA. These impact ionisation spectra differ significantly from those reported earlier using polystyrene (PS) microparticles. The aliphatic PMMA microparticles generate small (m/z <100) fragment ions more readily at lower speeds than the predominantly aromatic PS microparticles, where speeds of at least 10 km s(-1) are typically required for substantial yields of low-mass fragment ions. This correlates well with the well-known greater chemical and thermal fragility of PMMA compared to PS. The PMMA microparticles should prove useful synthetic mimics for aliphatic carbonaceous micrometeorites. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  16. Transferrin Decorated Thermoresponsive Nanogels as Magnetic Trap Devices for Circulating Tumor Cells.

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    Asadian-Birjand, Mazdak; Biglione, Catalina; Bergueiro, Julian; Cappelletti, Ariel; Rahane, Chinmay; Chate, Govind; Khandare, Jayant; Klemke, Bastian; Strumia, Miriam C; Calderón, Marcelo

    2016-03-01

    A rational design of magnetic capturing nanodevices, based on a specific interaction with circulating tumor cells (CTCs), can advance the capturing efficiency and initiate the development of modern smart nanoformulations for rapid isolation and detection of these CTCs from the bloodstream. Therefore, the development and evaluation of magnetic nanogels (MNGs) based on magnetic nanoparticles and linear thermoresponsive polyglycerol for the capturing of CTCs with overexpressed transferrin (Tf(+) ) receptors has been presented in this study. The MNGs are synthesized using a strain-promoted "click" approach which has allowed the in situ surface decoration with Tf-polyethylene glycol (PEG) ligands of three different PEG chain lengths as targeting ligands. An optimal value of around 30% of cells captures is achieved with a linker of eight ethylene glycol units. This study shows the potential of MNGs for the capture of CTCs and the necessity of precise control over the linkage of the targeting moiety to the capturing device. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. 3D printing of self-assembling thermoresponsive nanoemulsions into hierarchical mesostructured hydrogels.

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    Hsiao, Lilian C; Badruddoza, Abu Zayed Md; Cheng, Li-Chiun; Doyle, Patrick S

    2017-02-07

    Spinodal decomposition and phase transitions have emerged as viable methods to generate a variety of bicontinuous materials. Here, we show that when arrested phase separation is coupled to the time scales involved in three-dimensional (3D) printing processes, hydrogels with multiple length scales spanning nanometers to millimeters can be printed with high fidelity. We use an oil-in-water nanoemulsion-based ink with rheological and photoreactive properties that satisfy the requirements of stereolithographic 3D printing. This ink is thermoresponsive and consists of poly(dimethyl siloxane) droplets suspended in an aqueous phase containing the surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate and the cross-linker poly(ethylene glycol) dimethacrylate. Control of the hydrogel microstructure can be achieved in the printing process due to the rapid structural recovery of the nanoemulsions after large strain-rate yielding, as well as the shear thinning behavior that allows the ink to conform to the build platform of the printer. Wiper operations are used to ensure even spreading of the yield stress ink on the optical window between successive print steps. Post-processing of the printed samples is used to generate mesoporous hydrogels that serve as size-selective membranes. Our work demonstrates that nanoemulsions, which belong to a class of solution-based materials with flexible functionalities, can be printed into prototypes with complex shapes using a commercially available 3D printer with a few modifications.

  18. 3D patterned stem cell differentiation using thermo-responsive methylcellulose hydrogel molds

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    Lee, Wonjae; Park, Jon

    2016-01-01

    Tissue-specific patterned stem cell differentiation serves as the basis for the development, remodeling, and regeneration of the multicellular structure of the native tissues. We herein proposed a cytocompatible 3D casting process to recapitulate this patterned stem cell differentiation for reconstructing multicellular tissues in vitro. We first reconstituted the 2D culture conditions for stem cell fate control within 3D hydrogel by incorporating the sets of the diffusible signal molecules delivered through drug-releasing microparticles. Then, utilizing thermo-responsivity of methylcellulose (MC), we developed a cytocompatible casting process to mold these hydrogels into specific 3D configurations, generating the targeted spatial gradients of diffusible signal molecules. The liquid phase of the MC solution was viscous enough to adopt the shapes of 3D impression patterns, while the gelated MC served as a reliable mold for patterning the hydrogel prepolymers. When these patterned hydrogels were integrated together, the stem cells in each hydrogel distinctly differentiated toward individually defined fates, resulting in the formation of the multicellular tissue structure bearing the very structural integrity and characteristics as seen in vascularized bones and osteochondral tissues. PMID:27381562

  19. Optimization and evaluation of a thermoresponsive ophthalmic in situ gel containing curcumin-loaded albumin nanoparticles

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    Lou, Jie; Hu, Wenjing; Tian, Rui; Zhang, Hua; Jia, Yuntao; Zhang, Jingqing; Zhang, Liangke

    2014-01-01

    This study aimed to optimize and evaluate a thermoresponsive ophthalmic in situ gel containing curcumin-loaded albumin nanoparticles (Cur-BSA-NPs-Gel). Albumin nanoparticles were prepared via a desolvation method, and the gels were prepared via a cold method. The central composite design and response surface method was used to evaluate the effects of varying Pluronic® F127 and Pluronic® F68 concentrations on the sol–gel transition temperature, which is an indicator of optimum formulations. The optimized formulation was a free-flowing liquid below 30.9°C that transformed into a semi-solid gel above 34.2°C after dilution with simulated tear fluid. Results of the in vitro release and erosion behavior study indicated that Cur-BSA-NPs-Gel achieved superior sustained-release effects and that incorporation of albumin nanoparticles exerted minimal effects on the gel structure. In addition, in vivo ophthalmic experiments employing Cur-BSA-NPs-Gel were subsequently performed in rabbits. In vivo eye irritation results showed that Cur-BSA-NPs-Gel might be considered safe for ophthalmic drug delivery. The in vivo study also revealed that the formulation could significantly increase curcumin bioavailability in the aqueous humor. In conclusion, the optimized in situ gel formulation developed in this work has significant potential for ocular application. PMID:24904211

  20. 3D patterned stem cell differentiation using thermo-responsive methylcellulose hydrogel molds.

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    Lee, Wonjae; Park, Jon

    2016-07-06

    Tissue-specific patterned stem cell differentiation serves as the basis for the development, remodeling, and regeneration of the multicellular structure of the native tissues. We herein proposed a cytocompatible 3D casting process to recapitulate this patterned stem cell differentiation for reconstructing multicellular tissues in vitro. We first reconstituted the 2D culture conditions for stem cell fate control within 3D hydrogel by incorporating the sets of the diffusible signal molecules delivered through drug-releasing microparticles. Then, utilizing thermo-responsivity of methylcellulose (MC), we developed a cytocompatible casting process to mold these hydrogels into specific 3D configurations, generating the targeted spatial gradients of diffusible signal molecules. The liquid phase of the MC solution was viscous enough to adopt the shapes of 3D impression patterns, while the gelated MC served as a reliable mold for patterning the hydrogel prepolymers. When these patterned hydrogels were integrated together, the stem cells in each hydrogel distinctly differentiated toward individually defined fates, resulting in the formation of the multicellular tissue structure bearing the very structural integrity and characteristics as seen in vascularized bones and osteochondral tissues.

  1. Development and characterisation of modified poloxamer 407 thermoresponsive depot systems containing cubosomes.

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    Kojarunchitt, Thunjiradasiree; Hook, Sarah; Rizwan, Shakila; Rades, Thomas; Baldursdottir, Stefania

    2011-04-15

    The purpose of this study is to develop a thermoresponsive sustained release delivery system combining phytantriol cubosomes and poloxamer 407 (P407). P407 undergoes thermoreversible gelation, where it exists as a free-flowing liquid at low temperature and gels upon heating. However, this polymer has the major draw back of fast erosion in aqueous environments which needs to be addressed. Three different concentrations of P407 (12%, 15% and 17% (w/v)) were formulated with various additives (methyl cellulose (MC), dextran, carrageenan and Pluronic-R (25R4)). The rheological characteristics and in vitro stability were investigated. The sol-gel transition temperature of P407 was lowered in the presence of the phytantriol cubosomes. The addition of MC and dextran did not affect the sol-gel transition temperature whereas 25R4 increased the gelation temperature. No transition was observed for the carrageenan formulations. The presence of 25R4 allowed the development of formulations that were free flowing liquid at working temperature (22 °C), gelled at body temperature (37 °C) and had improved stability in an aqueous environment. Both rheological and in vitro stability studies suggested that cubosome-loaded 17% (w/v) P407 with 25R4 in 1:1 molar ratio may have a potential as sustained release delivery system.

  2. A thermoresponsive, microtextured substrate for cell sheet engineering with defined structural organization.

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    Isenberg, Brett C; Tsuda, Yukiko; Williams, Corin; Shimizu, Tatsuya; Yamato, Masayuki; Okano, Teruo; Wong, Joyce Y

    2008-06-01

    The proper function of many tissues depends critically on the structural organization of the cells and matrix of which they are comprised. Therefore, in order to engineer functional tissue equivalents that closely mimic the unique properties of native tissues it is necessary to develop strategies for reproducing the complex, highly organized structure of these tissues. To this end, we sought to develop a simple method for generating cell sheets that have defined ECM/cell organization using microtextured, thermoresponsive polystyrene substrates to guide cell organization and tissue growth. The patterns consisted of large arrays of alternating grooves and ridges (50 microm wide, 5 microm deep). Vascular smooth muscle cells cultured on these substrates produced intact sheets consisting of cells that exhibited strong alignment in the direction of the micropattern. These sheets could be readily transferred from patterned substrates to non-patterned substrates without the loss of tissue organization. Ultimately, such sheets will be layered to form larger tissues with defined ECM/cell organization that spans multiple length scales.

  3. Cell Sheet-Based Tissue Engineering for Organizing Anisotropic Tissue Constructs Produced Using Microfabricated Thermoresponsive Substrates.

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    Takahashi, Hironobu; Okano, Teruo

    2015-11-18

    In some native tissues, appropriate microstructures, including orientation of the cell/extracellular matrix, provide specific mechanical and biological functions. For example, skeletal muscle is made of oriented myofibers that is responsible for the mechanical function. Native artery and myocardial tissues are organized three-dimensionally by stacking sheet-like tissues of aligned cells. Therefore, to construct any kind of complex tissue, the microstructures of cells such as myotubes, smooth muscle cells, and cardiomyocytes also need to be organized three-dimensionally just as in the native tissues of the body. Cell sheet-based tissue engineering allows the production of scaffold-free engineered tissues through a layer-by-layer construction technique. Recently, using microfabricated thermoresponsive substrates, aligned cells are being harvested as single continuous cell sheets. The cell sheets act as anisotropic tissue units to build three-dimensional tissue constructs with the appropriate anisotropy. This cell sheet-based technology is straightforward and has the potential to engineer a wide variety of complex tissues. In addition, due to the scaffold-free cell-dense environment, the physical and biological cell-cell interactions of these cell sheet constructs exhibit unique cell behaviors. These advantages will provide important clues to enable the production of well-organized tissues that closely mimic the structure and function of native tissues, required for the future of tissue engineering. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  4. Thermo-responsive and compression properties of TEMPO-oxidized cellulose nanofiber-modified PNIPAm hydrogels.

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    Wei, Jinguang; Chen, Yufei; Liu, Hongzhi; Du, Chungui; Yu, Huilong; Zhou, Zhongxi

    2016-08-20

    In this study, TEMPO-oxidized bamboo cellulose nanofibers (TO-CNF) with anionic carboxylate groups on the surfaces were in-situ incorporated into poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAm) matrix to improve its thermo-responsive and mechanical properties during the polymerization. The microstructure, swelling behaviors, and compressive strength of resultant PNIPAm composite hydrogels with varying contents of TO-CNFs (0-10wt%) were then examined, respectively. Modified hydrogels exhibited the similar light transparency to pure PNIPAm one due to the formation of semi-IPN structure between PNIPAm and TO-CNF. FT-IR spectra demonstrated that the presence of TO-CNF did not alter the position of characteristic peaks associated with PNIPAm. SEM observation suggested that the pore size of PNIPAm hydrogels was markedly increased after the incorporation of TO-CNF. Also, the composite hydrogels showed superior swelling behavior and much improved compression properties with respect to pure PNIPAm one. Thus, TO-CNF appeared to be a "green" nanofiller that can simultaneously improve swelling and mechanical properties of PNIPAm hydrogel.

  5. Thermo-responsive cross-linked liquid crystal bowl-shaped colloids

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    Wei, Wei-Shao; Xia, Yu; Yang, Shu; Yodh, A. G.

    In this work we create and investigate cross-linked bowl-shaped nematic liquid crystal (NLC) colloidal particles. Janus colloids are first formed via solvent-induced phase separation in emulsions consisting of NLC monomers and isotropic polymers. This scheme enables us to realize different particle morphologies such as bowl-shape by fine-tuning the confinement of NLCs within the droplets, e.g. by varying the size of droplets, the volume ratio between NLC and polymer, and the type/concentration of surfactants in aqueous background phase. The NLC compartment is composed of RM82 (1,4-Bis-[4-(6-acryloyloxyhexyloxy)benzoyloxy]-2-methylbenzene) monomers, which are then photocrosslinked by dithiol groups to form nematic liquid crystal elastomer. Finally, we remove the polymer parts of Janus colloids to obtain the target structures, which are temperature sensitive due to change of elasticity and molecular alignment of NLC near the isotropic to nematic phase transition temperature. We will explore novel mechanical and optical properties from the thermo-responsive structures as well as their applications, such as biomimic swimming behaviors and adjustable lensing effects. This work is supported by the foundation through NSF Grant DMR12-05463, NSF-MRSEC Grant DMR11-20901, and NASA Grant NNX08AO0G.

  6. 3D patterned stem cell differentiation using thermo-responsive methylcellulose hydrogel molds

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    Lee, Wonjae; Park, Jon

    2016-07-01

    Tissue-specific patterned stem cell differentiation serves as the basis for the development, remodeling, and regeneration of the multicellular structure of the native tissues. We herein proposed a cytocompatible 3D casting process to recapitulate this patterned stem cell differentiation for reconstructing multicellular tissues in vitro. We first reconstituted the 2D culture conditions for stem cell fate control within 3D hydrogel by incorporating the sets of the diffusible signal molecules delivered through drug-releasing microparticles. Then, utilizing thermo-responsivity of methylcellulose (MC), we developed a cytocompatible casting process to mold these hydrogels into specific 3D configurations, generating the targeted spatial gradients of diffusible signal molecules. The liquid phase of the MC solution was viscous enough to adopt the shapes of 3D impression patterns, while the gelated MC served as a reliable mold for patterning the hydrogel prepolymers. When these patterned hydrogels were integrated together, the stem cells in each hydrogel distinctly differentiated toward individually defined fates, resulting in the formation of the multicellular tissue structure bearing the very structural integrity and characteristics as seen in vascularized bones and osteochondral tissues.

  7. Use of a thermoresponsive polymer in ethanol fermentation carried out in a cadmium-containing medium.

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    Zheng, Qin; Zheng, Wei; Chen, Ruobin; Hu, Jiajun; Li, Wen; Zhang, Afang; Zhang, Jie; Gao, Min-Tian

    2016-04-01

    In this study, a new thermoresponsive polymer, PG1-co-PHEDTA, was used as a reagent for the detoxification and recovery of cadmium from ethanol fermentation carried out in a cadmium-containing medium. We found that the polymer, PG1-co-PHEDTA, had an important role in ethanol production. In the absence of PG1-co-PHEDTA, ethanol fermentation was severely inhibited by cadmium. However, the inhibitory effect of cadmium could be significantly alleviated by the addition of PG1-co-PHEDTA, and the rates of glucose consumption and ethanol production were similar to those reported for cadmium-free fermentation processes. The investigation into the key units of PG1-co-PHEDTA showed that HEDTA was the contributing factor for the positive effect on ethanol fermentation. However, the effect of HEDTA that was incorporated into PG1 was higher than that of the free HEDTA. Three-fold higher concentration of free HEDTA was required to obtain similar results as that with PG1-co-PHEDTA additive. Glutathione (GSH) and cadmium assays demonstrated that the transport of cadmium into the cell could be prevented by PG1-co-PHEDTA via the formation of a chelated structure with the HEDTA groups in PG1-co-PHEDTA. By applying the unique phase transition of PG1-co-PHEDTA, cadmium of more than 90% could be removed from fermentation broths with a simple centrifugation step. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Photoswitching and Thermoresponsive Properties of Conjugated Multi-chromophore Nanostructured Materials.

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    Bhattacharyya, Santanu; Jana, Bikash; Sain, Sumanta; Barman, Monoj Kumar; Pradhan, Swapan Kumar; Patra, Amitava

    2015-12-16

    Conjugated multi-chromophore organic nanostructured materials have recently emerged as a new class of functional materials for developing efficient light-harvesting, photosensitization, photocatalysis, and sensor devices because of their unique photophysical and photochemical properties. Here, we demonstrate the formation of various nanostructures (fibers and flakes) related to the molecular arrangement (H-aggregation) of quaterthiophene (QTH) molecules and their influence on the photophysical properties. XRD studies confirm that the fiber structure consists of >95% crystalline material, whereas the flake structure is almost completely amorphous and the microstrain in flake-shaped QTH is significantly higher than that of QTH in solution. The influence of the aggregation of the QTH molecules on their photoswitching and thermoresponsive photoluminescence properties is revealed. Time-resolved anisotropic studies further unveil the relaxation dynamics and restricted chromophore properties of the self-assembled nano/microstructured morphologies. Further investigations should pave the way for the future development of organic electronics, photovoltaics, and light-harvesting systems based on π-conjugated multi-chromophore organic nanostructured materials.

  9. Multi-scale characterization of thermoresponsive dendritic elastin-like peptides.

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    Zhou, Mingjun; Shmidov, Yulia; Matson, John B; Bitton, Ronit

    2017-02-16

    Elastin like peptides (ELPs)-polypeptides based on the protein elastin-are used widely as thermoresponsive components in biomaterials due to the presence of a sharp soluble-to-insoluble phase change at a characteristic transition temperature (Tt). While linear ELPs have been thoroughly studied, few investigations into branched ELPs have been carried out. Using lysine amino acids as branching and terminal units with 1-3 pentameric repeats between each branch, ELP dendrimers were prepared by solid-phase peptide synthesis with molecular weights as high as 14kDa. A conformation change from random coil to β-turn upon heating through the Tt, typical of ELPs, was observed by circular dichroism spectroscopy for all peptides. The high molecular weights of these peptides enabled the use of characterization techniques typically reserved for polymers. Variable-temperature small-angle X-ray scattering measurements in dilute solution revealed an increase in size and fractal dimension upon heating, even well below the Tt. These results were corroborated by cryogenic transmission electron microscopy, which confirmed the presence of aggregates below the Tt, and micro differential scanning calorimetry, which showed a broad endothermic peak below the Tt. These results collectively indicate the presence of a pre-coacervation step in the phase transition of ELP dendrimers.

  10. Preparation of a thermoresponsive polymer grafted polystyrene monolithic capillary for the separation of bioactive compounds.

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    Koriyama, Takuya; Asoh, Taka-Aki; Kikuchi, Akihiko

    2016-11-01

    To develop aqueous microseparation columns for bioactive compounds, a thermoresponsive polymer grafted polymer monolith was prepared inside silica capillaries having an I.D. of 100μm by polymerization of styrene (St) with m/p-divinylbenzene (DVB) in the presence of polydimethylsiloxane as porogen, followed by surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP) of N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm). SEM analysis indicated that the resulting poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm) grafted polystyrene monolith had a consecutive three-dimensionally interconnected structure and through-pores, similar to the base polystyrene (PSt) monolith. The elution behavior of steroids with different hydrophobicity was evaluated using micro-high-performance liquid chromatography in sole aqueous mobile phase. Temperature dependent interaction changes were observed between steroids and the PNIPAAm modified surfaces. Furthermore, the interaction between bioactive compounds and the PNIPAAm grafted PSt surfaces was controlled and eventually separate these molecules with different hydrophobicities by simple temperature modulation in aqueous environment. The PNIPAAm grafted PSt monolithic capillary showed improved separation properties of bioactive compounds, compared with a PNIPAAm grafted hollow capillary in aqueous environment.

  11. Pickering emulsions stabilized by cellulose nanocrystals grafted with thermo-responsive polymer brushes.

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    Zoppe, Justin O; Venditti, Richard A; Rojas, Orlando J

    2012-03-01

    Cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) from ramie fibers are studied as stabilizers of oil-in-water emulsions. The phase behavior of heptane and water systems is studied, and emulsions stabilized by CNCs are analyzed by using drop sizing (light scattering) and optical, scanning, and freeze-fracture electron microscopies. Water-continuous Pickering emulsions are produced with cellulose nanocrystals (0.05-0.5 wt%) grafted with thermo-responsive poly(NIPAM) brushes (poly(NIPAM)-g-CNCs). They are observed to be stable during the time of observation of 4 months. In contrast, unmodified CNCs are unable to stabilize heptane-in-water emulsions. After emulsification, poly(NIPAM)-g-CNCs are observed to form aligned, layered structures at the oil-water interface. The emulsions stabilized by poly(NIPAM)-g-CNCs break after heating at a temperature above the LCST of poly(NIPAM), which is taken as indication of the temperature responsiveness of the brushes installed on the particles and thus the responsiveness of the Pickering emulsions. This phenomenon is further elucidated via rheological measurements, in which viscosities of the Pickering emulsions increase on approach of the low critical solution temperature of poly(NIPAM). The effect of temperature can be counterbalanced with the addition of salt which is explained by the reduction of electrostatic and steric interactions of poly(NIPAM)-g-CNCs at the oil-water interface. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Robust Thermoresponsive Polymer Composite Membrane with Switchable Superhydrophilicity and Superhydrophobicity for Efficient Oil-Water Separation.

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    Ou, Ranwen; Wei, Jing; Jiang, Lei; Simon, George P; Wang, Huanting

    2016-01-19

    Herein, we report for the first time on the fabrication of a robust, thermoresponsive polymer membrane produced by the combination of an elastic polyurethane (TPU) microfiber web and poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM). PNIPAM hydrogel is evenly coated on the surface of TPU microfibers, and thus, the wettability of TPU-PNIPAM membrane is amplified by taking advantage of the hierarchical structure and increased surface roughness. The TPU-PNIPAM membrane possesses switchable superhydrophilicity and superhydrophobicity as the temperature of membrane changes from 25 to 45 °C. The composite membrane is shown successfully able to separate a 1 wt % oil-in-water emulsion and 1 wt % water-in-oil emulsion at 25 and 45 °C, respectively, with a high separation efficiency of ≥99.26%. Furthermore, the composite membranes show excellent mechanical properties, and they are highly flexible and mechanically tough. The smart composite membranes reported here have shown great potential for further development for practical high-efficiency oil-water separations.

  13. π-Conjugated polymer anisotropic organogel nanofibrous assemblies for thermoresponsive photonic switches.

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    Narasimha, Karnati; Jayakannan, Manickam

    2014-11-12

    The present work demonstrates one of the first examples of π-conjugated photonic switches (or photonic wave plates) based on the tailor-made π-conjugated polymer anisotropic organogel. New semicrystalline segmented π-conjugated polymers are designed with rigid aromatic oligophenylenevinylene π-core and flexible alkyl chain along the polymer backbone. These polymers are found to be self-assembled as semicrystalline or amorphous with respect to the number of carbon atoms in the alkyl units. These semicrystalline polymers produce organogels having nanofibrous morphology of 20 nm thickness with length up to 5 μm. The polymer organogel is aligned in a narrow glass capillary, and this anisotropic gel device is further demonstrated as photonic switches. The glass capillary device behaves as typical λ/4 photonic wave plates upon the illumination of the plane polarized light. The λ/4 photonic switching ability is found to be maximum at θ = 45° angle under the cross polarizers. The orthogonal arrangements of the gel capillaries produce dark and bright spots as on-and-off optical switches. Thermoreversibility of the polymer organogel (also its xerogel) was exploited to construct thermoresponsive photonic switches for the temperature window starting from 25 to 160 °C. The organic photonic switch concept can be adapted to large number of other π-conjugated materials for optical communication and storage.

  14. A study of thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)/polyarginine bioconjugate non-viral transgene vectors.

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    Cheng, Nan; Liu, Wenguang; Cao, Zhiqiang; Ji, Weihang; Liang, Dongchun; Guo, Gang; Zhang, Jingyu

    2006-10-01

    A thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)/poly(l-arginine)bioconjugate (PNIPArg) was prepared by radical polymerization and EDC-activated coupling. The lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of PNIPArg aqueous solution determined by turbidimetry was around 35.2 degrees Celsius. The transmission electron microscope (TEM) showed that the PNIPArg/DNA complexes appeared uniform nanospheres with size about 50-120nm. Variable temperature circular dichroism (CD) and gel electrophoresis results revealed that the association and dissociation of PNIPArg/DNA complexes could be tuned by varying temperature; polyarginine (PArg) showed no temperature-controllable change of DNA condensate. Incorporation of PNIPAAm considerably decreased the cytotoxicity of PArg. The transfection level of PNIPArg and PArg was evaluated with COS-1 cells using two different reporter genes, pGL3-Control encoding luciferase and pEGP-C1 encoding green fluorescent protein (GFP). The transfection efficiency of PNIPArg incubated at 37 degrees Celsius for 22h, 20 degrees Celsius for 2h and 37 degrees Celsius for 24h was enhanced to a different extent depending on PNIPArg/DNA ratios compared to that incubated at 37 degrees Celsius for 48h. Encouragingly, at PNIPArg/DNA mass ratio of 3/1, the transfection efficiency of PNIPArg obtained with variable temperature route was equivalent to that of Lipofectamine 2000.

  15. Harnessing Cooperative Interactions between Thermoresponsive Aptamers and Gels To Trap and Release Nanoparticles.

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    Liu, Ya; Kuksenok, Olga; He, Ximin; Aizenberg, Michael; Aizenberg, Joanna; Balazs, Anna C

    2016-11-09

    We use computational modeling to design a device that can controllably trap and release particles in solution in response to variations in temperature. The system exploits the thermoresponsive properties of end-grafted fibers and the underlying gel substrate. The fibers mimic the temperature-dependent behavior of biological aptamers, which form a hairpin structure at low temperatures (T) and unfold at higher T, consequently losing their binding affinity. The gel substrate exhibits a lower critical solution temperature and thus, expands at low temperatures and contracts at higher T. By developing a new dissipative particle dynamics simulation, we examine the behavior of this hybrid system in a flowing fluid that contains buoyant nanoparticles. At low T, the expansion of the gel causes the hairpin-shaped fibers to extend into the path of the fluid-driven particle. Exhibiting a high binding affinity for these particles at low temperature, the fibers effectively trap and extract the particles from the surrounding solution. When the temperature is increased, the unfolding of the fiber and collapse of the supporting gel layer cause the particles to be released and transported away from the layer by the applied shear flow. Since the temperature-induced conformational changes of the fiber and polymer gel are reversible, the system can be used repeatedly to "catch and release" particles in solution. Our findings provide guidelines for creating fluidic devices that are effective at purifying contaminated solutions or trapping cells for biological assays.

  16. Self-assembled two-dimensional thermoresponsive microgel arrays for cell growth/detachment control.

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    Xia, Yongqing; He, Xinlong; Cao, Meiwen; Wang, Xiaojuan; Sun, Yawei; He, Hua; Xu, Hai; Lu, Jian Ren

    2014-11-10

    Monodisperse poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-styrene) (PNIPAAmSt) microgels with different St/NIPAAm ratios have been synthesized via a one-step surfactant-free emulsion polymerization process. The resulting microgel dispersions were used to fabricate 2D arrays on the surface of silicon wafers/glass coverslips through dip coating. The thermal responsiveness of the PNIPAAmSt microgel arrays was examined by spectroscopic ellipsometry and the results unraveled that the thermoresponsive behavior of the arrays was highly consistent with the microgels dispersed in the bulk, showing high dependence on the content of styrene. The structure of the films varied from nonclose-packed 2D arrays to close-packed 2D arrays, depending on both properties of the microgels and array fabrication conditions. When the weight ratio of styrene was below 40%, the microgel arrays demonstrated effective control for cell growth and detachment across their volume phase transition temperatures (around 28 °C). The extent of swelling of the microgels was the key factor to determine whether the cells could detach from the film easily. For the rather close-packed 2D arrays prepared by the same kind of PNIPAAmSt microgels, the gaps between microgel particles showed no obvious effect on the rate of cell detachment.

  17. Versatile UCST-based thermoresponsive hydrogels for loco-regional sustained drug delivery.

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    Boustta, Mahfoud; Colombo, Pierre-Emmanuel; Lenglet, Sébastien; Poujol, Sylvain; Vert, Michel

    2014-01-28

    Poly(N-acryloyl glycinamide) is a neutral polymer that can form gel-sol thermoresponsive systems with upper critical solution temperature in aqueous media. The temperature of the reversible gel-sol transition depends on the molar mass and the concentration of macromolecules. These parameters were combined to adjust the transition temperature slightly above body temperature for the sake of respecting living tissues during the sol form injection using a classical syringe. On contact with local tissues, the injected sol turned rapidly to a gel. The simplicity of the process makes it exploitable to administrate and deliver neutral or ionic drug and especially those that are soluble in aqueous media. The versatility was exemplified from formulations with cobalt acetate, small polymers (MW~2000g/mol), tartrazine and methylene blue dyes and albumin. The model compounds were allowed to diffuse in an isotonic pH=7.4 buffered medium at 37°C. All the release profiles were typical of diffusion control with 100% release within 2 to 3weeks and no obvious burst. The in vitro release of methylene blue from a gel formulation was checked prior to injection in the peritoneal cavity of mice where the release of the dye was monitored visually through tissue and organ colorations. A comparable polymer-free dye solution was used as control. Coloration appeared rapidly in tissues and organs and it was still detectable 52h post injection of the gel whereas it was no longer present at 24h in control mice.

  18. Quantifying the Interactions in the Aggregation of Thermoresponsive Polymers: The Effect of Cononsolvency.

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    Kyriakos, Konstantinos; Philipp, Martine; Lin, Che-Hung; Dyakonova, Margarita; Vishnevetskaya, Natalya; Grillo, Isabelle; Zaccone, Alessio; Miasnikova, Anna; Laschewsky, André; Müller-Buschbaum, Peter; Papadakis, Christine M

    2016-03-01

    The aggregation kinetics of thermoresponsive core-shell micelles with a poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) shell in pure water or in mixtures of water with the cosolvents methanol or ethanol at mole fractions of 5% is investigated during a temperature jump across the respective cloud point. Characteristically, these mixtures give rise to cononsolvency behavior. At the cloud point, aggregates are formed, and their growth is followed with time-resolved small-angle neutron scattering. Using the reversible association model, the interaction potential between the aggregates is determined from their growth rate in dependence on the cosolvents. The effect of the cosolvent is attributed to the interaction potential on the structured layer of hydration water around the aggregates. It is surmised that the latter is perturbed by the cosolvent and thus the residual repulsive hydration force between the aggregates is reduced. The larger the molar volume of the cosolvent, the more pronounced is the effect. This framework provides a molecular-level understanding of solvent-mediated effective interactions in polymer solutions and new opportunities for the rational control of self-assembly in complex soft matter systems.

  19. On-chip single cell funneling operated by microfabricated thermo-responsive hydrogel layers

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    Santaniello, Tommaso; Yan, Yunsong; Tocchio, Alessandro; Martello, Federico; Gassa, Federico; Webb, Patrick; Zhao, Weiwei; Tamplenizza, Margherita; Schulte, Carsten; Liu, Yang; Hutt, David; Milani, Paolo; Conway, Paul; Lenardi, Cristina

    2015-07-01

    We present a multilayer microfluidic system having a KrF excimer laser micro-patterned thermo-responsive poly-(N-isopropyl)-acrylamide (PNIPAAm) based hydrogel layer integrated as a freestanding component that operates as a temperature-triggered cell isolation actuator for single cell assays applications. When the system is assembled, the size of the laser machined micro-through-hole (entrance diameter is 150 μm, while exit hole diameter varies from 10 to 80 μm) can be reversibly modulated as a consequence of the polymer volumetric phase transition induced by heating the device above the critical temperature of 32 °C as a result of the polymer water loss, the shrinkage of the layer caused the hole to homogeneously shrink, thus reducing its original size to about 40% in the polymer collapsed state. This actuation mechanism was exploited to trap a cellular sample in the shrunken exit hole on the top of the hydrogel layer by applying a negative pressure across the film when the system is brought to 37 °C. Subsequently, the funneling of the trapped cell took place through the orifice when the polymer’s natural relaxation at room temperature toward its initial state occurred; the functionality of the device was proved using optical microscopy to monitor MG63 cells as a model cell line during the funneling through the size-modulating structure.

  20. Thermoresponsive PNIPAM Coatings on Nanostructured Gratings for Cell Alignment and Release

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    Zhernenkov, Mikhail; Ashkar, Rana; Feng, Hao; ...

    2015-05-20

    Thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) has been widely used as a surface coating to thermally control the detachment of adsorbed cells without the need for extreme stimuli such as enzyme treatment. Recently, the use of 2D and 3D scaffolds in controlling cell positioning, growth, spreading, and migration has been of a great interest in tissue engineering and cell biology. We use a PNIPAM polymer surface coating atop a nanostructured linear diffraction grating to controllably change the surface topography of 2D linear structures using temperature stimuli. Neutron reflectometry and surface diffraction are utilized to examine the conformity of the polymer coating to themore » grating surface, its hydration profile, and its evolution in response to temperature variations. Our results show that, in the collapsed state, the PNIPAM coating conforms to the grating structures and retains a uniform hydration of 63%. In the swollen state, the polymer expands beyond the grating channels and absorbs up to 87% water. Such properties are particularly desirable for 2D cell growth scaffolds with a built-in nonextreme tissue-release mechanism. Indeed, the current system demonstrates advanced performance in the effective alignment of cultured fibroblast cells and the easy release of the cells upon temperature change.« less

  1. Development of fluorescent thermoresponsive nanoparticles for temperature monitoring on membrane surfaces.

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    Santoro, S; Sebastian, V; Moro, A J; Portugal, C A M; Lima, J C; Coelhoso, I M; Crespo, J G; Mallada, R

    2017-01-15

    In this work, tris(phenantroline)ruthenium(II) chloride (Ru(phen)3) was immobilized in silica nanoparticles prepared according to the Stöber method. Efforts were devoted on the optimization of the nano-thermometer in terms of size, polydispersity, intensity of the emission and temperature sensitivity. In particular, the immobilization of the luminophore in an external thin shell made of silica grown in a second step on bare silica nanoparticles allowed producing fluorescent monodisperse silica nanoparticles (420±20nm). A systematic study was addressed to maximize the intensity of the emission of the fluorescent nanoparticles by adjusting the concentration of Ru(phen)3(2+) in the shell from 0.2 to 24wt.%, whereas the thickness of the shell is affected by the amount of silica precursor employed. The luminescent activity of the doped nanoparticles was found to be sensitive to the temperature. In fact, the intensity of the emission linearly decreased by increasing the temperature from 20°C to 65°C. The thermoresponsive nanoparticles were functionalized with long aliphatic chains in order to obtain hydrophobic nanoparticles. The developed nanoparticles were immobilized via dip-coating procedure on the surface of hydrophobic porous membranes, such as Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) prepared via Non-Solvent Induced Phase Separation (NIPS), providing local information about the membrane surface temperature.

  2. Tunable microlens arrays actuated by various thermo-responsive hydrogel structures

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    Zeng, Xuefeng; Li, Chenhui; Zhu, Difeng; Cho, Hyung Joon; Jiang, Hongrui

    2010-11-01

    We report on liquid-based tunable-focus microlens arrays made of a flexible polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) polymer. Each microlens in the array is formed through an immiscible liquid-liquid interfacial meniscus. Here deionized water and silicone oil were used. The liquids were constrained in the PDMS structures fabricated through liquid-phase photopolymerization for molding and soft lithography. The microlenses were actuated by thermo-responsive N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm) hydrogel microstructures and could be tuned individually by changing the local temperature. The NIPAAm hydrogels expanded and contracted, absorbing and releasing water, at different temperatures. Thus the pressure across the water-oil interface in the microlenses varied responding to the temperature, tuning their corresponding focal lengths. The microlens diameter was 2.4 mm. The typical microlens focal length was measured to be from 8 to 60 mm depending on the temperature. The microlens response time actuated by different structures and components of the NIPAAm hydrogels were compared. The normalized light intensities of the microlens focused spots were measured, matching well with a Zemax simulation, to study the microlens spherical aberrations. The NIPAAm hydrogel durability was also measured.

  3. Determination of trace uranyl ion by thermoresponsive porphyrin-terminated polymeric sensor.

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    Shu, Xiaowen; Wang, Yingjie; Zhang, Shuang; Huang, Li; Wang, Shuao; Hua, Daoben

    2015-01-01

    Uranyl ion exists at trace levels in the environment and can cause severe adverse effects to human health. Therefore, it is desirable to develop analytical methods that can determine the trace uranyl ion in aqueous medium. We report here a new method using a thermo-responsive polymeric fluorescent sensor. Specifically, 5,10,15,20-tetrakis(4-carboxyphenyl)-porphyrin terminated poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (TCPP-PNIPAM) was synthesized by controlled free radical polymerization for the detection of uranyl ion. The maximum fluorescence intensity at ~ 658 nm of TCPP-PNIPAM increases with molecular weights and is also closely related to the temperature. The polymeric sensor is sensitive to pH (1.0 ~ 5.0) with a fast responsive time (~ 3 min). Under optimized experimental conditions, the sensor exhibits a stable response for uranyl ion with high selectivity over a concentration range from 1.0 × 10(-3) to 1.0 × 10(-7)mol/L. For the trace uranyl ion (such as 1.0 × 10(-8) or 10(-9)mol/L), the determination could be successfully achieved after concentrating 100 times by centrifugation above 32°C. The properties enable the polymeric sensor to have great potential for environmental application.

  4. Mechanical Characterization of Photo-crosslinked, Thermoresponsive Hydrogel Thin Films via AFM Nanoindentation

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    Le, Thao; Aidala, Katherine; Hayward, Ryan

    2014-03-01

    Thin hydrogel films with patterned swelling are known to buckle into programmed three-dimensional shapes, offering approaches to fabricate reversibly self-folding micro-devices for actuators and drug delivery devices. To precisely control the shapes adopted, it is important to quantitatively understand the relationship between swelling and mechanical properties. Furthermore, to understand the buckling pathways and the mechanical responses of the swelled materials, it is also important to identify how the gels undergo stress relaxation. However, the low moduli, high water contents, and micrometer-scale thicknesses of these materials have so far made mechanical characterization difficult. In this study, we use an AFM nanoindentation technique to characterize the mechanical properties of photo-crosslinked, thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) hydrogel thin films. Simultaneously, we conduct stress relaxation experiments at microscopic indentation lengths to differentiate between the effects of viscoelastic and poroelastic response mechanisms. This research was funded by the Army Research Office through W911NF-11-1-0080 and the NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at the University of Massachusetts through DMR-0820506.

  5. Optimization and evaluation of thermoresponsive diclofenac sodium ophthalmic in situ gels.

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    Asasutjarit, Rathapon; Thanasanchokpibull, Suthira; Fuongfuchat, Asira; Veeranondha, Sukitaya

    2011-06-15

    This work was conducted to optimize and evaluate Pluronic F127-based thermoresponsive diclofenac sodium ophthalmic in situ gels (DS in situ gel). They were prepared by cold method and investigated their physicochemical properties i.e., pH, flow ability, sol-gel transition temperature, gelling capacity and rheological properties. An optimized formulation was selected and investigated its physicochemical properties before and after autoclaving, eye irritation potency in SIRC cells and rabbits. In vivo ophthalmic absorption was performed in rabbits. It was found that physicochemical properties of DS in situ gels were affected by formulation compositions. Increment of Pluronic F127 content decreased sol-gel transition temperature of the products while increase in Pluronic F68 concentration tended to increase sol-gel transition temperature. In this study, Carbopol 940 did not affect sol-gel transition temperature but it affected transparency, pH, and gelling capacity of the products. The optimized formulation exhibited sol-gel transition at 32.6 ± 1.1 °C with pseudoplastic flow behavior. It was lost diclofenac sodium content during autoclaving. However, it was accepted as safe for ophthalmic use and could increase diclofenac sodium bioavailability in aqueous humor significantly. In conclusion, the optimized DS in situ gel had potential for using as an alternative to the conventional diclofenac sodium eye drop. However, autoclaving was not a suitable sterilization method for this product.

  6. Thermoresponsive PNIPAM Coatings on Nanostructured Gratings for Cell Alignment and Release

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    Zhernenkov, Mikhail; Ashkar, Rana; Feng, Hao; Akintewe, Olukemi O.; Gallant, Nathan D.; Toomey, Ryan; Ankner, John F.; Pynn, Roger

    2015-05-20

    Thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) has been widely used as a surface coating to thermally control the detachment of adsorbed cells without the need for extreme stimuli such as enzyme treatment. Recently, the use of 2D and 3D scaffolds in controlling cell positioning, growth, spreading, and migration has been of a great interest in tissue engineering and cell biology. We use a PNIPAM polymer surface coating atop a nanostructured linear diffraction grating to controllably change the surface topography of 2D linear structures using temperature stimuli. Neutron reflectometry and surface diffraction are utilized to examine the conformity of the polymer coating to the grating surface, its hydration profile, and its evolution in response to temperature variations. Our results show that, in the collapsed state, the PNIPAM coating conforms to the grating structures and retains a uniform hydration of 63%. In the swollen state, the polymer expands beyond the grating channels and absorbs up to 87% water. Such properties are particularly desirable for 2D cell growth scaffolds with a built-in nonextreme tissue-release mechanism. Indeed, the current system demonstrates advanced performance in the effective alignment of cultured fibroblast cells and the easy release of the cells upon temperature change.

  7. Toughening of Thermoresponsive Arrested Networks of Elastin-Like Polypeptides To Engineer Cytocompatible Tissue Scaffolds.

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    Glassman, Matthew J; Avery, Reginald K; Khademhosseini, Ali; Olsen, Bradley D

    2016-02-08

    Formulation of tissue engineering or regenerative scaffolds from simple bioactive polymers with tunable structure and mechanics is crucial for the regeneration of complex tissues, and hydrogels from recombinant proteins, such as elastin-like polypeptides (ELPs), are promising platforms to support these applications. The arrested phase separation of ELPs has been shown to yield remarkably stiff, biocontinuous, nanostructured networks, but these gels are limited in applications by their relatively brittle nature. Here, a gel-forming ELP is chain-extended by telechelic oxidative coupling, forming extensible, tough hydrogels. Small angle scattering indicates that the chain-extended polypeptides form a fractal network of nanoscale aggregates over a broad concentration range, accessing moduli ranging from 5 kPa to over 1 MPa over a concentration range of 5-30 wt %. These networks exhibited excellent erosion resistance and allowed for the diffusion and release of encapsulated particles consistent with a bicontinuous, porous structure with a broad distribution of pore sizes. Biofunctionalized, toughened networks were found to maintain the viability of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) in 2D, demonstrating signs of osteogenesis even in cell media without osteogenic molecules. Furthermore, chondrocytes could be readily mixed into these gels via thermoresponsive assembly and remained viable in extended culture. These studies demonstrate the ability to engineer ELP-based arrested physical networks on the molecular level to form reinforced, cytocompatible hydrogel matrices, supporting the promise of these new materials as candidates for the engineering and regeneration of stiff tissues.

  8. Yielding and flow of solutions of thermoresponsive surfactant tubes: tuning macroscopic rheology by supramolecular assemblies.

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    Fameau, Anne-Laure; Saint-Jalmes, Arnaud

    2014-05-28

    In this article, we show that stimuli-induced microscopic transformations of self-assembled surfactant structures can be used to tune the macroscopic bulk and interfacial rheological properties. Previously, we had described the formation of micron-sized 12-hydroxystearic acid tubes having a temperature-tunable diameter in the bulk, and also adsorbing at the air-water interface. We report now a detailed study of the bulk and interfacial rheological properties of this solution of thermoresponsive tubes as a function of temperature. In the bulk, the structural modifications of tubes with temperature lead to sharp and non-monotonous changes of rheological behavior. As well, at the air-water interface, the interfacial layer is shifted several times from rigid-like to fluid-like as the temperature is increased, due to morphological changes of the adsorbed interfacial layer. The temperature-induced variations in the fatty acid supramolecular organization and the richness in structural transitions at this microscopic level lead to unique rheological responses in comparison with conventional surfactant systems. Also, this study provides new insights into the required packing conditions for the jamming of anisotropic soft objects and highlights the fact that this system becomes glassy under heating. Due to these unique macroscopic properties both in the bulk and at the interface, this simple system with stimuli-responsive viscoelasticity is of interest for their potential applications in pharmacology or cosmetic formulations.

  9. Effects of Complementary DNA and Salt on the Thermoresponsiveness of Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-b-DNA.

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    Fujita, Masahiro; Hiramine, Hayato; Pan, Pengju; Hikima, Takaaki; Maeda, Mizuo

    2016-02-02

    The thermoresponsive structural transition of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm)-b-DNA copolymers was explored. Molecular assembly of the block copolymers was facilitated by adding salt, and this assembly was not nucleated by the association between DNA strands but by the coil-globule transition of PNIPAAm blocks. Below the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of PNIPAAm, the copolymer solution remained transparent even at high salt concentrations, regardless of whether DNA was hybridized with its complementary partner to form a double-strand (or single-strand) structure. At the LCST, the hybridized copolymer assembled in spherical nanoparticles, surrounded by double-stranded DNA; subsequently, the non-cross-linking aggregation occurred, while the nanoparticles were dispersed if the salt concentration was low or DNA blocks were unhybridized. When the DNA duplex was denatured to a single-stranded state by heating, the aggregated nanoparticles redispersed owing to the recovery of the steric repulsion of the DNA strands. The changes in the steric and electrostatic effects by hybridization and the addition of salt did not result in any specific attraction between DNA strands but merely decreased the repulsive interactions. The van der Waals attraction between the nanoparticles overcame such repulsive interactions so that the non-cross-linking aggregation of the micellar particles was mediated.

  10. Protonation of diethylaminoethyl methacrylate by acids in various solvents

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    Zhuravleva, I.L.; Bune, E.V.; Bogachev, Yu.S.; Sheinker, A.P.; Teleshov, E.N.

    1988-04-10

    It was established by /sup 1/H and /sup 13/C NMR that diethylaminoethyl methacrylate exists in the unprotonated form in solvents which are not acids. In the presence of an equimolar amount of hydrochloric or trifluoroacetic acids the amino ester is fully protonated, irrespective of the solvent. The diethylaminoethyl methacrylate-acetic acid system exists in the form of a molecular complex with a hydrogen bond and in the protonated form; the proportions of the protonated form were estimated in various solvents. The change in the reactivity of diethylaminoethyl methacrylate and its salts in polymerization was explained by a change in the electronic state of CH/sub 2/ = group of the monomer as a result of its protonation and of the formation of a hydrogen bond between the C = O group of the monomer and the solvent.

  11. Health and Environmental Effects Profile for ethyl methacrylate

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    1986-06-01

    The Health and Environmental Effects Profile for ethyl methacrylate was prepared to support listings of hazardous constituents of a wide range of waste streams under Section 3001 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and to provide health-related limits for emergency actions under Section 101 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). Both published literature and information obtained from Agency program office files were evaluated as they pertained to potential human health, aquatic life and environmental effects. Quantitative estimates are presented provided sufficient data are available. Ethyl methacrylate has been determined to be a systemic toxicant. An acceptable daily intake (ADI) for ethyl methacrylate is 0.086 mg/kg/day for oral exposure.

  12. Complex microparticulate systems based on glycidyl methacrylate and xanthan.

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    Lungan, Maria-Andreea; Popa, Marcel; Desbrieres, Jacques; Racovita, Stefania; Vasiliu, Silvia

    2014-04-15

    Porous microparticles based on glycidyl methacrylate, dimethacrylic monomers [ethylene glycol dimethacrylate, diethylene glycol dimethacrylate, triethylene glycol dimethacrylate] and xanthan gum were synthesized by aqueous suspension polymerization method in the presence of toluene as diluent using two types of initiators: benzoyl peroxide and ammonium persulfate. The G microparticles based on glycidyl methacrylate and dimethacrylic monomers and X microparticles based on glycidyl methacrylate, xanthan and dimethacrylic monomers were characterized by various techniques including FT-IR spectroscopy, TG analysis, SEM analysis and DVS method. The specific surface areas were determined by DVS method, while the copolymer porosities and pore volume were obtained from the apparent and skeletal densities. The results have indicated that xanthan was included in the crosslinked matrix by means of covalent bonds. X microparticles have a porous structure with higher specific surface area (129-44 m(2)/g) and higher sorption capacities compared with G microparticles (69-31 m(2)/g).

  13. Poly(methyl methacrylate)-cellulose nitrate copolymers. I. Preparation

    SciTech Connect

    Badran, B.M.; Sherif, S.; Abu-Sedira, A.A.

    1981-03-01

    Poly(methyl methacrylate)-cellulose nitrate copolymers were prepared in the form of rods and sheets by bulk polymerization using benzoyl peroxide as initiator. Suspension polymerization did not succeed in preparing poly(methyl methacrylate)-cellulose nitrate copolymers, especially when cellulose nitrate of 11.4% nitrogen content was used. The parameters such as cellulose nitrate concentration, nitrogen content of cellulose nitrate, the amount of initiator and the reaction time, and the temperature are discussed. The prepared copolymers were irradiated for specified periods of up to 11.83 Mrad. It was found that poly(methyl methacrylate)-cellulose nitrate copolymers did not dissolve in any conventional solvent, but they swelled. Swelling decreases with increasing cellulose nitrate concentrations, nitrogen content of cellulose nitrate, and irradiation dose, indicating the crosslinked structure of the prepared copolymers.

  14. Poly(glycerol methacrylate)-based degradable nanoparticles for delivery of small interfering RNA.

    PubMed

    Morsi, Noha G; Ali, Shimaa M; Elsonbaty, Sherouk S; Afifi, Ahmed A; Hamad, Mostafa A; Gao, Hui; Elsabahy, Mahmoud

    2017-04-07

    Nucleic acids therapeutic efficiency is generally limited by their low stability and intracellular bioavailability, and by the toxicity of the carriers used to deliver them to the target sites. Aminated poly(glycerol methacrylate) polymers are biodegradable and pH-sensitive polymers that have been used previously to deliver antisense oligonucleotide and show high transfection efficiency. The purpose of this study is to compare the efficiency and toxicity of aminated linear poly(glycerol methacrylate) (ALT) biodegradable polymer to the most commonly used cationic degradable (i.e. chitosan) and non-degradable (i.e. polyethylenimine (PEI)) polymers for delivery of short interfering RNA (siRNA). ALT, PEI and chitosan polymers were able to form nanosized particles with siRNA. Size, size-distribution and zeta-potential were measured over a wide range of nitrogen-to-phosphate (N/P) ratios, and the stability of the formed nanoparticles in saline and upon freeze-drying was also assessed. No significant cytotoxicity at the range of the tested concentrations of ALT and chitosan nanoparticles was observed, whereas the non-degradable PEI showed significant toxicity in huh-7 hepatocyte-derived carcinoma cell line. The safety profiles of the degradable polymers (ALT and chitosan) over non-degradable PEI were demonstrated in vitro and in vivo. In addition, ALT nanoparticles were able to deliver siRNA in vivo with significantly higher efficiency than chitosan nanoparticles. The results in the present study give evidence of the great implications of ALT nanoparticles in biomedical applications due to their biocompatibility, low cytotoxicity, high stability and simple preparation method.

  15. DISPERSION POLYMERIZATION OF 2-HYDROXYETHYL METHACRYLATE IN SUPERCRITICAL CARBON DIOXIDE. (R826115)

    EPA Science Inventory

    Herein we report a successful dispersion polymerization of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) in a carbon dioxide continuous phase with a block copolymer consisting of polystyrene and poly(1,1-dihydroperfluorooctyl acrylate) as a stabilizer. Poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) was ...

  16. 40 CFR 721.10523 - Perfluoroalkylethyl methacrylate copolymer with hydroxymethyl acrylamide, vinyl chloride and long...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... copolymer with hydroxymethyl acrylamide, vinyl chloride and long chain fatty alkyl acrylate (generic). 721... Substances § 721.10523 Perfluoroalkylethyl methacrylate copolymer with hydroxymethyl acrylamide, vinyl... methacrylate copolymer with hydroxymethyl acrylamide, vinyl chloride and long chain fatty alkyl acrylate (PMN...

  17. 40 CFR 721.10523 - Perfluoroalkylethyl methacrylate copolymer with hydroxymethyl acrylamide, vinyl chloride and long...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... copolymer with hydroxymethyl acrylamide, vinyl chloride and long chain fatty alkyl acrylate (generic). 721... Substances § 721.10523 Perfluoroalkylethyl methacrylate copolymer with hydroxymethyl acrylamide, vinyl... methacrylate copolymer with hydroxymethyl acrylamide, vinyl chloride and long chain fatty alkyl acrylate (PMN...

  18. Cation diffusion in titanomagnetites

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    Aragon, R.; McCallister, R. H.; Harrison, H. R.

    1984-02-01

    Interdiffusion couple experiments were performed with titanomagnetite single crystals at 1,000°C, 1,100° C and 1,200° C in various buffered atmospheres. The dependence of the interdiffusion coefficient on oxygen fugacity, composition and temperature was interpreted in terms of point defect structure. Estimates of the cation tracer diffusivities indicate that Fe migrates via a point defect mechanism, involving mixed tetrahedral-octahedral site jumps, with an activation energy of 33 Kcal/mole; whereas Ti migration is one to two orders of magnitude slower, is restricted to octahedral sites and has an activation energy of 60 Kcal/mole.

  19. Switching of cell growth/detachment on heparin-functionalized thermoresponsive surface for rapid cell sheet fabrication and manipulation.

    PubMed

    Arisaka, Yoshinori; Kobayashi, Jun; Yamato, Masayuki; Akiyama, Yoshikatsu; Okano, Teruo

    2013-06-01

    Heparin-functionalized poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-2-carboxyisopropylacrylamide) [P(IPAAm-co-CIPAAm)] grafted surface was designed for the switching of cell growth/detachment, achieved by the regulation of affinity binding between basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and immobilized heparin through the temperature-dependent conformational change of grafted P(IPAAm-co-CIPAAm) chains. At 37 °C, bFGF-bound heparin-thermoresponsive surfaces were able to hold the two- to three-fold number of mouse fibroblast (NIH/3T3) cells than both bFGF-physisorbed surface and PIPAAm surface with soluble bFGF after a 3-day cultivation. Bound bFGF via heparin on shrunken grafted P(IPAAm-co-CIPAAm) chains at 37 °C was able to reinforce the formation and stabilization of bFGF-FGF receptor complex, although the activity of physisorbed bFGF on PIPAAm-grafted surfaces was decreased by non-specific and randomly oriented adsorption. At 20 °C, the cultured NIH/3T3 cell sheet with bFGF detached from heparin-functionalized thermoresponsive surface. The release of bFGF from the surfaces was induced by reducing the affinity binding between bFGF and immobilized-heparin due to increasing the mobility of the swollen grafted P(IPAAm-co-CIPAAm) chains. Therefore, heparin-functionalized thermoresponsive surface was able to enhance cell proliferation, and confluent cells detached themselves as a contiguous cell sheet due to switching cell growth by changing temperature. A cell culture system using this surface is useful for rapid cell sheet fabrication and manipulation. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Review of Polymerization and Properties of Aminoalkyl Acrylates and Aminoalkyl Methacrylates

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1988-07-01

    to Russian investigators Korshunov, Bodnaryuk, and Kut’in, in 1975.2 The patent concerned the synthesis of methacrylate monomers containing an amino...group through transesterification. These researchers used alkyl methacrylates , mainly methyl methacrylate (MMA), as precursors for the synthesis. For...Ratios (rl, r2) of Aminoalkyl Methacrylates and Other Vinyl Monomers Monomer1 Moromer2 rl r2 DMAEMA MMA 0.717 0.676 DMAEMA BMA 0.705 0.66 BDIMA MMA 0.612

  1. Aluminum surface modification with fluoroalkyl methacrylate-based copolymers to attain superhydrophobic properties

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    Bryuzgin, Evgeny V.; Klimov, Victor V.; Repin, Sergey A.; Navrotskiy, Alexander V.; Novakov, Ivan A.

    2017-10-01

    We propose a novel approach to create a superhydrophobic coating on an aluminum surface by attaching random copolymers that are based on glycidyl methacrylate and a number of fluoroalkyl methacrylates that contain 3-7 fluorine atoms in their monomer units. To texture the aluminum surface, short-term etching with hydrochloric acid solutions was used. The coatings that are based on glycidyl methacrylate and fluoroalkyl methacrylate copolymers maintain superhydrophobic properties for longer than 40 h under saturated vapor conditions.

  2. Dissecting the cation-cation interaction between two uranyl units.

    PubMed

    Tecmer, Paweł; Hong, Sung W; Boguslawski, Katharina

    2016-07-21

    We present a state-of-the-art computational study of the uranyl(vi) and uranyl(v) cation-cation interactions (dications) in aqueous solution. Reliable electronic structures of two interacting uranyl(vi) and uranyl(v) subunits as well as those of the uranyl(vi) and uranyl(v) clusters are presented for the first time. Our theoretical study elucidates the impact of cation-cation interactions on changes in the molecular structure as well as changes in vibrational and UV-Vis spectra of the bare uranyl(vi) and uranyl(v) moieties for different total spin-states and total charges of the dications.

  3. Final report of the safety assessment of methacrylate ester monomers used in nail enhancement products.

    PubMed

    2005-01-01

    Methacrylate ester monomers are used in as artificial nail builders in nail enhancement products. They undergo rapid polymerization to form a hard material on the nail that is then shaped. While Ethyl Methacrylate is the primary monomer used in nail enhancement products, other methacrylate esters are also used. This safety assessment addresses 22 other methacrylate esters reported by industry to be present in small percentages as artificial nail builders in cosmetic products. They function to speed up polymerization and/or form cross-links. Only Tetrahydrofurfuryl Methacrylate was reported to the FDA to be in current use. The polymerization rates of these methacrylate esters are within the same range as Ethyl Methacrylate. While data are not available on all of these methacrylate esters, the available data demonstrated little acute oral, dermal, or i.p. toxicity. In a 28-day inhalation study on rats, Butyl Methacrylate caused upper airway irritation; the NOAEL was 1801 mg/m3. In a 28-day oral toxicity study on rats, t-Butyl Methacrylate had a NOAEL of 20 mg/kg/day. Beagle dogs dosed with 0.2 to 2.0 g/kg/day of C12 to C18 methacrylate monomers for 13 weeks exhibited effects only in the highest dose group: weight loss, emesis, diarrhea, mucoid feces, or salivation were observed. Butyl Methacrylate (0.1 M) and Isobutyl Methacrylate (0.1 M) are mildly irritating to the rabbit eye. HEMA is corrosive when instilled in the rabbit eye, while PEG-4 Dimethacrylate and Trimethylolpropane Trimethacrylate are minimally irritating to the eye. Dermal irritation caused by methacrylates is documented in guinea pigs and rabbits. In guinea pigs, HEMA, Isopropylidenediphenyl Bisglycidyl Methacrylate, Lauryl Methacrylate, and Trimethylolpropane Trimethacrylate are strong sensitizers; Butyl Methacrylate, Cyclohexyl Methacrylate, Hexyl Methacrylate, and Urethane Methacrylate are moderate sensitizers; Hydroxypropyl Methacrylate is a weak sensitizer; and PEG-4 Dimethacrylate and

  4. The lower alkyl methacrylates: Genotoxic profile of non-carcinogenic compounds.

    PubMed

    Albertini, Richard J

    2017-03-01

    All of the lower alkyl methacrylates are high production chemicals with potential for human exposure. The genotoxicity of seven mono-functional alkyl esters of methacrylic acid, i.e. methyl methacrylate, ethyl methacrylate, hydroxyethyl methacrylate, n-, i- and t-butyl methacrylate and 2 ethyl hexyl methacrylate, as well as methacrylic acid itself, the acyl component common to all, is reviewed and compared with the lack of carcinogenicity of methyl methacrylate, the representative member of the series so evaluated. Also reviewed are the similarity of structure, chemical and biological reactivity, metabolism and common metabolic products of this group of compounds which allows a category approach for assessing genotoxicity. As a class, the lower alkyl methacrylates are universally negative for gene mutations in prokaryotes but do exhibit high dose clastogenicity in mammalian cells in vitro. There is no convincing evidence that these compounds induce genotoxic effects in vivo in either sub-mammalian or mammalian species. This dichotomy of effects can be explained by the potential genotoxic intermediates generated in vitro. This genotoxic profile of the lower alkyl methacrylates is consistent with the lack of carcinogenicity of methyl methacrylate.

  5. 21 CFR 73.3127 - Vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate-dye reaction products.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 1 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate-dye reaction... Vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate-dye reaction products. (a) Identity. The color additives are formed by... methacrylate-dye reaction product listed under this section into commerce shall submit to the Food and...

  6. 40 CFR 721.10375 - Hydroxypropyl methacrylate, reaction products with propylene oxide and ethylene oxide, copolymer...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Hydroxypropyl methacrylate, reaction... Substances § 721.10375 Hydroxypropyl methacrylate, reaction products with propylene oxide and ethylene oxide... reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as hydroxypropyl methacrylate,...

  7. 40 CFR 721.10375 - Hydroxypropyl methacrylate, reaction products with propylene oxide and ethylene oxide, copolymer...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Hydroxypropyl methacrylate, reaction... Substances § 721.10375 Hydroxypropyl methacrylate, reaction products with propylene oxide and ethylene oxide... reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as hydroxypropyl methacrylate,...

  8. 21 CFR 73.3127 - Vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate-dye reaction products.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 1 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate-dye reaction... Vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate-dye reaction products. (a) Identity. The color additives are formed by... methacrylate-dye reaction product listed under this section into commerce shall submit to the Food and...

  9. 40 CFR 721.10375 - Hydroxypropyl methacrylate, reaction products with propylene oxide and ethylene oxide, copolymer...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Hydroxypropyl methacrylate, reaction... Substances § 721.10375 Hydroxypropyl methacrylate, reaction products with propylene oxide and ethylene oxide... reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as hydroxypropyl methacrylate,...

  10. 21 CFR 73.3127 - Vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate-dye reaction products.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 1 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate-dye reaction... Vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate-dye reaction products. (a) Identity. The color additives are formed by... methacrylate-dye reaction product listed under this section into commerce shall submit to the Food and...

  11. 21 CFR 73.3127 - Vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate-dye reaction products.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 1 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate-dye reaction... Vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate-dye reaction products. (a) Identity. The color additives are formed by... methacrylate-dye reaction product listed under this section into commerce shall submit to the Food and...

  12. 21 CFR 177.2000 - Vinylidene chloride/methyl acrylate/methyl methacrylate polymers.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... methacrylate polymers. 177.2000 Section 177.2000 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) INDIRECT FOOD ADDITIVES: POLYMERS Substances for Use as Basic.../methyl methacrylate polymers. The vinylidene chloride/methyl acrylate/methyl methacrylate polymers (CAS...

  13. Mössbauer studies of solid state decomposition of methyl methacrylate-ethyl methacrylate copolymers containing ferric chloride

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kapur, G. S.; Brar, A. S.

    1990-07-01

    Methyl methacrylate (MMA)-ethyl methacrylate (EMA) copolymers of different monomer concentrations containing anhydrous ferric chloride were prepared by bulk polymerization at 70°C. TGA studies showed that inclusion of iron salt increases the thermal stability of copolymers by 50°C. Mössbauer spectra of copolymers heated at different temperatures showed the presence of Fe3+ species only, in different environments. The mechanism of thermal stabilization of copolymer has been proposed on the basis of IR, TGA and Mössbauer spectroscopy studies.

  14. Crosslinked superhydrophobic films fabricated by simply casting poly(methyl methacrylate-butyl acrylate-hydroxyethyl methacrylate)-b-poly(perfluorohexylethyl methacrylate) solution

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wen, Xiufang; Ye, Chao; Cai, Zhiqi; Xu, Shouping; Pi, Pihui; Cheng, Jiang; Zhang, Lijuan; Qian, Yu

    2015-06-01

    This study focuses on the preparation of superhydrophobic films by crosslinkable polymer material-Poly(methyl methacrylate-butyl acrylate-hydroxyethyl methacrylate)-b-Poly(perfluorohexylethyl methacrylate) (P (MMA-BA-HEMA)-b-PFMA) with a simple one-step casting process. Nanoscale micelle particles with core-shell structure was obtained by dissolving the polymer and curing agent in the mixture of acetone and 1H, 1H, 5H octafluoropentyl-1,1,2,2 tetrafluoroethyl ether (FHT). Superhydrophobic films were fabricated by casting the micelle solution on the glass slides. By controlling the polymer concentration and acetone/FHT volume ratio, superhydrophobic polymer film with water contact angle of 153.2 ± 2.1° and sliding angle of 4° was obtained. By introducing a curing agent into the micelle solution, mechanical properties of the films can be improved. The adhension grade and hardness of the crosslinked superhydrophobic films reached 2 grade and 3H, respectively. The hydrophobicity is attributed to the synergistic effect of micro-submicro-nano-meter scale roughness by nanoscale micelle particles and low surface energy of fluoropolymer. This procedure makes it possible for widespread applications of superhydrophobic film due to its simplicity and practicability.

  15. Optimizing conditions of preparation of thermoresponsive SiO2-POEGMA particles via AGET-ATRP

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Du, Zhiping; Sun, Xiaofeng; Tai, Xiumei; Wang, Guoyong; Liu, Xiaoying

    2015-02-01

    Thermosensitive poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (POEGMA) was grafted on SiO2 nanoparticles using activators generated by electron transfer atom transfer radical polymerization (AGET-ATRP) technique. The effects of the amount of ligand, catalyst, ascorbic acid and monomer, as well as the reaction temperature and time were systematically investigated and optimized to get a high grafting density. The structure of the hybrid materials was characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, and the morphology was characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations. Thermosensitive properties of SiO2-POEGMA particles were investigated at different grafting densities by turbidity measurements.

  16. Biobased methacrylic acid via selective catalytic decarboxylation of itaconic acid

    USDA-ARS?s Scientific Manuscript database

    We report a bio-based route to methacrylic acid via selective decarboxylation of itaconic acid utilizing catalytic ruthenium carbonyl propionate in an aqueous solvent system. High selectivity (>90%) was achieved at low catalyst loading (0.1 mol %) with high substrate concentration (5.5 M) at low tem...

  17. 21 CFR 177.1830 - Styrene-methyl methacrylate copolymers.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... methacrylate copolymers identified in this section may be safely used as components of plastic articles... weight percent of polymer units derived from styrene. (b) The finished plastic food-contact article, when... not to exceed an absorbance of 0.15. (3) Ultraviolet-absorbing distilled water and 8 and 50...

  18. Synthesis of acrylates and methacrylates from coal-derived syngas

    SciTech Connect

    Spivey, J.J.; Gogate, M.R.; Jang, B.W.L.

    1995-12-31

    Acrylates and methacrylates are among the most widely used chemical intermediates in the world. One of the key chemicals of this type is methyl methacrylate. Of the 4 billion pounds produced each year, roughly 85% is made using the acetone-cyanohydrin process, which requires handling of large quantities of hydrogen cyanide and produces ammonium sulfate wastes that pose an environmental disposal challenge. The U.S. Department of Energy and Eastman Chemical Company are sharing the cost of research to develop an alternative process for the synthesis of methyl methacrylate from syngas. Research Triangle Institute is focusing on the synthesis and testing of active catalysts for the condensation reactions, and Bechtel is analyzing the costs to determine the competitiveness of several process alternatives. Results thus far show that the catalysts for the condensation of formaldehyde and the propionate are key to selectively producing the desired product, methacrylic acid, with a high yield. These condensation catalysts have both acid and base functions and the strength and distribution of these acid-base sites controls the product selectivity and yield.

  19. Synthesis and Characterization of Carboxymethylcellulose-Methacrylate Hydrogel Cell Scaffolds

    PubMed Central

    Reeves, Robert; Ribeiro, Andreia; Lombardo, Leonard; Boyer, Richard; Leach, Jennie B.

    2012-01-01

    Many carbohydrates pose advantages for tissue engineering applications due to their hydrophilicity, degradability, and availability of chemical groups for modification. For example, carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) is a water-soluble cellulose derivative that is degradable by cellulase. Though this enzyme is not synthesized by mammalian cells, cellulase and the fragments derived from CMC degradation are biocompatible. With this in mind, we created biocompatible, selectively degradable CMC-based hydrogels that are stable in routine culture, but degrade when exposed to exogenous cellulase. Solutions of CMC-methacrylate and polyethylene glycol dimethacrylate (PEG-DM) were co-crosslinked to form stable hydrogels; we found that greater CMC-methacrylate content resulted in increased gel swelling, protein diffusion and rates of degradation by cellulase, as well as decreased gel shear modulus. CMC-methacrylate/PEG-DM gels modified with the adhesive peptide RGD supported fibroblast adhesion and viability. We conclude that hydrogels based on CMC-methacrylate are suitable for bioengineering applications where selective degradability may be favorable, such as cell scaffolds or controlled release devices. PMID:22708058

  20. Occupational asthma due to methyl methacrylate and cyanoacrylates.

    PubMed Central

    Lozewicz, S; Davison, A G; Hopkirk, A; Burge, P S; Boldy, D A; Riordan, J F; McGivern, D V; Platts, B W; Davies, D; Newman Taylor, A J

    1985-01-01

    Five patients had asthma provoked by cyanoacrylates and one by methyl methacrylate, possibly because of the development of a specific hypersensitivity response. Acrylates have wide domestic as well as industrial uses, and inhalation of vapour emitted during their use can cause asthma. PMID:4071461

  1. Reactive compatibilization of PBT/ABS blends by methyl methacrylate, glycidyl methacrylate, ethyl acrylate terpolymers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hale, Wesley Raymond

    The impact resistance of poly(butylene terephthalate), PBT, has been improved by blending with acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene terpolymers, ABS, as a minor dispersed phase; however, extensive coarsening of the dispersed phase in the blends occurs under certain heat fabrication conditions. The incorporation of certain reactive polymers (compatibilizers) that are miscible with the styrene/acrylonitrile (SAN) matrix of ABS should result in more stable morphologies. Terpolymers of methyl methacrylate, glycidyl methacrylate (GMA), ethyl acrylate, MGE, are effective as reactive compatibilizers for blends of PBT with SAN and ABS materials. The epoxide groups of MGE react with the carboxyl endgroups of PBT to form a MGE-g-PBT graft copolymer at the PBT/SAN interface to provide improved SAN or ABS dispersion, morphological stability, and a broadening of the melt processing window. Additionally, compatibilization produces large improvements in the low temperature fracture toughness of PBT/ABS blends; however, the toughness depends on the order of mixing blend components due to crosslinking reactions involving the epoxide groups of MGE catalyzed by residual acids present in some emulsion-made ABS materials. The PBT, ABS, and MGE type, content, and composition have been examined to evaluate their effects on the mechanical and morphological properties of PBT/ABS blends. Additionally, the effects of different processing conditions have been examined. High PBT melt viscosity is desirable for improving ABS dispersion and low temperature toughness of the blends. Generally, ABS materials with a high rubber content and low melt viscosity are desirable for toughening PBT. Moderate amounts of GMA in the blend were found to significantly improve blend properties. Melt blending can be performed using a variety of equipment; however, a co-rotating intermeshing twin screw extruder is the most effective for producing blends with excellent properties. The fracture properties of PBT

  2. Release of Water Soluble Drugs from Dynamically Swelling POLY(2-HYDROXYETHYL Methacrylate - CO - Methacrylic Acid) Hydrogels.

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kou, Jim Hwai-Cher

    In this study, ionizable copolymers of HEMA and methacrylic acid (MA) are investigated for their potential use in developing pH dependent oral delivery systems. Because of the MA units, these gels swell extensively at high pH. Since solute diffusion in the hydrophilic polymers depends highly on the water content of the matrix, it is anticipated that the release rate will be modulated by this pH induced swelling. From a practical point of view, the advantage of the present system is that one can minimize drug loss in the stomach and achieve a programmed release in intestine. This approach is expected to improve delivery of acid labile drugs or drugs that cause severe gastrointestinal side effects. This work mainly focuses on the basic understanding of the mechanism involved in drug release from the poly(HEMA -co- MA) gels, especially under dynamic swelling conditions. Equilibrium swelling is first characterized since water content is the major determinant of transport properties in these gels. Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) is chosen as the model drug for the release study and its diffusion characteristics in the gel matrix determined. The data obtained show that the PPA diffusivity follows the free volume theory of Yasuda, which explains the accelerating effect of swelling on drug release. A mathematical model based on a diffusion mechanism has been developed to describe PPA release from the swelling gels. Based on this model, several significant conclusions can be drawn. First, the release rate can be modulated by the aspect ratio of the cylindrical geometry, and this has a practical implication in dosage form design. Second, the release rate can be lowered quite considerably if the dimensional increase due to swelling is significant. Consequently, it is the balance between the drug diffusivity increase and the gel dimensional growth that determines the release rate from the swelling matrix. Third, quasi-steady release kinetics, which are characteristic of swelling

  3. Polarity assessment of thermoresponsive poly(NIPAM-co-NtBA) copolymer films using fluorescence methods.

    PubMed

    Szczupak, Boguslaw; Ryder, Alan G; Togashi, Denisio M; Klymchenko, Andrey S; Rochev, Yuri A; Gorelov, Alexander; Glynn, Thomas J

    2010-05-01

    The in-situ, non-contact, and non-destructive measurement of the physicochemical properties such as the polarity of thin, hydrophilic polymer films is desirable in many areas of polymer science. Polarity is a complex factor and encompasses a range of non-covalent interactions including dipolarity/polarizability and hydrogen bonding. A polarity measurement method based on fluorescence would be ideal, but the key challenge is to identify suitable probes which can accurately measure specific polarity related parameters. In this manuscript we assess a variety of fluorophores for measuring the polarity of a series of relatively hydrophilic, thermoresponsive N-isopropylacrylamide/N-tert-butylacrylamide (NIPAM/NtBA) copolymers. The emission properties of both pyrene and 3-Hydroxyflavone (3-HF) based fluorophores were measured in dry polymer films. In the case of pyrene, a relatively weak, linear relationship between polymer composition and the ratio of the first to the third vibronic band of the emission spectrum (I(1)/I(3)) is observed, but pyrene emission is very sensitive to temperature and thus not suitable for robust polarity measurements. The 3-HF fluorophores which can undergo an excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) reaction have a dual band fluorescence emission that exhibits strong solvatochromism. Here we used 4'-diethylamino-3-hydroxyflavone (FE), 5,6-benzo-4'-diethylamino-3-hydroxyflavone (BFE), and 4 -diethylamino-3-hydroxy-7-methoxyflavone (MFE). The log ratio of the dual band fluorescence emission (log (I(N*)/I(T*))) of 3-HF doped, dry, NIPAM-NtBA copolymer films were found to depend linearly on copolymer composition, with increasing hydrophobicity (greater NtBA fraction) leading to a decrease in the value of log (I(N*)/I(T*)). However, the ESIPT process in the polymer matrix was found to be irreversible, non-equilibrated and occurs over a much longer timescale in comparison to the results previously reported for liquid solvents.

  4. Synthesis of Thermoresponsive Amphiphilic Polyurethane Gel as a New Cell Printing Material near Body Temperature.

    PubMed

    Tsai, Yi-Chun; Li, Suming; Hu, Shiaw-Guang; Chang, Wen-Chi; Jeng, U-Ser; Hsu, Shan-hui

    2015-12-23

    Waterborne polyurethane (PU) based on poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) diol and a second oligodiol containing amphiphilic blocks was synthesized in this study. The microstructure was characterized by dynamic light scattering (DLS), small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), and rheological measurement of the PU dispersion. The surface hydrophilicity measurement, infrared spectroscopy, wide-angle X-ray diffraction, mechanical and thermal analyses were conducted in solid state. It was observed that the presence of a small amount of amphiphilic blocks in the soft segment resulted in significant changes in microstructure. When 90 mol % PCL diol and 10 mol % amphiphilic blocks of poly(l-lactide)-poly(ethylene oxide) (PLLA-PEO) diol were used as the soft segment, the synthesized PU had a water contact angle of ∼24° and degree of crystallinity of ∼14%. The dispersion had a low viscosity below room temperature. As the temperature was raised to body temperature (37 °C), the dispersion rapidly (∼170 s) underwent sol-gel transition with excellent gel modulus (G' ≈ 6.5 kPa) in 20 min. PU dispersions with a solid content of 25-30% could be easily mixed with cells in sol state, extruded by a 3D printer, and deposited layer by layer as a gel. Cells remained alive and proliferating in the printed hydrogel scaffold. We expect that the development of novel thermoresponsive PU system can be used as smart injectable hydrogel and applied as a new type of bio-3D printing ink.

  5. Structural properties of thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-poly(ethyleneglycol) microgels

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Clara-Rahola, J.; Fernandez-Nieves, A.; Sierra-Martin, B.; South, A. B.; Lyon, L. A.; Kohlbrecher, J.; Fernandez Barbero, A.

    2012-06-01

    We present investigations of the structural properties of thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNiPAM) microgels dispersed in an aqueous solvent. In this particular work poly(ethyleneglycol) (PEG) units flanked with acrylate groups are employed as cross-linkers, providing an architecture designed to resist protein fouling. Dynamic light scattering (DLS), static light scattering (SLS), and small angle neutron scattering (SANS) are employed to study the microgels as a function of temperature over the range 10 °C ≤ T ≤ 40 °C. DLS and SLS measurements are simultaneously performed and, respectively, allow determination of the particle hydrodynamic radius, Rh, and radius of gyration, Rg, at each temperature. The thermal variation of these magnitudes reveals the microgel deswelling at the PNiPAM lower critical solution temperature (LCST). However, the hydrodynamic radius displays a second transition to larger radii at temperatures T ≤ 20 °C. This feature is atypical in standard PNiPAM microgels and suggests a structural reconfiguration within the polymer network at those temperatures. To better understand this behavior we perform neutron scattering measurements at different temperatures. In striking contrast to the scattering profile of soft sphere microgels, the SANS profiles for T ≤ LCST of our PNiPAM-PEG suspensions indicate that the particles exhibit structural properties characteristic of star polymer configurations. The star polymer radius of gyration and correlation length gradually decrease with increasing temperature despite maintenance of the star polymer configuration. At temperatures above the LCST, the scattered SANS intensity is typical of soft sphere systems.

  6. FCC-HCP coexistence in dense thermo-responsive microgel crystals

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    Karthickeyan, D.; Joshi, R. G.; Tata, B. V. R.

    2017-06-01

    Analogous to hard-sphere suspensions, monodisperse thermo-responsive poly (N-isopropyl acrylamide) (PNIPAM) microgel particles beyond a volume fraction (ϕ) of 0.5 freeze into face centered cubic (FCC)-hexagonal close packed (HCP) coexistence under as prepared conditions and into an FCC structure upon annealing. We report here FCC-HCP coexistence to be stable in dense PNIPAM microgel crystals (ϕ > 0.74) with particles in their deswollen state (referred to as osmotically compressed microgel crystals) and the FCC structure with particles in their swollen state by performing annealing studies with different cooling rates. The structure of PNIPAM microgel crystals is characterized using static light scattering technique and UV-Visible spectroscopy and dynamics by dynamic light scattering (DLS). DLS studies reveal that the particle motion is diffusive at short times in crystals with ϕ < 0.74 and sub-diffusive at short times in PNIPAM crystals with ϕ > 0.74. The observed sub-diffusive behavior at short times is due to the overlap (interpenetration) of the dangling polymer chains between the shells of neighbouring PNIPAM microgel particles. Overlap is found to disappear upon heating the crystals well above their melting temperature, Tm due to reduction in the particle size. Annealing studies confirm that the overlap of dangling polymer chains between the shells of neighbouring PNIPAM spheres is responsible for the stability of FCC-HCP coexistence observed in osmotically compressed PNIPAM microgel crystals. Results are discussed in the light of recent reports of stabilizing the HCP structure in hard sphere crystals by adding interacting polymer chains.

  7. NMR Studies of Thermo-responsive Behavior of an Amphiphilic Poly(asparagine) Derivative in Water.

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    Watanabe, Eiji; Boutis, Gregory S; Sato, Hiroko; Sekine, Sokei; Asakura, Tetsuo

    2014-01-14

    The thermo-responsive behavior of a unique biocompatible polymer, poly(N-substituted α/β-asparagine) derivative (PAD), has been studied with several NMR methods. The (1)H and (13)C solution NMR measurements of the PAD in DMSO-d6 were used to investigate the isolated polymer and perform spectral assignments. By systematic addition of D2O we have tracked structural changes due to aggregation and observed contraction of hydrophilic side chains. Solution and cross polarization / magic angle spinning (CP/MAS) (13)C NMR approaches were implemented to investigate the aggregates of the PAD aqueous solution during the liquid to gel transition as the temperature was increased. At temperatures near 20 °C, all of the peaks from the PAD were observed in the (13)C CP/MAS and (13)C solution NMR spectra, indicating the presence of polymer chain nodes. Increasing the temperature to 40 °C resulted in a partial disentanglement of the nodes due to thermal agitation and further heating resulted in little to no additional structural changes. Deuterium T1-T2 and T2-T2 two-dimensional relaxation spectroscopies using an inverse Laplace transform, were also implemented to monitor the water-PAD interaction during the phase transition. At temperatures near 20 °C the dynamical characteristics of water were manifested into one peak in the deuterium T1-T2 map. Increasing the temperature to 40 °C resulted in several distinguishable reservoirs of water with different dynamical characteristics. The observation of several reservoirs of water at the temperature of gel formation at 40 °C is consistent with a physical picture of a gel involving a network of interconnected polymer chains trapping a fluid. Further increase in temperature to 70 °C resulted in two non-exchanging water reservoirs probed by deuterium T2-T2 measurements.

  8. Temperature-dependent control of Staphylococcus aureus biofilms and virulence by thermoresponsive oligo(N-vinylcaprolactam).

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    Lee, Jin-Hyung; Kim, Yong-Guy; Lee, Kayeon; Kim, Seong-Cheol; Lee, Jintae

    2015-04-01

    Bacterial biofilms are associated with persistent infections because they are highly tolerant of antimicrobial agents, and in the case of Staphylococcus aureus, which is a leading cause of nosocomial infections because of its resistance to diverse antibiotics, biofilm formation is a known mechanism of drug resistance. In the present study, we investigated the ability of thermoresponsive oligo (N-vinylcaprolactam) (OVCL) to control biofilm formation by and the virulence of S. aureus. One synthetic and four commercial OVCLs (MW ≤ 240,000) at 50 µg/mL were found to increase S. aureus biofilm formation 7-fold at 25 °C, but to markedly inhibit S. aureus biofilm formation at 37 °C. Confocal and scanning electron microscopy confirmed the temperature-dependent effect of OVCL on S. aureus biofilms. It was found that the addition of OVCL to S. aureus culture caused cells to become dramatically more hydrophilic at 37 °C, which partially supports the biofilm reduction. Also, transcriptional analysis showed that OVCL temperature-dependently regulated biofilm-related genes (aur, agrA, and icaA) in S. aureus. In addition, it was found surface coatings containing OVCL effectively controlled S. aureus biofilm formation on solid glass surfaces. Furthermore, OVCL inhibited the hemolysis of human red blood cells by S. aureus at 37 °C and attenuated S. aureus virulence in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. These results suggest that OVCL has potential use for controlling bacterial biofilm formation and virulence.

  9. A remotely operated drug delivery system with an electrolytic pump and a thermo-responsive valve

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    Yi, Ying; Zaher, Amir; Yassine, Omar; Kosel, Jurgen; Foulds, Ian G.

    2015-01-01

    Implantable drug delivery devices are becoming attractive due to their abilities of targeted and controlled dose release. Currently, two important issues are functional lifetime and non-controlled drug diffusion. In this work, we present a drug delivery device combining an electrolytic pump and a thermo-responsive valve, which are both remotely controlled by an electromagnetic field (40.5 mT and 450 kHz). Our proposed device exhibits a novel operation mechanism for long-term therapeutic treatments using a solid drug in reservoir approach. Our device also prevents undesired drug liquid diffusions. When the electromagnetic field is on, the electrolysis-induced bubble drives the drug liquid towards the Poly (N-Isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) valve that consists of PNIPAM and iron micro-particles. The heat generated by the iron micro-particles causes the PNIPAM to shrink, resulting in an open valve. When the electromagnetic field is turned off, the PNIPAM starts to swell. In the meantime, the bubbles are catalytically recombined into water, reducing the pressure inside the pumping chamber, which leads to the refilling of the fresh liquid from outside the device. A catalytic reformer is included, allowing more liquid refilling during the limited valve's closing time. The amount of body liquid that refills the drug reservoir can further dissolve the solid drug, forming a reproducible drug solution for the next dose. By repeatedly turning on and off the electromagnetic field, the drug dose can be cyclically released, and the exit port of the device is effectively controlled. PMID:26339328

  10. Surfactant-free, cationic latices of poly(BMA-co-MMA) using AIBA initiator.

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    Lee, Ki-Chang

    2013-09-01

    When polymer particles come into use, especially, for photonic crystal applications, their diameter, dispersivity, and refractive indices become very important. Poly(benzyl methacrylate) is known to be a kind of high refracive materials (n = 1.57) compared to poly(methyl methacrylate) (n = 1.49). Not many work was concerned for surfactant-free emulsion polymerization of benzyl methacrylate or its copolymerization using cationic initiators. Narrowly dispersed cationic poly(BMA-co-MMA) and PBMA latices were synthesized successfully by surfactant-free emulsion polymerization with AIBA. The influences of BMA/MMA ratio, BMA/MMA monomer and initiator concentrations, addition of DVB/EGDMA crosslink agent, and polymerization temperature on the kinetics and on the particle size and molecular weight were studied. Monodisperse cationic charged PBMA and poly(BMA-coMMA) latices with particle diameters varying between 160-494 nm and polymer molecular weights of the order 1.25 x 10(4) to 7.55 x 10(4) g/mol were prepared. The rate of polymerization increased with increasing MMA concentration in BMA/MMA ratio, AIBA concentration, DVB crosslink agent, and polymerization temperature. The particle diameter increased with BMA concentration in BMA/MMA ratio, AIBA concentration, and BMA/MMA monomer concentration. The molecular weight increased with BMA concentration in BMA/MMA ratio and BMA/MMA monomer concentration. The glass transition temperature of the latex copolymers decreased with increasing amount of BMA from 375 K for PMMA to 321 K for PBMA. It was, thus, found that the particle diameter and rate of polymerization as well as the polymer molecular weight for surfactant-free emulsion polymerization of BMA and MMA can be controlled easily by controlling the BMA/MMA ratio, BMA/MMA monomer concentration, AIBA concentration, and polymerization temperature.

  11. Poly(methacrylic acid-co-methyl methacrylate) beads promote vascularization and wound repair in diabetic mice.

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    Martin, Daniel C; Semple, John L; Sefton, Michael V

    2010-05-01

    Topical application of beads made from poly(methacrylic acid-co-methyl methacrylate) (45 mol % methacrylic acid, MAA) increased the number of blood vessels and improved 1.5 x 1.5 cm full thickness wound closure in a diabetic mouse (db/db) model. Three groups were compared: MAA beads, control poly(methyl methacrylate) beads (PMMA), and no bead blanks. MAA bead treatment significantly increased percent wound closure at all timepoints (7, 14, and 21 days) with MAA bead-treated wounds almost closed at day 21 (91 +/- 5.4% MAA vs. 79 +/- 3.2% PMMA or 76 +/- 4.8% no beads; p < 0.05). This was consistent with the expected significant increase in vascularity in the MAA group at days 7 and 14. For example at day 14, MAA bead-treated wounds had a vascular density of 22.7 +/- 2.6 vessels/hpf compared with 17.0 +/- 2.0 vessels/hpf in the PMMA bead group (p < 0.05). Epithelial gap and migration measurements suggested that the increased vascularity leads to enhanced epithelial cell migration as a principal means of wound closure. Although studies are underway to elucidate the mechanism of this angiogenic response, the results presented here support the notion that such materials, perhaps in other forms, may be useful in wound care or in other situations where vascularity is to be enhanced without the use of exogenous growth factors.

  12. Thermo-responsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-grafted hollow fiber membranes for osteoblasts culture and non-invasive harvest.

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    Zhuang, Meiling; Liu, Tianqing; Song, Kedong; Ge, Dan; Li, Xiangqin

    2015-10-01

    Hollow fiber membrane (HFM) culture system is one of the most important bioreactors for the large-scale culture and expansion of therapeutic cells. However, enzymatic and mechanical treatments are traditionally applied to harvest the expanded cells from HFMs, which inevitably causes harm to the cells. In this study, thermo-responsive cellulose acetate HFMs for cell culture and non-invasive harvest were prepared for the first time via free radical polymerization in the presence of cerium (IV). ATR-FTIR and elemental analysis results indicated that the poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm) was covalently grafted on HFMs successfully. Dynamic contact angle measurements at different temperatures revealed that the magnitude of volume phase transition was decreased with increasing grafted amount of PNIPAAm. And the amount of serum protein adsorbed on HFMs surface also displayed the same pattern. Meanwhile osteoblasts adhered and spread well on the surface of PNIPAAm-grafted HFMs at 37 °C. And Calcein-AM/PI staining, AB assay, ALP activity and OCN protein expression level all showed that PNIPAAm-grafted HFMs had good cell compatibility. After incubation at 20 °C for 120 min, the adhering cells on PNIPAAm-grafted HFMs turned to be round and detached after being gently pipetted. These results suggest that thermo-responsive HFMs are attractive cell culture substrates which enable cell culture, expansion and the recovery without proteolytic enzyme treatment for the application in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

  13. Surface immobilization of thermo-responsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) by simple entrapment in a 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane network.

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    Alghunaim, Abdullah; Brink, Eric T; Newby, Bi-Min Zhang

    2016-09-28

    In a previous study, we demonstrated the feasibility of retaining poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (pNIPAAm) on hydroxylated surfaces by spin-coating a blend of pNIPAAm with a small amount of 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES), an organosilane, followed by thermal annealing. In this study, we detail the conditions for retaining pNIPAAm films by APTES. Our results show that the difference in surface energy between pNIPAAm and APTES in the blended film resulted in the segregation of APTES molecules to the film/substrate interface, as verified by XPS, during annealing, and the segregated APTES molecules cross-linked to form the APTES network, thus entrapping pNIPAAm. The retained pNIPAAm films (25-35 nm) exhibited thermo-responsive behavior, determined by water contact angles and film thickness in water at temperatures above and below the lower critical solution temperature of pNIPAAm, as well as good cell attachment and rapid detachment (<10 minutes). The gained insights would allow a better design of these thermo-responsive surfaces for cell sheet engineering and other relevant applications.

  14. Producing Radical-Free Hyperpolarized Perfusion Agents for In Vivo Magnetic Resonance Using Spin-Labeled Thermoresponsive Hydrogel.

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    Cheng, Tian; Mishkovsky, Mor; Junk, Matthias J N; Münnemann, Kerstin; Comment, Arnaud

    2016-07-01

    Dissolution dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) provides a way to tremendously improve the sensitivity of nuclear magnetic resonance experiments. Once the spins are hyperpolarized by dissolution DNP, the radicals used as polarizing agents become undesirable since their presence is an additional source of nuclear spin relaxation and their toxicity might be an issue. This study demonstrates the feasibility of preparing a hyperpolarized [1-(13) C]2-methylpropan-2-ol (tert-butanol) solution free of persistent radicals by using spin-labeled thermoresponsive hydrophilic polymer networks as polarizing agents. The hyperpolarized (13) C signal can be detected for up to 5 min before the spins fully relax to their thermal equilibrium. This approach extends the applicability of spin-labeled thermoresponsive hydrogel to the dissolution DNP field and highlights its potential as polarizing agent for preparing neat slowly relaxing contrast agents. The hydrogels are especially suited to hyperpolarize deuterated alcohols which can be used for in vivo perfusion imaging. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. Micropatterning of single myotubes on a thermoresponsive culture surface using elastic stencil membranes for single-cell analysis.

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    Shimizu, Kazunori; Fujita, Hideaki; Nagamori, Eiji

    2010-02-01

    We have developed a micropatterning procedure for single myotubes and demonstrated recovery of patterned myotubes without the use of methods that might cause damage to the cells. Since skeletal muscle is a highly ordered tissue mainly composed of myotubes, analysis of single myotubes is one of the promising approaches for studying the various diseases related to skeletal muscle tissues. However, the analysis of single myotubes is quite complicated because of the difficulty in distinguishing individual myotubes differentiated on a normal cell culture surface. In the present study, thin polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) membranes, which have rectangular holes (30, 50, 100, and 200 microm in width; 500, 750, and 1000 microm in length) through them, were fabricated by using a photolithography technique and used for single myotube micropatterning. A bovine serum albumin-coated (BSA-coated) stencil membrane was placed on a cell culture surface and C2C12 myoblasts were seeded on it. Since the cells could not attach to the surface of the stencil membrane, the cell proliferated and differentiated into myotubes in the hole areas specifically. By peeling off the membrane, a micropattern of myotubes was obtained. It was revealed that the optimum width of rectangular holes for a micropattern of single myotubes was between 30 to 50 microm. Furthermore, by placing a membrane on a thermoresponsive culture surface, recovery of the micropatterned myotubes was possible by lowering the temperature. This method involving the stencil membranes and a thermoresponsive culture surface is useful for analyzing subcellular or single myotubes.

  16. Thermoresponsive copolymer/SiO2 nanoparticles with dual functions of thermally controlled drug release and simultaneous carrier decomposition.

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    Li, Aihua; Zhang, Jizhen; Xu, Yuanhong; Liu, Jingquan; Feng, Shengyu

    2014-09-26

    The preparation of thermoresponsive drug carriers with a self-destruction property is presented. These drug carriers were fabricated by incorporation of drug molecules and thermoresponsive copolymer, poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-acrylamide), into silica nanoparticles in a one-pot preparation process. The enhanced drug release was primarily attributed to faster molecule diffusion resulting from the particle decomposition triggered by phase transformation of the copolymer upon the temperature change. The decomposition of the drug carriers into small fragments should benefit their fast excretion from the body. In addition, the resulting drug-loaded nanoparticles showed faster drug release in an acidic environment (pH 5) than in a neutral one. The controlled drug release of methylene blue and doxorubicin hydrochloride and the self-decomposition of the drug carriers were successfully characterized by using TEM, UV/Vis spectroscopy, and confocal microscopy. Together with the nontoxicity and excellent biocompatibility of the copolymer/SiO2 composite, the features of controlled drug release and simultaneous carrier self-destruction provided a promising opportunity for designing various novel drug-delivery systems.

  17. Programming Thermoresponsiveness of NanoVelcro Substrates Enables Effective Purification of Circulating Tumor Cells in Lung Cancer Patients

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    2015-01-01

    Unlike tumor biopsies that can be constrained by problems such as sampling bias, circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are regarded as the “liquid biopsy” of the tumor, providing convenient access to all disease sites, including primary tumor and fatal metastases. Although enumerating CTCs is of prognostic significance in solid tumors, it is conceivable that performing molecular and functional analyses on CTCs will reveal much significant insight into tumor biology to guide proper therapeutic intervention. We developed the Thermoresponsive NanoVelcro CTC purification system that can be digitally programmed to achieve an optimal performance for purifying CTCs from non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. The performance of this unique CTC purification system was optimized by systematically modulating surface chemistry, flow rates, and heating/cooling cycles. By applying a physiologically endurable stimulation (i.e., temperature between 4 and 37 °C), the mild operational parameters allow minimum disruption to CTCs’ viability and molecular integrity. Subsequently, we were able to successfully demonstrate culture expansion and mutational analysis of the CTCs purified by this CTC purification system. Most excitingly, we adopted the combined use of the Thermoresponsive NanoVelcro system with downstream mutational analysis to monitor the disease evolution of an index NSCLC patient, highlighting its translational value in managing NSCLC. PMID:25495128

  18. Controlled release of doxorubicin loaded within magnetic thermo-responsive nanocarriers under magnetic and thermal actuation in a microfluidic channel.

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    Pernia Leal, Manuel; Torti, Andrea; Riedinger, Andreas; La Fleur, Rocco; Petti, Daniela; Cingolani, Roberto; Bertacco, Riccardo; Pellegrino, Teresa

    2012-12-21

    We report a procedure to grow thermo-responsive polymer shells at the surface of magnetic nanocarriers made of multiple iron oxide superparamagnetic nanoparticles embedded in poly(maleic anhydride-alt-1-ocatadecene) polymer nanobeads. Depending on the comonomers and on their relative composition, tunable phase transition temperatures in the range between 26 and 47 °C under physiological conditions could be achieved. Using a suitable microfluidic platform combining magnetic nanostructures and channels mimicking capillaries of the circulatory system, we demonstrate that thermo-responsive nanobeads are suitable for localized drug delivery with combined thermal and magnetic activation. Below the critical temperature nanobeads are stable in suspension, retain their cargo, and cannot be easily trapped by magnetic fields. Increasing the temperature above the critical temperature causes the aggregation of nanobeads, forming clusters with a magnetic moment high enough to permit their capture by suitable magnetic gradients in close proximity to the targeted zone. At the same time the polymer swelling activates drug release, with characteristic times on the order of one hour for flow rates of the same order as those of blood in capillaries.

  19. Thermoresponsive Delivery of Paclitaxel by β-Cyclodextrin-Based Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) Star Polymer via Inclusion Complexation.

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    Song, Xia; Wen, Yuting; Zhu, Jing-Ling; Zhao, Feng; Zhang, Zhong-Xing; Li, Jun

    2016-12-12

    Paclitaxel (PTX), a hydrophobic anticancer drug, is facing several clinical limitations such as low bioavailability and drug resistance. To solve the problems, a well-defined β-cyclodextrin-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) star polymer was synthesized and used as a nanocarrier to improve the water solubility and aim to thermoresponsive delivery of PTX to cancer cells. The star polymer was able to form supramolecular self-assembled inclusion complex with PTX via host-guest interaction at room temperature, which is below the low critical solution temperature (LCST) of the star polymer, significantly improving the solubilization of PTX. At body temperature (above LCST), the phase transition of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) segments induced the formation of nanoparticles, which greatly enhanced the cellular uptake of the polymer-drug complex, resulting in efficient thermoresponsive delivery of PTX. In particular, the polymer-drug complex exhibited better antitumor effects than the commercial formulation of PTX in overcoming the multi-drug resistance in AT3B-1 cells.

  20. Poly(sulfobetaine methacrylate)s as electrode modifiers for inverted organic electronics.

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    Lee, Hyunbok; Puodziukynaite, Egle; Zhang, Yue; Stephenson, John C; Richter, Lee J; Fischer, Daniel A; DeLongchamp, Dean M; Emrick, Todd; Briseno, Alejandro L

    2015-01-14

    We demonstrate the use of poly(sulfobetaine methacrylate) (PSBMA), and its pyrene-containing copolymer, as solution-processable work function reducers for inverted organic electronic devices. A notable feature of PSBMA is its orthogonal solubility relative to solvents typically employed in the processing of organic semiconductors. A strong permanent dipole moment on the sulfobetaine moiety was calculated by density functional theory. PSBMA interlayers reduced the work function of metals, graphene, and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) by over 1 eV, and an ultrathin interlayer of PSBMA reduced the electron injection barrier between indium tin oxide (ITO) and C70 by 0.67 eV. As a result, the performance of organic photovoltaic devices with PSBMA interlayers is significantly improved, and enhanced electron injection is demonstrated in electron-only devices with ITO, PEDOT:PSS, and graphene electrodes. This work makes available a new class of dipole-rich, counterion-free, pH insensitive polymer interlayers with demonstrated effectiveness in inverted devices.

  1. Emulsion polymerization synthesis of cationic polymer latex in an ultrasonic field.

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    Bradley, Melanie; Grieser, Franz

    2002-07-01

    Poly(methyl methacrylate) and poly(butyl acrylate) lattices have been synthesized under ultrasonic irradiation in the presence of a cationic surfactant, dodecyltrimethylammonium chloride. The polymerization of oil-in-water emulsions of monomeric species was carried out at 30 degrees C (+/-5 degrees C) in the absence of a chemical initiator. The lattices were formed as stable dispersions with particle diameters spanning the range of 40-150 nm and with polymer molecular weights greater than 10(6) g mol(-1). The results obtained strongly support a polymerization process involving a miniemulsion system, in which continuous nucleation of particles takes place throughout the monomer to polymer conversion reaction.

  2. Coagulation of wood extractives in chemical pulp bleaching filtrate by cationic polyelectrolytes.

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    Leiviskä, T; Rämö, J

    2008-05-01

    The purpose of this research was to investigate the effectiveness of short-chain cationic polyelectrolytes of different molecular weights and charge densities in reducing turbidity and selectively removing toxic wood extractives from chemical birch pulp filtrate. The effects of chemical type, dosage and temperature were of interest. An effective performance was achieved with a copolymer of acrylamide and methacrylate of medium molecular weight and medium charge density at 72 degrees C and pH 5-6. The dosage range optimum for reducing the turbidity was 102-142 mg/L. Up to 92% of the wood extractives was selectively removed.

  3. Functionalization of lignin through ATRP grafting of poly(2-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) for gene delivery.

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    Liu, Xiaohong; Yin, Hui; Zhang, Zhongxing; Diao, Bishuo; Li, Jun

    2015-01-01

    The biomass kraft lignin was modified into lignin-based macroinitiators (LnMI) through esterification of the alcohol and phenol functional groups on lignin backbone with 2-bromo-isobutyric bromide under mild condition. Then a series of cationic amphiphilic lignin-based graft copolymers were synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) of 2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) starting from the lignin-based macroinitiators. These copolymers, denoted as LnPDMAEMA, had a hyperbranched structure with a hydrophobic backbone of lignin and multiple cationic hydrophilic arms of PDMAEMA. The LnPDMAEMA copolymers were characterized by (1)H NMR and elemental analysis (EA), and studied in terms of their DNA binding capability, formation of nanoparticles with plasmid DNA (pDNA), cytotoxicity, and gene transfection in cultured cells. It was found that all the copolymers could efficiently compact pDNA into nanoparticles with sizes ranging from 100 to 200 nm at N/P ratios of 5 or higher. The cytotoxicity of these copolymers depends greatly on the chain length of PDMAEMA arms, the longer the PAMAEMA chain the higher the cytotoxicity. Luciferase assay was used to study the in vitro gene transfection for the LnPDMAEMA copolymers in different cell lines. The gene transfection efficiency of these copolymers was dependent on the grafted PDMAEMA chain length and N/P ratio. Generally, the transfection efficiency decreased with the increase of PAMAEMA length at N/P ratio of 20 or higher. It is very interesting that one of the LnPDMAEMA copolymers with very short arm length (degree of average DMAEMA units=5.5) showed excellent in vitro transfection efficiency that was comparable or even higher than that of branched PEI (25K). These novel biomass-based LnPDMAEMA hyperbranched copolymers can be a promising nonviral gene vectors for future gene delivery application.

  4. Hydrogels based on dual curable chitosan-graft-polyethylene glycol-graft-methacrylate: application to layer-by-layer cell encapsulation.

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    Poon, Yin Fun; Cao, Ye; Liu, Yunxiao; Chan, Vincent; Chan-Park, Mary B

    2010-07-01

    Ultraviolet (UV) photo-cross-linkable hydrogels have been commonly used for three-dimensional (3D) encapsulation of cells. Previous UV cross-linkable hydrogels have employed one-shot hardening of mixtures of hydrogels and cells. Here we propose an alternative method of making hydrogel-encapsulated cell constructs through layer by layer (LBL) buildup of alternating layers of cells and hydrogel. The LBL method potentially permits better spatial control of different cell types and control of cell orientation. Each hydrogel layer must be hardened before deposition of the next layer of cells. A UV-curable gel precursor that can also be gelled at physiological temperature is desirable to avoid repeated UV exposure of cells after deposition of each successive hydrogel layer. We designed, synthesized, and applied such a precursor, dual-curable-both thermoresponsive and UV-curable-chitosan-graft-polyethylene glycol-graft-methacrylate (CEGx-MA) copolymer (x is the PEG molecular weight in Daltons). We found that CEG350-MA copolymer solutions (5 wt % polymer) formed physical gels at approximately 37 degrees C and could be further photopolymerized to form thermally stable dual-cured hydrogels. This material was applied to the creation of a two-layer LBL smooth muscle cell (SMC)/hydrogel construct using temperature elevation to approximately 37 degrees C to gel each hydrogel layer. The physically gelled two-layered hydrogel/cell construct was finally exposed to a single UV shot to improve its mechanical properties and render it thermally stable. CEG350-MA solution and gel are nontoxic to SMCs. Cells remained mostly viable when they were encapsulated inside both physically gelled and dual-cured CEG350-MA and suffered little damage from the single brief UV exposure. The combination of LBL tissue engineering with a dual curable hydrogel precursor such as CEG350-MA permits the buildup of viable thick and complex tissues in a stable, biocompatible, and biodegradable matrix.

  5. Hybrid materials from intermolecular associations between cationic lipid and polymers.

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    Pereira, Edla M A; Kosaka, Priscila M; Rosa, Heloísa; Vieira, Débora B; Kawano, Yoshio; Petri, Denise F S; Carmona-Ribeiro, Ana M

    2008-08-07

    Intermolecular associations between a cationic lipid and two model polymers were evaluated from preparation and characterization of hybrid thin films cast on silicon wafers. The novel materials were prepared by spin-coating of a chloroformic solution of lipid and polymer on silicon wafer. Polymers tested for miscibility with the cationic lipid dioctadecyldimethylammonium bromide (DODAB) were polystyrene (PS) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). The films thus obtained were characterized by ellipsometry, wettability, optical and atomic force microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and activity against Escherichia coli. Whereas intermolecular ion-dipole interactions were available for the PMMA-DODAB interacting pair producing smooth PMMA-DODAB films, the absence of such interactions for PS-DODAB films caused lipid segregation, poor film stability (detachment from the silicon wafer) and large rugosity. In addition, the well-established but still remarkable antimicrobial DODAB properties were transferred to the novel hybrid PMMA/DODAB coating, which is demonstrated to be highly effective against E. coli.

  6. Deposition of DNA rafts on cationic SAMs on silicon [100].

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    Sarveswaran, Koshala; Hu, Wenchuang; Huber, Paul W; Bernstein, Gary H; Lieberman, Marya

    2006-12-19

    We demonstrate a guided self-assembly approach to the fabrication of DNA nanostructures on silicon substrates. DNA oligonucleotides self-assemble into "rafts" 8 x 37 x 2 nm in size. The rafts bind to cationic SAMs on silicon wafers. Electron-beam lithography of a thin poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) resist layer was used to define trenches, and (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane (APTES), a cationic SAM precursor, was deposited from aqueous solution onto the exposed silicon dioxide at the trench bottoms. The remaining PMMA can be cleanly stripped off with dichloromethane, leaving APTES layers 0.7-1.2 nm in thickness and 110 nm in width. DNA rafts bind selectively to the resulting APTES stripes. The coverage of DNA rafts on adjacent areas of silicon dioxide is 20 times lower than on the APTES stripes. The topographic features of the rafts, measured by AFM, are identical to those of rafts deposited on wide-area SAMs. Binding to the APTES stripes appears to be very strong as indicated by "jamming" of the rafts at a saturation coverage of 42% and the stability to repeated AFM scanning in air.

  7. Bioinspired surface modification of poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) based microbeads via oxidative polymerization of dopamine.

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    Yilmaz, Fatma; Kose, Kazim; Sari, Mufrettin Murat; Demirel, Gokhan; Uzun, Lokman; Denizli, Adil

    2013-09-01

    Surface modification of support materials is crucial for improving their selectivities and biocompatibilities in bioaffinity applications. However, conventional modification techniques including chemical or physical conjugations mostly suffer from limitations of their multistep and complicated procedures, surface denaturations, batch-to-batch inconsistencies, and insufficient surface conjugations. In this study, we demonstrate a simple yet effective bioinspired approach for the surface modification of poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) [PHEMA] based bioaffinity adsorbents through oxidative polymerization of dopamine. The magnetic (mPHEMA) and non-magnetic (PHEMA) polymeric microbeads were fabricated by suspension polymerization technique. Surface modification of obtained microbeads was then carried out by using dopamine molecules under alkaline conditions. The polydopamine (PDOPA) coated microbeads were further employed as a bioaffinity absorbent targeted for immunoglobulin G (IgG) molecules. The effects of pH, temperature, protein concentration and ionic strength on the IgG adsorption process have been investigated. We found that PDOPA coated microbeads display dramatically higher IgG adsorption capacities when compared with their un-modified forms. Adsorption capacities also increased with increasing temperature. Monolayer Langmuir adsorption model can be thought more applicable for these adsorbent systems. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Microfabricated photocrosslinkable polyelectrolyte-complex of chitosan and methacrylated gellan gum

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    Coutinho, Daniela F.; Sant, Shilpa; Shakiba, Mojdeh; Wang, Ben; Gomes, Manuela E.; Neves, Nuno M.; Reis, Rui L.

    2012-01-01

    Chitosan (CHT) based polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) have been receiving great attention for tissue engineering approaches. These hydrogels are held together by ionic forces and can be disrupted by changes in physiological conditions. In this study, we present a new class of CHT-based PEC hydrogels amenable to stabilization by chemical crosslinking. The photocrosslinkable anionic methacrylated gellan gum (MeGG) was complexed with cationic CHT and exposed to light, forming a PEC hydrogel. The chemical characterization of the photocrosslinkable PEC hydrogel by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) revealed absorption peaks specific to the raw polymers. A significantly higher swelling ratio was observed for the PEC hydrogel with higher CHT content. The molecular interactions between both polysaccharides were evaluated chemically and microscopically, indicating the diffusion of CHT to the interior of the hydrogel. We hypothesized that the addition of MeGG to CHT solution first leads to a membrane formation around MeGG. Then, migration of CHT inside the MeGG hydrogel occurs to balance the electrostatic charges. The photocrosslinkable feature of MeGG further allowed the formation of cell-laden microscale hydrogel units with different shapes and sizes. Overall, this system is potentially useful for a variety of applications including the replication of microscale features of tissues for modular tissue engineering. PMID:23293429

  9. SYNTHESIS OF METHYL METHACRYLATE FROM COAL-DERIVED SYNGAS

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    Makarand R. Gogate; James J. Spivey; Joseph R. Zoeller; Richard D. Colberg; Gerald N. Choi; Samuel S. Tam

    1999-04-21

    Research Triangle Institute (RTI), Eastman Chemical Company, and Bechtel collectively are developing a novel three-step process for the synthesis of methyl methacrylate (MMA) from coal-derived syngas that consists of the steps of synthesis of a propionate, its condensation with formaldehyde to form methacrylic acid (MAA), and esterification of MAA with methanol to produce MMA. The research team has completed the research on the three-step methanol-based route to MMA. Under an extension to the original contract, we are currently evaluating a new DME-based process for MMA. The key research need for DME route is to develop catalysts for DME partial oxidation reactions and DME condensation reactions. Over the last quarter (January-March/99), in-situ formaldehyde generation and condensation with methyl propionate were tested over various catalysts and reaction conditions. The patent application is in preparation and the results are retained for future reports.

  10. Preparation and oil absorbency of kapok-g-butyl methacrylate.

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    Wang, Jintao; Zheng, Yian; Wang, Aiqin

    2017-05-05

    Butyl methacrylate (BMA) was grafted onto kapok fiber using benzoyl peroxide (BPO) as initiator. The structure of the grafted kapok was investigated using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The results illustrated that BMA was successfully grafted onto the kapok fiber surface. The effects of monomer concentration, temperature and time on the oil absorbency of grafted kapok fiber were investigated. The oil absorbencies of raw kapok, NaClO2-treated kapok fiber and kapok-g-butyl methacrylate were evaluated and compared. Compared with raw kapok fiber, grafted kapok fiber showed the highest oil absorbency, with the increase percentage of 63.4%, 42.5% and 56.4% for chloroform, toluene and n-hexane, respectively. Furthermore, the as-developed grafted kapok fiber exhibited excellent reusability, and can be utilized as an eco-friendly material for recovering oil released into the surroundings.

  11. Penile enlargement with methacrylate injection: is it safe?

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    Torricelli, Fabio Cesar Miranda; Andrade, Enrico Martins de; Marchini, Giovanni Scala; Lopes, Roberto Iglesias; Claro, Joaquim Francisco Almeida; Cury, Jose; Srougi, Miguel

    2013-01-01

    CONTEXT Penis size is a great concern for men in many cultures. Despite the great variety of methods for penile augmentation, none has gained unanimous acceptance among experts in the field. However, in this era of minimally invasive procedure, injection therapy for penile augmentation has become more popular. Here we report a case of methacrylate injection in the penis that evolved with penile deformity and sexual dysfunction. This work also reviews the investigation and management of this pathological condition. CASE REPORT A 36-year-old male sought medical care with a complaint of penile deformity and sexual dysfunction after methacrylate injection. The treatment administered was surgical removal. Satisfactory cosmetic and functional results were reached after two months. CONCLUSIONS There is a need for better structured scientific research to evaluate the outcomes and complication rates from all penile augmentation procedures.

  12. [Chest granuloma secondary to methyl methacrylate. Case report].

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    Martínez-Bistrain, Ricardo; Robles García, Verónica; Cornejo-Morales, Ivonne

    2010-01-01

    We present the case of a patient with a history of a massive left hemithorax crushing injury in 1985; the exact management of the lesion is unknown. Twenty years later he had a thoracic fistula with a culture that was reported as positive for Enteroccocus faecalis and Staphyloccocus epidermidis. The patient was referred by the chest surgery service with the diagnosis of rib osteomyelitis once complementary imaging tests were performed (plain X-rays, CAT scan and MRI). The patient underwent surgery at our service; a granulomatous reaction secondary to a foreign body (methyl methacrylate and Ethibon) was reported. Chest reconstruction for massive lesions is possible with methyl methacrylate. Imaging studies involve the well-known difficulty to identify this material, given that it may produce signals and densities that are difficult to interpret by specialized physicians.

  13. Physical properties of agave cellulose graft polymethyl methacrylate

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    Rosli, Noor Afizah; Ahmad, Ishak; Abdullah, Ibrahim; Anuar, Farah Hannan

    2013-11-27

    The grafting polymerization of methyl methacrylate and Agave cellulose was prepared and their structural analysis and morphology were investigated. The grafting reaction was carried out in an aqueous medium using ceric ammonium nitrate as an initiator. The structural analysis of the graft copolymers was carried out by Fourier transform infrared and X-ray diffraction. The graft copolymers were also characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). An additional peak at 1732 cm{sup −1} which was attributed to the C=O of ester stretching vibration of poly(methyl methacrylate), appeared in the spectrum of grafted Agave cellulose. A slight decrease of crystallinity index upon grafting was found from 0.74 to 0.68 for cellulose and grafted Agave cellulose, respectively. Another evidence of grafting showed in the FESEM observation, where the surface of the grafted cellulose was found to be roughed than the raw one.

  14. Azulene methacrylate polymers: synthesis, electronic properties, and solar cell fabrication.

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    Puodziukynaite, Egle; Wang, Hsin-Wei; Lawrence, Jimmy; Wise, Adam J; Russell, Thomas P; Barnes, Michael D; Emrick, Todd

    2014-08-06

    We report the synthesis of novel azulene-substituted methacrylate polymers by free radical polymerization, in which the azulene moieties represent hydrophobic dipoles strung pendant to the polymer backbone and impart unique electronic properties to the polymers. Tunable optoelectronic properties were realized by adjusting the azulene density, ranging from homopolymers (having one azulene group per repeat unit) to copolymers in which the azulene density was diluted with other pendant groups. Treating these polymers with organic acids revealed optical and excitonic behavior that depended critically on the azulene density along the polymer chain. Copolymers of azulene with zwitterionic methacrylates proved useful as cathode modification layers in bulk-heterojunction solar cells, where the relative azulene content affected the device metrics and the power conversion efficiency reached 7.9%.

  15. Solid coatings deposited from liquid methyl methacrylate via Plasma Polymerization

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    Wurlitzer, Lisa; Maus-Friedrichs, Wolfgang; Dahle, Sebastian

    2016-09-01

    The polymerization of methyl methacrylate via plasma discharges is well known today. Usually, plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) is used to deposit polymer coatings. Solid coatings are formed out of the liquid phase from methyl methacrylate via dielectric barrier discharge. The formation of the coating proceeds in the gas and the liquid phase. To learn more about the reactions in the two phases, the coatings from MMA monomer will be compared to those from MMA resin. Finally, attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy, confocal laser scanning microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy are employed to characterize the solid coatings. In conclusion, the plasma enhanced chemical solution deposition is compared to the classical thermal polymerization of MMA.

  16. Physical properties of agave cellulose graft polymethyl methacrylate

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    Rosli, Noor Afizah; Ahmad, Ishak; Abdullah, Ibrahim; Anuar, Farah Hannan

    2013-11-01

    The grafting polymerization of methyl methacrylate and Agave cellulose was prepared and their structural analysis and morphology were investigated. The grafting reaction was carried out in an aqueous medium using ceric ammonium nitrate as an initiator. The structural analysis of the graft copolymers was carried out by Fourier transform infrared and X-ray diffraction. The graft copolymers were also characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). An additional peak at 1732 cm-1 which was attributed to the C=O of ester stretching vibration of poly(methyl methacrylate), appeared in the spectrum of grafted Agave cellulose. A slight decrease of crystallinity index upon grafting was found from 0.74 to 0.68 for cellulose and grafted Agave cellulose, respectively. Another evidence of grafting showed in the FESEM observation, where the surface of the grafted cellulose was found to be roughed than the raw one.

  17. Positron annihilation investigations on poly(methyl methacrylate)

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    Mohamed, Hamdy F. M.; Abd-Elsadek, Gomaa G.

    2000-06-01

    Positron lifetime and Doppler broadened annihilation radiation were measured for seven different samples of poly(methyl methacrylate) at room temperature in vacuum. The polymerisation of methyl methacrylate was carried out as a bulk polymerisation in the presence of benzoyl peroxide as an initiator. The effect of the amount of the initiator on the viscosity-average molecular weight was studied. It was found that the viscosity-average molecular weight decreased with increasing amount of the initiator. The average lifetime and intensity of ortho-positronium ( o-Ps) increased with increasing viscosity-average molecular weight up to 6.85 × 10 4 and remained constant after that. The S-parameter showed a similar behaviour as that of the o-Ps intensity.

  18. Preparation and characterization of methacrylate hydrogels for zeta potential control

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    Gregonis, D. E.; Ma, S. M.; Vanwagenen, R.; Andrade, J. D.

    1976-01-01

    A technique based on the measurement of streaming potentials has been developed to evaluate the effects of hydrophilic coatings on electroosmotic flow. The apparatus and procedure are described as well as some results concerning the electrokinetic potential of glass capillaries as a function of ionic strength, pH, and temperature. The effect that turbulence and entrance flow conditions have on accurate streaming potential measurements is discussed. Various silane adhesion promoters exhibited only a slight decrease in streaming potential. A coating utilizing a glycidoxy silane base upon which methylcellulose is applied affords a six-fold decrease over uncoated tubes. Hydrophilic methacrylate gels show similar streaming potential behavior, independent of the water content of the gel. By introduction of positive or negative groups into the hydrophilic methacrylate gels, a range of streaming potential values are obtained having absolute positive or negative signs.

  19. Characterization of methacrylated alginate and acrylic monomers as versatile SAPs.

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    Mignon, Arn; Vermeulen, Jolien; Graulus, Geert-Jan; Martins, José; Dubruel, Peter; De Belie, Nele; Van Vlierberghe, Sandra

    2017-07-15

    Superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) based on polysaccharides, especially alginate, could offer a valuable solution in a plethora of applications going from drug delivery to self-healing concrete. This has already been proven with both calcium alginate and methacrylated alginate combined with acrylic acid. In this manuscript, the effect of varying the degree of methacrylation and use of a combination of acrylic acid and acrylamide is investigated to explore the effects on the relevant SAP characteristics. The materials showed high gel fractions and a strong swelling capacity up to 630gwater/gSAP, especially for superabsorbent polymers with a low degree of substitution. The SAPs also showed only a limited hydrolysis in aqueous and cement filtrate solutions. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. SYNTHESIS OF METHACRYLATES FROM COAL-DERIVED SYNGAS

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    Jang, B.W.L.; Spivey, J.J.; Gogate, M.R.; Zoeller, J.R.; Colberg, R.D.; Choi, G.N.

    1999-12-01

    Research Triangle Institute (RTI), Eastman Chemical Company, and Bechtel have developed a novel process for synthesis of methyl methacrylate (MMA) from coal-derived syngas, under a contract from the US Department of Energy/Fossil Energy Technology Center (DOE/FETC). This project has resulted in five US patents (four already published and one pending publication). It has served as the basis for the technical and economic assessment of the production of this high-volume intermediate from coal-derived synthesis gas. The three-step process consists of the synthesis of a propionate from ethylene carbonylation using coal-derived CO, condensation of the propionate with formaldehyde to form methacrylic acid (MAA); and esterification of MAA with methanol to yield MMA. The first two steps, propionate synthesis and condensation catalysis, are the key technical challenges and the focus of the research presented here.

  1. Electrokinetics of diffuse soft interfaces. IV. Analysis of streaming current measurements at thermoresponsive thin films.

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    Duval, Jérôme F L; Zimmermann, Ralf; Cordeiro, Ana L; Rein, Nelly; Werner, Carsten

    2009-09-15

    Streaming current measurements were performed on poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-co-N-(1-phenylethyl) acrylamide [P(NIPAAm-co-PEAAm)] thermoresponsive thin films above and below the transition temperature of the polymer (i.e., at 22 and 4 degrees C, respectively). Electrokinetic measurements (ionic strength 0.01-10 mM KCl, pH 2.5-9.5 in 1 mM KCl) revealed that the charging of the polymer/aqueous solution interface is determined by unsymmetrical adsorption of hydroxide and hydronium ions onto the Teflon AF substrate that supports the hydrogel film. The magnitude of the streaming current significantly decreased with decreasing temperature, that is, when the hydrogel was swelling. The pH- and ionic strength-dependent data for unswollen and swollen films were interpreted on the basis of the here-reported general theory for the electrokinetics of diffuse soft gel layers. The formalism based on the Debye-Brinkman equation for hydrodynamics and the nonlinear Poisson-Boltzmann equation for electrostatics extends previous theoretical studies by considering the most general situation of a charged gel layer supported by a charged rigid surface. Full analytical expression is provided for the streaming current in the limit of homogeneous distribution of segments under low potential conditions. Numerical analysis of the governing transport and electrostatic equations allows for the computation of streaming current for cases where analytical developments are not possible. The theory successfully reproduces the electrokinetic data for the P(NIPAAm-co-PEAAm) copolymer film at 22 and 4 degrees C over the whole range of pH and ionic strength examined. It is found that the 3-fold increase of the hydrogel film thickness with decreasing temperature from 22 to 4 degrees C (i.e., from 23 to 70 nm as measured by ellipsometry), is in line with homogeneous swelling and an increase of the hydrodynamic penetration length (1/lambdao) by a factor of approximately 1.6. Additionally, the hydrodynamic

  2. Development of thermo-responsive hydrogels with immobilized metal affinity groups

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    Yoon, Young-Seo

    A Hydrogel is defined as a polymeric material which possesses the ability to swell in water and retain a significant fraction of water within its structure, but which will not dissolve in water. Hydrogels have been studied by many researchers because they have many useful applications in bio related fields such as drug delivery, bioseparation, and etc. In this thesis, a new hydrogel system that possesses the characteristics of thermo-responsive swelling property and immobilized metal affinity was developed. This affinity material consists of a hydrogel with stimuli responsive swelling characteristics to provide modulated diffusivity and size selectivity. Covalently bound ligands within hydrogels provide highly selective and tunable affinity-based separation. Swelling and affinity properties can be independently controlled by regulating the temperature or pH of the solution to provide a sequential separations scheme. The developed affinity hydrogels incorporate multiple modes of separations or recovery and concentrate specific solutes in chromatographic systems. Thermal sensitive affinity hydrogels were synthesized from a N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm) monomer, a crosslinker (1,4-bismethylene acrylamide) and a ligand attachable co-monomer acrylamide (AAm), using free radical chemistry. The ligand of choice is the metal affinity iminodiacetic acid (IDA) which is bound to hydrogel backbone via a spacer arm. The challenge lay in incorporating affinity ligands without affecting the temperature induced swelling of the hydrogel. Thus, PNIPAAm-Am hydrogels are functionalized with a spacer arm (1,4-butanediol diglycidyl ether), the chelating ligand IDA and a divalent metal ion (Cu2+). This ligand binds histidine groups at high pH and releases them upon protonation of histidine at low pH. This can be used to separate proteins based on the occurrence of surface histidine residues in them. The resulting affinity hydrogel was shown to adsorb the protein chicken egg white

  3. Screening for acrylate/methacrylate allergy in the baseline series: our experience in Sweden and Singapore.

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    Goon, Anthony Teik-Jin; Bruze, Magnus; Zimerson, Erik; Goh, Chee-Leok; Soo-Quee Koh, David; Isaksson, Marléne

    2008-11-01

    No studies to specifically determine the prevalence of contact allergy to acrylates/methacrylates in patch tested populations have been published. To determine the prevalence of acrylate/methacrylate allergy in all patients tested to the baseline patch test series. Five acrylate/methacrylate allergens (2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate, methyl methacrylate, ethylene glycol dimethacrylate, triethylene glycol diacrylate, and 2-hydroxypropyl acrylate) were included in the baseline series for at least 2 years in Malmö and Singapore. Thirty-eight patients in total had reacted to acrylate/methacrylate allergens in the baseline series during the study period in both populations. In Malmö, there were 26 (1.4%) patients with positive patch tests to acrylate/methacrylate allergens, 14 of whom had relevant reactions. In Singapore, there were 12 (1.0%) patients with positive patch tests to acrylate/methacrylate allergens, but only 1 had relevant reactions. If we had not added acrylate/methacrylate allergens to the baseline series, we would not have patch tested 13/26 (50%) of the positive reactors in Malmö and 11/12 (92%) of the positive reactors in Singapore. The overall proportion of missed positive reactors would have been 24/38 (63%). The prevalence of acrylate/methacrylate allergy in our patch tested dermatitis populations is 1.4% in Malmö and 1.0% in Singapore.

  4. Gelatin Methacrylate Microspheres for Growth Factor Controlled Release

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    Nguyen, Anh H.; McKinney, Jay; Miller, Tobias; Bongiorno, Tom; McDevitt, Todd C.

    2014-01-01

    Gelatin has been commonly used as a delivery vehicle for various biomolecules for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications due to its simple fabrication methods, inherent electrostatic binding properties, and proteolytic degradability. Compared to traditional chemical cross-linking methods, such as the use of glutaraldehyde (GA), methacrylate modification of gelatin offers an alternative method to better control the extent of hydrogel cross-linking. Here we examined the physical properties and growth factor delivery of gelatin methacrylate (GMA) microparticles formulated with a wide range of different cross-linking densities (15–90%). Less methacrylated MPs had decreased elastic moduli and larger mesh sizes compared to GA MPs, with increasing methacrylation correlating to greater moduli and smaller mesh sizes. As expected, an inverse correlation between microparticle cross-linking density and degradation was observed, with the lowest cross-linked GMA MPs degrading at the fastest rate, comparable to GA MPs. Interestingly, GMA MPs at lower cross-linking densities could be loaded with up to a 10-fold higher relative amount of growth factor over conventional GA cross-linked MPs, despite an order of magnitude greater gelatin content of GA MPs. Moreover, a reduced GMA cross-linking density resulted in more complete release of bone morphogenic protein 4 (BMP4) and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and accelerated release rate with collagenase treatment. These studies demonstrate that GMA MPs provide a more flexible platform for growth factor delivery by enhancing the relative binding capacity and permitting proteolytic degradation tunability, thereby offering a more potent controlled release system for growth factor delivery. PMID:25463489

  5. Engineering adhesion to thermoresponsive substrates: effect of polymer composition on liquid-liquid-solid wetting.

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    Gambinossi, Filippo; Sefcik, Lauren S; Wischerhoff, Erik; Laschewsky, Andre; Ferri, James K

    2015-02-04

    Adhesion control in liquid-liquid-solid systems represents a challenge for applications ranging from self-cleaning to biocompatibility of engineered materials. By using responsive polymer chemistry and molecular self-assembly, adhesion at solid/liquid interfaces can be achieved and modulated by external stimuli. Here, we utilize thermosensitive polymeric materials based on random copolymers of di(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (x = MEO2MA) and oligo(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (y = OEGMA), that is, P(MEO2MAx-co-OEGMAy), to investigate the role of hydrophobicity on the phenomenon of adhesion. The copolymer ratio (x/y) dictates macromolecular changes enabling control of the hydrophilic-to-lipophilic balance (HBL) of the polymer brushes through external triggers such as ionic strength and temperature. We discuss the HBL of the thermobrushes in terms of the surface energy of the substrate by measuring the contact angle at water-decane-P(MEO2MAx-co-OEGMAy) brush contact line as a function of polymer composition and temperature. Solid supported polyelectrolyte layers grafted with P(MEO2MAx-co-OEGMAy) display a transition in the wettability that is related to the lower critical solution temperature of the polymer brushes. Using experimental observation of the hydrophilic to hydrophobic transition by the contact angle, we extract the underlying energetics associated with liquid-liquid-solid adhesion as a function of the copolymer ratio. The change in cellular attachment on P(MEO2MAx-co-OEGMAy) substrates of variable (x/y) composition demonstrates the subtle role of compositional tuning on the ability to control liquid-liquid-solid adhesion in biological applications.

  6. The Cation-π Interaction

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    DOUGHERTY, DENNIS A.

    2014-01-01

    CONSPECTUS The chemistry community now recognizes the cation-π interaction as a major force for molecular recognition, joining the hydrophobic effect, the hydrogen bond, and the ion pair in determining macromolecular structure and drug-receptor interactions. This Account provides the author’s perspective on the intellectual origins and fundamental nature of the cation-π interaction. Early studies on cyclophanes established that water-soluble, cationic molecules would forgo aqueous solvation to enter a hydrophobic cavity if that cavity was lined with π systems. Important gas phase studies established the fundamental nature of the cation-π interaction. The strength of the cation-π interaction – Li+ binds to benzene with 38 kcal/mol of binding energy; NH4+ with 19 kcal/mol– distinguishes it from the weaker polar-π interactions observed in the benzene dimer or water-benzene complexes. In addition to the substantial intrinsic strength of the cation-π interaction in gas phase studies, the cation-π interaction remains energetically significant in aqueous media and under biological conditions. Many studies have shown that cation-π interactions can enhance binding energies by 2 – 5 kcal/mol, making them competitive with hydrogen bonds and ion pairs in drug-receptor and protein-protein interactions. As with other noncovalent interactions involving aromatic systems, the cation-π interaction includes a substantial electrostatic component. The six (four) Cδ−–Hδ+ bond dipoles of a molecule like benzene (ethylene) combine to produce a region of negative electrostatic potential on the face of the π system. Simple electrostatics facilitate a natural attraction of cations to the surface. The trend for (gas phase) binding energies is Li+>Na+>K+>Rb+: as the ion gets larger the charge is dispersed over a larger sphere and binding interactions weaken, a classical electrostatic effect. On other hand, polarizability does not define these interactions. Cyclohexane

  7. Multifunctional methacrylate-based coatings for glass and metal surfaces

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    Pospiech, Doris; Jehnichen, Dieter; Starke, Sandra; Müller, Felix; Bünker, Tobias; Wollenberg, Anne; Häußler, Liane; Simon, Frank; Grundke, Karina; Oertel, Ulrich; Opitz, Michael; Kruspe, Rainer

    2017-03-01

    In order to prevent freshwater biofouling glass and metal surfaces were coated with novel transparent methacrylate-based copolymers. The multifunctionality of the copolymers, such as adhesion to the substrate, surface polarity, mechanical long-term stability in water, and ability to form metal complexes was inserted by the choice of suitable comonomers. The monomer 2-acetoacetoxy ethyl methacrylate (AAMA) was used as complexing unit to produce copper(II) complexes in the coating's upper surface layer. The semifluorinated monomer 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorodecyl methacrylate was employed to adjust the surface polarity and wettability. Comprehensive surface characterization techniques, such as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and contact angle measurements showed that surface compositions and properties can be easily adjusted by varying the concentrations of the comonomers. The formation of copper(II) complexes along the copolymer chains and their stability against washing out with plenty of water was proven by XPS. Copolymers containing semifluorinated comonomers significantly inhibited the growth of Achnanthidium species. Copolymers with copper-loaded AAMA-sequences were able to reduce both the growth of Achnanthidium spec. and Staphylococcus aureus.

  8. Methacrylate based gel polymer electrolyte for lithium-ion batteries

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    Isken, P.; Winter, M.; Passerini, S.; Lex-Balducci, A.

    2013-03-01

    A methacrylate based gel polymer electrolyte (GPE) was prepared and electrochemically investigated. The polymer was synthesized as a statistical co-polymer of oligo(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (OEGMA) and benzyl methacrylate (BnMA) by free radical polymerization. The ethylene glycol side chain of OEGMA should be able to interact with the liquid electrolyte, thus keeping it inside the GPE, whereas BnMA was used to enhance the mechanical stability of the GPE. Such a polymer was able to retain liquid electrolyte up to 400% of its own weight, while the mechanical stability of the GPE was still high enough to be used as separator in lithium-ion batteries. The GPE displayed a conductivity of 1.8 mS cm-1 at 25 °C and an electrochemical stability window comparable to that of a standard liquid electrolyte. When used in lithium-ion batteries, such a GPE allowed a performance comparable to that obtained using conventional liquid electrolytes. Therefore the reported electrolyte was identified as a promising candidate as electrolyte for lithium-ion batteries.

  9. Evaluation of alternate routes for the synthesis of methyl methacrylate

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    Spivey, J.J.; Gogate, M.R.; Zoeller, J.R.; Colberg, R.D.; Choi, G.N.

    1998-12-31

    The use of coal-derived syngas to produce high value chemicals is an important means of upgrading this resource. One example of a chemical that can be produced from coal-derived syngas is methyl methacrylate (MMA). Poly-methyl methacrylate is widely used in coatings and in various industrial molded products. The most widely practiced commercial technology for the synthesis of MMA is the acetone cyanohydrin (ACH) process. This process requires handling of large quantities of toxic hydrogen cyanide and generates one mole of ammonium bisulfate waste per mole of MMA. This bisulfate must either be regenerated or discarded, either of which substantially increases the cost. The ACH technology is thus environmentally and economically untenable for any new MMA plant expansions that would be needed to meet increasing demand. The RTI-Eastman-Bechtel research team is developing an alternative, environmentally benign route to MMA consisting of three steps; (step 1) synthesis of a propionate from ethylene, carbon monoxide, and steam, (step 2) condensation of this propionate with formaldehyde, and (step 3) esterification of resulting methacrylic acid with methanol to form MMA. This paper describes the preliminary economics of the overall process compared to other emerging processes, and focuses on step 2, including long term testing of catalysts for the condensation of propionic acid with formaldehyde to form MAA.

  10. Enhanced surface segregation of poly(methyl methacrylate) end-capped with 2-perfluorooctylethyl methacrylate by introduction of a second block.

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    Ni, Huagang; Gao, Jie; Li, Xuehua; Hu, Yanyan; Yan, Donghuan; Ye, XiuYun; Wang, Xinping

    2012-01-01

    New fluorinated copolymers of poly(methyl methacrylate)-b-poly(butyl methacrylate) or poly(n-octadecyl methacrylate) end-capped with 2-perfluorooctylethyl methacrylate (PMMA(x)-b-PBMA(y)-ec-PFMA(z) or PMMA(x)-b-PODMA(y)-ec-PFMA(z)) were synthesized by living atom transfer radical polymerization. Thin films made of PMMA(230)-b-PODMA(y)-ec-PFMA(1) were characterized by differential scanning calorimetry, angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. These films were found to exhibit robust surface segregation of the end groups. Furthermore, the fluorine enrichment factor at the film surface was found to increase linearly with increasing degree of polymerization of poly(n-octadecyl methacrylate) and its increasing fusion enthalpy in the second block, which enhances the segregation of the fluorinated moieties.

  11. Electrodialysis of Sulfuric Acid with Cation-Exchange Membranes Prepared by Electron-Beam-Induced Graft Polymerization

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    Asari, Yuki; Shoji, Nobuyoshi; Miyoshi, Kazuyoshi; Umeno, Daisuke; Saito, Kyoichi

    Strongly acidic cation-exchange membranes were prepared by the electron-beam-induced graft polymerization of glycidyl methacrylate onto a high-density polyethylene film with a thickness of 35 μm and the subsequent conversion of the resulting epoxy group into a sulfonic acid group. The resulting cation-exchange membranes with various ion-exchange capacities or sulfonic acid group densities ranging from 1.9 to 2.7 mmol/g were applied to the enrichment of 0.50 mol/L sulfuric acid by electrodialysis. Concentrated sulfuric acids at concentrations of 1.4 to 2.9 mol/L were obtained in the concentrate chamber during the electrodialysis operated at 30 mA/cm2 and 298 K, using a pair of this cation-exchange membrane and a commercially available anion-exchange membrane.

  12. Cationic Nitrogen Doped Helical Nanographenes.

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    Xu, Kun; Feng, Xinliang; Berger, Reinhard; Popov, Alexey A; Weigand, Jan J; Vincon, Ilka; Machata, Peter; Hennersdorf, Felix; Zhou, Youjia; Fu, Yubin

    2017-09-13

    Herein, we report on the synthesis of a series of novel cationic nitrogen doped nanographenes (CNDN) by rhodium catalyzed annulation reactions. This powerful method allows for the synthesis of cationic nanographenes with non-planar, axial chiral geometries. Single-crystal X-ray analysis reveals helical and cove-edged structures. Compared to their all-carbon analogues, the CNDN exhibit energetically lower lying frontier orbitals with a reduced optical energy gap and an electron accepting behavior. All derivatives show quasi reversible reductions in cyclic voltammetry. Depending on the number of nitrogen dopant, in situ spectroelectrochemistry proves the formation of neutral radicals (one nitrogen dopant) or radical cations (two nitrogen dopants) upon reduction. The developed synthetic protocol paves the way for the design and synthesis of expanded nanographenes or even graphene nanoribbons containing cationic nitrogen doping. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  13. Preparation of hydroxyapatite/poly(methyl methacrylate) and calcium silicate/poly(methyl methacrylate) interpenetrating hybrid composites.

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    Monvisade, Pathavuth; Siriphannon, Punnama; Jermsungnern, Rapee; Rattanabodee, Sirirat

    2007-10-01

    Hydroxyapatite/poly(methyl methacrylate) (HAp/PMMA) and calcium silicate/poly(methyl methacrylate) (CS/PMMA) composites were prepared by interpenetrating bulk polymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA) monomer in porous structures of HAp and CS. The porous HAp and CS templates were prepared by mixing their calcined powders with poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) solution, shaping by uniaxial pressing and then firing at 1,100 degrees C for HAp and 900 degrees C for CS. The templates were soaked in the solution mixture of MMA monomer and 0.1 mol% of benzoyl peroxide (BPO) for 24 h. The pre-composites were then bulk polymerized at 85 degrees C for 24 h under nitrogen atmosphere. The microstructures of the composites showed the interpenetrating of PMMA into the porous HAp and CS structures. Thermogravimetric analysis indicated that the PMMA content in the HAp/PMMA and CS/PMMA composites were 13 and 26 wt%, respectively. Weight average molecular weights (M(w)) of PMMA were about 491,000 for HAp/PMMA composites and about 348,000 for CS/PMMA composites. Compressive strengths of these composites were about 90-131 MPa in which they were significantly higher than their starting porous templates.

  14. Affinity chromatography of proteins on non-porous copolymerized particles of styrene, methyl methacrylate and glycidyl methacrylate.

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    Chen, C H; Lee, W C

    2001-06-29

    Non-porous particles having an average diameter of 2.1 microm were prepared by co-polymerization of styrene, methyl methacrylate and glycidyl methacrylate, which was abbreviated as P(S-MMA-GMA). The particles were mechanically stable due to the presence of benzene rings in the backbone of polymer chains, and could withstand high pressures when a column packed with these particles was operated in the HPLC mode. The polymer particles were advantaged by immobilization of ligands via the epoxy groups on the particle surface that were introduced by one of the monomers, glycidyl methacrylate. As a model system, Cibacron Blue 3G-A was covalently immobilized onto the non-porous copolymer beads. The dye-immobilized P(S-MMA-GMA) particles were slurry packed into a 1.0 cm x 0.46 cm I.D. column. This affinity column was effective for the separation of turkey egg white lysozyme from a protein mixture. The bound lysozyme could be eluted to yield a sharp peak by using a phosphate buffer containing 1 M NaCl. For a sample containing up to 8 microg of lysozyme, the retained portion of proteins could be completely eluted without any slit peak. Due to the use of a shorter column, the analysis time was shorter in comparison with other affinity systems reported in the literature. The retention time could be reduced significantly by increasing the flow-rate, while the capacity factor remained at the same level.

  15. Infrared light induced patterning of proteins on ppNIPAM thermoresponsive thin films: a "protein laser printer".

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    Cheng, Xuanhong; Yegan Erdem, E; Takeuchi, Shoji; Fujita, Hiroyuki; Ratner, Buddy D; Böhringer, Karl F

    2010-04-21

    Protein micropatterns have applications in fundamental life sciences and clinical medicine. In this work, we present a new technique to create 2-D protein micropatterns by local activation of a thin film of thermoresponsive plasma-deposited poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (ppNIPAM) using a computer-controlled infrared laser beam. While the whole substrate is exposed to the protein solution, protein deposition happens only at laser-activated locations. A few seconds of laser exposure is all that is required to form a pattern with resolution in the single micrometre range. Successful ligand binding after protein deposition indicates that protein function remains intact after laser-induced adsorption onto ppNIPAM. This rapid, simple technique advances currently available strategies for protein patterning by its potential to pattern proteins in an enclosed environment or onto a 3-D scaffold.

  16. Thermoresponsive Nanofabricated Substratum for the Engineering of Three-Dimensional Tissues with Layer-by-Layer Architectural Control

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    2015-01-01

    Current tissue engineering methods lack the ability to properly recreate scaffold-free, cell-dense tissues with physiological structures. Recent studies have shown that the use of nanoscale cues allows for precise control over large-area 2D tissue structures without restricting cell growth or cell density. In this study, we developed a simple and versatile platform combining a thermoresponsive nanofabricated substratum (TNFS) incorporating nanotopographical cues and the gel casting method for the fabrication of scaffold-free 3D tissues. Our TNFS allows for the structural control of aligned cell monolayers which can be spontaneously detached via a change in culture temperature. Utilizing our gel casting method, viable, aligned cell sheets can be transferred without loss of anisotropy or stacked with control over individual layer orientations. Transferred cell sheets and individual cell layers within multilayered tissues robustly retain structural anisotropy, allowing for the fabrication of scaffold-free, 3D tissues with hierarchical control of overall tissue structure. PMID:24628277

  17. Thermoresponsive nanofabricated substratum for the engineering of three-dimensional tissues with layer-by-layer architectural control.

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    Jiao, Alex; Trosper, Nicole E; Yang, Hee Seok; Kim, Jinsung; Tsui, Jonathan H; Frankel, Samuel D; Murry, Charles E; Kim, Deok-Ho

    2014-05-27

    Current tissue engineering methods lack the ability to properly recreate scaffold-free, cell-dense tissues with physiological structures. Recent studies have shown that the use of nanoscale cues allows for precise control over large-area 2D tissue structures without restricting cell growth or cell density. In this study, we developed a simple and versatile platform combining a thermoresponsive nanofabricated substratum (TNFS) incorporating nanotopographical cues and the gel casting method for the fabrication of scaffold-free 3D tissues. Our TNFS allows for the structural control of aligned cell monolayers which can be spontaneously detached via a change in culture temperature. Utilizing our gel casting method, viable, aligned cell sheets can be transferred without loss of anisotropy or stacked with control over individual layer orientations. Transferred cell sheets and individual cell layers within multilayered tissues robustly retain structural anisotropy, allowing for the fabrication of scaffold-free, 3D tissues with hierarchical control of overall tissue structure.

  18. Thermo-Responsive Polyplex Micelles with PEG Shells and PNIPAM Layer to Protect DNA Cores for Systemic Gene Therapy.

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    Li, Junjie; Zha, Zengshi; Ge, Zhishen

    2016-01-01

    Simultaneous achievement of prolonged retention in blood circulation and efficient gene transfection activity in target tissues has always been a major challenge hindering in vivo applications of nonviral gene vectors via systemic administration. The engineered strategies for efficient systemic gene delivery are under wide investigation. These approaches include the thermo-responsive formation of a hydrophobic intermediate layer on PEG-shielded polyplex micelles. Herein, we constructed novel rod-shaped ternary polyplex micelles (TPMs) via complexation between the mixed block copolymers of poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly{N'-[N-(2-aminoethyl)-2-aminoethyl]aspartamide} (PEG-b-PAsp(DET)) and poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-b-PAsp(DET) (PNIPAM-b-PAsp(DET)) and plasmid DNA (pDNA) at room temperature (RT), exhibiting distinct temperature-responsive formation of a hydrophobic intermediate layer between PEG shells and pDNA cores through facile temperature increase from RT to body temperature (~37 °C).

  19. Thermo-responsive chitosan-graft-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) injectable hydrogel for cultivation of chondrocytes and meniscus cells.

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    Chen, Jyh-Ping; Cheng, Tai-Hong

    2006-12-08

    A thermo-responsive comb-like polymer with chitosan as the backbone and pendant poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) groups has been synthesized by grafting PNIPAM-COOH with a single carboxy end group onto chitosan through amide bond linkages. The copolymer exhibits reversible temperature-responsive soluble-insoluble characteristics with the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) being at around 30 degrees C. Results from SEM observations confirm a porous 3D hydrogel structure with interconnected pores ranging from 10 to 40 microm at physiological temperature. A preliminary in vitro cell culture study has demonstrated the usefulness of this hydrogel as an injectable cell-carrier material for entrapping chondrocytes and meniscus cells. The hydrogel not only preserves the viability and phenotypic morphology of the entrapped cells but also stimulates the initial cell-cell interactions.

  20. Influence of hydroxyl groups on the biological properties of cationic polymethacrylates as gene vectors.

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    Ma, Ming; Li, Feng; Yuan, Zhe-fan; Zhuo, Ren-xi

    2010-07-01

    In this study poly(aminoethyl methacrylate) (PAEMA), poly(3-amino-2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate) (PAHPMA), poly(2-(2-aminoethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PAEAEMA) and poly(3-(2-aminoethylamino) 2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate) (PAEAHPMA) were synthesized using atom transfer radical polymerization to evaluate the effect of hydroxyl groups on the relative properties of cationic polymeric gene vectors. The results of heparin displacement assays showed that PAHPMA possessed a stronger binding capacity than PAEMA. PAHPMA/DNA complexes and PAEAHPMA/DNA complexes had lower zeta potentials than those of PAEMA and PAEAEMA. MTT assay results indicated that PAHPMA and PAEAHPMA exhibited obviously lower cytotoxicities than PAEMA and PAEAEMA. Subsequently, in vitro gene transfection studies in 293T cells without serum showed that PAHPMA exhibited a lower transfection efficiency than PAEMA and PAEAHPMA/DNA complexes possessed a similar transfection efficiency to PAEAEMA/DNA complexes. Moreover, PAHPMA and PAEAHPMA retained similar transfection efficiencies in DMEM with 10% serum, but PAEMA and PAEAEMA showed slightly lower transfection efficiencies than in the absence of serum. The reason for these phenomena might be attributed to the introduction of hydroxyl groups into PAHPMA and PAEAHPMA, i.e. the existence of hydroxyl groups might increase the binding capacity to DNA and at the same time decrease the surface charge of the polymer/DNA complexes due to the formation of hydrogen bonds between the polymers and DNA. Therefore, a lower zeta potential and stronger binding ability may result in a lower gene transfection efficiency. This effect of hydroxyl groups decreased with increasing amino group density on the polymer. Copyright 2010 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Novel Pickering emulsifiers based on pH-responsive poly(2-(diethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) latexes.

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    Morse, A J; Armes, S P; Thompson, K L; Dupin, D; Fielding, L A; Mills, P; Swart, R

    2013-05-07

    The emulsion copolymerization of 2-(diethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DEA) with a divinylbenzene cross-linker in the presence of monomethoxy-capped poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate (PEGMA) at 70 °C afforded near-monodisperse, sterically stabilized PEGMA-PDEA latexes at 10% solids. Dynamic light scattering studies indicated intensity-average diameters of 190 to 240 nm for these latexes at pH 9. A latex-to-microgel transition occurred on lowering the solution pH to below the latex pKa of 6.9. When dilute HCl/KOH was used to adjust the aqueous pH, a systematic reduction in the cationic microgel hydrodynamic diameter of 80 nm was observed over ten pH cycles as a result of the gradual buildup of background salt. However, no such size reduction was observed when using CO2/N2 gases to regulate the aqueous pH because this protocol does not generate background salt. Thus, the latter approach offers better reversibility, albeit at the cost of slower response times. PEGMA-PDEA microgel does not stabilize Pickering emulsions when homogenized at pH 3 with n-dodecane, sunflower oil, isononyl isononanoate, or isopropyl myristate. In contrast, PEGMA-PDEA latex proved to be a ubiquitous Pickering emulsifier at pH 10, forming stable oil-in-water emulsions with each of these four model oils. Lowering the solution pH from 10 to 3 resulted in demulsification within seconds. This is because these pH-responsive particles undergo a latex-to-microgel transition, which leads to their interfacial desorption. Six successive demulsification/emulsification cycles were performed on these Pickering emulsions using HCl/KOH to adjust the solution pH. Demulsification could also be achieved by purging the emulsion solution with CO2 gas to lower the aqueous pH to 4.8. However, complete phase separation required CO2 purging for 4 h at 20 °C. A subsequent N2 purge raised the aqueous pH sufficiently to induce a microgel-to-latex transition, but rehomogenization did not produce a stable Pickering

  2. Cross-linking of cationic block copolymer micelles by silica deposition.

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    Yuan, Jian-Jun; Mykhaylyk, Oleksandr O; Ryan, Anthony J; Armes, Steven P

    2007-02-14

    Diblock copolymer micelles comprising cationic poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PDMA) coronas and hydrophobic poly(2-(diisopropylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PDPA) cores are used as nanosized templates for the deposition of silica from aqueous solution at pH 7.2 and 20 degrees C. Both noncross-linked and shell cross-linked (SCL) micelles can be coated with silica without loss of colloid stability. Under optimized conditions, the silica deposition is confined to the partially quaternized cationic PDMA chains, leading to hybrid copolymer-silica particles of around 35 nm diameter with well-defined core-shell morphologies. 1H NMR studies confirmed that the PDPA cores of these copolymer-silica particles became protonated at low pH and deprotonated at high pH, which suggests possible encapsulation and controlled release applications. Moreover, in situ silica deposition effectively stabilizes the PDPA-PDMA micelles, which remain intact on lowering the solution pH (whereas the original noncross-linked PDPA-PDMA micelles dissociate in acidic solution). This suggests a convenient route to silica-stabilized SCL micelles under mild conditions.

  3. Repair of critical sized cranial defects with BMP9-transduced calvarial cells delivered in a thermoresponsive scaffold

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    Dumanian, Zari P.; Tollemar, Viktor; Ye, Jixing; Lu, Minpeng; Zhu, Yunxiao; Liao, Junyi; Ameer, Guillermo A.; He, Tong-Chuan; Reid, Russell R.

    2017-01-01

    Large skeletal defects caused by trauma, congenital malformations, and post-oncologic resections of the calvarium present major challenges to the reconstructive surgeon. We previously identified BMP-9 as the most osteogenic BMP in vitro and in vivo. Here we sought to investigate the bone regenerative capacity of murine-derived calvarial mesenchymal progenitor cells (iCALs) transduced by BMP-9 in the context of healing critical-sized calvarial defects. To accomplish this, the transduced cells were delivered to the defect site within a thermoresponsive biodegradable scaffold consisting of poly(polyethylene glycol citrate-co-N-isopropylacrylamide mixed with gelatin (PPCN-g). A total of three treatment arms were evaluated: PPCN-g alone, PPCN-g seeded with iCALs expressing GFP, and PPCN-g seeded with iCALs expressing BMP-9. Defects treated only with PPCN-g scaffold did not statistically change in size when evaluated at eight weeks postoperatively (p = 0.72). Conversely, both animal groups treated with iCALs showed significant reductions in defect size after 12 weeks of follow-up (BMP9-treated: p = 0.0025; GFP-treated: p = 0.0042). However, H&E and trichrome staining revealed more complete osseointegration and mature bone formation only in the BMP9-treated group. These results suggest that BMP9-transduced iCALs seeded in a PPCN-g thermoresponsive scaffold is capable of inducing bone formation in vivo and is an effective means of creating tissue engineered bone for critical sized defects. PMID:28249039

  4. Modified thermoresponsive Poloxamer 407 and chitosan sol-gels as potential sustained-release vaccine delivery systems.

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    Kojarunchitt, Thunjiradasiree; Baldursdottir, Stefania; Dong, Yao-Da; Boyd, Ben J; Rades, Thomas; Hook, Sarah

    2015-01-01

    Thermoresponsive, particle-loaded, Poloxamer 407 (P407)-Pluronic-R® (25R4) or chitosan-methyl cellulose (MC) formulations were developed as single-dose, sustained release vaccines. The sol-gels, loaded either with a particulate vaccine (cubosomes) or soluble antigen (ovalbumin) and adjuvants (Quil A and monophosphoryl lipid A), were free-flowing liquids at room temperature and formed stable gels at physiological temperatures. Rheological results showed that both systems meet the criteria of being thermoresponsive gels. The P407-25R4 sol-gels did not significantly sustain the release of antigen in vivo while the chitosan-MC sol-gels sustained the release of antigen up to at least 14 days after administration. The chitosan-MC sol-gels stimulated both cellular and humoral responses. The inclusion of cubosomes in the sol-gels did not provide a definitive beneficial effect. Further analysis of the formulations with small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) revealed that while cubosomes were stable in chitosan-MC gels they were not stable in P407-25R4 formulations. The reason for the mixed response to cubosome-loaded vehicles requires more investigation, however it appears that the cubosomes did not facilitate synchronous vaccine release and may in fact retard release, reducing efficacy in some cases. From these results, chitosan-MC sol-gels show potential as sustained release vaccine delivery systems, as compared to the P407-25R4 system that had a limited ability to sustain antigen release. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. “On-Off” Thermoresponsive Coating Agent Containing Salicylic Acid Applied to Maize Seeds for Chilling Tolerance

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    He, Fei; Huang, Yutao; Song, Wenjian; Hu, Jin

    2015-01-01

    Chilling stress is an important constraint for maize seed establishment in the field. In this study, a type of “on-off” thermoresponsive coating agent containing poly (N-isopropylacrylamide-co-butylmethacrylate) (Abbr. P(NIPAm-co-BMA)) hydrogel was developed to improve the chilling tolerance of coated maize seed. The P(NIPAm-co-BMA) hydrogel was synthesized by free-radical polymerization of N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAm) and butylmethacrylate (BMA). Salicylic acid (SA) was loaded in the hydrogel as the chilling resistance agent. SA-loaded P(NIPAm-co-BMA) was used for seed film-coating of two maize varieties, Huang C (HC, chilling-tolerant) and Mo17 (chilling-sensitive), to investigate the coated seed germination and seedling growth status under chilling stress. The results showed that the hydrogel obtained a phase transition temperature near 12°C with a NIPAM to MBA weight ratio of 1: 0.1988 (w/w). The temperature of 12°C was considered the “on-off” temperature for chilling-resistant agent release; the SA was released from the hydrogel more rapidly at external temperatures below 12°C than above 12°C. In addition, when seedlings of both maize varieties suffered a short chilling stress (5°C), higher concentrations of SA-loaded hydrogel resulted in increased germination energy, germination percentage, germination index, root length, shoot height, dry weight of roots and shoots and protective enzyme activities and a decreased malondialdehyde content in coated maize seeds compared to single SA treatments. The majority of these physiological and biochemical parameters achieved significant levels compared with the control. Therefore, SA-loaded P(NIPAm-co-BMA), a nontoxic thermoresponsive hydrogel, can be used as an effective material for chilling tolerance in film-coated maize seeds. PMID:25807522

  6. 3D bioprinting of neural stem cell-laden thermoresponsive biodegradable polyurethane hydrogel and potential in central nervous system repair.

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    Hsieh, Fu-Yu; Lin, Hsin-Hua; Hsu, Shan-Hui

    2015-12-01

    The 3D bioprinting technology serves as a powerful tool for building tissue in the field of tissue engineering. Traditional 3D printing methods involve the use of heat, toxic organic solvents, or toxic photoinitiators for fabrication of synthetic scaffolds. In this study, two thermoresponsive water-based biodegradable polyurethane dispersions (PU1 and PU2) were synthesized which may form gel near 37 °C without any crosslinker. The stiffness of the hydrogel could be easily fine-tuned by the solid content of the dispersion. Neural stem cells (NSCs) were embedded into the polyurethane dispersions before gelation. The dispersions containing NSCs were subsequently printed and maintained at 37 °C. The NSCs in 25-30% PU2 hydrogels (∼680-2400 Pa) had excellent proliferation and differentiation but not in 25-30% PU1 hydrogels. Moreover, NSC-laden 25-30% PU2 hydrogels injected into the zebrafish embryo neural injury model could rescue the function of impaired nervous system. However, NSC-laden 25-30% PU1 hydrogels only showed a minor repair effect in the zebrafish model. In addition, the function of adult zebrafish with traumatic brain injury was rescued after implantation of the 3D-printed NSC-laden 25% PU2 constructs. Therefore, the newly developed 3D bioprinting technique involving NSCs embedded in the thermoresponsive biodegradable polyurethane ink offers new possibilities for future applications of 3D bioprinting in neural tissue engineering. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Adjuvant properties of a biocompatible thermo-responsive polymer of N-isopropylacrylamide in autoimmunity and arthritis

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    Shakya, Akhilesh Kumar; Kumar, Ashok; Nandakumar, Kutty Selva

    2011-01-01

    To evaluate the thermo-responsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNiPAAm) polymer as an adjuvant, we synthesized PNiPAAm through free radical polymerization and characterized it both in vitro and in vivo. The polymer when mixed with collagen type II (CII) induced antigen-specific autoimmunity and arthritis. Mice immunized with PNiPAAm–CII developed significant levels of CII-specific IgG response comprising major IgG subclasses. Antigen-specific cellular recall response was also enhanced in these mice, while negligible level of IFN-γ was detected in splenocyte cultures, in vitro. PNiPAAm–CII-immunized arthritic mouse paws showed massive infiltration of immune cells and extensive damage to cartilage and bone. As determined by immunostaining, most of the CII protein retained its native configuration after injecting it with PNiPAAm in naive mice. Physical adsorption of CII and the high-molecular-weight form of moderately hydrophobic PNiPAAm induced a significant anti-CII antibody response. Similar to CII, mice immunized with PNiPAAm and ovalbumin (PNiPAAm–Ova) induced significant anti-ovalbumin antibody response. Comparable levels of serum IFN-γ, IL-1β and IL-17 were observed in ovalbumin-immunized mice with complete Freund, incomplete Freund (CFA and IFA) or PNiPAAm adjuvants. However, serum IL-4 levels were significantly higher in PNiPAAm–Ova and CFA–Ova groups compared with the IFA–Ova group. Thus, we show for the first time, biocompatible and biodegradable thermo-responsive PNiPAAm can be used as an adjuvant in several immunological applications as well as in better understanding of the autoimmune responses against self-proteins. PMID:21543351

  8. Binary blend of glyceryl monooleate and glyceryl monostearate for magnetically induced thermo-responsive local drug delivery system.

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    Mengesha, Abebe E; Wydra, Robert J; Hilt, J Zach; Bummer, Paul M

    2013-12-01

    To develop a novel monoglycerides-based thermal-sensitive drug delivery system, specifically for local intracavitary chemotherapy. Lipid matrices containing mixtures of glyceryl monooleate (GMO) and glyceryl monostearate (GMS) were evaluated for their potential application as magnetically induced thermo-responsive local drug delivery systems using a poorly water-soluble model drug, nifedipine (NF). Oleic acid-modified iron oxide (OA-Fe3O4) nanoparticles were embedded into the GMO-GMS matrix for remote activation of the drug release using an alternating magnetic field (AMF). The crystallization behavior of binary blends of GMO and GMS as characterized by DSC did show temperature dependent phase transition. GMO-GMS (75:25 wt%) blend showed a melting (T m ) and crystallization (T c ) points at 42°C and 37°C, respectively indicating the potential of the matrix to act as an 'on-demand' drug release. The matrix released only 35% of the loaded drug slowly in 10 days at 37°C whereas 96% release was obtained at 42°C. A concentration of 0.5% OA-Fe3O4 heated the matrix to 42.3 and 45.5°C within 5 min and 10 min of AMF exposure, respectively. The in vitro NF release profiles form the monoglycerides matrix containing 0.5% OA-Fe3O4 nanoparticles after AMF activation confirmed the thermo-responsive nature of the matrix that could provide pulsatile drug release 'on-demand'.

  9. Cross-linked cationic diblock copolymer worms are superflocculants for micrometer-sized silica particles.

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    Penfold, Nicholas J W; Ning, Yin; Verstraete, Pierre; Smets, Johan; Armes, Steven P

    2016-12-01

    A series of linear cationic diblock copolymer nanoparticles are prepared by polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA) via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) aqueous dispersion polymerization of 2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate (HPMA) using a binary mixture of non-ionic and cationic macromolecular RAFT agents, namely poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO113, Mn = 4400 g mol(-1); Mw/Mn = 1.08) and poly([2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl]trimethylammonium chloride) (PQDMA125, Mn = 31 800 g mol(-1), Mw/Mn = 1.19). A detailed phase diagram was constructed to determine the maximum amount of PQDMA125 stabilizer block that could be incorporated while still allowing access to a pure worm copolymer morphology. Aqueous electrophoresis studies indicated that zeta potentials of +35 mV could be achieved for such cationic worms over a wide pH range. Core cross-linked worms were prepared via statistical copolymerization of glycidyl methacrylate (GlyMA) with HPMA using a slightly modified PISA formulation, followed by reacting the epoxy groups of the GlyMA residues located within the worm cores with 3-aminopropyl triethoxysilane (APTES), and concomitant hydrolysis/condensation of the pendent silanol groups with the secondary alcohol on the HPMA residues. TEM and DLS studies confirmed that such core cross-linked cationic worms remained colloidally stable when challenged with either excess methanol or a cationic surfactant. These cross-linked cationic worms are shown to be much more effective bridging flocculants for 1.0 μm silica particles at pH 9 than the corresponding linear cationic worms (and also various commercial high molecular weight water-soluble polymers.). Laser diffraction studies indicated silica aggregates of around 25-28 μm diameter when using the former worms but only 3-5 μm diameter when employing the latter worms. Moreover, SEM studies confirmed that the cross-linked worms remained intact after their adsorption onto the silica particles, whereas the much more

  10. Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Hugoniot Relations for Poly[methyl methacrylate

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    2011-11-01

    Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Hugoniot Relations for Poly[ methyl methacrylate ] by Tanya L. Chantawansri, Edward F. C. Byrd, Betsy M. Rice...Ground, MD 21005-5066 ARL-TR-5819 November 2011 Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Hugoniot Relations for Poly[ methyl methacrylate ...4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Hugoniot Relations for Poly[ methyl methacrylate ] 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER

  11. Preparation and evaluation of poly(alkyl methacrylate-co-methacrylic acid-co-ethylene dimethacrylate) monolithic columns for separating polar small molecules by capillary liquid chromatography.

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    Lin, Shu-Ling; Wu, Yu-Ru; Lin, Tzuen-Yeuan; Fuh, Ming-Ren

    2015-04-29

    In this study, methacrylic acid (MAA) was incorporated with alkyl methacrylates to increase the hydrophilicity of the synthesized ethylene dimethacrylate-based (EDMA-based) monoliths for separating polar small molecules by capillary LC analysis. Different alkyl methacrylate-MAA ratios were investigated to prepare a series of 30% alkyl methacrylate-MAA-EDMA monoliths in fused-silica capillaries (250-μm i.d.). The porosity, permeability, and column efficiency of the synthesized MAA-incorporated monolithic columns were characterized. A mixture of phenol derivatives is employed to evaluate the applicability of using the prepared monolithic columns for separating small molecules. Fast separation of six phenol derivatives was achieved in 5 min with gradient elution using the selected poly(lauryl methacrylate-co-MAA-co-EDMA) monolithic column. In addition, the effect of acetonitrile content in mobile phase on retention factor and plate height as well as the plate height-flow velocity curves were also investigated to further examine the performance of the selected poly(lauryl methacrylate-co-MAA-co-EDMA) monolithic column. Moreover, the applicability of prepared polymer-based monolithic column for potential food safety applications was also demonstrated by analyzing five aflatoxins and three phenicol antibiotics using the selected poly(lauryl methacrylate-co-MAA-co-EDMA) monolithic column.

  12. A Dual-Thermoresponsive Gemini-Type Supra-amphiphilic Macromolecular [3]Pseudorotaxane Based on Pillar[10]arene/Paraquat Cooperative Complexation.

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    Chi, Xiaodong; Yu, Guocan; Shao, Li; Chen, Jianzhuang; Huang, Feihe

    2016-03-09

    Herein, first we report the preparation of a thermoresponsive [3]pseudorotaxane from cooperative complexation between a water-soluble pillar[10]arene and a paraquat derivative in water. Then we successfully construct the first pillararene-based gemini-type supra-amphiphilic [3]pseudorotaxane from the water-soluble pillar[10]arene and a paraquat-containing poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) based on this new molecular recognition motif in water. This macromolecular [3]pseudorotaxane shows unique dual-thermoresponsiveness. Furthermore, it can self-assemble into polymeric vesicles at 37 °C in water. These vesicles can be further used in the controlled release of small molecules induced by cooling to 25 °C or heating to 60 °C.

  13. Thermoresponsive ophthalmic poloxamer/tween/carbopol in situ gels of a poorly water-soluble drug fluconazole: preparation and in vitro-in vivo evaluation.

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    Lihong, Wang; Xin, Che; Yongxue, Guo; Yiying, Bian; Gang, Cheng

    2014-10-01

    The purpose of the present study was to optimize the formulations of the thermoresponsive ophthalmic in situ gels of a poorly water-soluble drug fluconazole (FLU) and evaluate the in vitro and in vivo properties of the formulations. The thermoresponsive ophthalmic FLU in situ gels were prepared by mixing FLU, Poloxamer407, Tween80, benzalkonium chloride and carbopol934 in borate buffer solution. The in vivo eye irritation tests and ophthalmic absorption were carried out in rabbits. The formulation compositions influenced the physicochemical properties of FLU in situ gels. The amount of poloxamer407 in the formulation was the main factor that affected the sol-gel transition temperature of the products. Tween80 not only improved the solubility of the FLU but also affected the products' sol-gel transition temperature. In this study, sol-gel transition temperature was not affected by carbopol934. However, carbopol934 affected pH value, transparency and gelling capacity of the products. The product of the optimized formulation was a pseudoplastic fluid and its sol-gel transition temperature was 30.6 ± 1.2 °C. The autoclaving test showed that the sol-gel transition temperature, the flow ability and the flow behavior of the test samples did not change obviously after autoclaving sterilization at 121 °C and 15 psi for 20 min, thus the autoclaving was an acceptable sterilization method for this preparation. The thermoresponsive ophthalmic FLU in situ gels' in vivo ophthalmic absorption was superior to the conventional FLU eye drop. In conclusion, the thermoresponsive ophthalmic FLU in situ gel is a better alternative than the FLU eye drop.

  14. Shape-Persistent, Thermoresponsive Polypeptide Brushes Prepared by Vapor Deposition Surface-Initiated Ring-Opening Polymerization of α-Amino Acid N -Carboxyanhydrides

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    Shen, Yong; Desseaux, Solenne; Aden, Bethany; Lokitz, Bradley S.; Kilbey, S. Michael; Li, Zhibo; Klok, Harm-Anton

    2015-04-20

    We report that surface-grafting thermoresponsive polymers allows the preparation of thin polymer brush coatings with surface properties that can be manipulated by variation of temperature. In most instances, thermoresponsive polymer brushes are produced using polymers that dehydrate and collapse above a certain temperature. This report presents the preparation and properties of polymer brushes that show thermoresponsive surface properties, yet are shape-persistent in that they do not undergo main chain collapse. The polymer brushes presented here are obtained via vapor deposition surface-initiated ring-opening polymerization (SI-ROP) of γ-di- or tri(ethylene glycol)-modified glutamic acid N-carboxyanhydrides. Vapor deposition SI-ROP of γ-di- or tri(ethylene glycol)-modified L- or D-glutamic acid N-carboxyanhydrides affords helical surface-tethered polymer chains that do not show any changes in secondary structure between 10 and 70 °C. QCM-D experiments, however, revealed significant dehydration of poly(γ-(2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethyl)-l-glutamate) (poly(L-EG2-Glu)) brushes upon heating from 10 to 40 °C. At the same time, AFM and ellipsometry studies did not reveal significant variations in film thickness over this temperature range, which is consistent with the shape-persistent nature of these polypeptide brushes and indicates that the thermoresponsiveness of the films is primarily due to hydration and dehydration of the oligo(ethylene glycol) side chains. The results we present here illustrate the potential of surface-initiated NCA ring-opening polymerization to generate densely grafted assemblies of polymer chains that possess well-defined secondary structures and tunable surface properties. These polypeptide brushes complement their conformationally unordered counterparts that can be generated via surface-initiated polymerization of vinyl-type monomers and represent another step forward to biomimetic surfaces and interfaces.

  15. Shape-Persistent, Thermoresponsive Polypeptide Brushes Prepared by Vapor Deposition Surface-Initiated Ring-Opening Polymerization of α-Amino Acid N -Carboxyanhydrides

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    Shen, Yong; Desseaux, Solenne; Aden, Bethany; ...

    2015-04-20

    We report that surface-grafting thermoresponsive polymers allows the preparation of thin polymer brush coatings with surface properties that can be manipulated by variation of temperature. In most instances, thermoresponsive polymer brushes are produced using polymers that dehydrate and collapse above a certain temperature. This report presents the preparation and properties of polymer brushes that show thermoresponsive surface properties, yet are shape-persistent in that they do not undergo main chain collapse. The polymer brushes presented here are obtained via vapor deposition surface-initiated ring-opening polymerization (SI-ROP) of γ-di- or tri(ethylene glycol)-modified glutamic acid N-carboxyanhydrides. Vapor deposition SI-ROP of γ-di- or tri(ethylene glycol)-modifiedmore » L- or D-glutamic acid N-carboxyanhydrides affords helical surface-tethered polymer chains that do not show any changes in secondary structure between 10 and 70 °C. QCM-D experiments, however, revealed significant dehydration of poly(γ-(2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethyl)-l-glutamate) (poly(L-EG2-Glu)) brushes upon heating from 10 to 40 °C. At the same time, AFM and ellipsometry studies did not reveal significant variations in film thickness over this temperature range, which is consistent with the shape-persistent nature of these polypeptide brushes and indicates that the thermoresponsiveness of the films is primarily due to hydration and dehydration of the oligo(ethylene glycol) side chains. The results we present here illustrate the potential of surface-initiated NCA ring-opening polymerization to generate densely grafted assemblies of polymer chains that possess well-defined secondary structures and tunable surface properties. These polypeptide brushes complement their conformationally unordered counterparts that can be generated via surface-initiated polymerization of vinyl-type monomers and represent another step forward to biomimetic surfaces and interfaces.« less

  16. Detection of thermoresponsive polymer phase transition in dilute low-volume format by microscale thermophoretic depletion.

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    Wolff, Manuel; Braun, Dieter; Nash, Michael A

    2014-07-15

    Environmentally responsive polymers are becoming increasingly important in the biomaterials field for use as diagnostic reagents, drug carriers, and tissue engineering scaffolds. Characterizing polymer phase transitions by cloud point curves typically requires large milliliter volumes of sample at high micromolar solution concentrations. Here we present a method based on quantification of thermophoretic Soret diffusion that allows determination of polymer phase transitions using only ~1 μL of liquid at dilute nanomolar concentrations, effectively reducing the amount of sample required by a factor of 10(6). We prepared an oligo(ethylene glycol) (OEG) methyl ether methacrylate copolymer via RAFT polymerization. End-group modification with fluorescent BODIPY-maleimide provided a dye-labeled pOEG-BODIPY conjugate with a lower critical solution temperature (LCST) in the range of ~25-35 °C. Thermophoresis measurements in dilute solution demonstrated a marked change in polymer thermodiffusion in the vicinity of the LCST. We measured the temperature dependence of thermodiffusion and transformed these data sets into sigmoidal curves characterizing the phase transition of the polymer. Finite element modeling suggested a correction to the measured values that brought the transition temperatures measured by thermophoresis into accord with the cloud point curves. Our results demonstrate that observation of polymer thermodiffusion in a low volume dilute format is a facile method for determining polymer phase transition temperatures.

  17. Hardness of irradiated poly(methyl methacrylate) at elevated temperatures

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    Lu, K.-P.; Lee, Sanboh; Cheng, Cheu Pyeng

    2001-08-15

    The decrease in hardness induced by gamma irradiation in poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) has been investigated. The hardness is assumed to decrease linearly with the concentration of radiation-induced defects. Annealing at high temperatures induces defect annihilation as tracked by an increase in hardness. The annihilation follows first-order kinetics during isothermal annealing. The dependence of hardness on the reciprocal of the time constant satisfies the Arrhenius equation, and the corresponding activation energy of the kinetic process decreases with increasing dose. The hardness of postannealed PMMA decreases linearly with increasing dose. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  18. Methyl methacrylate permeability of dental and industrial gloves.

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    Thomas, Sebastian; Padmanabhan, T V

    2009-01-01

    Our study was undertaken to measure the amount and time it took for methyl methacrylate monomer (MMA) to permeate latex, vinyl and industrial neoprene gloves and to compare the results to obtain a rating of the permeability of each of the gloves studied to MMA. The monomer, permeated under static conditions, was measured using a spectrophotometer. Latex and vinyl clinical gloves became permeable to MMA in a very short amount of time. Neoprene industrial gloves remained impervious for 25 minutes. Dentists and dental technicians should be aware of the toxic effects of MMA and understand that clinical gloves do not afford protection from MMA.

  19. Characterization and degradation of functionalized chitosan with glycidyl methacrylate.

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    Flores-Ramírez, Nelly; Elizalde-Peña, Eduardo A; Vásquez-García, Salomón R; González-Hernández, Jesús; Martinez-Ruvalcaba, Agustín; Sanchez, Isaac C; Luna-Bárcenas, Gabriel; Gupta, Ram B

    2005-01-01

    The synthesis, characterization and degradation of a hybrid chitosan (CTS)/glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) material are reported. These versatile materials (natural-synthetic materials) are potential candidates for dental restoratives. All materials were characterized by infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction and thermal (DSC) analysis. Particular attention was paid to the thermal stability and chemical resistance of the hybrid CTS materials. From dynamical rheological tests, it was concluded that CTS-GMA solutions behave as physical hydrogels. These pH-sensitive gels are an example of stimuli-responsive polymers, also known as 'smart polymers'.

  20. Preparation of Novel Poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate-coglycidyl methacrylate)-Grafted Core-Shell Magnetic Chitosan Microspheres and Immobilization of Lactase

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    Zhao, Wei; Yang, Rui-Jin; Qian, Ting-Ting; Hua, Xiao; Zhang, Wen-Bin; Katiyo, Wendy

    2013-01-01

    Poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate-co-glycidyl methacrylate)-grafted magnetic chitosan microspheres (HG-MCM) were prepared using reversed-phase suspension polymerization method. The HG-MCM presented a core-shell structure and regular spherical shape with poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate-co-glycidyl methacrylate) grafted onto the chitosan layer coating the Fe3O4 cores. The average diameter of the magnetic microspheres was 10.67 μm, within a narrow size distribution of 6.6–17.4 μm. The saturation magnetization and retentivity of the magnetic microspheres were 7.0033 emu/g and 0.6273 emu/g, respectively. The application of HG-MCM in immobilization of lactase showed that the immobilized enzyme presented higher storage, pH and thermal stability compared to the free enzyme. This indicates that HG-MCM have potential applications in bio-macromolecule immobilization. PMID:23743822

  1. Preparation of novel poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate-co-glycidyl methacrylate)-grafted core-shell magnetic chitosan microspheres and immobilization of lactase.

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    Zhao, Wei; Yang, Rui-Jin; Qian, Ting-Ting; Hua, Xiao; Zhang, Wen-Bin; Katiyo, Wendy

    2013-06-06

    Poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate-co-glycidyl methacrylate)-grafted magnetic chitosan microspheres (HG-MCM) were prepared using reversed-phase suspension polymerization method. The HG-MCM presented a core-shell structure and regular spherical shape with poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate-co-glycidyl methacrylate) grafted onto the chitosan layer coating the Fe3O4 cores. The average diameter of the magnetic microspheres was 10.67 μm, within a narrow size distribution of 6.6-17.4 μm. The saturation magnetization and retentivity of the magnetic microspheres were 7.0033 emu/g and 0.6273 emu/g, respectively. The application of HG-MCM in immobilization of lactase showed that the immobilized enzyme presented higher storage, pH and thermal stability compared to the free enzyme. This indicates that HG-MCM have potential applications in bio-macromolecule immobilization.

  2. Synthesis of branched poly(methyl methacrylate)s via controlled/living polymerisations exploiting ethylene glycol dimethacrylate as branching agent.

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    Isaure, Francoise; Cormack, Peter A G; Graham, Susan; Sherrington, David C; Armes, Steven P; Bütun, Vural

    2004-05-07

    With appropriate choice of reaction composition and conditions, copolymerisation of methyl methacrylate and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate using Cu-based ATRP or GTP methodologies yields soluble branched polymers in facile one-pot reactions.

  3. Cell toxicity of methacrylate monomers-the role of glutathione adduct formation.

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    Ansteinsson, V; Kopperud, H B; Morisbak, E; Samuelsen, J T

    2013-12-01

    Polymer-based dental restorative materials are designed to polymerize in situ. However, the conversion of methacrylate monomer to polymer is never complete, and leakage of the monomer occurs. It has been shown that these monomers are toxic in vitro; hence concerns regarding exposure of patients and dental personnel have been raised. Different monomer methacrylates are thought to cause toxicity through similar mechanisms, and the sequestration of cellular glutathione (GSH) may be a key event. In this study we examined the commonly used monomer methacrylates, 2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate (HEMA), triethylenglycol-dimethacrylate (TEGDMA), bisphenol-A-glycidyl-dimethacrylate (BisGMA), glycerol-dimethacrylate (GDMA) and methyl-methacrylate (MMA). The study aimed to establish monomers' ability to complex with GSH, and relate this to cellular toxicity endpoints. Except for BisGMA, all the monomer methacrylates decreased the GSH levels both in cells and in a cell-free system. The spontaneous formation of methacrylate-GSH adducts were observed for all methacrylate monomers except BisGMA. However, we were not able to correlate GSH depletion and toxic response measured as SDH activity and changes in cell growth pattern. Together, the current study indicates mechanisms other than GSH-binding to be involved in the toxicity of methacrylate monomers.

  4. 21 CFR 177.2000 - Vinylidene chloride/methyl acrylate/methyl methacrylate polymers.

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    2010-04-01

    ... methacrylate polymers. 177.2000 Section 177.2000 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF...: POLYMERS Substances for Use as Basic Components of Single and Repeated Use Food Contact Surfaces § 177.2000 Vinylidene chloride/methyl acrylate/methyl methacrylate polymers. The vinylidene chloride/methyl...

  5. 40 CFR 721.6920 - Butyl acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted...

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    2011-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Butyl acrylate, polymer with... acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted silane. (a... butyl acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted...

  6. 40 CFR 721.6920 - Butyl acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted...

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    ... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Butyl acrylate, polymer with... acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted silane. (a... butyl acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted...

  7. 40 CFR 721.6920 - Butyl acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted...

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    2013-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Butyl acrylate, polymer with... acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted silane. (a... butyl acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted silane...

  8. 40 CFR 721.6920 - Butyl acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted...

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    2014-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Butyl acrylate, polymer with... acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted silane. (a... butyl acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted silane...

  9. 40 CFR 721.6920 - Butyl acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted...

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    2012-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Butyl acrylate, polymer with... acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted silane. (a... butyl acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted silane...

  10. Allergic contact gingivostomatitis from a temporary crown made of methacrylates and epoxy diacrylates.

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    Kanerva, L; Alanko, K; Estlander, T

    1999-12-01

    Occupational allergic contact dermatitis caused by (meth)acrylates is common in dental personnel, whereas dental acrylic fillings and crowns have rarely been reported to cause problems in dental patients. Here we report on a 48-year-old woman who developed gingivitis, stomatitis, and perioral dermatitis after a temporary crown made of restorative, two-component material had been inserted. The manufacturer stated that the temporary crown base paste and catalyst contained three (meth)acrylates, namely, a proacrylate, which is a modification of 2,2-bis[4-(2-hydroxy-3-methacryloxypropoxy)phenyl]propane (BIS-GMA); a tricyclate, which is a saturated, aliphatic, tricyclic methacrylate; and urethane methacrylate. The manufacturer refused to give more exact information on the (meth)acrylates. Patch testing revealed that the patient was highly allergic to BIS-GMA, other epoxy diacrylates, and (meth)acrylates, as well as to the base paste and catalyst of the temporary crown. Accordingly, it was concluded that the allergic reaction was caused by BIS-GMA, or a cross-reacting (meth)acrylate, or other (meth)acrylates in the temporary crown.

  11. CEC separation of heterocyclic amines using methacrylate monolithic columns.

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    Barceló-Barrachina, Elena; Moyano, Encarnación; Puignou, Lluís; Galceran, Maria Teresa

    2007-06-01

    Two methacrylate-based monolithic columns, one with a negatively charged group (sulfonic group) and another with a new monomer N,N-dimethylamino ethyl acrylate (DMAEA), were prepared and tested for the separation of basic compounds by CEC. This new monolithic stationary phase was prepared by the in situ polymerization of DMAEA with butyl methacrylate and ethylene dimethacrylate, using a ternary porogenic solvent consisting of water, 1-propanol and 1,4-butanediol. The performance of this column was evaluated by means of the analysis of a family of heterocyclic amines. Separation conditions such as pH, amount of organic modifier, ionic strength and elution mode (normal or counterdirectional flow) were studied. At the optimal running electrolyte composition, and using the counterdirectional mode, symmetrical electrochromatographic peaks were obtained, with the number of theoretical plates up to 30,000 and a good resolution between closely related peaks. The 2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propane-sulfonic acid column was used for CEC-MS, taking advantage of the compatibility of its elution mode (normal flow) with the MS coupling.

  12. Degradation of poly(methyl methacrylate) in solution

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    Madras, G.; Smith, J.M.; McCoy, B.J.

    1996-06-01

    The rate of degradation of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) to methyl methacrylate (MMA) was investigated in the liquid phase with toluene as the solvent. The degradation experiments were carried out in a tubular flow reactor at 1,000 psig (6.8 MPa) and at four different temperatures (200, 225, 275, and 300 C). The polymer concentration was varied by 1 to 4 g/L. A discrete model for the first-order rate of polymer degradation was derived and compared to the continuous kinetics approach. Both models lead to the same expression for monomer concentration increasing linearly with time. Rate constants were evaluated using the moments of the molecular weight distributions of the reacted and unreacted polymer. The rate was first order in polymer concentration, and the activation energy was 8.4 kcal/mol (34 kJ/mol). This activation energy suggests that the rate controlling step for the thermal degradation of PMMA is the depropagation process.

  13. The biological properties of a novel ethyl methacrylate resin.

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    Suzuki, T; Jinno, S; Hattori, N; Okeya, H; Ishikawa, A; Deguchi, M; Ohno, Y; Kawai, T; Noguchi, T

    2006-01-01

    A novel ethyl methacrylate (EMA) resin was developed to overcome the tissue, organ and systemic damage associated with the residual monomer of conventional methyl methacrylate (MMA) resin bone cement. EMA resin is a chemical/ photopolymerizable material and is easy to handle during clinical procedures. The biocompatibility of EMA was evaluated in accordance with ISO10993-6. No inflammatory response was observed 1 and 9 weeks after implantation in the dorsal subcutaneous tissue of ddY mice. EMA resin also demonstrated better biocompatibility when compared with conventional bone cements. Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) was used as a carrier for bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) and added to the EMA slurry. The EMA-PLLA composite membrane was sticky and BMP readily adhered to its surface. The EMA-PLLA-BMP composite membrane induced new bone formation, the new bone growing in the shape of the EMA in the thigh muscle pouch of ddY mice. This novel EMA resin has many potential clinical applications.

  14. Synthesis of Methyl Methacrylate from Coal-Derived Syngas

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    Gerald N. Choi; James J. Spivey; Jospeh R. Zoeller; Makarand R. Gogate; Richard D. Colberg; Samuel S. Tam

    1998-04-17

    Research Triangle Institute (RTI), Eastman Chemical Company, and Bechtel collectively are developing a novel three-step process for the synthesis of methyl methacrylate (MMA) from coal-derived syngas that consists of the steps of synthesis of a propionate, its condensation with formaldehyde to form methacrylic acid (MAA), and esterification of MAA with methanol to produce MMA. RTI has completed the research on the three-step methanol-based route to MMA. Under an extension to the original contract, RTI is currently evaluating a new DME-based process for MMA. The key research need for DME route is to develop catalysts for DME partial oxidation reactions and DME condensation reactions. Over the last month, RTI has finalized the design of a fixed-bed microreactor system for DME partial oxidation reactions. RTI incorporated some design changes to the feed blending system, so as to be able to blend varying proportions of DME and oxygen. RTI has also examined the flammability limits of DME-air mixtures. Since the lower flammability limit of DME in air is 3.6 volume percent, RTI will use a nominal feed composition of 1.6 percent in air, which is less than half the lower explosion limit for DME-air mixtures. This nominal feed composition is thus considered operationally safe, for DME partial oxidation reactions. RTI is also currently developing an analytical system for DME partial oxidation reaction system.

  15. Modified acrylic bone cement with high amounts of ethoxytriethyleneglycol methacrylate.

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    Pascual, B; Gurruchaga, M; Ginebra, M P; Gil, F J; Planell, J A; Vázquez, B; San Román, J; Goñi, I

    1999-03-01

    One cause of arthroplasty failure is the brittle mechanical behavior of bone cements. However, the improvement of cement formulations must also be accompanied by the maintenance of a wide variety of characteristics. New bone cements were obtained by the substitution of high percentages, up to 60% (v/v), of methyl methacrylate (MMA) by a higher molecular weight and more hydrophilic monomer, ethoxytriethyleneglycol methacrylate (TEG). The essential advantages of these materials were the decrease of maximum temperature together with a decrease in the residual monomer content with respect to conventional cement formulations. The water absorption process obeyed diffusion laws and the equilibrium water content increased by the introduction of higher percentages of the hydrophilic component. This characteristic had an appreciable effect on the viscoelastic behavior analyzed by DMTA. These modified bone cements had reduced polymerization shrinkage and similar levels of porosity. Tensile test revealed that the introduction of TEGMA gave rise to an important modification of the mechanical behavior, with a noticeable increase in the fracture strain. This fact was also confirmed by means of the analysis of the fracture surfaces by SEM.

  16. Antibacterial Adhesion of Polymethyl Methacrylate Modified by Borneol Acrylate.

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    Sun, Xueli; Qian, Zhiyong; Luo, Lingqiong; Yuan, Qipeng; Guo, Ximin; Tao, Lei; Wei, Yen; Wang, Xing

    2016-10-07

    Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) is a widely used biomaterial. But there is still a challenge facing its unwanted bacterial adhesion, because the subsequent biofilm formation usually leads to failure of related implants. Herein, we present a borneol-modified PMMA based on a facile and effective stereochemical strategy, generating antibacterial copolymer named as P(MMA-co-BA). It was synthesized by free radical polymerization and studied with different ratio between methyl methacrylate (MMA) and borneol acrylate (BA) monomers. NMR, GPC and EA etc. were used to confirm their chemical features. Their films were challenged with Escherichia coli (Gram-negative) and Bacillus subtilis (Gram-positive), showing a BA content-dependent antibacterial performance. The minimum effective dose should be 10%. Then in vivo subcutaneous implantations in mice demonstrated their biocompatibilities through routine histotomy and HE staining. Therefore, P(MMA-co-BA)s not only exhibited their unique antibacterial character, but also suggested a potential for the safe usage of borneol-modified PMMA frame and devices for further implantation.

  17. Superhydrophobic terpolymer nanofibers containing perfluoroethyl alkyl methacrylate by electrospinning

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    Cengiz, Ugur; Avci, Merih Z.; Erbil, H. Yildirim; Sarac, A. Sezai

    2012-05-01

    A new statistical terpolymer containing perfluoroethyl alkyl methacrylate (Zonyl-TM), methyl methacrylate and butyl acrylate, poly(Zonyl-TM-ran-MMA-ran-BA) was synthesized in supercritical carbon dioxide at 200 bar and 80 °C using AIBN as an initiator by heterogeneous free radical copolymerization. Nanofibers of this terpolymer were produced by electrospinning from its DMF solution. The structural and thermal properties of terpolymers and electrospun poly(Zonyl-TM-MMA-BA) nanofibers were analyzed using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry. Nanofiber morphology was investigated by scanning electron microscopy. Electrospun nanofiber layer was found to be superhydrophobic with a water contact angle of 172 ± 1° and highly oleophobic with hexadecane, glycerol and ethylene glycol contact angles of 70 ± 1°, 167 ± 1° and 163 ± 1° respectively. The change of the contact angle results on the electrospun fiber layer and flat terpolymer surfaces by varying feed monomer composition were compared and discussed in the text.

  18. Novel syngas-based process for methyl methacrylate

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    Gogate, M.R.; Spivey, J.J.; Zoeller, J.R.; Choi, G.N.; Tam, S.S.; Tischer, R.E.; Srivastava, R.D.

    1996-12-31

    Research Triangle Institute (RTI), Eastman Chemical Company, and Bechtel are developing a novel process for synthesis of methyl methacrylate (MMA) from coal-derived syngas, under a contract from the U.S. Department of Energy, Pittsburgh Energy Technology Center. This three-step process consists of synthesis of a propionate, its condensation with formaldehyde, and esterification of resulting methacrylic acid (MAA) with methanol to produce MMA. Eastman has focused on the research on propionate synthesis step. The resultant Mo catalysts work efficiently at much less severe conditions (170{degrees}C and 30 atm) than the conventional Ni catalysts (270{degrees}C and 180 atm). Bechtel has performed an extensive cost analysis, which shows that Eastman`s propionate synthesis process is competitive with other technologies to produce the anhydride. In the second step, RTI and Eastman have developed active and stable V-SI-P and Ta metal oxide catalysts for condensation reactions of propionates with formaldehyde. RTI has demonstrated a novel correlation among the catalyst acid-base properties, condensation reaction yield, and long-term catalyst activity. Current research focuses on enhancing the condensation reaction yields, acid-base properties, in situ condensation in a high- temperature, high-pressure (HTHP) slurry reactor, and alternate formaldehyde feedstocks. Based on Eastman and RTI laboratory reactor operating data, a cost estimate is also being developed for the integrated process.

  19. Effect of degree of branching on the thermoresponsive phase transition behaviors of hyperbranched multiarm copolymers: comparison of systems with LCST transition based on coil-to-globule transition or hydrophilic-hydrophobic balance.

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    Cheng, Haixing; Xie, Shaoai; Zhou, Yongfeng; Huang, Wei; Yan, Deyue; Yang, Jintian; Ji, Bing

    2010-05-20

    This work reports for the first time the influence of degree of branching (DB) on the thermoresponsive phase transition behaviors of hyperbranched multiarm copolymers. Two series of PEHO-star-PEOs (series A) and PEHO-star-PDMAEMAs (series B) with the hydrophobic DB-variable PEHO core and different kinds of linear arms (PEO arms or PDMAEMA arms) were synthesized. It was found these two series demonstrate thermoresponsive phase transitions with the lower critical solution temperature (LCST). The studies on the LCST transition mechanism indicate that series A belongs to the thermoresponsive polymer system with LCST transition based on hydrophilic-hydrophobic balance, while series B belongs to the thermoresponsive polymer system with LCST transition based on coil-to-globule transition. Correspondingly, there is a big difference in the DB dependence of LCST transition between series A and series B. For series A, the LCST phase transition is highly dependent on the DB of the PEHO core in copolymers. For series B, the LCST phase transition is independent of the DB but dependent on solution pH. Such results may extend the knowledge on the structure-activity relationship of thermoresponsive highly branched polymers.

  20. Use of luminescence of europium ions for the study of the interaction of polyelectrolyte hydrogels with multivalent cations

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    Smirnov, V.A.; Sukhadolski, G.A.; Philippova, O.E.; Khokhlov, A.R.

    1999-09-09

    Europium ions were used as fluorescent probes for examining the interaction of polyanionic hydrogels of chemically cross-linked poly(acrylic acid) and poly(methacrylic acid) with multivalent cations in aqueous medium. The fluorescence data indicate a strong and asymmetric binding of carboxylate groups to Eu{sup 3+} ions, leading to the expulsion of up to five water molecules from the solvation shell of the ion. The relaxation studies of the nonradiative energy transfer from europium to neodymium ions inside the gel revealed the formation of aggregates consisting of ca. seven rare earth ions (together with the corresponding countercharges of the network chains).

  1. The acute aquatic toxicity of a series of acrylate and methacrylate esters

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    Staples, C.A.; McLaughlin, J.E.; Hamilton, J.D.

    1994-12-31

    Acute aquatic toxicity data for several acrylate and methacrylate esters were reviewed. Acrylates included acrylic acid, ethyl-, and butyl-acrylate. Methacrylates included methacrylic acid, methyl-, and butyl-methacrylate. Tests were 48 hr or 96 hr standard flow through (invertebrates and fish) assays (measured exposure concentrations). These data are currently used in a risk assessment of acrylate/methacrylate environmental safety. Algal growth (Selanastrum capricomutum) 96 hr EC{sub 50}s were 0.17 mg/L (NOEC < 0.13 mg/L) for acrylic acid, 11.0 mg/L (NOEC < 6.5 mg/L) for ethyl acrylate, and 5.2 mg/L (NOEC < 3.8 mg/L) for butyl acrylate. Invertebrate (Daphnia magna) 48 hr LC{sub 50}s were 95.0 mg/L (NOEC 23.0 mg/L) for acrylic acid, 7.9 mg/L (NOEC 3.4 mg/L) for ethyl acrylate, and 8.2 mg/L (NOEC 2.4 mg/L) for butyl acrylate. Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) 96 hr LC{sub 50}s were 27.0 mg/L (NOEC 6.3 mg/L) for acrylic acid, 4.6 mg/L (NOEC 0.78 mg/L) for ethyl acrylate, and 5.2 mg/L (NOEC 3.8 mg/L) for butyl acrylate. Algae 96 hr EC{sub 50}s were 0.59 mg/L (NOEC 0.38 mg/L) for methacrylic acid, 170.0 mg/L (NOEC 100.0 mg/L) for methyl methacrylate, and 130.0 mg/L for butyl methacrylate. Daphnia magna 48 hr LC{sub 50}s were > 130.0 mg/L (NOEC 130.0 mg/L) for methacrylic acid, 69.0 mg/L (NOEC 48.0 mg/L) for methyl methacrylate, and 32.0 mg/L (NOEC 23.0 mg/L) for butyl methacrylate. Trout 96 hr LC{sub 50}s were 85.0 mg/L (NOEC 12.0 mg/L) for methacrylic acid and > 79.0 mg/L (NOEC 40.0 mg/L) for methyl methacrylate. The fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas) 96 hr LC{sub 50} was 11.0 mg/L for butyl methacrylate.

  2. Cation affinity numbers of Lewis bases.

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    Lindner, Christoph; Tandon, Raman; Maryasin, Boris; Larionov, Evgeny; Zipse, Hendrik

    2012-01-01

    Using selected theoretical methods the affinity of a large range of Lewis bases towards model cations has been quantified. The range of model cations includes the methyl cation as the smallest carbon-centered electrophile, the benzhydryl and trityl cations as models for electrophilic substrates encountered in Lewis base-catalyzed synthetic procedures, and the acetyl cation as a substrate model for acyl-transfer reactions. Affinities towards these cationic electrophiles are complemented by data for Lewis-base addition to Michael acceptors as prototypical neutral electrophiles.

  3. Poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate-co-dodecyl methacrylate-co-acrylic acid): synthesis, physico-chemical characterisation and nafcillin carrier.

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    Zecheru, Teodora; Rotariu, Traian; Rusen, Edina; Mărculescu, Bogdan; Miculescu, Florin; Alexandrescu, Laura; Antoniac, Iulian; Stancu, Izabela-Cristina

    2010-10-01

    In the present study polymeric microbeads of poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate-co-dodecyl methacrylate-co-acrylic acid) or p(HEMA-co-dDMA-co-AA) were synthesised and characterized through FT-IR and scanning electron microscopy (SEM); their swelling behavior against saline solution was explored and their in vitro cytotoxicity was evaluated. Further, in order to elucidate kinetic aspects regarding the ternary system p(HEMA-co-dDMA-co-AA), a mathematical model of the reactivity ratios of the comonomers in the terpolymer has been conceived and analyzed. An intensified tendency of AA units accumulation in the copolymer has been noticed, in spite of HEMA units, while dDMA conserves in the copolymer the fraction from the feed. Three compositions have been selected for nafcillin-loading and their in vitro release capacity was evaluated. The compositions of 80:10:10 and 75:10:15 M ratios appear suitable for further in vivo testing, in order to be used as drug delivery systems in the treatment of different osseous diseases.

  4. Structural characterization of a poly(methacrylic acid)-poly(methyl methacrylate) copolymer by nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectrometry.

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    Giordanengo, Rémi; Viel, Stéphane; Hidalgo, Manuel; Allard-Breton, Béatrice; Thévand, André; Charles, Laurence

    2009-11-03

    Mass spectrometry (MS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) have been combined to achieve the complete microstructural characterization of a poly(methacrylic acid)-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMAA-PMMA) copolymer synthesized by nitroxide-mediated polymerization. Various PMAA-PMMA species could be identified which mainly differ in terms of terminaisons. 1H and 13C NMR experiments revealed the structure of the end-groups as well as the proportion of each co-monomer in the copolymers. These end-group masses were further confirmed from m/z values of doubly charged copolymer anions detected in the single stage mass spectrum. In contrast, copolymer composition derived from MS data was not consistent with NMR results, obviously due to strong mass bias well known to occur during electrospray ionization of these polymeric species. Tandem mass spectrometry could reveal the random nature of the copolymer based on typical dissociation reactions, i.e., water elimination occurred from any two contiguous MAA units while MAA-MMA pairs gave rise to the loss of a methanol molecule. Polymer backbone cleavages were also observed to occur and gave low abundance fragment ions which allowed the structure of the initiating end-group to be confirmed.

  5. Analytical strategy for the molecular weight determination of random copolymers of poly(methyl methacrylate) and poly(methacrylic acid).

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    Giordanengo, Rémi; Viel, Stéphane; Hidalgo, Manuel; Allard-Breton, Béatrice; Thévand, André; Charles, Laurence

    2010-06-01

    Molecular weight characterization of random amphiphilic copolymers currently represents an analytical challenge. In particular, molecules composed of methacrylic acid (MAA) and methyl methacrylate (MMA) as the repeat units raise issues in commonly used techniques. The present study shows that when random copolymers cannot be properly ionized by MALDI, and hence detected and measured in MS, one possible analytical strategy is to transform them into homopolymers, which are more amenable to this ionization technique. Then, by combining the molecular weight of the so-obtained homopolymers, as measured by MS, with the relative molar proportion of the MMA and MMA units, as given by (1)H NMR spectrum, one can straightforwardly estimate the molecular weight of the initial copolymer. A methylation reaction was performed to transform MAA-MMA copolymer samples into PMMA homopolymers, using trimethylsilyldiazomethane as a derivatization agent. Weight average molecular weight (M(w)) parameters of the MAA-MMA copolymers could then be derived from M(w) values obtained for the methylated MAA-MMA molecules by MALDI, which were also validated by pulsed gradient spin echo (PGSE) NMR. An alkene function in one of the studied copolymer end-groups was also shown to react with the methylation agent, giving rise to MMA-like polymeric by-products characterized by tandem mass spectrometry and which could be avoided by adjusting the amount of the trimethylsilyldiazomethane in the reaction medium.

  6. Self-assembled, thermoresponsive micelles based on triblock PMMA-b-PNIPAAm-b-PMMA copolymer for drug delivery

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    Li, Y. Y.; Zhang, X. Z.; Zhu, J. L.; Cheng, H.; Cheng, S. X.; Zhuo, R. X.

    2007-05-01

    A novel thermosensitive amphiphilic ABA triblock poly(methyl methacrylate)-b-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-b-poly(methyl methacrylate) copolymer (PMMA-b-PNIPAAm-b-PMMA) comprised of two hydrophobic PMMA segments and one hydrophilic PNIPAAm segment was designed and synthesized. The structure of the copolymer was characterized by FT-IR, 1HNMR, and GPC analysis. The cytotoxicity study showed that the PMMA-b-PNIPAAm-b-PMMA copolymer exhibited low cytotoxicity. The copolymer was capable of self-assembling into micelles in water and demonstrated temperature sensitivity at around 34.5 °C. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed that the micelles exhibit nanosized spherical morphology within a size range of 60 nm with a critical micellar concentration (CMC) at 10 mg l-1. The drug-loading PMMA-b-PNIPAAm-b-PMMA micelles showed thermosensitive-controlled release which indicates the potential of PMMA-b-PNIPAAm-b-PMMA micelles as drug carriers.

  7. Long hydrophilic-and-cationic polymers: a different pathway toward preferential activity against bacterial over mammalian membranes.

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    Yang, Xin; Hu, Kan; Hu, Guantai; Shi, Danyao; Jiang, Yunjiang; Hui, Liwei; Zhu, Rui; Xie, Yuntao; Yang, Lihua

    2014-09-08

    We show that simply converting the hydrophobic moiety of an antimicrobial peptide (AMP) or synthetic mimic of AMPs (SMAMP) into a hydrophilic one could be a different pathway toward membrane-active antimicrobials preferentially acting against bacteria over host cells. Our biostatistical analysis on natural AMPs indicated that shorter AMPs tend to be more hydrophobic, and the hydrophilic-and-cationic mutants of a long AMP experimentally demonstrated certain membrane activity against bacteria. To isolate the effects of antimicrobials' hydrophobicity and systematically examine whether hydrophilic-and-cationic mutants could inherit the membrane activity of their parent AMPs/SMAMPs, we constructed a minimal prototypical system based on methacrylate-based polymer SMAMPs and compared the antibacterial membrane activity and hemolytic toxicity of analogues with and without the hydrophobic moiety. Antibacterial assays showed that the hydrophobic moiety of polymer SMAMPs consistently promoted the antibacterial activity but diminished in effectiveness for long polymers, and the resultant long hydrophilic-and-cationic polymers were also membrane active against bacteria. What distinguished these long mutants from their parent SMAMPs were their drastically reduced hemolytic toxicities and, as a result, strikingly enhanced selectivity. Similar toxicity reduction was observed with the hydrophilic-and-cationic mutants of long AMPs. Taken together, our results suggest that long hydrophilic-and-cationic polymers could offer preferential membrane activity against bacteria over host cells, which may have implications in future antimicrobial development.

  8. SYNTHESIS OF METHYL METHACRYLATE FROM COAL-DERIVED SYNGAS

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    BEN W.-L. JANG; GERALD N. CHOI; JAMES J. SPIVEY; JOSPEH R. ZOELLER; RICHARD D. COLBERG.

    1999-01-20

    Research Triangle Institute (RTI), Eastman Chemical Company, and Bechtel collectively are developing a novel three-step process for the synthesis of methyl methacrylate (MMA) from coal-derived syngas that consists of the steps of synthesis of a propionate, its condensation with formaldehyde to form methacrylic acid (MAA), and esterification of MAA with methanol to produce MMA. The research team has completed the research on the three-step methanol-based route to MMA. Under an extension to the original contract, we are currently evaluating a new DME-based process for MMA. The key research need for DME route is to develop catalysts for DME partial oxidation reactions and DME condensation reactions. Over the last quarter(Oct.-Dec./98), we have investigated the condensation between methyl propionate and formaldehyde (MP/HCHO=4.5/1) at various reaction temperatures(280-360EC) over 5%, 10%, and 20% Nb O /SiO catalysts. The conversion of HCHO increases with reaction 2 5 2 temperature and niobium loading. MMA+MAA selectivity goes through a maximum with the temperature over both 10% and 20% Nb O /SiO . The selectivities to MMA+MAA are 67.2%, 2 5 2 72.3%and 58.1% at 320EC over 5%, 10%, 20% Nb O /SiO , respectively. However, the 2 5 2 conversion of formaldehyde decreases rapidly with time on stream. The results suggest that silica supported niobium catalysts are active and selective for condensation of MP with HCHO, but deactivation needs to be minimized for the consideration of commercial application. We have preliminarily investigated the partial oxidation of dimethyl ether(DME) over 5% Nb O /SiO catalyst. Reactant gas mixture of 0.1% DME, 0.1% O and balance nitrogen is 2 5 2 2 studied with temperature ranging from 200C to 500C. The conversion of DME first increases with temperature reaching an maximum at 400C then decreases. The selectivity to HCHO also increases with reaction temperature first. But the selectivity to HCHO decreases at temperature above 350C accompanied by

  9. SYNTHESIS OF METHYL METHACRYLATE FROM COAL-DERIVED SYNGAS

    SciTech Connect

    BEN W.-L. JANG; GERALD N. CHOI; JAMES J. SPIVEY; JOSPEH R. ZOELLER; RICHARD D. COLBERG

    1999-01-20

    Research Triangle Institute (RTI), Eastman Chemical Company, and Bechtel collectively are developing a novel three-step process for the synthesis of methyl methacrylate (MMA) from coal-derived syngas that consists of the steps of synthesis of a propionate, its condensation with formaldehyde to form methacrylic acid (MAA), and esterification of MAA with methanol to produce MMA. The research team has completed the research on the three-step methanol-based route to MMA. Under an extension to the original contract, we are currently evaluating a new DME-based process for MMA. The key research need for DME route is to develop catalysts for DME partial oxidation reactions and DME condensation reactions. Over the last quarter(Oct.-Dec./98), we have investigated the condensation between methyl propionate and formaldehyde (MP/HCHO=4.5/1) at various reaction temperatures(280-360EC) over 5%, 10%, and 20% Nb O /SiO catalysts. The conversion of HCHO increases with reaction 2 5 2 temperature and niobium loading. MMA+MAA selectivity goes through a maximum with the temperature over both 10% and 20% Nb O /SiO . The selectivities to MMA+MAA are 67.2%, 2 5 2 72.3%and 58.1% at 320EC over 5%, 10%, 20% Nb O /SiO , respectively. However, the 2 5 2 conversion of formaldehyde decreases rapidly with time on stream. The results suggest that silica supported niobium catalysts are active and selective for condensation of MP with HCHO, but deactivation needs to be minimized for the consideration of commercial application. We have preliminarily investigated the partial oxidation of dimethyl ether(DME) over 5% Nb O /SiO catalyst. Reactant gas mixture of 0.1% DME, 0.1% O and balance nitrogen is 2 5 2 2 studied with temperature ranging from 200°C to 500°C. The conversion of DME first increases with temperature reaching an maximum at 400°C then decreases. The selectivity to HCHO also increases with reaction temperature first. But the selectivity to HCHO decreases at temperature above 350

  10. A thermo-responsive and photo-polymerizable chondroitin sulfate-based hydrogel for 3D printing applications.

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    Abbadessa, A; Blokzijl, M M; Mouser, V H M; Marica, P; Malda, J; Hennink, W E; Vermonden, T

    2016-09-20

    The aim of this study was to design a hydrogel system based on methacrylated chondroitin sulfate (CSMA) and a thermo-sensitive poly(N-(2-hydroxypropyl) methacrylamide-mono/dilactate)-polyethylene glycol triblock copolymer (M15P10) as a suitable material for additive manufacturing of scaffolds. CSMA was synthesized by reaction of chondroitin sulfate with glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) in dimethylsulfoxide at 50°C and its degree of methacrylation was tunable up to 48.5%, by changing reaction time and GMA feed. Unlike polymer solutions composed of CSMA alone (20% w/w), mixtures based on 2% w/w of CSMA and 18% of M15P10 showed strain-softening, thermo-sensitive and shear-thinning properties more pronounced than those found for polymer solutions based on M15P10 alone. Additionally, they displayed a yield stress of 19.2±7.0Pa. The 3D printing of this hydrogel resulted in the generation of constructs with tailorable porosity and good handling properties. Finally, embedded chondrogenic cells remained viable and proliferating over a culture period of 6days. The hydrogel described herein represents a promising biomaterial for cartilage 3D printing applications.

  11. Glycosyl Cations versus Allylic Cations in Spontaneous and Enzymatic Hydrolysis.

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    Danby, Phillip M; Withers, Stephen G

    2017-08-09

    Enzymatic prenyl and glycosyl transfer are seemingly unrelated reactions that yield molecules and protein modifications with disparate biological functions. However, both reactions employ diphosphate-activated donors and each proceed via cationic species: allylic cations and oxocarbenium ions, respectively. In this study, we explore the relationship between these processes by preparing valienyl ethers to serve as glycoside mimics that are capable of allylic rather than oxocarbenium cation stabilization. Rate constants for spontaneous hydrolysis of aryl glycosides and their analogous valienyl ethers were found to be almost identical, as were the corresponding activation enthalpies and entropies. This close similarity extended to the associated secondary kinetic isotope effects (KIEs), indicating very similar transition state stabilities and structures. Screening a library of over 100 β-glucosidases identified a number of enzymes that catalyze hydrolysis of these valienyl ethers with kcat values up to 20 s(-1). Detailed analysis of one such enzyme showed that ether hydrolysis occurs via the analogous mechanisms found for glycosides, and through a very similar transition state. This suggests that the generally lower rates of enzymatic cleavage of the cyclitol ethers reflects evolutionary specialization of these enzymes toward glycosides rather than inherent reactivity differences.

  12. Heavy metal cations permeate the TRPV6 epithelial cation channel.

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    Kovacs, Gergely; Danko, Tamas; Bergeron, Marc J; Balazs, Bernadett; Suzuki, Yoshiro; Zsembery, Akos; Hediger, Matthias A

    2011-01-01

    TRPV6 belongs to the vanilloid family of the transient receptor potential channel (TRP) superfamily. This calcium-selective channel is highly expressed in the duodenum and the placenta, being responsible for calcium absorption in the body and fetus. Previous observations have suggested that TRPV6 is not only permeable to calcium but also to other divalent cations in epithelial tissues. In this study, we tested whether TRPV6 is indeed also permeable to cations such as zinc and cadmium. We found that the basal intracellular calcium concentration was higher in HEK293 cells transfected with hTRPV6 than in non-transfected cells, and that this difference almost disappeared in nominally calcium-free solution. Live cell imaging experiments with Fura-2 and NewPort Green DCF showed that overexpression of human TRPV6 increased the permeability for Ca(2+), Ba(2+), Sr(2+), Mn(2+), Zn(2+), Cd(2+), and interestingly also for La(3+) and Gd(3+). These results were confirmed using the patch clamp technique. (45)Ca uptake experiments showed that cadmium, lanthanum and gadolinium were also highly efficient inhibitors of TRPV6-mediated calcium influx at higher micromolar concentrations. Our results suggest that TRPV6 is not only involved in calcium transport but also in the transport of other divalent cations, including heavy metal ions, which may have toxicological implications.

  13. Halogenated silanes, radicals, and cations

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    Wang, Liming; He, Yi-Liang

    2008-09-01

    Quantum chemistry study has been carried out on the structure and energetics of halogenated silanes, radicals, and cations (SiHxXy0,+1, X = F, Cl, Br; x + y = 1-4). The geometries are optimized at B3LYP/6-31+G(2df,p) level. The adiabatic ionization energiess (IEas), relative energetics of cations, proton affinities (PAs) of silanes, and the enthalpies of formation are predicted using G3(CC) model chemistry. Non-classical ion complex structures are found for hydrogenated cations and transition states connecting classical and non-classical structures are also located. The most stable cations for silylene and silyl radicals have their classical divalent and trivalent structures, and those for silanes have non-classical structures except for SiH3Br+ and SiH2Br2+. The non-classical structures for halosilane cations imply difficulty in experimentally measurement of the adiabatic ionization energies using photoionization or photoelectron studies. For SiH3X, SiH2X2, and SiHX3, the G3(CC) adiabatic IEas to classical ionic structures closest to their neutrals agree better with the photoelectron spectroscopic measurements. The transition states between classical and non-classical structures also hamper the photoionization determination of the appearance energies for silylene cations from silanes. The G3(CC) results for SiHx0,+1 agree excellently with the photoionization mass spectrometric study, and the results for fluorinated and chlorinated species also agree with the previous theoretical predictions at correlation levels from BAC-MP4 to CCSD(T)/CBS. The predicted enthalpy differences between SiH2Cl+, SiHCl2+, and SiCl3+ are also in accordance with previous kinetics study. The G3(CC) results show large discrepancies to the collision-induced charge transfer and/or dissociation reactions involving SiFx+ and SiClx+ ions, for which the G3(CC) enthalpies of formation are also significantly differed from the previous theoretical predictions, especially on SiFx+ (x = 2-4). The G3

  14. Cationic electrodepositable coating composition comprising lignin

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    Fenn, David; Bowman, Mark P; Zawacky, Steven R; Van Buskirk, Ellor J; Kamarchik, Peter

    2013-07-30

    A cationic electrodepositable coating composition is disclosed. The present invention in directed to a cationic electrodepositable coating composition comprising a lignin-containing cationic salt resin, that comprises (A) the reaction product of: lignin, an amine, and a carbonyl compound; (B) the reaction product of lignin, epichlorohydrin, and an amine; or (C) combinations thereof.

  15. Chest wall reconstruction with methacrylate prosthesis in Poland syndrome.

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    Arango Tomás, Elisabet; Baamonde Laborda, Carlos; Algar Algar, Javier; Salvatierra Velázquez, Angel

    2013-10-01

    Poland syndrome is a rare congenital malformation. This syndrome was described in 1841 by Alfred Poland at Guy's Hospital in London. It is characterized by hypoplasia of the breast and nipple, subcutaneous tissue shortages, lack of the costosternal portion of the pectoralis major muscle and associated alterations of the fingers on the same side. Corrective treatment of the chest and soft tissue abnormalities in Poland syndrome varies according to different authors. We report the case of a 17-year-old adolescent who underwent chest wall reconstruction with a methyl methacrylate prosthesis. This surgical procedure is recommended for large anterior chest wall defects, and it prevents paradoxical movement. Moreover it provides for individual remodeling of the defect depending on the shape of the patient's chest.

  16. Interaction between N-vinylpyrrolidone and methyl methacrylate

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    Zaitseva, V. V.; Shtonda, A. V.; Tyurina, T. G.; Bagdasarova, A. R.; Zaitsev, S. Yu.

    2014-04-01

    It is established that the interaction of the isomers of N-vinylpyrrolidone (NVP) and methyl methacrylate (MMA) leads to the formation of molecular π-H- and H-complexes with energies within the limits of 10.2-13.6 (AM1) or 18.2-24.0 (B3LYP/6-311++G( d)) kJ/mol. The structures of complex-bound molecules are examined with respect to changes in the charges on terminal -C1=C2- groups, the distance between them and atoms in an H-bond, and the presence of combined overlapping molecular orbitals (MOs). The presence of an averaged complex that includes presumably all possible structures and allows us to perform the copolymerization of specified monomers in the absence of an initiator is confirmed by means of UV and NMR spectroscopy.

  17. Methyl Methacrylate Polymerization in Nanoporous Matrix: Reactivity and Molecular Weight

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    Zhao, Haoyu; Simon, Sindee

    2011-03-01

    The influence of nanoconfinement on the free radical polymerization of methyl methacrylate is investigated. Nanoporous controlled pore glass (CPG) is used as a nanoconfining matrix for the polymerization. The reaction is followed by measuring heat flow as a function of reaction time during isothermal polymerization using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Preliminary results indicate several interesting effects for polymerization in 110 nm diameter pores: the induction time increases under nanoconfinement, the effective reaction rate constant increases, the effective activation energy is unchanged, and the gel effect or autoaccleration occurs at earlier times after induction. The latter result concerning the gel effect is presumably due to the decrease in diffusivity under nanoconfinement which results in a decrease in the termination rate of free radicals. The cause of the longer induction times and accelerated reaction rates just after induction are under investigation. The influence of nanoconfinement on molecular weight will also be examined.

  18. Radiation synthesis of nanosilver nanohydrogels of poly(methacrylic acid)

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    Gupta, Bhuvanesh; Gautam, Deepti; Anjum, Sadiya; Saxena, Shalini; Kapil, Arti

    2013-11-01

    Nanosilver nanohydrogels (nSnH) of poly(methacrylic acid) were synthesized and stabilized using gamma irradiation. The main objective of this study was to develop silver nanoparticles and to evaluate the antimicrobial activity. Radiation helps in the polymerization, crosslinking and reduction of silver nitrate as well. Highly stable and uniformly distributed silver nanoparticles have been obtained within hydrogel network by water in oil nanoemulsion polymerization and were evaluated by dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) respectively. TEM showed almost spherical and uniform distribution of silver nanoparticles through the hydrogel network. The mean size of silver nanoparticles ranging is 10-50 nm. The nanohydrogels showed good swelling in water. Antibacterial studies of nSnH suggest that it can be a good candidate as coating material in biomedical applications.

  19. Study of scintillation in natural and synthetic quartz and methacrylate

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    Amaré, J.; Borjabad, S.; Cebrián, S.; Cuesta, C.; Fortuño, D.; García, E.; Ginestra, C.; Gómez, H.; Herrera, D. C.; Martínez, M.; Oliván, M. A.; Ortigoza, Y.; Ortiz de Solórzano, A.; Pobes, C.; Puimedón, J.; Sarsa, M. L.; Villar, J. A.; Villar, P.

    2014-06-01

    Samples from different materials typically used as optical windows or light guides in scintillation detectors were studied in a very low background environment, at the Canfranc Underground Laboratory, searching for scintillation. A positive result can be confirmed for natural quartz: two distinct scintillation components have been identified, not being excited by an external gamma source. Although similar effect has not been observed neither for synthetic quartz nor for methacrylate, a fast light emission excited by intense gamma flux is evidenced for all the samples in our measurements. These results could affect the use of these materials in low energy applications of scintillation detectors requiring low radioactive background conditions, as they entail a source of background.

  20. Porous conductive polyblends of polyaniline in poly(methyl methacrylate)

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    Price, Aaron D.; Naguib, Hani E.

    2008-03-01

    The conductive polymer polyaniline is typically blended with conventional industrial thermoplastics in order to obtain an electrically conductive polymer blend with adequate mechanical properties. Processing these polyblends into foams yields a porous conductive material that exhibits immense application potential such as dynamic separation media and low-density electrostatic discharge protection. In the current study, the morphology of a thermally-processable blend consisting of an electrically conductive polyaniline-dodecylbenzene sulfonic acid complex and poly(methyl methacrylate) is explored using a two-phase batch foaming setup. The effect of blend composition and processing parameters on the resulting cellular morphology is investigated. Finally, the impact of the underlying microstructure on the frequency dependent electrical conductivity is elucidated.