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  1. The Calculation of Ho Production by indirect Method and Preparation of Polymeric Microsphere for Radioembolisation

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    Choi, K. H.; Kim, J. B.; Park, U. J.; Cho, E. H.; Nam, S. S.; Yoo, K. M.; Jang, K. D. [KAERI, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-05-15

    The reactor-produced radiolanthanides have been essential for development of therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals because they emit proper beta energies to induce tumor necrosis. Some radiolanthanides are very useful in that they have the ability of simultaneous diagnosis and therapeutic effect. This nuclide with both capacities is called as theranostic nuclide. In general, radiolanthanides can be produced by (n,γ) and (n,γ)β reaction. Of the two reactions, (n,γ)β reaction-product, shows high specific activity which is important things to affect labeling yield, is suitable for preparing the radiophamaceuticals comprising the antibody or peptide. Some radiolanthanides show the good theranostic effect in that they have proper LET (Linear Energy Transfer) to induce apoptosis for cancer and gamma ray to use as a tracer for cancer diagnosis. Although Ho-166 has been studied for therapeutic purpose since early 1990, production has been limited to direct method. To inject Dy/Ho mixture into the microsphere, we first set-up the concepts which are prior metal-administration method and posterior administration method. The latter is shown in this paper. Metal inletting process was done by using alternating between vacuum and pressurization. To prevent the leak of metal ions from metal/microsphere hybrid, surface coating was done by using interfacial reaction between saline and THF contained Poly lactic acid. Surface coating is simply completed just swiveling the vial. All experiments in this study, we just only tested with cold state.

  2. Radioembolisation for treatment of pediatric hepatocellular carcinoma

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    Hawkins, Clifford Matthew; Kukreja, Kamlesh [Cincinnati Children' s Hospital Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Cincinnati, OH (United States); Geller, James I. [Cincinnati Children' s Hospital Medical Center, Department of Hematology/Oncology, Cincinnati, OH (United States); Schatzman, Carmen; Ristagno, Ross [University of Cincinnati, UC Health, Department of Radiology, Division of Interventional Radiology, Cincinnati, OH (United States)

    2013-07-15

    Transarterial radioembolisation with yttrium-90 (TARE-Y90), a catheter-directed therapy, has been used extensively in adults to treat primary and secondary hepatic malignancies. To our knowledge, the use of this palliative technique has not been described in children. We present two children with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) treated with TARE-Y90. (orig.)

  3. Protocell-like Microspheres from Thermal Polyaspartic Acid

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    Bahn, Peter R.; Pappelis, Aristotel; Bozzola, John

    2006-12-01

    One of the most prominent amino acids to appear in monomer-generating origin-of-life experiments is aspartic acid. Hugo Schiff found in 1897 that aspartic acid polymerizes when heated to form polyaspartylimide which hydrolyzes in basic aqueous solution to form thermal polyaspartic acid which is a branched polypeptide. We recently reported at the ISSOL 2005 Conference that commercially made thermal polyaspartic acid forms microspheres when heated in boiling water and allowed to cool. In a new experiment we heated aspartic acid at 180°C for up to 100 h to form thermal polyaspartylimide which when heated in boiling water without addition of base hydrolyzed to form thermal polyaspartic acid which upon cooling formed microspheres. Thermal polyaspartic acid microspheres appear protocell-like in the sense of being prebiotically plausible lattices or containers that could eventually have been filled with just the right additions of primordial proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and metabolites so as to constitute protocells capable of undergoing further chemical and biological evolution. Thermal polyaspartic acid microspheres are extremely simple models of protocells that are more amenable to precise quantitative experimental investigation than the proteinoid microspheres of Sidney W. Fox. We present here scanning electron microscope images of such thermal polyaspartic acid microspheres. Figure 1 shows thermal polyaspartic acid microspheres from l-aspartic acid heated at 180°C for 50 h, at a magnification of 3,500×. Figure 2 shows thermal polyaspartic acid microspheres from the same sample at a magnification of 7,000×. The thermal polyaspartic acid microspheres have a diameter of approximately 1 μm These images were viewed with a Hitachi S2460N scanning electron microscope at 20 kV acceleration voltage. [Figure not available: see fulltext.][Figure not available: see fulltext.

  4. Biodegradable poly (lactic acid) microspheres containing total ...

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    Drug-releasing behaviour from microspheres was affected by the concentration of emulsifier and the stirring rate. The results demonstrated that a medicated system, which can be potentially applied within a drug delivery system, was designed. This system acts in a systematic manner for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

  5. [Study on preparation process of artesunate polylactic acid microspheres].

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    Pan, Xu-Wang; Wang, Wei; Fang, Hong-Ying; Wang, Fu-Gen; Cai, Zhao-Bin

    2013-12-01

    This study aims to investigate the preparation process and in vitro release behavior of artesunate polylactic acid microspheres, in order to prepare an artesunate polylactic acid (PLA) administration method suitable for hepatic arterial embolization. With PLA as the material and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) as the emulsifier, O/W emulsion/solvent evaporation method was adopted to prepare artesunate polylactic acid microspheres, and optimize the preparation process. With drug loading capacity, encapsulation efficiency and particle size as indexes, a single factor analysis was made on PLA concentration, PVA concentration, drug loading ratio and stirring velocity. Through an orthogonal experiment, the optimal processing conditions were determined as follows: PLA concentration was 9. 0% , PVA concentration was 0. 9% , drug loading ratio was 1:2 and stirring velocity was 1 000 r x min(-1). According to the verification of the optimal process, microsphere size, drug loading and entrapment rate of artesunate polylactic acid microspheres were (101.7 +/- 0.37) microm, (30.8 +/- 0.84)%, (53.6 +/- 0.62)%, respectively. The results showed that the optimal process was so reasonable and stable that it could lay foundation for further studies.

  6. Effects of the Gram stain on microspheres from thermal polyamino acids.

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    FOX, S W; YUYAMA, S

    1963-02-01

    Fox, Sidney W. (The Florida State University, Tallahassee) and Shuhei Yuyama. Effects of the Gram stain on microspheres from thermal polyamino acids. J. Bacteriol. 85:279-283. 1963.-Microspheres produced from acid proteinoid accept the Gram stain. The stain is negative, but microspheres produced from mixtures containing a sufficient proportion of lysine proteinoid stain positive. Microspheres produced from mixtures containing the appropriate proportions contain individuals which stain positive and others which stain negative.

  7. EFFECTS OF THE GRAM STAIN ON MICROSPHERES FROM THERMAL POLYAMINO ACIDS1

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    Fox, Sidney W.; Yuyama, Shuhei

    1963-01-01

    Fox, Sidney W. (The Florida State University, Tallahassee) and Shuhei Yuyama. Effects of the Gram stain on microspheres from thermal polyamino acids. J. Bacteriol. 85:279–283. 1963.—Microspheres produced from acid proteinoid accept the Gram stain. The stain is negative, but microspheres produced from mixtures containing a sufficient proportion of lysine proteinoid stain positive. Microspheres produced from mixtures containing the appropriate proportions contain individuals which stain positive and others which stain negative. Images PMID:13959050

  8. Radioembolisation for liver metastases: results from a prospective 151 patient multi-institutional phase II study.

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    Benson, Al B; Geschwind, Jean-Francois; Mulcahy, Mary F; Rilling, William; Siskin, Gary; Wiseman, Greg; Cunningham, James; Houghton, Bonny; Ross, Mason; Memon, Khairuddin; Andrews, James; Fleming, Chad J; Herman, Joseph; Nimeiri, Halla; Lewandowski, Robert J; Salem, Riad

    2013-10-01

    To investigate the safety, response rate, progression-free and overall survival of patients with liver metastases treated with (90)Y (glass) radioembolisation in a prospective, multicenter phase II study. 151 patients with liver metastases (colorectal n=61, neuroendocrine n=43 and other tumour types n=47) refractory to standard of care therapies were enrolled in this prospective, multicenter, phase II study under an investigational device exemption. Clinical/laboratory/imaging follow-up were obtained at 30 days followed by 3-month intervals for 1 year and every 6 months thereafter. The primary end-point was progression-free survival (PFS); secondary end-points included safety, hepatic progression-free survival (HPFS), response rate and overall survival. Median age was 66 (range 25-88). Grade 3/4 adverse events included pain (12.8%), elevated alkaline phospatase (8.1%), hyperbilirubinemia (5.3%), lymphopaenia (4.1%), ascites (3.4%) and vomiting (3.4%). Treatment parameters including dose delivery were reproducible among centers. Disease control rates were 59%, 93% and 63% for colorectal, neuroendocrine and other primaries, respectively. Median PFS was 2.9 and 2.8 months for colorectal and other primaries, respectively. PFS was not achieved in the neuroendocrine group. Median survival from (90)Y treatment was 8.8 months for colorectal and 10.4 months for other primaries. Median survival for neuroendocrine patients has not been reached. Patients with liver metastases can be safely treated with (90)Y microspheres. This study is the first to demonstrate technical and dose reproducibility of (90)Y glass microspheres between centers in a prospective setting. Based on these promising data, three international, multicenter, randomised phase III studies in colorectal and hepatocellular carcinoma have been initiated. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Synthesis and characterization of magnesium gluconate contained poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)/chitosan microspheres

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    Rahman, Shekh M. [Department of Chemical, Biological and Bioengineering, North Carolina A& T State University, 1601 East Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27411 (United States); NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials, North Carolina A& T State University, Greensboro, NC 27411 (United States); Mahoney, Christopher [Department of Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, 4200 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15250 (United States); Sankar, Jagannathan [NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials, North Carolina A& T State University, Greensboro, NC 27411 (United States); Department of Mechanical Engineering, North Carolina A& T State University, 1601 East Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27411 (United States); Marra, Kacey G. [NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials, North Carolina A& T State University, Greensboro, NC 27411 (United States); Department of Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, 4200 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15250 (United States); Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, 200 Lothrop Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15250 (United States); McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, 450 Technology Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15250 (United States); Bhattarai, Narayan, E-mail: nbhattar@ncat.edu [Department of Chemical, Biological and Bioengineering, North Carolina A& T State University, 1601 East Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27411 (United States); NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials, North Carolina A& T State University, Greensboro, NC 27411 (United States)

    2016-01-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Magnesium gluconate contained PLGA/chitosan microspheres were fabricated. • In vitro release of magnesium ions was performed using Xylidyl Blue assay. • Chitosan coated PLGA can significantly control the release of magnesium ions. • Cellular compatibility was tested using adipose-derived stem cells and PC12 cells. • The cells encounter acceptably low levels of damage in contact with microspheres. - Abstract: The goal of this study was to fabricate and investigate the chitosan coated poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microspheres for the development of controlled release magnesium delivery system. PLGA based microspheres are ideal vehicles for many controlled release drug delivery applications. Chitosan is a naturally occurring biodegradable and biocompatible polysaccharide, which can coat the surface of PLGA to alter the release of drugs. Magnesium gluconate (MgG) was encapsulated in the PLGA and PLGA/chitosan microspheres by utilizing the double emulsion solvent evaporation technique for controlled release study. The microspheres were tested with respect to several physicochemical and biological properties, including morphology, chemical structure, chitosan adsorption efficiency, magnesium encapsulation efficiency, in vitro release of magnesium ions, and cellular compatibility using both human adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) and PC12 cells. Chitosan coated PLGA microspheres can significantly control the release of magnesium ions compared to uncoated PLGA microspheres. Both coated and uncoated microspheres showed good cellular compatibility.

  10. Liraglutide-loaded poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) microspheres: Preparation and in vivo evaluation.

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    Wu, Junzi; Williams, Gareth R; Branford-White, Christopher; Li, Heyu; Li, Yan; Zhu, Li-Min

    2016-09-20

    In this work, we sought to generate sustained-release injectable microspheres loaded with the GLP-1 analogue liraglutide. Using water-in-oil-in-water double emulsion methods, poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microspheres loaded with liraglutide were prepared. The microspheres gave sustained drug release over 30days, with cumulative release of up to 90% reached in vitro. The microspheres were further studied in a rat model of diabetes, and their performance compared with a group given daily liraglutide injections. Reduced blood sugar levels were seen in the microsphere treatment groups, with the results being similar to those obtained with conventional injections between 10 and 25days after the commencement of treatment. After 5 and 30days of treatment, the microspheres seem a little slower to act than the injections. The pathology of the rats' spleen, heart, kidney and lungs was probed after the 30-day treatment period, and the results indicated that the microspheres were safe and had beneficial effects on the liver, reducing the occurrence of fatty deposits seen in untreated diabetic rats. Moreover, in terms of liver, renal and cardiac functions, and blood lipid and antioxidant levels, the microspheres were as effective as the injections. The expression of several proteases linked to the metabolism of aliphatic acids and homocysteine was promoted by the microsphere formulations. Inflammatory markers in the microsphere treatment groups were somewhat higher than the injection group, however. The liraglutide/PLGA microspheres prepared in this work are overall shown to be efficacious in a rat model of diabetes, and we thus believe they have strong potential for clinical use. Crown Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Preparation of magnetic polylactic acid microspheres and investigation of its releasing property for loading curcumin

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    Li Fengxia [Heilongjiang Key Laboratory of Molecular Design and Preparation of Flame Retarded Materials, College of Science, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin 150040 (China); Li Xiaoli, E-mail: lixiaoli0903@163.com [Heilongjiang Key Laboratory of Molecular Design and Preparation of Flame Retarded Materials, College of Science, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin 150040 (China); Li Bin, E-mail: libinzh62@163.com [Heilongjiang Key Laboratory of Molecular Design and Preparation of Flame Retarded Materials, College of Science, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin 150040 (China)

    2011-11-15

    In order to obtain a targeting drug carrier system, magnetic polylactic acid (PLA) microspheres loading curcumin were synthesized by the classical oil-in-water emulsion solvent-evaporation method. In the Fourier transform infrared spectra of microspheres, the present functional groups of PLA were all kept invariably. The morphology and size distribution of magnetic microspheres were observed with scanning electron microscopy and dynamic light scattering, respectively. The results showed that the microspheres were regularly spherical and the surface was smooth with a diameter of 0.55-0.75 {mu}m. Magnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} was loaded in PLA microspheres and the content of magnetic particles was 12 wt% through thermogravimetric analysis. The magnetic property of prepared microspheres was measured by vibrating sample magnetometer. The results showed that the magnetic microspheres exhibited typical superparamagnetic behavior and the saturated magnetization was 14.38 emu/g. Through analysis of differential scanning calorimetry, the curcumin was in an amorphous state in the magnetic microspheres. The drug loading, encapsulation efficiency and releasing properties of curcumin in vitro were also investigated by ultraviolet-visible spectrum analysis. The results showed that the drug loading and encapsulation efficiency were 8.0% and 24.2%, respectively. And curcumin was obviously slowly released because the cumulative release percentage of magnetic microspheres in the phosphate buffer (pH=7.4) solution was only 49.01% in 72 h, and the basic release of curcumin finished in 120 h. - Highlights: > We prepare magnetic polylactic acid microspheres loading curcumin. > The classical oil-in-water emulsion solvent-evaporation method is used. > The magnetic microspheres are regularly spherical with a diameter of 0.55-0.75 {mu}m. > They show a certain sustained release effect on in vitro drug releasing.

  12. Nasal administration of heparin-loaded microspheres based on poly(lactic acid).

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    Yildiz, Ayca; Okyar, Alper; Baktir, Gül; Araman, Ahmet; Ozsoy, Yildiz

    2005-01-01

    In this study, heparin-loaded microspheres having smooth surface and small particle size were designed in order to provide the absorption of heparin through nasal mucosa. For this purpose, microspheres at different polymer/drug ratios (1:10, 1:2.5 and 1:1) and at different concentrations of polyvinyl alcohol, emulsifying agent (1.5% and 2.5% w/v) were prepared by solvent evaporation method with poly(lactic acid). The microspheres were for evaluated shape and surface properties, particle size, production yield, encapsulation efficiency and in vitro drug release. Based on the in vitro data, selected microspheres were applied by nasal route to Wistar albino rats. According to in vivo studies, heparin-loaded microspheres may be used by nasal route as an alternative to parenteral route.

  13. Synthesis and characterization of poly(lactic acid-co-glycolic acid) complex microspheres as drug carriers.

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    Wang, Fang; Liu, Xiuxiu; Yuan, Jian; Yang, Siqian; Li, Yueqin; Gao, Qinwei

    2016-10-01

    Poly(lactic-co-glycolic) acid (PLGA) is synthesized via melt polycondensation directly from lactic acid and glycolic acid with a feed molar ratio of 75/25. Bovine serum albumin, which is used as model protein, is entrapped into the poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) microspheres with particle size of 260.9 ± 20.0 nm by the double emulsification method. Then it is the first report of producing more carboxyl groups by poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) surface hydrolysis. The purpose is developing poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) microspheres surface, which is modified with chitosan by chemical reaction between carboxyl groups and amine groups. The particle size and the positive zeta potential of the poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)/chitosan microspheres are 388.2 ± 35.6 nm and 10.4 ± 2.9 mV, respectively. The drug loading ratio and encapsulation efficacy of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)/chitosan microspheres are 36.3% and 57.5%, which are higher than PLGA microspheres. Furthermore, the drug burst release of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)/chitosan microspheres at 10 h is decreased to 21.72% while the corresponding value of the poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) microsphere is 64.56%. These results reveal that surface hydrolysis modification of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) is an efficient method to improve the negative potential and chemical reaction properties of the polymer. And furthermore, this study shows that chitosan-modified poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) microspheres is a promising system for the controlled release of pharmaceutical proteins. © The Author(s) 2016.

  14. The Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of Lidocaine-Loaded Biodegradable Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) Microspheres

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    Liu, Jianming; Lv, Xin

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to develop novel lidocaine microspheres. Microspheres were prepared by the oil-in-water (o/w) emulsion technique using poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide acid) (PLGA) for the controlled delivery of lidocaine. The average diameter of lidocaine PLGA microspheres was 2.34 ± 0.3 μm. The poly disperse index was 0.21 ± 0.03, and the zeta potential was +0.34 ± 0.02 mV. The encapsulation efficiency and drug loading of the prepared microspheres were 90.5% ± 4.3% and 11.2% ± 1.4%. In vitro release indicated that the lidocaine microspheres had a well-sustained release efficacy, and in vivo studies showed that the area under the curve of lidocaine in microspheres was 2.02–2.06-fold that of lidocaine injection (p lidocaine microspheres showed a significant release effect in rats, that the process to achieve efficacy was calm and lasting and that the analgesic effect had a significant dose-dependency. PMID:25268618

  15. Quantifying the influence of humic acid adsorption on colloidal microsphere deposition onto iron-oxide-coated sand

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    Yang, X. [School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Queen' s University Belfast, David Keir Building, Stranmillis Road, Belfast, BT9 5AG Northern Ireland (United Kingdom); Flynn, R., E-mail: r.flynn@qub.ac.u [School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Queen' s University Belfast, David Keir Building, Stranmillis Road, Belfast, BT9 5AG Northern Ireland (United Kingdom); Kammer, F. von der; Hofmann, T. [Department of Environmental Geosciences, University of Vienna, Althanstrasse 14, 1090 Vienna (Austria)

    2010-12-15

    This article describes an approach for quantifying microsphere deposition onto iron-oxide-coated sand under the influence of adsorbed Suwannee River Humic Acid (SRHA). The experimental technique involved a triple pulse injection of model latex microspheres (microspheres) in pulses of (1) microspheres, followed by (2) SRHA, and then (3) microspheres, into a column filled with iron-coated quartz sand as a water-saturated porous medium. A random sequential adsorption model (RSA) simulated the gradual rise in the first (microsphere) breakthrough curve (BTC). Using the same model calibration parameters a dramatic increase in concentration at the start of the second particle BTC, generated after SRHA injection, could be simulated by matching microsphere concentrations to extrapolated RSA output. RSA results and microsphere/SRHA recoveries showed that 1 {mu}g of SRHA could block 5.90 {+-} 0.14 x 10{sup 9} microsphere deposition sites. This figure was consistent between experiments injecting different SRHA masses, despite contrasting microsphere deposition/release regimes generating the second microsphere BTC. - This paper describes a method to quantify the influence of humic acid adsorption on particulate colloid deposition in saturated porous media.

  16. Biodegradable poly(lactic acid) microspheres containing total ...

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    herbal, can relieve symptom of rheumatosis, blood segre- gation and pain .... All samples demon- strated an initial burst of drug release, about 20–40% of the total within the first 2 h of incubating. Thereafter. Figure 3. FT–IR spectra of (a) PLA; (b) PLA microspheres ... spheres will take more time to gradually move from the.

  17. A simple and robust method for pre-wetting poly (lactic-co-glycolic) acid microspheres.

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    Wright, Bernice; Parmar, Nina; Bozec, Laurent; Aguayo, Sebastian D; Day, Richard M

    2015-08-01

    Poly (lactic-co-glycolic) acid microspheres are amenable to a number of biomedical procedures that support delivery of cells, drugs, peptides or genes. Hydrophilisation or wetting of poly (lactic-co-glycolic) acid are an important pre-requisites for attachment of cells and can be achieved via exposure to plasma oxygen or nitrogen, surface hydrolysis with NaOH or chloric acid, immersion in ethanol and water, or prolonged incubation in phosphate buffered saline or cell culture medium. The aim of this study is to develop a simple method for wetting poly (lactic-co-glycolic) acid microspheres for cell delivery applications. A one-step ethanol immersion process that involved addition of serum-supplemented medium and ethanol to PLGA microspheres over 30 min-24 h is described in the present study. This protocol presents a more efficient methodology than conventional two-step wetting procedures. Attachment of human skeletal myoblasts to poly (lactic-co-glycolic) acid microspheres was dependent on extent of wetting, changes in surface topography mediated by ethanol pre-wetting and serum protein adsorption. Ethanol, at 70% (v/v) and 100%, facilitated similar levels of wetting. Wetting with 35% (v/v) ethanol was only achieved after 24 h. Pre-wetting (over 3 h) with 70% (v/v) ethanol allowed significantly greater (p ≤ 0.01) serum protein adsorption to microspheres than wetting with 35% (v/v) ethanol. On serum protein-loaded microspheres, greater numbers of myoblasts attached to constructs wetted with 70% ethanol than those partially wetted with 35% (v/v) ethanol. Microspheres treated with 70% (v/v) ethanol presented a more rugose surface than those treated with 35% (v/v) ethanol, indicating that more efficient myoblast adhesion to the former may be at least partially attributed to differences in surface structure. We conclude that our novel protocol for pre-wetting poly (lactic-co-glycolic) acid microspheres that incorporates biochemical and structural features

  18. Effect of interfacial serum proteins on melanoma cell adhesion to biodegradable poly(l-lactic acid) microspheres coated with hydroxyapatite.

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    Shinto, Hiroyuki; Hirata, Takuya; Fukasawa, Tomonori; Fujii, Syuji; Maeda, Hayata; Okada, Masahiro; Nakamura, Yoshinobu; Furuzono, Tsutomu

    2013-08-01

    We have measured the interaction forces between a murine melanoma cell and a poly(l-lactic acid) (PLLA) microsphere coated with/without hydroxyapatite (HAp) nanoparticles (i.e., an HAp/PLLA or a bare PLLA microsphere) in a serum-free culture medium, using atomic force microscopy (AFM) with colloid probe technique, in order to investigate how the HAp-nanoparticle coating as well as interfacial serum proteins influence the cell-microsphere adhesion. The cell adhesion force of the HAp/PLLA microspheres was 1.4-fold stronger than that of the bare PLLA microspheres. When the microspheres were pretreated with a culture medium supplemented with 10% fetal bovine serum, the cell adhesion force of the HAp/PLLA microspheres was increased by a factor of 2.1; in contrast, no change was observed in the cell adhesion force of the bare PLLA microspheres before/after the pretreatment. Indeed, the cell adhesion force of the HAp/PLLA was 2.8-fold larger than that of the bare PLLA after the pretreatment. Additionally, we have investigated the effect of interfacial serum proteins on the zeta potentials of these microspheres. On the basis of the obtained results, possible mechanism of cell adhesion to the HAp/PLLA and bare PLLA microspheres in the presence/absence of the interfacial serum proteins is discussed. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Polylactic-co-glycolic acid microspheres containing three neurotrophic factors promote sciatic nerve repair after injury.

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    Zhao, Qun; Li, Zhi-Yue; Zhang, Ze-Peng; Mo, Zhou-Yun; Chen, Shi-Jie; Xiang, Si-Yu; Zhang, Qing-Shan; Xue, Min

    2015-09-01

    A variety of neurotrophic factors have been shown to repair the damaged peripheral nerve. However, in clinical practice, nerve growth factor, neurotrophin-3 and brain-derived neurotrophic factor are all peptides or proteins that may be rapidly deactivated at the focal injury site; their local effective concentration time following a single medication cannot meet the required time for spinal axons to regenerate and cross the glial scar. In this study, we produced polymer sustained-release microspheres based on the polylactic-co-glycolic acid copolymer; the microspheres at 300-μm diameter contained nerve growth factor, neurotrophin-3 and brain-derived neurotrophic factor. Six microspheres were longitudinally implanted into the sciatic nerve at the anastomosis site, serving as the experimental group; while the sciatic nerve in the control group was subjected to the end-to-end anastomosis using 10/0 suture thread. At 6 weeks after implantation, the lower limb activity, weight of triceps surae muscle, sciatic nerve conduction velocity and the maximum amplitude were obviously better in the experimental group than in the control group. Compared with the control group, more regenerating nerve fibers were observed and distributed in a dense and ordered manner with thicker myelin sheaths in the experimental group. More angiogenesis was also visible. Experimental findings indicate that polylactic-co-glycolic acid composite microspheres containing nerve growth factor, neurotrophin-3 and brain-derived neurotrophic factor can promote the restoration of sciatic nerve in rats after injury.

  20. Development of lovastatin-loaded poly(lactic acid microspheres for sustained oral delivery: in vitro and ex vivo evaluation

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    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Qigang Guan,1 Wei Chen,2 Xianming Hu2 1Department of Cardiology, The First Affiliated Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Pharmaceutical, Shenyang Institute of Pharmaceutical Industry, Shenyang, People’s Republic of China Background: A novel lovastatin (LVT-loaded poly(lactic acid microsphere suitable for oral administration was developed in this study, and in vitro and in vivo characteristics were evaluated. Methods: The designed microspheres were obtained by an improved emulsion-solvent evaporation method. The morphological examination, particle size, encapsulation ratio, drug loading, and in vitro release were characterized. Pharmacokinetics studies were used to show that microspheres possess more advantages than the conventional formulations. Results: By using the emulsion-solvent evaporation method, it was simple to prepare microspheres and easy to scale up production. The morphology of formed microspheres showed a spherical shape with a smooth surface, without any particle aggregation. Mean size of the microspheres was 2.65±0.69 µm; the encapsulation efficiency was 92.5%±3.6%, and drug loading was 16.7%±2.1%. In vitro release indicated that the LVT microspheres had a well-sustained release efficacy, and ex vivo studies showed that after LVT was loaded to microspheres, the area under the plasma concentration-time curve from zero to the last measurable plasma concentration point and the extrapolation to time infinity increased significantly, which represented 2.63-fold and 2.49-fold increases, respectively, compared to suspensions. The rate of ex vivo clearance was significantly reduced. Conclusion: This research proved that poly(lactic acid microspheres can significantly prolong the drug circulation time in vivo and can also significantly increase the relative bioavailability of the drug. Keywords: lovastatin, microspheres, PLA, in vitro release, pharmacokinetics 

  1. Anti-Fas conjugated hyaluronic acid microsphere gels for neural stem cell delivery.

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    Shendi, Dalia; Albrecht, Dirk R; Jain, Anjana

    2017-02-01

    Central nervous system (CNS) injuries and diseases result in neuronal damage and loss of function. Transplantation of neural stem cells (NSCs) has been shown to improve locomotor function after transplantation. However, due to the immune and inflammatory response at the injury site, the survival rate of the engrafted cells is low. Engrafted cell viability has been shown to increase when transplanted within a hydrogel. Hyaluronic acid (HA) hydrogels have natural anti-inflammatory properties and the backbone can be modified to introduce bioactive agents, such as anti-Fas, which we have previously shown to promote NSC survival while suppressing immune cell activity in bulk hydrogels in vitro. Although bulk HA hydrogels have shown to promote stem cell survival, microsphere gels for NSC encapsulation and delivery may have additional advantages. In this study, a flow-focusing microfluidic device was used to fabricate either vinyl sulfone-modified HA (VS-HA) or anti-Fas-conjugated HA (anti-Fas HA) microsphere gels encapsulated with NSCs. The majority of encapsulated NSCs remained viable for at least 24 h in the VS-HA and anti-Fas HA microsphere gels. Moreover, T-cells cultured in suspension with the anti-Fas HA microsphere gels had reduced viability after contact with the microsphere gels compared to the media control and soluble anti-Fas conditions. This approach can be adapted to encapsulate various cell types for therapeutic strategies in other physiological systems in order to increase survival by reducing the immune response. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part A: 105A: 608-618, 2017. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  2. [Experimental study on cisplatin microspheres incorporated in polylactic acid and polyethylene glycol acid].

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    Tokuda, K; Natsugoe, S; Kumanohoso, T; Shimada, M; Yoshizawa, H; Hatate, Y; Nakamura, K; Yamada, K; Nedachi, M; Aiko, T

    1995-09-01

    Cisplatin incorporated into polylactic acid/polyethylene glycol acid blend polymeric microspheres was prepared as a dosage (CDDP-MS) by the solvent evaporation method in an oil-in-oil emulsion system. When CDDP-MS was preserved in phosphate-buffer saline, the dissolution rate of cisplatin from CDDP-MS was 14% after one day, 25% after 5 days, 33% after 7 days, 66% after 21 days and 85% after 30 days. CDDP-MS and CDDP aqueous solution (CDDP-SOL) were intraperitoneally administered to compare the tissue distribution of cisplatin in 42 rats each. On days 0.5, 1, 5, 7, 14 and 21, omentum, lung, liver and kidney were removed, and the CDDP concentration was measured. The CDDP concentration of the CDDP-MS group was maintained at a high level in the omentum for a long time. On the other hand, the CDDP level of CDDP-MS group was low in the lung, liver and kidney, compared with the CDDP-SOL group. Consequently, it was suggested that CDDP-MS is useful as a carrier in a drug delivery system, since it improves the burst effect and releases CDDP for a long time without serious side effects.

  3. Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic profiles of recombinant human erythropoietin-loaded poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) microspheres in rats.

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    Zhou, Xiang-lian; He, Jin-tian; Du, Hui-juan; Fan, Yang-yang; Wang, Ying; Zhang, Hong-xia; Jiang, Yang

    2012-01-01

    To characterize the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic profiles of the recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEPO)-loaded poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microspheres in rats. The rhEPO-loaded microspheres were prepared using a solid-in-oil-in-water emulsion method. Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of the rhEPO-loaded microspheres were evaluated in male Sprague-Dawley rats. The serum rhEPO level was determined with ELISA. The level of anti-rhEPO antibody in the serum was measured to assess the immunogenicity of rhEPO released from the microspheres. rhEPO was almost completely released from the PLGA microspheres in vitro, following zero-order release kinetics over approximately 30 d. After intramuscular injection (10,000 or 30,000 IU rhEPO/kg) in the rats, the serum rhEPO concentration reached maximum levels on d 1, then decreased gradually and was maintained at nearly steady levels for approximately 4 weeks. Furthermore, the release of rhEPO from the PLGA microspheres was found to be controlled mainly by a dissolution/diffusion mechanism. A good linear correlation (R(2)=0.98) was obtained between the in vitro and in vivo release data. A single intramuscular injection of the rhEPO-loaded PLGA microspheres (10,000 or 30,000 IU rhEPO/kg) in the rats resulted in elevated hemoglobin and red blood cell concentrations for more than 28 d. Moreover, the immunogenicity of rhEPO released from the PLGA microspheres was comparable with that of the unencapsulated rhEPO. The results prove the feasibility of using the PLGA-based microspheres to deliver rhEPO for approximately 1 month.

  4. Biocompatibility and Toxicity of Polylactic Acid/Ferrosoferric Oxide Nanomagnetic Microsphere

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    Hongzhao Xiang

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Magnetic targeted drugs delivery system (MTDDS is a new targeted drug system, which can greatly reduce the dosage and improve the therapeutic efficiency of medicine. Currently superparamagnetic ferric oxide plays important function as targeted drug in the treatment of tumors, but cytotoxicity was still regarded as side effect in the process of drug. In this paper, we take advantage of drug carrier (ferric oxide toxicity controlling cancer cell growth in cancer treatment, increasing targeted drug efficiency. We applied the modified chemical precipitation method to prepare polylactic acid (PLA coated high-purity superparamagnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles for targeted drug, characterized PLA/Fe3O4 microspheres physical and chemical properties, and then investigated cytotoxicity influence of PLA/Fe3O4 nanomagnetic microspheres as carrier for normal liver cells (7701 and liver cancer cells (HePG2 in different concentration; results of MTT and hemolysis and micronucleus test showed that carrier restrained the growth of HePG2 in special concentration, meanwhile the proliferation rate of liver cells was not affected. The study demonstrates that compared with liver cell, liver cancer cells (HepG2 are easy to be disturbed by PLA/Fe3O4 nanomagnetic microsphere, which have higher sensitivity and absorption ability. We hope to take advantage of the susceptible property of cancer cells for carriers to improve targeted drug function.

  5. Interfacial Fast Release Layer in Monodisperse Poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) Microspheres Accelerates the Drug Release.

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    Wu, Jun; Zhao, Xiaoli; Yeung, Kelvin W K; To, Michael K T

    2016-01-01

    Understanding microstructural evolutions of drug delivery devices during drug release process is essential for revealing the drug release mechanisms and controlling the drug release profiles. In this study, monodisperse poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) microspheres in different diameters were fabricated by microfluidics in order to find out the relationships between the microstructural evolutions and the drug release profiles. It was found that poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) microspheres underwent significant size expansion which took place from the periphery to the center, resulting in the formation of interfacial fast release layers. At the same time, inner pores were created and the diffusion rate was increased so that the early stage drug release was accelerated. Due to the different expansion rates, small poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) microspheres tendered to follow homogeneous drug release while large poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) microspheres tendered to follow heterogeneous drug release. This study suggests that the size expansion and the occurrence of interfacial fast release layer were important mechanisms for early stage drug release of poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) microspheres.

  6. Development of Poly Lactic/Glycolic Acid (PLGA) Microspheres for Controlled Release of Rho-Associated Kinase Inhibitor.

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    Koda, Sho; Okumura, Naoki; Kitano, Junji; Koizumi, Noriko; Tabata, Yasuhiko

    2017-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the feasibility of poly lactic/glycolic acid (PLGA) as a drug delivery carrier of Rho kinase (ROCK) inhibitor for the treatment of corneal endothelial disease. ROCK inhibitor Y-27632 and PLGA were dissolved in water with or without gelatin (W1), and a double emulsion [(W1/O)/W2] was formed with dichloromethane (O) and polyvinyl alcohol (W2). Drug release curve was obtained by evaluating the released Y-27632 by using high performance liquid chromatography. PLGA was injected into the anterior chamber or subconjunctiva in rabbit eyes, and ocular complication was evaluated by slitlamp microscope and histological analysis. Y-27632 incorporated PLGA microspheres with different molecular weights, and different composition ratios of lactic acid and glycolic acid were fabricated. A high molecular weight and low content of glycolic acid produced a slower and longer release. The Y-27632 released from PLGA microspheres significantly promoted the cell proliferation of cultured corneal endothelial cells. The injection of PLGA did not induce any evident eye complication. ROCK inhibitor-incorporated PLGA microspheres were fabricated, and the microspheres achieved the sustained release of ROCK inhibitor over 7-10 days in vitro. Our data should encourage researchers to use PLGA microspheres for treating corneal endothelial diseases.

  7. Development of Poly Lactic/Glycolic Acid (PLGA Microspheres for Controlled Release of Rho-Associated Kinase Inhibitor

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    Sho Koda

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. The purpose of this study was to investigate the feasibility of poly lactic/glycolic acid (PLGA as a drug delivery carrier of Rho kinase (ROCK inhibitor for the treatment of corneal endothelial disease. Method. ROCK inhibitor Y-27632 and PLGA were dissolved in water with or without gelatin (W1, and a double emulsion [(W1/O/W2] was formed with dichloromethane (O and polyvinyl alcohol (W2. Drug release curve was obtained by evaluating the released Y-27632 by using high performance liquid chromatography. PLGA was injected into the anterior chamber or subconjunctiva in rabbit eyes, and ocular complication was evaluated by slitlamp microscope and histological analysis. Results. Y-27632 incorporated PLGA microspheres with different molecular weights, and different composition ratios of lactic acid and glycolic acid were fabricated. A high molecular weight and low content of glycolic acid produced a slower and longer release. The Y-27632 released from PLGA microspheres significantly promoted the cell proliferation of cultured corneal endothelial cells. The injection of PLGA did not induce any evident eye complication. Conclusions. ROCK inhibitor-incorporated PLGA microspheres were fabricated, and the microspheres achieved the sustained release of ROCK inhibitor over 7–10 days in vitro. Our data should encourage researchers to use PLGA microspheres for treating corneal endothelial diseases.

  8. Polymeric microspheres

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    Walt, David R.; Mandal, Tarun K.; Fleming, Michael S.

    2004-04-13

    The invention features core-shell microsphere compositions, hollow polymeric microspheres, and methods for making the microspheres. The microspheres are characterized as having a polymeric shell with consistent shell thickness.

  9. Preparation of enteric microsphere of oleanolic acid dihemiphthalate sodium by salting-out action using spherical crystallization technique.

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    Fan, Yu-ling; Cui, Fu-de; Yang, Ming-shi; Ji, Yu-bin

    2005-03-01

    Enteric microspheres were prepared to prevent the interaction of drug with gastric acid and to improve its bioavailability. The enteric microspheres with a matrix structure were successfully produced using a spherical crystallization technique. Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose phthalate (HP-55), an enteric material, was coprecipitated with the drug by salting-out effect during the preparation process. A mixture of water and ethanol was chosen as a good solvent and dichloromethane was used as a bridging agent while 0.1 mol x L(-1) sodium chloride solution was selected as a poor solvent. It is the first time to prepare microspheres by making the water-soluble drug and water-insoluble excipient coprecipitated. In vivo test demonstrated that the drug absorption from the enteric oleanolic acid dihemiphthalate sodium (OADHPS) microspheres was significantly prolonged compared to that with OADHPS powder after a lag-time. Furthermore, the drug bioavailability was 181.6% greater than that with the OADHPS powder. The microspheres of water soluble drug could be prepared by using water phase replacing organic phase as poor solvent which decrease the quantity of organic solvent and benefit the environment prevention.

  10. Hyaluronic acid-based nano-sized drug carrier-containing Gellan gum microspheres as potential multifunctional embolic agent.

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    Hsu, Ming Fang; Tyan, Yen Sheng; Chien, Yu Chen; Lee, Ming Wei

    2018-01-15

    The purpose of this study was to develop a gellan gum-based multifunctional embolic agent. Calibrated spherical gellan gum and nanoparticle-containing gellan gum microspheres were prepared via water-in oil emulsification method. Self-assembled nanoparticles composed of short-chain hyaluronic acid and polyethylenimine as the doxorubicin carrier were prepared. The short-chain hyaluronic acid/polyethylenimine/ doxorubicin (sHH/PH/Dox) with the mean size was 140 ± 8 nm. To examine sHH/PH/Dox nanoparticle uptake into cells, the results confirmed that sHH/PH nanoparticles as drug carrier can facilitate the transport of doxorubicin into HepG2 liver cancer cells. Subsequently, sHH/PH/Dox merged into the gellan gum (GG) microspheres forming GG/sHH/PH/Dox microsphere. After a drug release experiment lasting 45 days, the amount of released doxorubicin from 285, 388, and 481 μm GG/sHH/PH/Dox microspheres were approximately 4.8, 1.8 and 1.1-fold above the IC50 value of the HepG2 cell. GG/sHH/PH/Dox microspheres were performed in rabbit ear embolization model and ischemic necrosis on ear was visible due to the vascular after 8 days. Regarding the application of this device in the future, we aim to provide better embolization agents for transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE).

  11. Poly-ε-Caprolactone Microsphere Polymers Containing Usnic Acid: Acute Toxicity and Anti-Inflammatory Activity

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    Jéssica A. P. Barbosa

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Usnic acid (UA has been studied by its pharmacological properties; however, it presents moderate toxicity, low solubility, and absorption by biological membranes. The aim of this study was to develop poly-ε-caprolactone microsphere polymers containing UA (UA-micro and evaluate their acute toxicity and anti-inflammatory activity. The microspheres were prepared by multiple emulsion technique (water/oil/water and characterized by the encapsulation efficiency, particle size, polydispersity index, and zeta potential. The acute toxicity of UA and UA-micro (25–50 mg/kg; p.o. was evaluated in mice. The anti-inflammatory activity of UA and UA-micro was evaluated by subcutaneous air pouch and carrageenan-induced paw edema in rat, with measurement of inflammatory cytokines and MPO levels. The UA presented encapsulation efficiency of 97.72%, particle size of 13.54 micrometers, polydispersity index of 2.36, and zeta potential of 44.5 ± 2.95 mV. The UA-micro presented lower acute toxicity (LD50 value up to 2000 mg/kg; p.o. when compared to UA. UA-micro and UA (25 mg/kg significantly reduced paw volume and decreased MPO levels, whereas only UA-micro (50 mg/kg reduced significantly IL-1β, TNF-α, and NO levels in inflammatory exudate. These results suggest that controlled release systems, as microspheres, can be a promising alternative to reduce the toxicity of UA, making it a viable compound for inflammation therapy.

  12. Biocompatibility of poly(D,L-lactic-co-hydroxymethyl glycolic acid) microspheres after subcutaneous and subcapsular renal injection

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    Kazazi-Hyseni, F.; Zandstra, J.; Popa, E. R.; Goldschmeding, R.; Lathuile, A. A. R.; Veldhuis, G. J.; Van Nostrum, C. F.; Hennink, W. E.; Kok, R. J.

    2015-01-01

    Poly(D,L-lactic-co-hydroxymethyl glycolic acid) (PLHMGA) is a biodegradable copolymer with potential as a novel carrier in polymeric drug delivery systems. In this study, the biocompatibility of PLHMGA microspheres (PLHMGA-ms) was investigated both in vitro in three different cell types (PK-84, HK-2

  13. Preparation of Lung-Targeting, Emodin-Loaded Polylactic Acid Microspheres and Their Properties

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    Xiaohong Chen

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Emodin (1,3,8-trihydroxy-6-methylanthraquinone has been identified to have the potential to improve lung fibrosis and lung cancer. To avoid the liver and kidney toxicities and the fast metabolism of emodin, emodin-loaded polylactic acid microspheres (ED-PLA-MS were prepared and their characteristics were studied. ED-PLA-MS were prepared by the organic phase dispersion-solvent diffusion method. By applying an orthogonal design, our results indicated that the optimal formulation was 12 mg/mL PLA, 0.5% gelatin, and an organic phase:glycerol ratio of 1:20. Using the optimal experimental conditions, the drug loading and encapsulation efficiencies were (19.0 ± 1.8% and (62.2 ± 2.6%, respectively. The average particle size was 9.7 ± 0.7 μm. In vitro studies indicated that the ED-PLA-MS demonstrated a well-sustained release efficacy. The microspheres delivered emodin, primarily to the lungs of mice, upon intravenous injection. It was also detected by microscopy that partial lung inflammation was observed in lung tissues and no pathological changes were found in other tissues of the ED-PLA-MS-treated animals. These results suggested that ED-PLA-MS are of potential value in treating lung diseases in animals.

  14. Preparation of Lung-Targeting, Emodin-Loaded Polylactic Acid Microspheres and Their Properties

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    Chen, Xiaohong; Yang, Zifeng; Sun, Renshan; Mo, Ziyao; Jin, Guangyao; Wei, Fenghuan; Hu, Jianmin; Guan, Wenda; Zhong, Nanshan

    2014-01-01

    Emodin (1,3,8-trihydroxy-6-methylanthraquinone) has been identified to have the potential to improve lung fibrosis and lung cancer. To avoid the liver and kidney toxicities and the fast metabolism of emodin, emodin-loaded polylactic acid microspheres (ED-PLA-MS) were prepared and their characteristics were studied. ED-PLA-MS were prepared by the organic phase dispersion-solvent diffusion method. By applying an orthogonal design, our results indicated that the optimal formulation was 12 mg/mL PLA, 0.5% gelatin, and an organic phase:glycerol ratio of 1:20. Using the optimal experimental conditions, the drug loading and encapsulation efficiencies were (19.0 ± 1.8)% and (62.2 ± 2.6)%, respectively. The average particle size was 9.7 ± 0.7 μm. In vitro studies indicated that the ED-PLA-MS demonstrated a well-sustained release efficacy. The microspheres delivered emodin, primarily to the lungs of mice, upon intravenous injection. It was also detected by microscopy that partial lung inflammation was observed in lung tissues and no pathological changes were found in other tissues of the ED-PLA-MS-treated animals. These results suggested that ED-PLA-MS are of potential value in treating lung diseases in animals. PMID:24733070

  15. Preparation of poly (L-lactic acid) microspheres by droplet-freezing process

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    Mao Yi [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189 (China); Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Advanced Metallic Materials, Nanjing 211189 (China); Dong Yinsheng, E-mail: dongys@seu.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189 (China); Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Advanced Metallic Materials, Nanjing 211189 (China); Lin Pinghua [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189 (China); Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Chu Chenglin; Sheng Xiaobo; Guo Chao [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189 (China); Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Advanced Metallic Materials, Nanjing 211189 (China)

    2011-01-01

    A recently developed process of microsphere preparation, named droplet-freezing process is introduced in this paper. The PLLA microspheres were fabricated by the droplet-freezing process, the diameter and porosity of the microspheres were measured, and the micro-morphologies of the microspheres were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The formation process of microspheres was achieved by two steps: first, after droplets dropped off the delivery tube, they became approximately spherical in the air under the effect of the surface tension; second, droplets dropped into liquid condensate and maintained the spherical shape, and were frozen during the free settling process. Experimental results indicated that the microspheres fabricated by the droplet-freezing process have uniform diameters and the diameter can be controlled properly, along with the increase of the PLLA concentration, the size of microspheres increases, but the porosity of the microspheres decreases. The microspheres with high porosity can be obtained with a low concentration of the PLLA solution. SEM analysis revealed that the surfaces and interiors of the microsphere contain plentiful and interconnected micro pores. The microspheres are hopeful to be applied in bone tissue engineering.

  16. Preparation of biodegradable magnetic microspheres with poly(lactic acid)-coated magnetite

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    Zhao Hong; Saatchi, Katayoun [Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia, 2146 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, 6T 1Z3 (Canada); Haefeli, Urs O. [Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia, 2146 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3 (Canada)], E-mail: uhafeli@interchange.ubc.ca

    2009-05-15

    Poly(lactic acid) (PLA)-coated magnetic nanoparticles were made using uncapped PLA with free carboxylate groups. The physical properties of these particles were compared to those of oleate-coated or oleate/sulphonate bilayer (W40) coated magnetic particles. Magnetic microspheres (MMS) with the matrix material poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) or PLA were then formed by the emulsion solvent extraction method with encapsulation efficiencies of 40%, 83% and 96% for oleate, PLA and oleate/sulfonate-coated magnetic particles, respectively. MMS made from PLA-coated magnetite were hemocompatible and produced no hemolysis, whereas the other MMS were hemolytic above 0.3 mg/mL of blood.

  17. Antigen-specific killer polylactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) microspheres can prolong alloskin graft survival in a murine model.

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    Wang, Wei; Fang, Kun; Wang, Xiaobing; Li, Miaochen; Wu, You; Chen, Feng; Shahzad, Khawar Ali; Gu, Ning; Shen, Chuanlai

    2015-01-01

    The strategy of specifically depleting antigen-specific T cells can potentially be used for the treatment of allograft rejection and autoimmunity because it does not suppress the overall immune systems. In this study, we generated killer polylactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) microspheres by covalently coupling major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I antigens and apoptosis-inducing anti-Fas monoclonal antibody (mAb) onto PLGA microspheres. A modified double-emulsion method was used for the preparation of cell-sized PLGA microspheres. H-2K(b)/peptide monomers were generated in-house and analyzed through flow cytometry. The killer PLGA microspheres were administered intravenously into BALB/c mice (H-2K(d)) that had previously been grafted with skin squares from C57BL/6 mice (H-2K(b)). Tumor cell challenge and third-party mixed lymphocyte culture were used to assess the general immune functions of host. The alloskin graft survival was prolonged by 4 days. The killer PLGA microspheres could specifically deplete the H-2K(b) alloantigen-reactive CD8(+) T cells that infiltrated into the alloskin graft but not CD4(+) T cells, without impairment of host overall immune function. Here, we initially report that PLGA microspheres, which have been widely used as medicine-delivering carriers, were used to prepare antigen-specific killer complexes and treat allograft rejection. Our data highlight the therapeutic potential of this biocompatible and biodegradable antigen-specific killer effector for the treatment of allograft rejection and autoimmune disease.

  18. Development and characterization of GRGDSPC-modified poly(lactide-co-glycolide acid) porous microspheres incorporated with protein-loaded chitosan microspheres for bone tissue engineering.

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    Tao, Chun; Huang, Jingbin; Lu, Ying; Zou, Hao; He, Xinyi; Chen, Yan; Zhong, Yanqiang

    2014-10-01

    Scaffolds that can achieve cell adhesion and controlled release of protein drugs are very promising in bone tissue engineering. Due to their biocompatibility and injectablity, poly(lactide-co-glycolide acid) (PLGA) porous microspheres (PLGA-pMS) present potential scaffolds in bone tissue engineering. However, their application is hampered by the burst release of protein drugs and hydrophobicity that leads to poor cell adhesion. To overcome these drawbacks, we developed novel PLGA-pMS by incorporating bovine serum albumin (BSA) loaded chitosan microspheres (CS-MS) in Gly-Arg-Gly-Asp-Ser-Pro-Cys (GRGDSPC) modified PLGA-pMS (CS-MS/PLGA-pMS). GRGDSPC was used to enhance the hydrophilicity and cell affinity of the porous microspheres. Results showed that PLGA-pMS had a size of 446.77±19.46μm, with an average surface pore size of 21.56±3.02μm, whereas CS-MS had a size of 15.98±0.96μm and 16.35±0.38μm (5% and 10% TPP-prepared CS-MS, respectively). A scanning electron microscope (SEM) and a confocal laser scanning microscope (CLSM) revealed that CS-MS were partly embedded in the PLGA matrices and the integrity of CS-MS was retained. Thermogravimetry analyzer (TGA) also demonstrated that CS-MS were incorporated into PLGA-pMS. The CS-MS/PLGA-pMS had a size of 454.02±16.09μm, with a BSA encapsulation efficiency of 53.19±1.67% and 62.16±3.44% (5% and 10% TPP-prepared CS-MS, respectively). CS-MS/PLGA-pMS exhibited a sustained FITC-BSA release for 28 days. Modification of GRGDSPC significantly improved adhesion of MG-63 cells on the porous microspheres. In conclusion, CS-MS/PLGA-pMS may act as potential bifunctional scaffolds for bone tissue engineering. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Preparation of crosslinked poly (acryloyloxyethyltrimethyl ammonium chloride) microsphere and its adsorption and mechanism towards shikimic acid.

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    Men, Jiying; Wang, Ruixin; Li, Huan; Li, Xinyan; Yang, Shanshan; Liu, Haisi; Gao, Baojiao

    2017-02-01

    Shikimic acid (SA) is a key raw material for the synthesis of the antiviral drug, but its extraction and separation from plants is still limited. Crosslinked poly (acryloyloxyethyltrimethyl ammonium chloride, DAC) microspheres were synthesized via inverse-phase suspension polymerization. In the synthesizing, N,N'-methylene bisacrylamide (MBA) was used as crosslinker, cyclohexane as dispersed medium and span-60 as dispersants, obtaining CPDAC gel microspheres. The effect of polymerization condition on balling performance and the characteristics of CPDAC were examined. The adsorption properties of CPDAC towards SA were mainly explored and the data of adsorption isotherm were analyzed by using Langmuir, Freundlich, Temkin, Sips and Toth models. Furthermore, the adsorption mechanism was analyzed in depth, and the adsorption thermodynamics was also investigated. The results show that in order to prepare CPDAC, water phase must be added dropwise to oil phase, and the volume ratio of oil-water is more than 2:1. The mean diameter of CPDAC decreases with increasing span-60 and accelerating agitating rate. The strong electrostatic interaction is formed between quaternary ammonium nitrogen of CPDAC and COO - of SA. The adsorption kinetic data is fitted well with pseudo-first-order model. The adsorption ability is higher in aqueous water than ethanol, reaching 108mg/g, and Toth model is more suitable for describing the actual adsorption process. The adsorption of CPDAC towards SA is dependent on the pH value of the medium. The adsorption process is exothermic, the adsorption amount decreases with the increase of temperature, and the process is driven by enthalpy. The adsorption amount decreases with the increase of salinity. The reusability of CPDAC towards SA can keep 86.1% at the sixth cycle. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Facile Preparation of Phosphotungstic Acid-Impregnated Yeast Hybrid Microspheres and Their Photocatalytic Performance for Decolorization of Azo Dye

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    Lan Chen

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Phosphotungstic acid (HPW-impregnated yeast hybrid microspheres were prepared by impregnation-adsorption technique through tuning pH of the aqueous yeast suspensions. The obtained products were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM, energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS, X-ray diffraction (XRD, thermogravimetry-differential scanning calorimetry (TG-DSC, and ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometry (UV-Vis, respectively. FE-SEM and EDS ascertain that the HPW has been effectively introduced onto the surface of yeast, and the resulting samples retain ellipsoid shape, with the uniform size (length 4.5 ± 0.2 μm, width 3.0 ± 0.3 μm and good monodispersion. XRD pattern indicates that the main crystal structure of as-synthesized HPW@yeast microsphere is Keggin structure. TG-DTA states that the HPW in composites has better thermal stability than pure HPW. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR elucidates that the functional groups or chemical bonds inherited from the pristine yeast cell were critical to the assembling of the composites. UV-Vis shows that the obtained samples have a good responding to UV light. The settling ability indicates that the hybrid microspheres possess an excellent suspension performance. In the test of catalytic activity, the HPW@yeast microsphere exhibits a high photocatalytic activity for the decoloration of Methylene blue and Congo red dye aqueous solutions, and there are a few activity losses after four cycles of uses.

  1. Comparative evaluation of polymeric and waxy microspheres for combined colon delivery of ascorbic acid and ketoprofen.

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    Maestrelli, F; Zerrouk, N; Cirri, M; Mura, P

    2015-05-15

    The goal of this work was to combine the ketoprofen anti-inflammatory effect with the ascorbic acid antioxidant properties for a more efficient treatment of colonic pathologies. With this aim, microspheres (MS) based on both waxy materials (ceresine, Precirol(®) and Compritol(®)) or hydrophilic biopolymers (pectine, alginate and chitosan) loaded with the two drugs were developed, physicochemically characterized and compared in terms of entrapment efficiency, in vitro release profiles, potential toxicity and drug permeation properties across the Caco-2 cell line. Waxy MS revealed an high encapsulation efficiency of ketoprofen but a not detectable entrapment of ascorbic acid, while polymeric MS showed a good entrapment efficiency of both drugs. All MS need a gastro-resistant coating, to avoid any premature release of the drugs. Ketoprofen release rate from polymeric matrices was clearly higher than from the waxy ones. In contrast, the ASC release rate was higher, due to its high hydro-solubility. Cytotoxicity studies revealed the safety of all the formulations. Transport studies showed that the ketoprofen apparent permeability increased, when formulated with the different MS. In conclusion, only polymeric MS enabled an efficient double encapsulation of both the hydrophilic and lipophilic drugs, and, in addition, presented higher drug release rate and stronger enhancer properties. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Embolisation of the Gastroduodenal Artery is Not Necessary in the Presence of Reversed Flow Before Yttrium-90 Radioembolisation

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    Daghir, Ahmed A., E-mail: ahmeddaghir@doctors.net.uk [Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Department of Radiology (United Kingdom); Gungor, Hatice [Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Department of Oncology (United Kingdom); Haydar, Ali A. [Barts and the London NHS Trust, Department of Radiology (United Kingdom); Wasan, Harpreet S. [Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Department of Oncology (United Kingdom); Tait, Nicholas P. [Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Department of Radiology (United Kingdom)

    2012-08-15

    Introduction: The gastroduodenal artery (GDA) is usually embolised to avoid nontarget dispersal before yttrium-90 (Y{sup 90}) radioembolisation to treat liver metastases. In a minority of patients, there is retrograde flow in the GDA. The purpose of this study was to determine if there is any increased risk from maintaining a patent GDA in patients with reversed flow. Materials and Methods: A retrospective review was performed of all patients undergoing Y{sup 90} radioembolisation at our institution. The incidence of toxicities arising from nontarget radioembolisation by way of the GDA (gastric/duodenal ulceration, gastric/duodenal bleeding, and pancreatitis) and death occurring within 2 months of treatment were compared between the reversed and the antegrade GDA groups. Results: Ninety-two patients underwent preliminary angiography. Reversed GDA flow was found on angiography in 14.1% of cases; the GDA was not embolised in these patients. The GDA was coiled in 55.7% of patients with antegrade GDA flow to prevent inadvertent dispersal of radioembolic material. There was no increased toxicity related to nontarget dispersal by way of the GDA, or increased early mortality, in patients with reversed GDA flow (P > 0.05). Conclusion: In patients with reversed GDA flow, maintenance of a patent GDA before administration of Y{sup 90} radioembolisation does not increase the risk of toxicity from nontarget dispersal. Therapeutic injection, with careful monitoring to identify early vascular stasis, may be safely performed beyond the origin of the patent GDA. A patent GDA with reversed flow provides forward drive for infused particles and may allow alternative access to the hepatic circulation.

  3. Uniform magnetic core/shell microspheres functionalized with Ni2+-iminodiacetic acid for one step purification and immobilization of his-tagged enzymes.

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    Zhang, Yuting; Yang, Yongkun; Ma, Wanfu; Guo, Jia; Lin, Yao; Wang, Changchun

    2013-04-10

    A facile approach has been developed to synthesize Fe3O4/PMG (poly (N,N'-methylenebisacrylamide-co-glycidyl methacrylate)) core/shell microspheres using distillation-precipitation polymerization. Treating PMG shell with iminodiacetic acid (IDA) and Ni2+ yields composite microspheres of Fe3O4/PMG/IDA-Ni2+. The Ni2+ ions loaded on the surface of microspheres provide abundant docking sites for immobilization of histidine-tagged proteins. The high saturation magnetization of Fe3O4/PMG (23 emu/g), determined by vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), allows an easy separation of the microspheres from solution under an external magnetic field. The composite microspheres were used to purify two His-tagged cellulolytic enzymes (Cel48F and Cel9G) directly from crude cell lysates with high binding affinity, capacity, and specificity. The microspheres can be recycled for many times without significant loss of binding capacity to enzymes. The immobilized enzymes on the surface of microspheres well retain their biological activities in degradation of cellulose. These materials show great potential in the biomedical and biotechnological applications that require low-cost purification of recombinant proteins and instant enzyme immobilization at an industrial scale.

  4. [Experimental study of cisplatin microspheres incorporated in polylactic acid and polyethylene glycol acid on peritoneal carcinomatosis in rats].

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    Tokuda, K; Natsugoe, S; Shimada, M; Kumanohoso, T; Yoshizawa, H; Uemura, Y; Hatate, Y; Nakamura, K; Yamada, K; Nedachi, M; Aiko, T

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    Cisplatin incorporated into polylactic acid/polyethylene glycol acid blend polymeric microspheres was prepared as a dosage (CDDP-MS) by solvent evaporation method in oil-in-oil emulsion system. CDDP-MS and CDDP aqueous solutions (CDDP-SOL) were intraperitoneally administered to compare the tissue distribution of CDDP in 72 rats each. On 0.5, 1, 7, 14, 21 and 30 days, the omentum, lung, liver and kidney were removed, and the CDDP concentration was measured. The CDDP concentration of CDDP-MS group was maintained at a high level in the omentum for a long time. On the other hand, the CDDP level of the CDDP-MS group was low in the lung, liver and kidney, compared with the CDDP-SOL group. Additionally, acute toxicity of anticancer drug in CDDP-MS group was reduced, compared with CDDP-SOL. The effects of CDDP-MS, CDDP-SOL, empty-MS and non-therapy group on survival time were compared using intraperitoneally administered Yoshida sarcoma. The survival time in CDDP-MS, CDDP-SOL, non-therapy and empty-MS group were 43 +/- 24, 11.7 +/- 4.7, 9.8 +/- 1.1, and 7.8 +/- 1.1 days each. Consequently, it was suggested that CDDP-MS is useful as a tool in loco-regional chemotherapy using drug delivery system.

  5. Grafting molecularly imprinted poly(2-acrylamido-2-methylpropanesulfonic acid) onto the surface of carbon microspheres

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    Yang Yongzhen [Key Laboratory of Interface Science and Engineering in Advanced Materials, Taiyuan University of Technology, Ministry of Education, Taiyuan 030024 (China); Research Center on Advanced Materials Science and Technology, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024 (China); Zhang Yan; Li Sha [Key Laboratory of Interface Science and Engineering in Advanced Materials, Taiyuan University of Technology, Ministry of Education, Taiyuan 030024 (China); College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024 (China); Liu Xuguang, E-mail: liuxuguang@tyut.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Interface Science and Engineering in Advanced Materials, Taiyuan University of Technology, Ministry of Education, Taiyuan 030024 (China); College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024 (China); Xu Bingshe [Key Laboratory of Interface Science and Engineering in Advanced Materials, Taiyuan University of Technology, Ministry of Education, Taiyuan 030024 (China); Research Center on Advanced Materials Science and Technology, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024 (China)

    2012-06-15

    Poly(2-acrylamido-2-methylpropanesulfonic acid) (PAMPS) was grafted on the surface of carbon microspheres (CMSs), which were modified in prior by a mixed acid (HNO{sub 3} and H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}) oxidation and 3-methacryloxypropyl trimethoxysilane silanization. Then, the molecularly imprinting polymerization was carried out towards the macromolecule PAMPS grafted on the surface of CMSs using dibenzothiophene (DBT) as template, ethylene dimethacrylate as cross-linking agent and (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}S{sub 2}O{sub 8} (APS) as initiator to prepare surface molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP-PAMPS/CMSs) for adsorbing DBT. The optimized conditions of grafting PAMPS, including AMPS dosage, APS content, reaction temperature and reaction time, were emphasized in this paper. The morphology of the samples was characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy. The functional groups were analyzed qualitatively by Fourier transform infrared spectrometry. The grafting degree of PAMPS was investigated by thermogravimetry. The results show that the preferable AMPS dosage, APS content, reaction temperature and time were 5 g, 0.15 g, 70 Degree-Sign C and 12 h, respectively, for preparing PAMPS/CMSs composite on the basis of 1.0 g of silanized-CMSs. The absorbing characteristic of MIP-PAMPS/CMSs toward DBT was studied preliminarily with dynamic adsorption. In the experiment of dynamic adsorption, MIP-PAMPS/CMSs and non-imprinted polymer (NIP-PAMPS/CMSs) were compared with respect to their rapid adsorption in 1 mmol/L of DBT solution in n-hexane. When the first 1 mL of 1 mmol/L DBT solution was injected and flowed through a column packed with 0.1 g of MIP-PAMPS/CMSs, the content of DBT reduced to 0.265 mmol/L, that is, decreased significantly from 279 to 74 ppm. When 3 mL of DBT solution was flowed through the packed column, the adsorption of MIP-PAMPS/CMSs toward DBT reached saturation with the maximum adsorption amount of 1.38 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -2} mmol/g and the

  6. Enhanced MSC Chondrogenesis Following Delivery of TGF-β3 from Alginate Microspheres within Hyaluronic Acid Hydrogels In Vitro and In Vivo

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    Bian, Liming; Zhai, David Y.; Tous, Elena; Rai, Reena; Mauck, Robert L.; Burdick, Jason A.

    2011-01-01

    Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are being recognized as a viable cell source for cartilage repair and members of the transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β) superfamily are a key mediator of MSC chondrogenesis. While TGF-β mediated MSC chondrogenesis is well established in in vitro pellet or hydrogel cultures, clinical translation will require effective delivery of TGF-βs in vivo. Here, we investigated the co-encapsulation of TGF-β3 containing alginate microspheres with human MSCs in hyaluronic acid (HA) hydrogels towards the development of implantable constructs for cartilage repair. TGF-β3 encapsulated in alginate microspheres with nanofilm coatings showed significantly reduced initial burst release compared to uncoated microspheres, with release times extending up to 6 days. HA hydrogel constructs seeded with MSCs and TGF-β3 containing microspheres developed comparable mechanical properties and cartilage matrix content compared to constructs supplemented with TGF-β3 continuously in culture media, whereas constructs with TGF-β3 directly encapsulated in the gels without microspheres had inferior properties. When implanted subcutaneously in nude mice, constructs containing TGF-β3 microspheres resulted in superior cartilage matrix formation to groups without TGF-β3 or with TGF-β3 added directly to the gel. However, calcification was observed in implanted constructs after 8 weeks of subcutaneous implantation. To prevent this, the co-delivery of parathyroid hormone-related protein (PTHrP) with TGF-β3 in alginate microspheres was pursued, resulting in partially reduced calcification. This study demonstrates that the controlled local delivery of TGF-β3 is essential to neocartilage formation by MSCs and that further optimization is needed to avert the differentiation of chondrogenically induced MSCs towards a hypertrophic phenotype. PMID:21652067

  7. Stabilization and immune response of HBsAg encapsulated within poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) microspheres using HSA as a stabilizer.

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    Xu, Wenjuan; He, Jintian; Wu, Guanghao; Xiong, Fangfang; Du, Huijuan; Wang, Gaizhen

    2015-12-30

    The aim of this study was to prepare poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microspheres containing hepatitis B virus surface antigen (HBsAg) using human serum albumin (HSA) as a stabilizer. Lyophilization and emulsification of HBsAg solution with dichloromethane caused a considerable loss of HBsAg antigenicity. Thus, the effects of HSA and trehalose on HBsAg recovery during lyophilization and emulsification were investigated. Adding HSA to HBsAg solutions significantly improved antigen recovery to >90% during lyophilization and emulsification. The effects of co-encapsulated HSA on the characteristics of the PLGA microspheres and stability of HBsAg released from the microspheres were also investigated. The in vitro release test showed that HBsAg was released from the PLGA microspheres continuously over seventy days. A large amount of released HBsAg was inactive without co-encapsulation of HSA. On the contrary, with HSA co-encapsulation, the released HBsAg retained approximately 90% of its antigenicity. The single injection of the HBsAg-HSA-loaded PLGA microspheres in rats resulted in higher anti-HBsAg IgG and Th1 cytokine levels than the single injection of the HBsAg-loaded microspheres or two injections of the conventional aluminum-adjuvanted HBsAg vaccine. Based on these findings, the HBsAg-HSA-loaded PLGA microspheres could be an effective carrier for HBsAg and form a promising depot system. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  8. Controlled Release of Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist from Hyaluronic Acid-Chitosan Microspheres Attenuates Interleukin-1β-Induced Inflammation and Apoptosis in Chondrocytes

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    Bo Qiu

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper investigates the protective effect of interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra released from hyaluronic acid chitosan (HA-CS microspheres in a controlled manner on IL-1β-induced inflammation and apoptosis in chondrocytes. The IL-1Ra release kinetics was characterized by an initial burst release, which was reduced to a linear release over eight days. Chondrocytes were stimulated with 10 ng/ml IL-1β and subsequently incubated with HA-CS-IL-1Ra microspheres. The cell viability was decreased by IL-1β, which was attenuated by HA-CS-IL-1Ra microspheres as indicated by an MTT assay. ELISA showed that HA-CS-IL-1Ra microspheres inhibited IL-1β-induced inflammation by attenuating increases in NO2- and prostaglandin E2 levels as well as increase in glycosaminoglycan release. A terminal deoxyribonucleotide transferase deoxyuridine triphosphate nick-end labeling assay revealed that the IL-1β-induced chondrocyte apoptosis was decreased by HA-CS-IL-1Ra microspheres. Moreover, HA-CS-IL-1Ra microspheres blocked IL-1β-induced chondrocyte apoptosis by increasing B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2 and decreasing Bcl-2-associated X protein and caspase-3 expressions at mRNA and protein levels, as indicated by reverse-transcription quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blot analysis, respectively. The results of the present study indicated that HA-CS-IL-1Ra microspheres as a controlled release system of IL-1Ra possess potential anti-inflammatory and antiapoptotic properties in rat chondrocytes due to their ability to regulate inflammatory factors and apoptosis associated genes.

  9. Structural and morphological studies on poly(3-hydroxybutyrate acid) (PHB)/chitosan drug releasing microspheres prepared by both single and double emulsion processes

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    Shih, W.-J. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, 1 Ta-Hsueh Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China); Chen, Y.-H. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, 415 Chien-kung Road, Kaohsiung 80782, Taiwan (China); Shih, C.-J. [Faculty of Fragrance and Cosmetics, Kaohsiung Medical University, No. 100, Shih-Chuang 1st Rd., Sanmin District, Kaohsiung 80708, Taiwan (China); Hon, M.-H. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, 1 Ta-Hsueh Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China); Dayeh University, 112 Shan-Jiau Road, Da-Tsuen, Changhua 515, Taiwan (China); Wang, M.-C. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, 415 Chien-kung Road, Kaohsiung 80782, Taiwan (China) and Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National United University, 1 Lien-Da Road, Kung-ching Li, Miao Li 360, Taiwan (China)]. E-mail: mcwang@cc.kuas.edu.tw

    2007-05-31

    Drug releasing microspheres of poly(3-hydroxybutyric acid)/chitosan (PHB/CTS) with various compositions have been synthesized by both single and double emulsion methods, and collected by a freeze-drying process. In this study, gentamicin was used as an antibacterial medicine coated with PHB. The PHB/CTS microspheres of various compositions prepared by a single emulsion process (SEP) were identified as the major PHB phase together with a minor unknown Phase X by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and FT-IR. However, in the microspheres prepared using a double emulsion process (DEP) the dominant Phase was X and the minor phase was PHB. The size of the PHB/CTS microspheres prepared by SEP increased with the PHB/CTS ratio from 1 {mu}m for 1:1 to 2 {mu}m for 5:1. However, the size of the PHB/CTS microspheres prepared by DEP decreased with the PHB/CTS ratio from 1 {mu}m for 1:1 to 800 nm for 5:1.

  10. Controlled delivery of tauroursodeoxycholic acid from biodegradable microspheres slows retinal degeneration and vision loss in P23H rats.

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    Full Text Available Successful drug therapies for treating ocular diseases require effective concentrations of neuroprotective compounds maintained over time at the site of action. The purpose of this work was to assess the efficacy of intravitreal controlled delivery of tauroursodeoxycholic acid (TUDCA encapsulated in poly(D,L-lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA microspheres for the treatment of the retina in a rat model of retinitis pigmentosa. PLGA microspheres (MSs containing TUDCA were produced by the O/W emulsion-solvent evaporation technique. Particle size and morphology were assessed by light scattering and scanning electronic microscopy, respectively. Homozygous P23H line 3 rats received a treatment of intravitreal injections of TUDCA-PLGA MSs. Retinal function was assessed by electroretinography at P30, P60, P90 and P120. The density, structure and synaptic contacts of retinal neurons were analyzed using immunofluorescence and confocal microscopy at P90 and P120. TUDCA-loaded PLGA MSs were spherical, with a smooth surface. The production yield was 78%, the MSs mean particle size was 23 μm and the drug loading resulted 12.5 ± 0.8 μg TUDCA/mg MSs. MSs were able to deliver the loaded active compound in a gradual and progressive manner over the 28-day in vitro release study. Scotopic electroretinografic responses showed increased ERG a- and b-wave amplitudes in TUDCA-PLGA-MSs-treated eyes as compared to those injected with unloaded PLGA particles. TUDCA-PLGA-MSs-treated eyes showed more photoreceptor rows than controls. The synaptic contacts of photoreceptors with bipolar and horizontal cells were also preserved in P23H rats treated with TUDCA-PLGA MSs. This work indicates that the slow and continuous delivery of TUDCA from PLGA-MSs has potential neuroprotective effects that could constitute a suitable therapy to prevent neurodegeneration and visual loss in retinitis pigmentosa.

  11. Drug Release Characteristics and Tissue Distribution of Rifapentine Polylactic Acid Sustained-Release Microspheres in Rabbits after Paravertebral Implantation.

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    Zhang, Zheng; Wu, Linbo; Li, Haijian; Long, Zhicheng; Song, Xinghua

    2016-11-01

    Rates of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) and TB associated with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection have increased dramatically, intensifying challenges in TB control. New formulations of TB treatment drugs that control drug release and increase local drug concentrations will have a significant impact on mitigating the toxic side effects and increasing the clinical efficacy of anti-TB drugs. The aim was to observe the sustained release characteristics of rifapentine polylactic acid sustained-release microspheres in vivo and the accumulation of rifapentine in other tissues following paravertebral implantation. This study is a basic animal experimental study that began on July 17, 2014 in the Fifth Affiliated hospital of Xinjiang Medical University. One hundred and eight New Zealand white rabbits (weighing 2.8 - 3.0 kg, male and female, China) were randomly divided into three groups of 36 rabbits each. Blood and tissue samples from the liver, lungs, kidneys, vertebrae, and paravertebral muscle were collected at different time points post-surgery. High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis with a biological internal standard was used to determine the drug concentrations in samples. In group A, no significant differences in rifapentine concentrations in the liver were detected between any two time points (P > 0.05). However, the differences in rifapentine concentrations between day 10 and day 21 were statistically significant (P 0.05). In group B, the differences in rifapentine concentration between days 3 and 10 in vertebral bone and in paravertebral muscles were statistically significant (P polylactic acid sustained-release microspheres, the concentration of rifapentine in local vertebral bone tissues was maintained above the TB minimum inhibitory concentration for up to 60 days with no apparent accumulation of the drug in other tissues.

  12. Biodegradable poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) microspheres loaded with S-nitroso-N-acetyl-D-penicillamine for controlled nitric oxide delivery.

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    Lautner, Gergely; Meyerhoff, Mark E; Schwendeman, Steven P

    2016-03-10

    Nitric oxide (NO) is a fascinating and important endogenous free-radical gas with potent antimicrobial, vasodilating, smooth muscle relaxant, and growth factor stimulating effects. However, its wider biomedical applicability is hindered by its cumbersome administration, since NO is unstable especially in biological environments. In this work, to ultimately develop site-specific controlled release vehicles for NO, the NO donor S-nitroso-N-acetyl-D-penicillamine (SNAP) was encapsulated within poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) 50:50 (PLGA) microspheres by using a solid-in-oil-in-water emulsion solvent evaporation method. The highest payload was 0.56(±0.01) μmol SNAP/mg microspheres. The in vitro release kinetics of the donor were controlled by the bioerosion of the PLGA microspheres. By using an uncapped PLGA (Mw=24,000-38,000) SNAP was slowly released for over 10days, whereas by using the ester capped PLGA (Mw=38,000-54,000) the release lasted for over 4weeks. The presence of copper ions and/or ascorbate in solution was necessary to efficiently decompose the released NO donor and obtain sustained NO release. It was also demonstrated that light can be used to induce rapid NO release from the microspheres over several hours. SNAP exhibited excellent storage stability when encapsulated in the PLGA microspheres. These new microsphere formulations may be useful for site-specific administration and treatment of pathologies associated with dysfunction in endogenous NO production, e.g. treatment of diabetic wounds, or in diseases involving other biological functions of NO including vasodilation, antimicrobial, anticancer, and neurotransmission. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Synthesis of lithium iron phosphate/carbon microspheres by using polyacrylic acid coated iron phosphate nanoparticles derived from iron(III) acrylate.

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    Xu, Dongwei; He, Yan-Bing; Chu, Xiaodong; Ding, Zhaojun; Li, Baohua; He, Jianfu; Du, Hongda; Qin, Xianying; Kang, Feiyu

    2015-03-01

    Lithium iron phosphate/carbon (LiFePO4 /C) microspheres with high rate and cycling performance are synthesized from iron phosphate/polyacrylic acid (FePO4 /PAA) nanoparticles. Iron(III) acrylate is used as a precursor for both the iron and carbon sources. FePO4 nanoparticles are first produced by a coprecipitation reaction. The byproduct, acrylic acid ions, is polymerized in situ to form a uniform PAA layer on the surface of the FePO4 nanoparticles. The as-prepared LiFePO4 /C microspheres are composed of primary nanoparticles with sizes of 40-50 nm. The nanoparticles are fully coated with a thin, uniform carbon layer derived from the decomposition of the PAA layer. The uniform carbon-coating layer cooperates with interstitial and boundary carbon derived from sucrose successfully to construct an excellent interconnecting conductive network in the microspheres. As a result of the unique structure, the as-prepared LiFePO4 /C microspheres display both high electronic and ionic conductivities, which contribute to their high rate performance (162.9 mAh g(-1) at 0.1C and 126.1 mAh g(-1) at 5C) and excellent cycling stability (97.1% of capacity retention after 500 cycles at 5C/5C). © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. MAPLE fabricated magnetite@eugenol and (3-hidroxybutyric acid-co-3-hidroxyvaleric acid)–polyvinyl alcohol microspheres coated surfaces with anti-microbial properties

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    Grumezescu, Valentina [Lasers Department, National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, P.O. Box MG-36, Magurele, Bucharest (Romania); Department of Science and Engineering of Oxidic Materials and Nanomaterials, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, University Politehnica of Bucharest, 1–7 Polizu Street, 011061 Bucharest (Romania); Holban, Alina Maria [Microbiology Immunology Department, Faculty of Biology, University of Bucharest, 1–3 Portocalelor Lane, Sector 5, 77206Bucharest (Romania); Iordache, Florin [Institute of Cellular Biology and Pathology of Romanian Academy, “Nicolae Simionescu”, Department of Fetal and Adult Stem Cell Therapy, 8, B.P. Hasdeu, Bucharest 050568 (Romania); Socol, Gabriel [Lasers Department, National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, P.O. Box MG-36, Magurele, Bucharest (Romania); Mogoşanu, George Dan [Department of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova, 2 PetruRareş Street, 200349 Craiova (Romania); Grumezescu, Alexandru Mihai, E-mail: grumezescu@yahoo.com [Department of Science and Engineering of Oxidic Materials and Nanomaterials, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, University Politehnica of Bucharest, 1–7 Polizu Street, 011061 Bucharest (Romania); Ficai, Anton; Vasile, Bogdan Ştefan [Department of Science and Engineering of Oxidic Materials and Nanomaterials, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, University Politehnica of Bucharest, 1–7 Polizu Street, 011061 Bucharest (Romania); Truşcă, Roxana [S.C. Metav-CD S.A., 31Rosetti Str., 020015 Bucharest (Romania); Chifiriuc, Mariana Carmen [Microbiology Immunology Department, Faculty of Biology, University of Bucharest, 1–3 Portocalelor Lane, Sector 5, 77206Bucharest (Romania); and others

    2014-07-01

    This study reports the biological applications of a newly fabricated water dispersible nanostructure, based on magnetite (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) and eugenol (E), prepared in a well-shaped spherical form by precipitation method. The presence of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@E nanoparticles has been confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Nanoparticles have been embedded into poly(3-hidroxybutyric acid-co-3-hidroxyvaleric acid)–polyvinyl alcohol (P(3HB-3HV)–PVA) microspheres by oil-in-water emulsion technique. Functionalized P(3HB-3HV)–PVA–Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@E microspheres coatings have been fabricated by matrix assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MAPLE). The coatings have been characterized by infrared microscopy (IRM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). In vitro biofilm formation by Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa was assessed by the viable cell counts technique. Nanomaterial biocompatibility has been investigated by analyzing the phenotypic changes of cultured eukaryotic cells. Besides their excellent anti-adherence and anti-biofilm properties, the MAPLE coatings have the advantages of using bioactive natural compounds, which are less toxic and easily biodegradable than current antibiotics. This approach could be used as a successful alternative or adjuvant method to control and prevent microbial biofilms associated infections.

  15. Preparation of Uniform-Sized and Dual Stimuli-Responsive Microspheres of Poly(N-Isopropylacrylamide/Poly(Acrylic acid with Semi-IPN Structure by One-Step Method

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    En-Ping Lai

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available A novel strategy was developed to synthesize uniform semi-interpenetrating polymer network (semi-IPN microspheres by premix membrane emulsification combined with one-step polymerization. Synthesized poly(acrylic acid (PAAc polymer chains were added prior to the inner water phase, which contained N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAM monomer, N,N′-methylene bisacrylamide (MBA cross-linker, and ammonium persulfate (APS initiator. The mixtures were pressed through a microporous membrane to form a uniform water-in-oil emulsion. By crosslinking the NIPAM in a PAAc-containing solution, microspheres with temperature- and pH-responsive properties were fabricated. The semi-IPN structure and morphology of the microspheres were confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM. The average diameter of the obtained microspheres was approximately 6.5 μm, with Span values of less than 1. Stimuli-responsive behaviors of the microspheres were studied by the cloud-point method. The results demonstrated that semi-IPN microspheres could respond independently to both pH and temperature changes. After storing in a PBS solution (pH 7.0 at 4 °C for 6 months, the semi-IPN microspheres remained stable without a change in morphology or particle size. This study demonstrated a promising method for controlling the synthesis of semi-IPN structure microspheres with a uniform size and multiple functionalities.

  16. Synthesis of Poly(styrene-acrylates-acrylic acid Microspheres and Their Chemical Composition towards Colloidal Crystal Films

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    Luis A. Ríos-Osuna

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    Full Text Available In this paper, polystyrene colloidal microspheres have been prepared using hexyl acrylate (HA, ethylhexyl acrylate (EHA, isooctyl acrylate (IOA, butyl acrylate (BA, or isobutyl acrylate (IBA as comonomers. Microspheres with diameters from 212 to 332 nm and with a polystyrene content of 65–78% were prepared. The particles prepared in this work do not present the typical core-shell structure; as a consequence, DSC analysis showed that the microspheres exhibited only one Tg. TEM images show that the particles with comonomer content below ~30% were spherical and regular. Microspheres containing comonomer between 21 to 25% produced the less brittle films showing very iridescent colors. The films prepared from microspheres containing hexyl, ethylhexyl, and isooctyl acrylate as comonomers are firmly attached to the substrate due to their adhesive properties. The large decrease of the fragility observed in these films makes them much more attractive materials in sensing applications.

  17. Evaluation of bone repair of critical size defects treated with simvastatin-loaded poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) microspheres in rat calvaria.

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    Ferreira, Lorraine B; Bradaschia-Correa, Vivian; Moreira, Mariana M; Marques, Natasha D M; Arana-Chavez, Victor E

    2015-02-01

    Statins are hypolipemiant drugs with osteoinductive effect. We evaluated the potential of simvastatin loaded into poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microspheres to heal critical size defects in rat calvaria. PLGA scaffolds (50:50 ratio) were synthesized as pure membranes or as microspheres loaded with 2.5% simvastatin. Critical size defects (5-mm diameter) were created in the parietal bone of 3-month-old male Wistar rats; they were either left filled with blood clot (C group), covered with a PLGA membrane (M group) or with PLGA microspheres loaded with simvastatin (MSI group) or not (MM group), and then covered with the PLGA membrane. The defects were evaluated after 30 or 60 days by light and electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry for osteopontin (OPN), bone sialoprotein (BSP) and osteoadherin (OSAD), and immunocytochemistry for OPN. Scanning electron microscopy showed that the calvarial defects treated with MSI were almost completely healed after 60 days, while groups M and C presented less bone formation, whereas the bone matrix formed into the defects of MSI group was more organized and mature. The immunolabeling for OPN and BSP on the matrix in groups C and M showed typical areas of primary bone unlike the MSI that presented weak labeling at the formed area. In the MSI group, there was an intense immunostaining for OSAD in osteoid, as well as in osteocyte cytoplasm. The immunocytochemistry showed intense labeling for OPN with homogeneous distribution in the interfibrillar spaces in all groups after 30 days and after 60 days; however, while C and M groups exhibited similar aspect, the MSI specimens showed weak labeling. The ultrastructural evaluation showed the interaction between the biomaterial and the surrounding tissue where some cells established intimate contact with microspheres. The repair of critical size bone defects was accelerated and enhanced by the implantation of simvastatin-loaded PLGA microspheres. © The Author(s) 2014 Reprints and

  18. In vitro stress effect on degradation and drug release behaviors of basic fibroblast growth factor--poly(lactic-co-glycolic-acid) microsphere.

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    Xiong, Yan; Yu, Zeping; Lang, Yun; Hu, Juanyu; Li, Hong; Yan, Yonggang; Tu, Chongqi; Yang, Tianfu; Song, Yueming; Duan, Hong; Pei, Fuxing

    2016-01-01

    To study the degradation and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) release activity of bFGF - poly(lactic-co-glycolic-acid) microsphere (bFGF-PLGA MS) under stress in vitro, including the static pressure and shearing force-simulating mechanical environment of the joint cavity. First, bFGF-PLGA MSs were created. Meanwhile, two self-made experimental instruments (static pressure and shearing force loading instruments) were initially explored to provide stress-simulating mechanical environment of the joint cavity. Then, bFGF-PLGA MSs were loaded into the two instruments respectively, to study microsphere degradation and drug release experiments. In the static pressure loading experiment, normal atmospheric pressure loading (approximately 0.1 MPa), 0.35 MPa, and 4.0 MPa pressure loading and shaking flask oscillation groups were designed to study bFGF-PLGA MS degradation and bFGF release. In the shearing force loading experiment, a pulsating pump was used to give the experimental group an output of 1,000 mL/min and the control group an output of 10 mL/min to carry out bFGF-PLGA MS degradation and drug release experiments. Changes of bFGF-PLGA MSs, including microsphere morphology, quality, weight-average molecular weight of polymer, and microsphere degradation and bFGF release, were analyzed respectively. In the static pressure loading experiment, bFGF-PLGA MSs at different pressure were stable initially. The trend of molecular weight change, quality loss, and bFGF release was consistent. Meanwhile, microsphere degradation and bFGF release rates in the 4.0 MPa pressure loading group were faster than those in the normal and 0.35 MPa pressure loading groups. It was the fastest in the shaking flask group, showing a statistically significant difference (P<0.0001). In the shearing force loading experiment, there were no distinctive differences in the rates of microsphere degradation and bFGF release between experimental and control group. Meanwhile, microsphere degradation

  19. Preparation of ellagic acid molecularly imprinted polymeric microspheres based on distillation-precipitation polymerization for the efficient purification of a crude extract.

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    Zhang, Hua; Zhao, Shangge; Zhang, Lu; Han, Bo; Yao, Xincheng; Chen, Wen; Hu, Yanli

    2016-08-01

    Molecularly imprinted polymeric microspheres with a high recognition ability toward the template molecule, ellagic acid, were synthesized based on distillation-precipitation polymerization. The as-obtained polymers were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, infrared spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis. Static, dynamic, and selective binding tests were adopted to study the binding properties and the molecular recognition ability of the prepared polymers for ellagic acid. The results indicated that the maximum static adsorption capacity of the prepared polymers toward ellagic acid was 37.07 mg/g and the adsorption equilibrium time was about 100 min when the concentration of ellagic acid was 40 mg/mL. Molecularly imprinted polymeric microspheres were also highly selective toward ellagic acid compared with its analogue quercetin. It was found that the content of ellagic acid in the pomegranate peel extract was enhanced from 23 to 86% after such molecularly imprinted solid-phase extraction process. This work provides an efficient way for effective separation and enrichment of ellagic acid from complex matrix, which is especially valuable in industrial production. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Molecularly imprinted microspheres and nanoparticles prepared using precipitation polymerisation method for selective extraction of gallic acid from Emblica officinalis.

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    Pardeshi, Sushma; Dhodapkar, Rita; Kumar, Anupama

    2014-03-01

    This paper reports the preparation of gallic acid (GA) molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) by the precipitation polymerisation and highlights the effect of porogen on particle size and specific molecular recognition properties. MIP, M-100 prepared in the porogen acetonitrile and MIP, M-75 prepared in a mixture of acetonitrile-toluene (75:25 v/v), resulted in the formation of microspheres with approximately 4μm particle size and surface area of 96.73m(2)g(-1) and nanoparticles (0.8-1000nm) and a surface area of 345.9m(2)g(-1), respectively. The Langmuir-Freundlich isotherm study revealed that M-75 has comparatively higher number of binding sites which are homogenous and has higher affinity for GA. The MIPs selectively recognised GA in presence of its structural analogues. Pure GA with percent recovery of 75 (±1.6) and 83.4 (±2.2) was obtained from the aqueous extract of Emblica officinalis by M-100 and M-75, respectively and hot water at 60°C served as the eluting solvent. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Facile fabrication of poly(L-lactic acid) microsphere-incorporated calcium alginate/hydroxyapatite porous scaffolds based on Pickering emulsion templates.

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    Hu, Yang; Ma, Shanshan; Yang, Zhuohong; Zhou, Wuyi; Du, Zhengshan; Huang, Jian; Yi, Huan; Wang, Chaoyang

    2016-04-01

    In this study, we develop a facile one-pot approach to the fabrication of poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA) microsphere-incorporated calcium alginate (ALG-Ca)/hydroxyapatite (HAp) porous scaffolds based on HAp nanoparticle-stabilized oil-in-water Pickering emulsion templates, which contain alginate in the aqueous phase and PLLA in the oil phase. The emulsion aqueous phase is solidified by in situ gelation of alginate with Ca(2+) released from HAp by decreasing pH with slow hydrolysis of D-gluconic acid δ-lactone (GDL) to produce emulsion droplet-incorporated gels, followed by freeze-drying to form porous scaffolds containing microspheres. The pore structure of porous scaffolds can be adjusted by varying the HAp or GDL concentration. The compressive tests show that the increase of HAp or GDL concentration is beneficial to improve the compressive property of porous scaffolds, while the excessive HAp can lead to the decrease in compressive property. Moreover, the swelling behavior studies display that the swelling ratios of porous scaffolds reduce with increasing HAp or GDL concentration. Furthermore, hydrophobic drug ibuprofen (IBU) and hydrophilic drug bovine serum albumin (BSA) are loaded into the microspheres and scaffold matrix, respectively. In vitro drug release results indicate that BSA has a rapid release while IBU has a sustained release in the dual drug-loaded scaffolds. In vitro cell culture experiments verify that mouse bone mesenchymal stem cells can proliferate on the porous scaffolds well, indicating the good biocompatibility of porous scaffolds. All these results demonstrate that the PLLA microsphere-incorporated ALG-Ca/HAp porous scaffolds have a promising potential for tissue engineering and drug delivery applications. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Tomographic bremsstrahlung imaging with yttrium-90 in the context of radioembolisation of liver tumors; Tomografische Bildgebung mit Yttrium-90-Bremsstrahlung im Rahmen der Radioembolisation von Lebertumoren

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    Grosser, Oliver Stephan

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    Establish tomographic Bremsstrahlung SPECT imaging (BSPECT) for the clinical validation of Selective Internal Radiotherapy (SIRT) with Yttrium-90 ({sup 90}Y) labelled microspheres. Various energy ranges (75 ± 3.8 keV; 135 ± 6.8 keV; 167 ± 8.4 keV) and the summation window were studied to see if they were suitable for BSPECT. To this end, clinically available reconstruction techniques were analysed for their suitability for BSPECT. The tomographic examinations were performed on a cylindrical phantom filled with spheres of different diameters d = [28; 35; 40; 50; 60] mm in a non-active waterfilled background. The spheres were filled with identical {sup 90}Y activity concentration (AC). Measurements were conducted at AC = [14.58; 5.20; 1.98; 0.66] MBq/cm{sup 3}. The BSPECT were reconstructed with filtered back-projection (FBP), a 2D Ordered-Subset Expectation Maximisation Algorithm (2D-OSEM) and a 3D Geometric Mean Algorithm (3D-GMA). Evaluation was made visually and on the basis of objective performance parameters such as contrast, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and image noise. While the 75 keV ± 3.8 keV window was identified as suitable for the BSPECT, limitations were revealed as to use of different implementations of the Point Spread Function (PSF). It was found for all reconstruction techniques that, at a given sphere diameter, there existed a linear relationship between the AC in the spheres and the reconstructed pulse rate per volume element. The recovery effect was verified for small spheres. The iterative techniques were found to be suitable for the BSPECT at all AC. At low AC, the 3D-GMA exhibited the least noise and the highest SNR. The FBP turned out to be entirely inappropriate for the BSPECT. The narrow energy window in which the bremsstrahlung interferes with the characteristic X-radiation of lead can be used for BSPECT. In this approach, the tomographic data reconstructed with different algorithms exhibited a varying image quality, with the iterative

  3. Influence of ionic strength and pH on the limitation of latex microsphere deposition sites on iron-oxide coated sand by humic acid

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    Yang, X. [School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Queen' s University Belfast, David Keir Building, Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5AG, N. Ireland (United Kingdom); Flynn, R., E-mail: r.flynn@qub.ac.uk [School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Queen' s University Belfast, David Keir Building, Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5AG, N. Ireland (United Kingdom); Kammer, F. von der, E-mail: frank.von.der.kammer@univie.ac.at [Department of Environmental Geosciences, University of Vienna, Althanstrasse 14, 1090 Vienna (Austria); Hofmann, T. [Department of Environmental Geosciences, University of Vienna, Althanstrasse 14, 1090 Vienna (Austria)

    2011-07-15

    This study, for the first time, investigates and quantifies the influence of slight changes in solution pH and ionic strength (IS) on colloidal microsphere deposition site coverage by Suwannee River Humic Acid (SRHA) in a column matrix packed with saturated iron-oxide coated sand. Triple pulse experimental (TPE) results show adsorbed SRHA enhances microsphere mobility more at higher pH and lower IS and covers more sites than at higher IS and lower pH. Random sequential adsorption (RSA) modelling of experimental data suggests 1 {mu}g of adsorbed SRHA occupied 9.28 {+-} 0.03 x 10{sup 9} sites at pH7.6 and IS of 1.6 mMol but covered 2.75 {+-} 0.2 x 10{sup 9} sites at pH6.3 and IS of 20 mMol. Experimental responses are suspected to arise from molecular conformation changes whereby SRHA extends more at higher pH and lower ionic strength but is more compact at lower pH and higher IS. Results suggest effects of pH and IS on regulating SRHA conformation were additive. - Highlights: > We quantified the coupled role of pH and IS and humic acid on colloid deposition. > Humic acid enhances microsphere mobility more at higher pH and lower IS. > pH and IS may control the behaviour of humic acid by regulating its conformation. > The effect of pH and IS on regulating humic acid conformation is additive. - This paper quantifies the impact of pH and ionic strength on the transient deposition behaviour of colloids in porous medium in the presence of humic acid.

  4. Poly(lactic-co-glycolic Acid/Nanohydroxyapatite Scaffold Containing Chitosan Microspheres with Adrenomedullin Delivery for Modulation Activity of Osteoblasts and Vascular Endothelial Cells

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Adrenomedullin (ADM is a bioactive regulatory peptide that affects migration and proliferation of diverse cell types, including endothelial cells, smooth muscle cells, and osteoblast-like cells. This study investigated the effects of sustained release of ADM on the modulation activity of osteoblasts and vascular endothelial cells in vitro. Chitosan microspheres (CMs were developed for ADM delivery. Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid and nano-hydroxyapatite were used to prepare scaffolds containing microspheres with ADM. The CMs showed rough surface morphology and high porosity, and they were well-distributed. The scaffolds exhibited relatively uniform pore sizes with interconnected pores. The addition of CMs improved the mechanical properties of the scaffolds without affecting their high porosity. In vitro degradation tests indicated that the addition of CMs increased the water absorption of the scaffolds and inhibited pH decline of phosphate-buffered saline medium. The expression levels of osteogenic-related and angiogenic-related genes were determined in MG63 cells and in human umbilical vein endothelial cells cultured on the scaffolds, respectively. The expression levels of osteogenic-related and angiogenic-related proteins were also detected by western blot analysis. Their expression levels in cells were improved on the ADM delivery scaffolds at a certain time point. The in vitro evaluation suggests that the microsphere-scaffold system is suitable as a model for bone tissue engineering.

  5. Laser deposition of poly(3-hydroxybutyric acid-co-3-hydroxyvaleric acid) - lysozyme microspheres based coatings with anti-microbial properties.

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    Grumezescu, V; Holban, A M; Sima, L E; Chiritoiu, M B; Chiritoiu, G N; Grumezescu, A M; Ivan, L; Safciuc, F; Antohe, F; Florica, C; Luculescu, C R; Chifiriuc, M C; Socol, G

    2017-04-15

    The purpose of this study was to obtain, characterize and evaluate the cytotoxicity and antimicrobial activity of coatings based on poly(3-hydroxybutyric acid-co-3-hydroxyvaleric acid) - Lysozyme (P(3HB-3HV)/Lys) and P(3HB-3HV) - Polyethylene glycol - Lysozyme (P(3HB-3HV)/PEG/Lys) spheres prepared by Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation (MAPLE) technique, in order to obtain functional and improved Ti-based implants. Morphological investigation of the coatings by Infrared Microscopy (IRM) and SEM revealed that the average diameter of P(3HB-3HV)/Lys spheres is around 2μm and unlike the drop cast samples, IRM recorded on MAPLE films revealed a good distribution of monitored functional groups on the entire scanned surface. The biological evaluation of MAPLE structured surfaces revealed an improved biocompatibility with respect to osteoblasts and endothelial cells as compared with Ti substrates and an enhanced anti-biofilm effect against Gram positive (Staphylococcus aureus) and Gram negative (Pseudomonas aeruginosa) tested strains. Thus, we propose that the fabricated P(3HB-3HV)/PEG/Lys and P(3HB-3HV)/Lys microspheres may be efficiently used as a matrix for controlled local drug delivery, with practical applications in developing improved medical surfaces for the reduction of implant-associated infections. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Prototype metal artefact reduction algorithm in flat panel computed tomography - evaluation in patients undergoing transarterial hepatic radioembolisation.

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    Hamie, Qeumars Mustafa; Kobe, Adrian Raoul; Mietzsch, Leif; Manhart, Michael; Puippe, Gilbert Dominique; Pfammatter, Thomas; Guggenberger, Roman

    2018-01-01

    To investigate the effect of an on-site prototype metal artefact reduction (MAR) algorithm in cone-beam CT-catheter-arteriography (CBCT-CA) in patients undergoing transarterial radioembolisation (RE) of hepatic masses. Ethical board approved retrospective study of 29 patients (mean 63.7±13.7 years, 11 female), including 16 patients with arterial metallic coils, undergoing CBCT-CA (8s scan, 200 degrees rotation, 397 projections). Image reconstructions with and without prototype MAR algorithm were evaluated quantitatively (streak-artefact attenuation changes) and qualitatively (visibility of hepatic parenchyma and vessels) in near- (3cm) of artefact sources (metallic coils and catheters). Quantitative and qualitative measurements of uncorrected and MAR corrected images and different artefact sources were compared RESULTS: Quantitative evaluation showed significant reduction of near- and far-field streak-artefacts with MAR for both artefact sources (p0.05). Inhomogeneities of attenuation values were significantly higher for metallic coils compared to catheters (pprototype MAR algorithm improves image quality in proximity of metallic coil and catheter artefacts. • Metal objects cause artefacts in cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) imaging. • These artefacts can be corrected by metal artefact reduction (MAR) algorithms. • Corrected images show significantly better visibility of nearby hepatic vessels and tissue. • Better visibility may facilitate image interpretation, save time and radiation exposure.

  7. Liver CT for vascular mapping during radioembolisation workup: comparison of an early and late arterial phase protocol

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    Hoven, Andor F. van den; Braat, Manon N.G.J.A.; Prince, Jip F.; Doormaal, Pieter J. van; Leeuwen, Maarten S. van; Lam, Marnix G.E.H.; Bosch, Maurice A.A.J. van den [University Medical Center Utrecht, Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Utrecht (Netherlands)

    2017-01-15

    To compare right gastric (RGA) and segment 4 artery (A4) origin detection rates during radioembolisation workup between early and late arterial phase liver CT protocols. 100 consecutive patients who underwent liver CT between May 2012-January 2015 with early or late arterial phase protocol (n = 50 each, 10- vs. 20-s post-threshold delay) were included. RGA/A4 origin detection rates, assessed by two raters, and contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) of the hepatic artery relative to the portal vein were compared between the protocols. The first-second rater scored the RGA origin as visible in 58-65 % (specific proportion of agreement 82 %, κ = 0.62); A4 origin in 96-89 % (94 %, κ = 0.54). Thirty-six percent of RGA origins not detectable by DSA were identified on CT. Origin detection rates were not significantly different for early/late arterial phases. Mean CNR was higher in the early arterial phase protocol (1.7 vs. 1.2, p < 0.001). A 10-s delay arterial phase CT protocol does not significantly improve detection of small intra- and extrahepatic branches. RGA origin detection requires further optimization, whereas A4/MHA origin detection is adequate, with good inter-rater reproducibility. CT remains important for preprocedural planning, because it may reveal arterial anatomy not discernible on DSA. (orig.)

  8. [Preliminary application of injectable calcium phosphate cement/poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) microspheres for extraction site preservation].

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    Mai, Yuying; Wu, Huihuang; Mai, Zhisong; Li, Xinghong; Huang, Linhui; Liao, Hongbing

    2014-03-01

    To investigate the feasibility of extraction site preservation using injectable calcium phosphate cement (CPC) combine with poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microspheres. Immediate extraction defects models were created in canine mandibles, and the defects were filled with CPC/PLGA (experimental group, E) , Bio-Oss (positive control, P), non-treatment (blank control, B) respectively. Dogs were sacrificed after 4, 8, 12 weeks post operation. Statistical analysis were conducted using SPSS 19. of radiological observation showed that there were not significantly different between groups in 4 and 8 week (P > 0.05). After 12 week,E (114.9 ± 8.4) were not significantly different compared with P (117.4 ± 12.1) (P > 0.05) , both were significantly higher than B (95.0 ± 12.6) (P B[(78.7 ± 2.7)%] > E[(69.2 ± 1.8)%] (P < 0.05). At 8, 12 week, results of P[(94.0 ± 2.3)% and (93.5 ± 1.9) %] and E[ (94.7 ± 1.1) % and (96.0 ± 0.9) %] were better than those of B[ (76.8 ± 3.0)% and (87.0 ± 2.4)%] (P < 0.05). The effect of CPC/PLGA repair immediate alveolar ridge defects is the same as that of Bio-Oss, and CPC/PLGA can be used as a material in extraction site preservation.

  9. Preparation of core-shell structure Fe3 O4 @SiO2 superparamagnetic microspheres immoblized with iminodiacetic acid as immobilized metal ion affinity adsorbents for His-tag protein purification.

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    Ni, Qian; Chen, Bing; Dong, Shaohua; Tian, Lei; Bai, Quan

    2016-04-01

    The core-shell structure Fe3 O4 /SiO2 magnetic microspheres were prepared by a sol-gel method, and immobiled with iminodiacetic acid (IDA) as metal ion affinity ligands for protein adsorption. The size, morphology, magnetic properties and surface modification of magnetic silica nanospheres were characterized by various modern analytical instruments. It was shown that the magnetic silica nanospheres exhibited superparamagnetism with saturation magnetization values of up to 58.1 emu/g. Three divalent metal ions, Cu(2+) , Ni(2+) and Zn(2+) , were chelated on the Fe3 O4 @SiO2 -IDA magnetic microspheres to adsorb lysozyme. The results indicated that Ni(2+) -chelating magnetic microspheres had the maximum adsorption capacity for lysozyme of 51.0 mg/g, adsorption equilibrium could be achieved within 60 min and the adsorbed protein could be easily eluted. Furthermore, the synthesized Fe3 O4 @SiO2 -IDA-Ni(2+) magnetic microspheres were successfully applied for selective enrichment lysozyme from egg white and His-tag recombinant Homer 1a from the inclusion extraction expressed in Escherichia coli. The result indicated that the magnetic microspheres showed unique characteristics of high selective separation behavior of protein mixture, low nonspecific adsorption, and easy handling. This demonstrates that the magnetic silica microspheres can be used efficiently in protein separation or purification and show great potential in the pretreatment of the biological sample. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  10. PLGA/alginate composite microspheres for hydrophilic protein delivery

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    Zhai, Peng [Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Saskatchewan, S7N5E5 (Canada); Division of Biomedical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, S7N5A9 (Canada); Chen, X.B. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, S7N5A9 (Canada); Division of Biomedical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, S7N5A9 (Canada); Schreyer, David J., E-mail: david.schreyer@usask.ca [Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Saskatchewan, S7N5E5 (Canada); Division of Biomedical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, S7N5A9 (Canada)

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    Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microspheres and PLGA/alginate composite microspheres were prepared by a novel double emulsion and solvent evaporation technique and loaded with bovine serum albumin (BSA) or rabbit anti-laminin antibody protein. The addition of alginate and the use of a surfactant during microsphere preparation increased the encapsulation efficiency and reduced the initial burst release of hydrophilic BSA. Confocal laser scanning microcopy (CLSM) of BSA-loaded PLGA/alginate composite microspheres showed that PLGA, alginate, and BSA were distributed throughout the depths of microspheres; no core/shell structure was observed. Scanning electron microscopy revealed that PLGA microspheres erode and degrade more quickly than PLGA/alginate composite microspheres. When loaded with anti-laminin antibody, the function of released antibody was well preserved in both PLGA and PLGA/alginate composite microspheres. The biocompatibility of PLGA and PLGA/alginate microspheres were examined using four types of cultured cell lines, representing different tissue types. Cell survival was variably affected by the inclusion of alginate in composite microspheres, possibly due to the sensitivity of different cell types to excess calcium that may be released from the calcium cross-linked alginate. - Highlights: • A double emulsion technique is used to prepare protein-loaded PLGA or PLGA/alginate microspheres. • PLGA, alginate and protein are distributed evenly within microsphere structure. • Addition of alginate improves loading efficiency and slows degradation and protein release. • PLGA/alginate microspheres have favorable biocompatibility.

  11. Hepatic toxicity caused by PLGA-microspheres containing usnic acid from the lichen C ladonia substellata (AHTI during pregnancy in Wistar rats

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT This study aimed to evaluate the teratogenic and hepatotoxic potential of the usnic acid encapsulated into PLGA-microspheres. In total, 12 female Wistar rats in pregnancy were randomly distributed in the control group (n= 6 that received 1.0 mL of physiological solution and treatment group (n= 6 that received 25 mg/kg of encapsulated usnic acid by oral administration. All females were euthanized at day 20 of pregnancy and their fetuses were removed and analyzed. During the pregnancy was observed a reduction in weight gain. There was no difference in serum transaminases levels analyzed as well as any difference in liver weight in both groups. The histomorphometric analysis of the liver from the treatment group revealed an increase in number of hepatocytes and a decrease in nuclear area of these cells. Moreover, no alteration was observed in cell area of hepatocytes or number of Kupffer cells. The fetuses had an increase in total number of hepatocytes and a reduction in the amount of megakaryocytes. These results show the hepatotoxic potential of usnic acid during pregnancy. However, its toxicity can be minimized by encapsulation in microspheres.

  12. Characterization of extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) fractions produced by Microcystis aeruginosa under the stress of linoleic acid sustained-release microspheres.

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    Ni, Lixiao; Li, Danye; Rong, Shiyi; Su, Lili; Zhou, Wei; Wang, Peifang; Wang, Chao; Li, Shiyin; Acharya, Kumud

    2017-07-20

    This paper focuses on the characterization of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), which are composed of soluble EPS (SL-EPS), loosely bound EPS (LB-EPS), and tightly bound EPS (TB-EPS) produced by Microcystis aeruginosa under the stress of linoleic acid (LA) and LA sustained-release microspheres. Three-dimensional excitation-emission matrix (3D-EEM) fluorescence spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometry were used to characterize three forms of EPS while the content of polysaccharide and protein was tested, respectively. The results showed that the highest inhibitor rate (IR) occurred when M. aeruginosa were exposed to LA sustained-release microspheres of 0.3 g L(-1). The 3D-EEM contour demonstrated that tryptophan and protein-like substances were detected in all three EPS fractions, whereas humic acid-like substance was only distributed in SL-EPS, and aromatic proteins merely existed in LB-EPS and TB-EPS. The infrared spectrum showed that functional groups in three EPS fractions had no obvious change in all experimental groups. Polysaccharide (1120-1270 cm(-1), C-O-C and C-O stretching vibration) and protein (1384-1670 cm(-1), C-N and N-H stretching) were detected in three forms of EPS. Graphical abstract ᅟ.

  13. Synthesis of caffeic acid molecularly imprinted polymer microspheres and high-performance liquid chromatography evaluation of their sorption properties.

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    Valero-Navarro, Angel; Gómez-Romero, María; Fernández-Sánchez, Jorge F; Cormack, Peter A G; Segura-Carretero, Antonio; Fernández-Gutiérrez, Alberto

    2011-10-14

    In the current work, a molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) has been synthesised and used to enable the extraction of a naturally-occurring antioxidant from complex media. More specifically, we describe the first example of a caffeic acid (CA) MIP which has been synthesised in the form of well-defined polymer microspheres, and its use for the extraction of CA from fruit juice sample. The CA MIP was synthesised by precipitation polymerisation using 4-vinylpyridine as functional monomer, divinylbenzene-80 as crosslinker and acetonitrile:toluene (75/25, v/v) as porogen. The particle sizing and morphological characterisation of the polymers was carried out by means of scanning electron microscopy (narrow particle size distribution; ∼5 and 1.5 μm particle diameters for the MIP and NIP [non-imprinted polymer], respectively) and nitrogen sorption porosimetry (specific surface areas of 340 and 350 m(2)g(-1), and specific pore volumes of 0.17 and 0.19 cm(3)g(-1) for the MIP and NIP, respectively). The polymers were evaluated further by batch rebinding experiments, and from the derived isotherms their binding capacity and binding strength were determined (number of binding sites (N(K))=0.6 and 0.3 mmol g(-1) for the MIP and NIP, respectively, and apparent average adsorption constant (K(N))=10.0 and 1.6L mmol(-1) for the MIP and NIP, respectively). To evaluate the molecular recognition character of the MIP it was packed into a stainless steel column (50 mm × 4.6 mm i.d.) and evaluated as an HPLC-stationary phase. The mobile phase composition, flow rate, and the elution profile were then optimised in order to improve the peak shape without negatively affecting the imprinting factor (IF). Very interesting, promising properties were revealed. The imprinting factor (IF) under the optimised conditions was 11.9. Finally, when the imprinted LC column was used for the selective recognition of CA over eight related compounds, very good selectivity was obtained. This outcome enabled

  14. Sustained delivery of rhBMP-2 by means of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) microspheres: cranial bone regeneration without heterotopic ossification or craniosynostosis.

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    Wink, Jason D; Gerety, Patrick A; Sherif, Rami D; Lim, Youngshin; Clarke, Nadya A; Rajapakse, Chamith S; Nah, Hyun-Duck; Taylor, Jesse A

    2014-07-01

    Commercially available recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein 2 (rhBMP2) has demonstrated efficacy in bone regeneration, but not without significant side effects. The authors used rhBMP2 encapsulated in poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microspheres placed in a rabbit cranial defect model to test whether low-dose, sustained delivery can effectively induce bone regeneration. The rhBMP2 was encapsulated in 15% PLGA using a double-emulsion, solvent extraction/evaporation technique, and its release kinetics and bioactivity were tested. Two critical-size defects (10 mm) were created in the calvaria of New Zealand white rabbits (5 to 7 months of age, male and female) and filled with a collagen scaffold containing either (1) no implant, (2) collagen scaffold only, (3) PLGA-rhBMP2 (0.1 μg per implant), or (4) free rhBMP2 (0.1 μg per implant). After 6 weeks, the rabbits were killed and defects were analyzed by micro-computed tomography, histology, and finite element analysis. The rhBMP2 delivered by means of bioactive PLGA microspheres resulted in higher volumes and surface area coverage of new bone than an equal dose of free rhBMP2 by micro-computed tomography (p=0.025 and p=0.025). Finite element analysis indicated that the mechanical competence using the regional elastic modulus did not differ with rhBMP2 exposure (p=0.70). PLGA-rhBMP2 did not demonstrate heterotopic ossification, craniosynostosis, or seroma formation. Sustained delivery by means of PLGA microspheres can significantly reduce the rhBMP2 dose required for de novo bone formation. Optimization of the delivery system may be a key to reducing the risk for recently reported rhBMP2-related adverse effects.

  15. Synergistic Effect of Mesoporous Silica and Hydroxyapatite in Loaded Poly(DL-lactic-co-glycolic acid) Microspheres on the Regeneration of Bone Defects.

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    He, Shu; Lin, Kai-Feng; Fan, Jun-Jun; Hu, Gang; Dong, Xin; Zhao, Yi-Nan; Song, Yue; Guo, Zhong-Shang; Bi, Long; Liu, Jian

    2016-01-01

    A microsphere composite made of poly(DL-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA), mesoporous silica nanoparticle (MSN), and nanohydroxyapatite (nHA) (PLGA-MSN/nHA) was prepared and evaluated as bone tissue engineering materials. The objective of this study was to investigate the synergistic effect of MSN/nHA on biocompatibility as well as its potential ability for bone formation. First, we found that this PLGA-MSN/nHA composite performed good characteristics on microstructure, mechanical strength, and wettability. By cell culture experiments, the adhesion and proliferation rate of the cells seeded on PLGA-MSN/nHA composite was higher than those of the controls and high levels of osteogenetic factors such as ALP and Runx-2 were detected by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction. Finally, this PLGA-MSN/nHA composite was implanted into the femur bone defect in a rabbit model, and its ability to induce bone regeneration was observed by histological examinations. Twelve weeks after implantation, the bone defects had significantly more formation of mature bone and less residual materials than in the controls. These results demonstrate that this PLGA-MSN/nHA composite, introducing both MSN and nHA into PLGA microspheres, can improve the biocompatibility and osteoinductivity of composite in vitro and in vivo and had potential application in bone regeneration.

  16. Evaluations of therapeutic efficacy of intravitreal injected polylactic-glycolic acid microspheres loaded with triamcinolone acetonide on a rabbit model of uveitis.

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    Li, Wenchang; He, Bing; Dai, Wenbing; Zhang, Qiang; Liu, Yuling

    2014-06-01

    Conventional treatments of uveitis are not ideal because of the short period of therapeutic efficacy. In the present study, biodegradable polylactic-glycolic acid microspheres loaded with triamcinolone acetonide (TA) were prepared to achieve sustained drug release and their therapeutic efficacy was investigated on a rabbit model of uveitis. TA-loaded microspheres (TA-MS) were prepared by the solvent evaporation method and characterized for encapsulation efficiency, particle size, morphology and in vitro release. The therapeutic efficacy was studied on the rabbit experimental uveitis model based on scoring of the inflammation, aqueous leukocyte counting, aqueous protein determination and histological examination. The TA-MS exhibited smooth and intact surfaces with an average diameter of 50.87 μm. The drug-loading coefficient and encapsulation efficiency were 15.2 ± 0.6 % and 91.24 ± 3.77 %, respectively. The drug release from TA-MS lasted up to 87 days, but only 46 days for TA suspension. The change in surface morphology also showed sustained drug release from TA-MS. TA-MS exhibited improved therapeutic efficacy in lipopolysaccharide -induced uveitis compared to TA suspension, especially in regard to the inhibition of inflammation. The TA-MS had a longer-term therapeutic effect on intraocular inflammation in LPS-induced uveitis in rabbits compared to TA suspension. The results suggested that TA-MS can be developed as a potential sustained-release system for the treatment of uveitis.

  17. Controlled-release of bone morphogenetic protein-2 from a microsphere coating applied to acid-etched Ti6AL4V implants increases biological bone growth in vivo.

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    Fu, Yangmu; Zhang, Qiang; Sun, Yong; Liao, Weixiong; Bai, Xiaowei; Zhang, Lili; Du, Lina; Jin, Yiguang; Wang, Qi; Li, Zhongli; Wang, Yan

    2014-06-01

    A central clinical challenge regarding the surgical treatment of bone and joint conditions is the eventual loosening of an orthopedic implant as a result of insufficient bone ingrowth at the bone-implant interface. We investigated the in vivo effectiveness of a coating containing recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2)-loaded microspheres applied to acid-etched Ti6Al4V cylinders for implantation. Three groups of rabbits (24 per group) were used for implantation: (1) acid-etched Ti6Al4V implants coated with a mixture of rhBMP-2-loaded microspheres (125 ng rhBMP-2/mg microspheres) and α-butyl cyanoacrylate; (2) acid-etched, uncoated implants; and (3) bare, smooth uncoated implants. After implantation, 12 rabbits from each group were used for bone ingrowth determination at 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 12 weeks (2 rabbits per time point), while the remainder were used for histological analysis and push-out testing at 12 weeks. Scanning electron microscopy showed significant improvement in bone growth of the rhBMP-2 microspheres/α-butyl cyanoacrylate group compared with the other groups (p<0.01). Histological analysis and push-out testing also demonstrated enhanced bone growth of the rhBMP-2 group over that in the other two groups (p<0.01). The rhBMP-2 group showed the most significant bone growth, suggesting that coating acid-etched implants with a mixture of rhBMP-2-loaded microspheres and α-butyl cyanoacrylate may be an effective method to improve the osseointegration of orthopedic implants. © 2014 Orthopaedic Research Society. Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  18. PLGA/alginate composite microspheres for hydrophilic protein delivery.

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    Zhai, Peng; Chen, X B; Schreyer, David J

    2015-11-01

    Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microspheres and PLGA/alginate composite microspheres were prepared by a novel double emulsion and solvent evaporation technique and loaded with bovine serum albumin (BSA) or rabbit anti-laminin antibody protein. The addition of alginate and the use of a surfactant during microsphere preparation increased the encapsulation efficiency and reduced the initial burst release of hydrophilic BSA. Confocal laser scanning microcopy (CLSM) of BSA-loaded PLGA/alginate composite microspheres showed that PLGA, alginate, and BSA were distributed throughout the depths of microspheres; no core/shell structure was observed. Scanning electron microscopy revealed that PLGA microspheres erode and degrade more quickly than PLGA/alginate composite microspheres. When loaded with anti-laminin antibody, the function of released antibody was well preserved in both PLGA and PLGA/alginate composite microspheres. The biocompatibility of PLGA and PLGA/alginate microspheres were examined using four types of cultured cell lines, representing different tissue types. Cell survival was variably affected by the inclusion of alginate in composite microspheres, possibly due to the sensitivity of different cell types to excess calcium that may be released from the calcium cross-linked alginate. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Acceleration of hard and soft tissue healing in the oral cavity by a single transmucosal injection of fluvastatin-impregnated poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) microspheres. An in vitro and rodent in vivo study.

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    Yasunami, Noriyuki; Ayukawa, Yasunori; Furuhashi, Akihiro; Atsuta, Ikiru; Rakhmatia, Yunia Dwi; Moriyama, Yasuko; Masuzaki, Tomohiro; Koyano, Kiyoshi

    2015-12-23

    Antihyperlipidemic drug statins reportedly promote both bone formation and soft tissue healing. We examined the effect of sustained-release, fluvastatin-impregnated poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microspheres on the promotion of bone and gingival healing at an extraction socket in vivo, and the effect of fluvastatin on epithelial cells and fibroblasts in vitro. The maxillary right first molar was extracted in rats, then one of the following was immediately injected, as a single dose, into the gingivobuccal fold: control (no administration), PLGA microspheres without a statin (active control), or PLGA microspheres containing 20 or 40 μg kg(-1) of fluvastatin. At days 1, 3, 7, 14, and 28 after injection, bone and soft tissue healing were histologically evaluated. Cell proliferation was measured under the effect of fluvastatin at dosages of 0, 0.01, 0.1, 1.0, 10, and 50 μM. Cell migration and morphology were observed at dosages of 0 and 0.1 μM. Following tooth extraction, the statin significantly enhanced bone volume and density, connective tissue volume, and epithelial wound healing. In the in vitro study, it promoted significant proliferation and migration of epithelial cells and fibroblasts. A single dose of topically administered fluvastatin-impregnated PLGA microspheres promoted bone and soft tissue healing at the extraction site.

  20. PLGA microsphere/calcium phosphate cement composites for tissue engineering: in vitro release and degradation characteristics.

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    Habraken, W.J.E.M.; Wolke, J.G.C.; Mikos, A.G.; Jansen, J.A.

    2008-01-01

    Bone cements with biodegradable poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microspheres have already been proven to provide a macroporous calcium phosphate cement (CPC) during in situ microsphere degradation. Furthermore, in vitro/in vivo release studies with these PLGA microsphere/CPC composites

  1. Surface Wrinkling on Polydimethylsiloxane Microspheres via Wet Surface Chemical Oxidation

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    Yin, Jian; Han, Xue; Cao, Yanping; Lu, Conghua

    2014-07-01

    Here we introduce a simple low-cost yet robust method to realize spontaneously wrinkled morphologies on spherical surfaces. It is based on surface chemical oxidation of aqueous-phase-synthesized polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microspheres in the mixed H2SO4/HNO3/H2O solution. Consequently, curvature and overstress-sensitive wrinkles including dimples and labyrinth patterns are successfully induced on the resulting oxidized PDMS microspheres. A power-law dependence of the wrinkling wavelength on the microsphere radius exists. The effects of experimental parameters on these tunable spherical wrinkles have been systematically investigated, when the microspheres are pre-deposited on a substrate. These parameters include the radius and modulus of microspheres, the mixed acid solution composition, the oxidation duration, and the water washing post-treatment. Meanwhile, the complicated chemical oxidation process has also been well studied by in-situ optical observation via the microsphere system, which represents an intractable issue in a planar system. Furthermore, we realize surface wrinkled topographies on the whole microspheres at a large scale, when microspheres are directly dispersed in the mixed acid solution for surface oxidation. These results indicate that the introduced wet surface chemical oxidation has the great potential to apply to other complicated curved surfaces for large-scale generation of well-defined wrinkling patterns, which endow the solids with desired physical properties.

  2. Treatment of Staphylococcus aureus-induced chronic osteomyelitis with bone-like hydroxyapatite/poly amino acid loaded with rifapentine microspheres

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    Yan, Ling; Jiang, Dian-Ming; Cao, Zhi-Dong; Wu, Jun; Wang, Xin; Wang, Zheng-Long; Li, Ya-Jun; Yi, Yong-Fen

    2015-01-01

    Purpose The purpose of this study was to investigate the curative effect of bone-like hydroxyapatite/poly amino acid (BHA/PAA) as a carrier for poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)-coated rifapentine microsphere (RPM) in the treatment of rabbit chronic osteomyelitis induced by Staphylococcus aureus. Methods RPM was prepared through an oil-in-water emulsion solvent evaporation method, and RPM was combined with BHA/PAA to obtain drug-loaded, slow-releasing materials. Twenty-six New Zealand white rabbits were induced to establish the animal model of chronic osteomyelitis. After debridement, the animals were randomly divided into three groups (n=8): the experimental group (with RPM-loaded BHA/PAA), the control group (with BHA/PAA), and the blank group. The RPM-loaded BHA/PAA was evaluated for antibacterial activity, dynamics of drug release, and osteogenic ability through in vitro and in vivo experiments. Results In vitro, RPM-loaded BHA/PAA released the antibiotics slowly, inhibiting the bacterial growth of S. aureus for up to 5 weeks. In vivo, at week 4, the bacterial colony count was significantly lower in the experimental group than in the control and blank groups (Posteomyelitis was cured and the bone defect was repaired in the experimental group, whereas the infection and bone defect persisted in the control and blank groups. Conclusion In vitro and in vivo experiments demonstrated that RPM-loaded BHA/PAA effectively cured S. aureus-induced chronic osteomyelitis. Therefore, BHA/PAA has potential value as a slow-releasing material in clinical setting. Further investigation is needed to determine the optimal dosage for loading rifapentine. PMID:26213463

  3. [Preparation and evaluation of sustained-release microsphere of Sanguis Draconis in vitro].

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    Ding, Li-Yu; Xia, Peng-Fei; Yang, Cai-Qin; Lin, Yu-Long; Wang, Jing

    2007-03-01

    To prepare sustained-release microsphere containing extract of Sanguis Draconis and to measure its dissolution in vitro. Sustained-release microsphere was prepared with polylactic acid (PLA) as carriers using the oil-in-water (O/W) emulsion solvent evaporation method. The powder particle's characteristics of sustainded-release microsphere were evaluated comprehensively, and its dissolution characteristics in vitro were studied. The microsphere was round and its surface was smooth, drug-loading rate was 21.97% and the entrapment rate was 55.76%, the accumulative release percentage was 76. 71% in 16 hours. The sustained release effect of Sanguis Draconis microspheres was formed with potentially wide applications.

  4. In situ growth of copper nanocrystals from carbonaceous microspheres with electrochemical glucose sensing properties

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    Zhou, Xiaoliang; Yan, Zhengguang, E-mail: yanzg2004@gmail.com; Han, Xiaodong, E-mail: xdhan@bjut.edu.cn

    2014-02-01

    Graphical abstract: In situ growth of copper nanoparticles from hydrothermal copper-containing carbonaceous microspheres was induced by annealing or electron beam irradiation. Obtained micro-nano carbon/copper composite microspheres show electrochemical glucose sensing properties. - Highlights: • We synthesized carbonaceous microspheres containing non-nanoparicle copper species through a hydrothermal route. • By annealing or electron beam irradiation, copper nanoparticles would form from the carbonaceous microspheres in situ. • By controlling the annealing temperature, particle size of copper could be controlled in the range of 50–500 nm. • The annealed carbon/copper hierarchical composite microspheres were used to fabricate an electrochemical glucose sensor. - Abstract: In situ growth of copper nanocrystals from carbon/copper microspheres was observed in a well-controlled annealing or an electron beam irradiation process. Carbonaceous microspheres containing copper species with a smooth appearance were yielded by a hydrothermal synthesis using copper nitrate and ascorbic acid as reactants. When annealing the carbonaceous microspheres under inert atmosphere, copper nanoparticles were formed on carbon microspheres and the copper particle sizes can be increased to a range of 50–500 nm by altering the heating temperature. Similarly, in situ formation of copper nanocrystals from these carbonaceous microspheres was observed on the hydrothermal product carbonaceous microspheres with electron beam irradiation in a vacuum transmission electron microscopy chamber. The carbon/copper composite microspheres obtained through annealing were used to modify a glassy carbon electrode and tested as an electrochemical glucose sensor.

  5. Preparation and characterization of protein loaded microspheres based on a hydroxylated aliphatic polyester, poly (lactic-co-hydroxymethyl glycolic acid)

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    Ghassemi, A.H.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/314132945; van Steenbergen, M.J.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/304839302; Talsma, H.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/08138212X; van Nostrum, C.F.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/134498690; Jiskoot, W.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/084557397; Crommelin, D.J.A.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/074578804; Hennink, W.E.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/070880409

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the suitability of a novel hydroxylated aliphatic polyester, poly (lactic-co-hydroxymethyl glycolic acid) (PLHMGA), as controlled release system for pharmaceutical proteins. Dextran Blue (as a macromolecular model compound) and lysozyme-loaded PLHMGA and

  6. Organic aerogel microspheres

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    Mayer, Steven T.; Kong, Fung-Ming; Pekala, Richard W.; Kaschmitter, James L.

    1999-01-01

    Organic aerogel microspheres which can be used in capacitors, batteries, thermal insulation, adsorption/filtration media, and chromatographic packings, having diameters ranging from about 1 micron to about 3 mm. The microspheres can be pyrolyzed to form carbon aerogel microspheres. This method involves stirring the aqueous organic phase in mineral oil at elevated temperature until the dispersed organic phase polymerizes and forms nonsticky gel spheres. The size of the microspheres depends on the collision rate of the liquid droplets and the reaction rate of the monomers from which the aqueous solution is formed. The collision rate is governed by the volume ratio of the aqueous solution to the mineral oil and the shear rate, while the reaction rate is governed by the chemical formulation and the curing temperature.

  7. Spectroscopic quantification of 5-hydroxymethylcytosine in genomic DNA using boric acid-functionalized nano-microsphere fluorescent probes.

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    Chen, Hua-Yan; Wei, Jing-Ru; Pan, Jiong-Xiu; Zhang, Wei; Dang, Fu-Quan; Zhang, Zhi-Qi; Zhang, Jing

    2017-05-15

    5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) is the sixth base of DNA. It is involved in active DNA demethylation and can be a marker of diseases such as cancer. In this study, we developed a simple and sensitive 2-(4-boronophenyl)quinoline-4-carboxylic acid modified poly (glycidyl methacrylate (PBAQA-PGMA) fluorescent probe to detect the 5hmC content of genomic DNA based on T4 β-glucosyltransferase-catalyzed glucosylation of 5hmC. The fluorescence-enhanced intensity recorded from the DNA sample was proportional to its 5-hydroxymethylcytosine content and could be quantified by fluorescence spectrophotometry. The developed probe showed good detection sensitivity and selectivity and a good linear relationship between the fluorescence intensity and the concentration of 5 hmC within a 0-100nM range. Compared with other fluorescence detection methods, this method not only could determine trace amounts of 5 hmC from genomic DNA but also could eliminate the interference of fluorescent dyes and the need for purification. It also could avoid multiple labeling. Because the PBAQA-PGMA probe could enrich the content of glycosyl-5-hydroxymethyl-2-deoxycytidine from a complex ground substance, it will broaden the linear detection range and improve sensitivity. The limit of detection was calculated to be 0.167nM after enrichment. Furthermore, the method was successfully used to detect 5-hydroxymethylcytosine from mouse tissues. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Drug-loaded biodegradable microspheres for image-guided combinatory epigenetic therapy in cells

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    Xu, Ronald X.; Xu, Jeff S.; Zuo, Tao; Shen, Rulong; Huang, Tim H.; Tweedle, Michael F.

    2011-02-01

    We synthesize drug-loaded poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microspheres for image-guided combinatory epigenetic therapy in MCF-10A human mammary epithelial cells. LY294002 and Nile Red are encapsulated in microspheres for sustained drug release and fluorescence microscopic imaging. Drug-loaded microspheres target MCF-10A cells through a three-step binding process involving biotinylated antibody, streptavidin, and biotinylated microspheres. LY294002 loaded microspheres and 5-Aza-2-deoxycytidine are applied to MCF-10A cells for combinatory PI3K/AKT inhibition and deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) demethylation. Our study implies the technical potential of disease targeting and image-guided combinatory epigenetic therapy using drug-loaded multifunctional biodegradable PLGA microspheres.

  9. Obtención de microesferas biodegradables de ácido poli L-láctico cargadas con doxorubicina Obtention of biodegradable microspheres of poly l-lactic acid loaded with doxorubicin

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    Dianelis Fernández Mena

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available Se ha demostrado que las microesferas biodegradables de ácido poli L-láctico como portadores de fármacos proporcionan una liberación controlada y mantenida del principio activo, disminuyendo los efectos colaterales que estos pueden provocar. Por este motivo, se propuso evaluar la influencia de parámetros como el rendimiento, la eficiencia de encapsulación y el diámetro medio de las partículas, en el proceso de preparación de microesferas cargadas con doxorubicina, por el método de emulsión múltiple y evaporación del solvente. Se comprobó que la concentración de alcohol polivinílico y cloruro de sodio, así como la baja temperatura en la fase acuosa externa contribuyen a lograr mejores resultados en las características físico-químicas de las microesferas obtenidas.It has been proved that the biodegradable microspheres of poly l-lactic acid as drug carriers provide a controlled and maintained release of the active principle, reducing the side effects they may cause. For this reason, it was proposed to evaluate the influence of parameters such as performance, encapsulation efficiency and mean diameter of the particles, in the process of preparation of microspheres loaded with doxorubicin by the method of multiple emulsion and evaporation of the solvent. It was proved that the concentration of polyvinyl alcohol and sodium chloride, as well as the low temperature in the external aqueous phase, contribute to attain better results in the physical and chemical characteristics of the obtained microspheres

  10. Abiogenic Photophosphorylation of ADP to ATP Sensitized by Flavoproteinoid Microspheres

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    Kolesnikov, Michael P.; Telegina, Taisiya A.; Lyudnikova, Tamara A.; Kritsky, Mikhail S.

    2008-06-01

    A model for abiogenic photophosphorylation of ADP by orthophosphate to yield ATP was studied. The model is based on the photochemical activity of flavoproteinoid microspheres that are formed by aggregation in an aqueous medium of products of thermal condensation of a glutamic acid, glycine and lysine mixture (8:3:1) and contain, along with amino acid polymers (proteinoids), abiogenic isoalloxazine (flavin) pigments. Irradiation of aqueous suspensions of microspheres with blue visible light or ultraviolet in the presence of ADP and orthophosphate resulted in ATP formation. The yield of ATP in aerated suspensions was 10 20% per one mol of starting ADP. Deaeration reduced the photophosphorylating activity of microspheres five to 10 times. Treatment of aerated microsphere suspensions with superoxide dismutase during irradiation partially suppressed ATP formation. Deaerated microspheres restored completely their photophosphorylating activity after addition of hydrogen peroxide to the suspension. The photophosphorylating activity of deaerated suspensions of flavoproteinoid microspheres was also recovered by introduction of Fe3+-cytochrome c, an electron acceptor alternative to oxygen. On the basis of the results obtained, a chemical mechanism of phosphorylation is proposed in which the free radical form of reduced flavin sensitizer left( {{text{FlH}}^ bullet } right) and ADP are involved.

  11. Mesoporous metal oxide microsphere electrode compositions and their methods of making

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    Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Liu, Hansan; Brown, Gilbert M.; Sun, Xiao-Guang; Bi, Zhonghe

    2016-12-06

    Compositions and methods of making are provided for mesoporous metal oxide microspheres electrodes. The mesoporous metal oxide microsphere compositions comprise (a) microspheres with an average diameter between 200 nanometers (nm) and 10 micrometers (.mu.m); (b) mesopores on the surface and interior of the microspheres, wherein the mesopores have an average diameter between 1 nm and 50 nm and the microspheres have a surface area between 50 m.sup.2/g and 500 m.sup.2/g. The methods of making comprise forming composite powders. The methods may also comprise refluxing the composite powders in a basic solution to form an etched powder, washing the etched powder with an acid to form a hydrated metal oxide, and heat-treating the hydrated metal oxide to form mesoporous metal oxide microspheres.

  12. Doped zinc oxide microspheres

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    Arnold, Jr., Wesley D.; Bond, Walter D.; Lauf, Robert J.

    1993-01-01

    A new composition and method of making same for a doped zinc oxide microsphere and articles made therefrom for use in an electrical surge arrestor which has increased solid content, uniform grain size and is in the form of a gel.

  13. Polyvinyl pyridine microspheres

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    Rembaum, Alan (Inventor); Gupta, Amitava (Inventor); Volksen, Willi (Inventor)

    1980-01-01

    Microspheres are produced by cobalt gamma radiation initiated polymerization of a dilute aqueous vinyl pyridine solution. Addition of cross-linking agent provides higher surface area beads. Addition of monomers such as hydroxyethylmethacrylate acrylamide or methacrylamide increases hydrophilic properties and surface area of the beads. High surface area catalytic supports are formed in the presence of controlled pore glass substrate.

  14. Composition and structure of calcium aluminosilicate microspheres

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    Sharonova, O. M.; Oreshkina, N. A.; Zhizhaev, A. M.

    2017-06-01

    The composition was studied of calcium aluminosilicate microspheres of three morphological types in high-calcium fly ash from combustion of brown coal from the Kansk-Achinsk basin in slag-tap boilers at temperatures from 1400 to 1500°C and sampled in the first field of electrostatic precipitators at the Krasnoyarsk Cogeneration Power Station no. 2 (TETs-2). Gross compositions and the composition of local areas were determined using a scanning electron microscopy technique and an energy-dispersive analysis with full mapping of globules. With a high content of basic oxides O ox (68 to 79 wt %) and a low content of acid oxides K ox (21 to 31 wt %), type 1 microspheres are formed. They consist of heterogeneous areas having a porous structure and crystalline components in which the content of CaO, SiO2, or Al2O3 differs by two to three times and the content of MgO differs by seven times. With a lower content of O ox (55 to 63 wt %) and an elevated content of K ox (37 to 45 wt %), type 2 microspheres are formed. They are more homogeneous in the composition and structure and consist of similar crystalline components. Having a close content of O ox (46 to 53 wt %) and K ox (47 to 54 wt %), type 3 microspheres, which are a dense matter consisting of amorphous substance with submicron- and nanostructure of crystalline components, are formed. The basic precursor in formation of high-calcium aluminosilicate microspheres is calcium from the organomineral matter of coals with various contribution of Mg, Fe, S, or Na from the coal organic matter and Al, Fe, S, or Si in the form of single mineral inclusions in a coal particle. On the basis of the available data, the effect was analyzed of the composition of a CaO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-FeO system on the melting and viscous properties of the matter in microspheres and formation of globules of different morphology. The results of this analysis will help to find a correlation with properties of microspheres in their use as functional

  15. Microsphere-Based Hierarchically Juxtapositioned Biphasic Scaffolds Prepared from Poly(Lactic-co-Glycolic Acid and Nanohydroxyapatite for Osteochondral Tissue Engineering

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    K. T. Shalumon

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to prepare biphasic osteochondral scaffolds based on seamless joining of sintered polymer and polymer/ceramic microspheres for co-culture of chondrocytes and bone marrow stem cells (BMSCs. Poly(lactide-co-glycolide (PLGA microspheres and 10% nanohydroxyapatite (nHAP-incorporated PLGA (PGA/nHAP microspheres were prepared through the oil-in-water precipitation method. Virgin (V and composite (C scaffolds were prepared from 250–500 µm PLGA and PLGA/nHAP microspheres, respectively, while osteochondral (OC scaffolds were fabricated through the combination of V and C scaffolds. Physico-chemical properties of scaffolds were characterized through microscopic-spectroscopic evaluations. The effect of nHAP in scaffolds was investigated through thermogravimetric analysis and mechanical testing, while surface hydrophobicity was tested through contact angle measurements. Rabbit chondrocytes and BMSCs were used for cell culture, and cell morphology and proliferation were determined from SEM and DNA assays. Alizarin red and Alcian blue stains were used to identify the in vitro bone and cartilage tissue-specific regeneration, while cetylpyridinium chloride was used to quantitatively estimate calcium in mineralized bone. For co-culture in OC scaffolds, BMSCs were first seeded in the bone part of the scaffold and cultured in osteogenic medium, followed by seeding chondrocytes in the cartilage part, and cultured in chondrocyte medium. High cell viability was confirmed from the Live/Dead assays. Actin cytoskeleton organization obtained by DAPI-phalloidin staining revealed proper organization of chondrocytes and BMSCs in OC scaffolds. Immunofluorescent staining of bone (type I collagen and osteocalcin (OCN and cartilage marker proteins (type II collagen (COL II confirmed cellular behavior of osteoblasts and chondrocytes in vitro. Using an ectopic osteochondral defect model by subcutaneous implantation of co-cultured OC scaffolds in nude mice

  16. Incorporation of Human-Platelet-Derived Growth Factor-BB Encapsulated Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) Microspheres into 3D CORAGRAF Enhances Osteogenic Differentiation of Mesenchymal Stromal Cells

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    Mohan, Saktiswaren; Raghavendran, Hanumantharao Balaji; Karunanithi, Puvanan

    2017-01-01

    of growth factors has been demonstrated to produce severe side effects on the surrounding tissues. In this study, poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microspheres (MS) incorporated three-dimensional (3D) CORAGRAF scaffolds were engineered to achieve controlled release of platelet-derived growth factor-BB...... (PDGF-BB) for the differentiation of stem cells within the 3D polymer network. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and microtomography were applied to characterize the fabricated scaffolds. In vitro study revealed that the CORAGRAF-PLGA-PDGF-BB...... scaffold system enhanced the release of PDGF-BB for the regulation of cell behavior. Stromal cell attachment, viability, release of osteogenic differentiation markers such as osteocalcin, and upregulation of osteogenic gene expression exhibited positive response. Overall, the developed scaffold system...

  17. Synthesis and characterization of Supeparamagnetics Microspheres (PMMA via suspension polymerization

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    Paulo Emilio Feuser

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Magnetics nanoparticles (NPMs has found many applications in biomedical and technological areas. The objective of this work is the preparation and characterization of PMMA microspheres containing NPMs coated with oleic acid (NPMs-AO. For the preparation of MNPs-AO was used the coprecipitation method in an aqueous medium. For the preparation of the superparamagnetic microspheres used in suspension polymerization technique. The microspheres showed a size distribution particles of approximately 150um and a spherical morphology. From the analysis of gel permeation chromatography (GPC determined the number average molecular weight (Mw of the magnetics microspheres and there was a variation in the Mw depending on the concentration of MNPs-AO in this reaction. To analyze the magnetic properties used the vibrating sample magnetometer (MAV. The microspheres showed superparamagnetic properties and a value of saturation magnetization (Ms of about 8 emu/g MNPs. Therefore you can conclude that it is possible to obtain superparamagnetics microspheres for a particular application, either, biomedical or technological.

  18. Microsphere Assemblies via Phosphonate Monoester Coordination Chemistry.

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    Bladek, Kamila J; Reid, Margaret E; Nishihara, Hirotomo; Akhtar, Farid; Gelfand, Benjamin S; Shimizu, George K H

    2018-02-01

    By complexing a bent phosphonate monoester ligand with cobalt(II), coupled with in situ ester hydrolysis, coordination microspheres (CALS=CALgary Sphere) are formed whereas the use of the phosphonic acid directly resulted in a sheet-like structure. Manipulation of the synthetic conditions gave spheres with different sizes, mechanical stabilities, and porosities. Time-dependent studies determined that the sphere formation likely occurred through the formation of a Co 2+ and ligand chain that propagates in three dimensions through different sets of interactions. The relative rates of these assembly processes versus annealing by ester hydrolysis and metal dehydration determine the growth of the microspheres. Hardness testing by nanoindentation is carried out on the spheres and sheets. Notably, no templates or capping agents are employed, the growth of the spheres is intrinsic to the ligand geometry and the coordination chemistry of cobalt(II) and the phosphonate monoester. © 2018 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Effects of Nano-hydroxyapatite/Poly(DL-lactic-co-glycolic acid) Microsphere-Based Composite Scaffolds on Repair of Bone Defects: Evaluating the Role of Nano-hydroxyapatite Content.

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    He, Shu; Lin, Kai-Feng; Sun, Zhen; Song, Yue; Zhao, Yi-Nan; Wang, Zheng; Bi, Long; Liu, Jian

    2016-07-01

    The aim of the current study was to prepare microsphere-based composite scaffolds made of nano-hydroxyapatite (nHA)/poly (DL-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) at different ratios and evaluate the effects of nHA on the characteristics of scaffolds for tissue engineering application. First, microsphere-based composite scaffolds made of two ratios of nHA/PLGA (nHA/PLGA = 20/80 and nHA/PLGA = 50/50) were prepared. Then, the effects of nHA on the wettability, mechanical strength, and degradation of scaffolds were investigated. Second, the biocompatibility and osteoinductivity were evaluated and compared by co-culture of scaffolds with bone marrow stromal stem cells (BMSCs). The results showed that the adhesion, proliferation, and osteogenic differentiation of BMSCs with nHA/PLGA (50/50) were better than those with nHA/PLGA (20/80). Finally, we implanted the scaffolds into femur bone defects in a rabbit model, then the capacity of guiding bone regeneration as well as the in vivo degradation were observed by micro-CT and histological examinations. After 4 weeks' implantation, there was no significant difference on the repair of bone defects. However, after 8 and 12 weeks' implantation, the nHA/PLGA (20/80) exhibited better bone formation than nHA/PLGA (50/50). These results suggested that a proper concentration of nHA in the nHA/PLGA composite should be taken into account when the composite scaffolds were prepared, which plays an important role in the biocompatibility, degradation rate and osteoconductivity. Copyright © 2016 International Center for Artificial Organs and Transplantation and Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  20. Coacervate-like microspheres from lysine-rich proteinoid

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    Rohlfing, D. L.

    1975-01-01

    Microspheres form isothermally from lysine-rich proteinoid when the ionic strength of the solution is increased with NaCl or other salts. Studies with different monovalent anions and with polymers of different amino acid composition indicate that charge neutralization and hydrophobic bonding contribute to microsphere formation. The particles also form in sea water, especially if heated or made slightly alkaline. The microspheres differ from those made from acidic proteinoid but resemble coacervate droplets in some ways (isothermal formation, limited stability, stabilization by quinone, uptake of dyes). Because the constituent lysine-rich proteinoid is of simulated prebiotic origin, the study is interpreted to add emphasis to and suggest an evolutionary continuity for coacervation phenomena.

  1. Biodegradable microspheres targeting mucosal immune-regulating cells: new approach for treatment of inflammatory bowel disease.

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    Nakase, Hiroshi; Okazaki, Kazuichi; Tabata, Yasuhiko; Chiba, Tsutomu

    2003-03-01

    Several studies have indicated that active monocytes, such as macrophages and T cells, play an important role in the pathogenesis of chronic human inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), although the etiology remains unclear. Manipulation of these cells appears essential for the treatment of patients with IBD. Recently, considerable attention has been paid to the use of polymer microspheres for the sustained release of various drugs and the targeting of therapeutic agents to their site of action. It was reported that biodegradable poly-D,L-lactic acid (PDLLA) microspheres can be efficiently taken up by macrophages and M cells. We evaluated the effect of a new drug delivery system targeting microfold cells and macrophages with PDLLA microspheres and gelatin microspheres (GM) on colitis models. In the first experiment, colitis was induced in Balb/c mice by 5% dextran sodium sulfate, and microspheres containing dexamethsone (Decadrone, Dx; Dx microspheres) were orally administered to these mice. Serum levels of Dx did not reach a detectable level after administration of Dx microspheres. The tissue distribution of microspheres containing 125I-Dx in inflamed colon was significantly higher than that in other organs. The histological score, myeloperoxidase activity, and nitric oxide production of mice treated with Dx microspheres were significantly lower than in those treated with Dx alone. Gene expression of proinflammatory cytokines was remarkably downregulated in mice treated with Dx microspheres compared to Dx alone. Next, we investigated the effect of elimination of resident macrophages using microspheres containing dichloromethylene diphosphonate (DMDP) on IL-10 knockout mice. We administered DMDP microspheres to IL-10 KO mice rectally and assessed whether this reagent could reduce the number of local Mac-1-positive cells in the intestine and suppress the development of colitis in IL-10 KO mice. DMDP microspheres reduced the numbers of resident macrophages in the colon of

  2. Polysaccharide-based aerogel microspheres for oral drug delivery.

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    García-González, C A; Jin, M; Gerth, J; Alvarez-Lorenzo, C; Smirnova, I

    2015-03-06

    Polysaccharide-based aerogels in the form of microspheres were investigated as carriers of poorly water soluble drugs for oral administration. These bio-based carriers may combine the biocompatibility of polysaccharides and the enhanced drug loading capacity of dry aerogels. Aerogel microspheres from starch, pectin and alginate were loaded with ketoprofen (anti-inflammatory drug) and benzoic acid (used in the management of urea cycle disorders) via supercritical CO2-assisted adsorption. Amount of drug loaded depended on the aerogel matrix structure and composition and reached values up to 1.0×10(-3) and 1.7×10(-3) g/m(2) for ketoprofen and benzoic acid in starch microspheres. After impregnation, drugs were in the amorphous state in the aerogel microspheres. Release behavior was evaluated in different pH media (pH 1.2 and 6.8). Controlled drug release from pectin and alginate aerogel microspheres fitted Gallagher-Corrigan release model (R(2)>0.99 in both cases), with different relative contribution of erosion and diffusion mechanisms depending on the matrix composition. Release from starch aerogel microspheres was driven by dissolution, fitting the first-order kinetics due to the rigid starch aerogel structure, and showed different release rate constant (k1) depending on the drug (0.075 and 0.160 min(-1) for ketoprofen and benzoic acid, respectively). Overall, the results point out the possibilities of tuning drug loading and release by carefully choosing the polysaccharide used to prepare the aerogels. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(L-lactide) diblock copolymer prevents aggregation of poly(L-lactide) microspheres during ethylene oxide gas sterilization.

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    Choi, Y; Kim, S Y; Moon, M H; Kim, S H; Lee, K S; Byun, Y

    2001-05-01

    Sterilization procedure is one of the most important obstacles in the clinical applications of biodegradable microspheres. The microspheres prepared with poly(alpha-hydroxy acid) were severely aggregated during ethylene oxide (EO) gas sterilization, and could not be used in clinical applications. In this study, the effects of EO gas sterilization on the poly(L-lactide) (PLLA) microspheres were analyzed by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-NMR), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), gel permeation chromatography (GPC), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and size fractionation. The aggregation between the microspheres might be stimulated by high mobility of amorphous regions of PLLA on the microsphere surfaces since both water vapor and gas mixture can reduce glass transition temperature (Tg) of PLLA below the sterilization temperature. During EO gas sterilization, there were no changes in the molecular structure and the molecular weight of PLLA in microspheres, but there were changes in the crystallinity of PLLA in microspheres. In this study, poly(L-lactide)-poly(ethylene glycol) diblock copolymers (PLE) were blended with PLLA homopolymers in various ratios to design the microsphere suitable for EO gas sterilization. Aggregation of PLLA microspheres was markedly prevented when more than 4wt% of PLE was blended in the microspheres. This inhibition effect on aggregation may be due to the increased initial crystallinity of the microspheres, which help to maintain the microsphere morphology during EO gas sterilization.

  4. Microspheres for the oral delivery of insulin: preparation, evaluation and hypoglycaemic effect in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats.

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    Zhang, Huan; Wang, Weimei; Li, Haoran; Peng, Yi; Zhang, Zhiqing

    2018-01-01

    Insulin-loaded microspheres were prepared by alternating deposition film layers that were composed of insulin and poly(vinyl sulfate) potassium on the surface of poly(lactic acid) (PLA) microspheres. The preparation of the insulin-loaded microspheres was optimized by an orthogonal test design, and the relationship between drug loading (DL) and film layers was studied. The particle size, DL and encapsulation efficiency of the obtained insulin-loaded microspheres with 10 films were 5.25 ± 0.15 µm, 111.33 ± 1.15 mg/g and 33.7 ± 0.19%, respectively. Following this, the physical characteristics of the insulin-loaded microspheres were investigated. The results from scanning electron microscopy and a laser particle size analyzer (LPSA) indicated the spherical morphology, rough surface and increasing particle sizes of the insulin-loaded microspheres, which were compared to those of PLA microspheres. An in vitro release study showed that the insulin-loaded microspheres were stable in HCl solution (pH 1.0) and released insulin slowly in phosphate-buffered solution (pH 6.8). Finally, the drug efficacy of the prepared insulin-loaded microspheres via oral administration was evaluated in rats with diabetes induced by streptozotocin, and an obvious dose-dependent hypoglycemic effect was observed. This preliminary data could illustrate the prospect of using microspheres for the oral delivery of insulin.

  5. Synthesis of polymer/zirconium hydroxide core-shell microspheres and the hollow porous zirconium oxide microspheres

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    Qin, Dianbin; Yan, Enwei; Yu, Jinhui; Zhang, Wei; Liu, Bin [Key Laboratory of Functional Polymer Materials, the Ministry of Education, Institute of Polymer Chemistry, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (China); Yang, Xinlin, E-mail: xlyang88@nankai.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Functional Polymer Materials, the Ministry of Education, Institute of Polymer Chemistry, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (China)

    2012-10-15

    Narrow-disperse poly(N,N Prime -methylenebisacryamide-co-methacrylic acid)/zirconium hydroxide (P(MBA-co-MAA)/Zr(OH){sub 4}) core-shell composite microspheres were synthesized by the controlled sol-gel hydrolysis of inorganic zirconium n-butoxide (Zr(OBu){sub 4}) precursor in ethanol and acetonitrile mixed solvent with P(MBA-co-MAA) microspheres as templates. The thickness of the outer inorganic Zr(OH){sub 4} shell-layer was well-controlled via altering the mass ratio of Zr(OBu){sub 4} to P(MBA-co-MAA) core particles as well as the water used for the hydrolysis. The corresponding hollow porous zirconium oxide (ZrO{sub 2}) microspheres were obtained after the selective removal of P(MBA-co-MAA) core via the calcination of P(MBA-co-MAA)/Zr(OH){sub 4} core-shell microspheres under 550 Degree-Sign C for 4 h in air. The structure and morphology of the resultant core-shell microspheres and the hollow porous ZrO{sub 2} microspheres were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), STEM together with EDX spectrum, X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectra, micromeritic analyzer, and thermogravimetric (TGA) analysis. -- Graphical abstract: Monodisperse P(MBA-co-MAA)/(ZrOH){sub 4} core-shell microspheres with amorphous zirconium hydroxide shell-layer were prepared by the controlled hydrolysis of Zr(OBu){sub 4} in acetonitrile/ethanol (4/1, V/V) mixed solvent. The mechanism of the encapsulation of zirconium hydroxide shell-layer over P(MBA-co-MAA) templates were performed via the efficient hydrogen-bonding interaction between the carboxylic acid groups as well as the amide groups on the surface of P(MBA-co-MAA) templates and the hydroxyl groups of the zirconium hydroxide molecules during the controlled hydrolysis. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Synthesis of P(MBA-co-MAA)/Zr(OH){sub 4} core-shell composite microspheres. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Controlled thickness of Zr(OH){sub 4} shell-layer via altering loadings

  6. Microspheres with an ultra high holmium content for brachytherapy of malignancies

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    Lira, Raphael A.; Myamoto, Douglas M.; Souza, Jaime R.; Nascimento, Nanci; Azevedo, Mariangela de Burgos M. de [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Centro de Biotecnologia; Osso Junior, Joao A. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Centro de Radiofarmacia; Martinelli, Jose R. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Centro de Ciencias e Tecnologia de Materiais

    2011-07-01

    The overall objective of this work is to develop biodegradable microspheres intended for internal radiation therapy which provides an improved treatment for hepatic carcinomas. The most studied brachytherapy system employing microspheres made of holmium-biopolymer system is composed by poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA) and holmium acetylacetonate (HoAcAc). The importance of the holmium high content in the microspheres can be interpreted as follow from a therapeutic standpoint, to achieve an effective use of microspheres loaded with HoAcAc, a high content of holmium is required to yield enough radioactivity with a relatively low amount of microspheres.The usual amounts of holmium that are incorporated in the microspheres composed by poly(L-lactic acid) and HoAcAc are 17.0 {+-} 0.5% (w/w) of holmium, which corresponds to a loading of about 50% of HoAcAc. Different approaches have been investigated to increase that value. One updated approach towards this direction is the production of microspheres with ultrahigh holmium as matrix using HoAcAc crystals as the sole starting material without the use of biopolymer. Likewise, in the search of microspheres with increased holmium content , it has been demonstrated that by changing the HoAcAc crystal structure by its recrystallization from crystal phase to the amorphous there is lost of acetylacetonate and water molecules causing the increasing of the holmium content. Microspheres were prepared by solvent evaporation, using holmium acetylacetonate (HoAcAc) crystals as the sole ingredient. Microspheres were characterized by using light and scanning electron microscopy, infrared and Raman spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, X-rays diffraction, and confocal laser scanning microscopy. (author)

  7. Evaluation of Controlled Release Theophylline Microspheres ...

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    Purpose: To formulate theophylline microspheres with cellulose acetate using solvent evaporation method and evaluate the effect of various processing factors on their characteristics. Methods: Microspheres containing theophylline were prepared with a hydrophilic, biocompatible polymer - cellulose acetate - by an ...

  8. One-step synthesis of chitosan-silica hybrid microspheres in a microfluidic device.

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    Lan, Wenjie; Li, Shaowei; Xu, Jianhong; Luo, Guangsheng

    2010-12-01

    This article describes a simple microfluidic method to fabricate chitosan-silica hybrid microspheres in one step. We dissolved tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) into a chitosan/acetic acid aqueous solution to form a chitosan-silica sol, and then emulsified it in an organic phase mainly containing n-octanol and an organic base triotylamine (TOA) via a co-axial microfluidic device. The formed aqueous droplets were solidified because of the extraction of acetic acid and water to the organic phase. The simple method presented has the advantages of controllable sphere diameter, narrow size distribution and good sphericity. The porous structures of the microspheres were displayed by SEM images. It is found that the inner and surface structures can be controlled by adjusting the solidification reagent component. Furthermore, we chemically grafted bovine serum albumin (BSA) on the microspheres. The existence of silica in the chitosan spheres can enhance both of mechanical intensity and protein loading capacity of the microspheres.

  9. Analysis of an optical biosensor based on elastic light scattering from diamond-, glass-, and sapphire microspheres

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    Murib, Mohammed Sharif; Tran, Anh Quang; De Ceuninck, Ward; Schöning, J.M.; Nesladek, Milos; SERPENGÜZEL, Ali; Wagner, Patrick

    2012-01-01

    Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and protein recognition are now standard tools in biology. In addition, the special optical properties of microsphere resonators expressed by the high quality factor (Q-factor) of whispering gallery modes (WGMs) or morphology dependent resonances (MDRs) have attracted the attention of the biophotonic community. Microsphere-based biosensors are considered as powerful candidates to achieve label-free recognition of single molecules due to the high sensitivity of thei...

  10. Preparation, Characterization and Adsorption Performance of a Novel Anionic Starch Microsphere

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    De, Yang; De, Wei; Sun; Wan

    2010-01-01

    Neutral starch microspheres (NSMs) were synthesized by an inverse microemulsion technology with epichlorohydrin as a crosslinker and soluble starch as starting material. Anionic starch microspheres (ASMs) were prepared from NSMs by the secondary polymerization with chloroacetic acid as the anionic etherifying agent. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and laser diffraction particle size analyzer were used to characterize the anionic starch micro...

  11. Floating microspheres: a review

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    Jagtap Yogesh Mukund

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Gastric emptying is a complex process, one that is highly variable and that makes in vivo performance of drug delivery systems uncertain. A controlled drug delivery system with prolonged residence time in the stomach can be of great practical importance for drugs with an absorption window in the upper small intestine. The main limitations are attributed to the inter- and intra-subject variability of gastro-intestinal (GI transit time and to the non-uniformity of drug absorption throughout the alimentary canal. Floating or hydrodynamically controlled drug delivery systems are useful in such applications. Various gastroretentive dosage forms are available, including tablets, capsules, pills, laminated films, floating microspheres, granules and powders. Floating microspheres have been gaining attention due to the uniform distribution of these multiple-unit dosage forms in the stomach, which results in more reproducible drug absorption and reduced risk of local irritation. Such systems have more advantages over the single-unit dosage forms. The present review briefly addresses the physiology of the gastric emptying process with respect to floating drug delivery systems. The purpose of this review is to bring together the recent literature with respect to the method of preparation, and various parameters affecting the performance and characterization of floating microspheres.O esvaziamento gástrico é um processo complexo, com elevada variabilidade e responsável pela incerteza do desempenho dos medicamentos in vivo. Dessa forma, os sistemas de liberação modificada de fármacos, com tempo de residência prolongado no estômago, em especial, considerando aqueles fármacos com janela de absorção na porção superior do intestino delgado, apresentam fundamental importância. As principais limitações relativas à absorção do fármaco são, no geral, atribuídas à variabilidade inter e intra-paciente do tempo de trânsito gastro-intestinal (GI e

  12. Microspheres and their methods of preparation

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    Bose, Anima B; Yang, Junbing

    2015-03-24

    Carbon microspheres are doped with boron to enhance the electrical and physical properties of the microspheres. The boron-doped carbon microspheres are formed by a CVD process in which a catalyst, carbon source and boron source are evaporated, heated and deposited onto an inert substrate.

  13. Effect of crosslinking agents on chitosan microspheres in controlled release of diclofenac sodium

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    Vanessa L. Gonçalves

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available In this work chitosan microspheres were prepared by the simple coacervation method and crosslinked using epichlorhydrin or glutaraldehyde for the controlled release of diclofenac sodium. The effects of the crosslinking agents on chitosan microspheres over a 12-hour period were assessed with regard to swelling, hydrolysis, porosity, crosslinking, impregnation of diclofenac sodium (DS, and consequently to the release of DS in buffer solutions, simulating the gastrointestinal tract. The degree of swelling varied with the pH for glutaraldehyde chitosan microspheres (GCM and epichlorhydrin chitosan microspheres (ECM. Partial acid and basic hydrolysis affected the swelling behavior of the GCM matrix. Release kinetics of diclofenac sodium from these matrices were investigated at pH 1.2, 6.8 and 9.0, simulating the gastrointestinal tract conditions. The results indicated that the release mechanism deviated slightly from Fickian transport.

  14. Tuning the degradation rate of calcium phosphate cements by incorporating mixtures of polylactic-co-glycolic acid microspheres and glucono-delta-lactone microparticles.

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    Sariibrahimoglu, Kemal; An, Jie; van Oirschot, Bart A J A; Nijhuis, Arnold W G; Eman, Rhandy M; Alblas, Jacqueline; Wolke, Joop G C; van den Beucken, Jeroen J J P; Leeuwenburgh, Sander C G; Jansen, John A

    2014-11-01

    Calcium phosphate cements (CPCs) are frequently used as synthetic bone graft materials in view of their excellent osteocompatibility and clinical handling behavior. Hydroxyapatite-forming CPCs, however, degrade at very low rates, thereby limiting complete bone regeneration. The current study has investigated whether degradation of apatite-forming cements can be tuned by incorporating acid-producing slow-resorbing poly(D,L-lactic-co-glycolic) acid (PLGA) porogens, fast-resorbing glucono-delta-lactone (GDL) porogens, or mixtures thereof. The physicochemical, mechanical, and degradation characteristics of these CPC formulations were systematically analyzed upon soaking in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS). In parallel, various CPC formulations were implanted intramuscularly and orthotopically on top of the transverse process of goats followed by analysis of the soft tissue response and bone ingrowth after 12 weeks. In vitro degradation of GDL was almost completed after 2 weeks, as evidenced by characterization of the release of gluconic acid, while PLGA-containing CPCs released glycolic acid throughout the entire study (12 weeks), resulting in a decrease in compression strength of CPC. Extensive in vitro degradation of the CPC matrix was observed upon simultaneous incorporation of 30% PLGA-10% GDL. Histomorphometrical evaluation of the intramuscularly implanted samples revealed that all CPCs exhibited degradation, accompanied by an increase in capsule thickness. In the in vivo goat transverse process model, incorporation of 43% PLGA, 30% PLGA-5% GDL, and 30% PLGA-10% GDL in CPC significantly increased bone formation and resulted in higher bone height compared with both 10% GDL and 20% GDL-containing CPC samples.

  15. Preparation of porous microsphere-scaffolds by electrohydrodynamic forming and thermally induced phase separation

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    Ghanbar, Hanif; Luo, C.J.; Bakhshi, Poonam [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University College London, Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7JE (United Kingdom); Day, Richard [Division of Medicine, University College London, Rockefeller Building, 21 University Street, London, WC1E 6JJ (United Kingdom); Edirisinghe, Mohan, E-mail: m.edirisinghe@ucl.ac.uk [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University College London, Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7JE (United Kingdom)

    2013-07-01

    The availability of forming technologies able to mass produce porous polymeric microspheres with diameters ranging from 150 to 300 μm is significant for some biomedical applications where tissue augmentation is required. Moreover, appropriate assembly of microspheres into scaffolds is an important challenge to enable direct usage of the as-formed structures in treatments. This work reports the production of poly (glycolic-co-lactic acid) and poly (ε-caprolactone) microspheres under ambient conditions using one-step electrohydrodynamic jetting (traditionally known as atomisation) and thermally induced phase separation (TIPS). To ensure robust production for practical uses, this work presents 12 comprehensive parametric mode mappings of the diameter distribution profiles of the microspheres obtained over a broad range of key processing parameters and correlating of this with the material parameters of 5 different polymer solutions of various concentrations. Poly (glycolic-co-lactic acid) (PLGA) in Dimethyl carbonate (DMC), a low toxicity solvent with moderate conductivity and low dielectric constant, generated microspheres within the targeted diameter range of 150–300 μm. The fabrication of the microspheres suitable for formation of the scaffold structure is achieved by changing the collection method from distilled water to liquid nitrogen and lyophilisation in a freeze dryer. Highlights: ► EHDA is a unique method for production of the desired size of microspheres. ► Polymer solution properties are used to tailor the size distribution of spheres. ► Process control parameters (flow rate and applied voltage) are key in size control. ► Combination of EHDA with TIPS provides porous microspheres for assembly of scaffold.

  16. Development of Risperidone PLGA Microspheres

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    Susan D’Souza

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to design and evaluate biodegradable PLGA microspheres for sustained delivery of Risperidone, with an eventual goal of avoiding combination therapy for the treatment of schizophrenia. Two PLGA copolymers (50 : 50 and 75 : 25 were used to prepare four microsphere formulations of Risperidone. The microspheres were characterized by several in vitro techniques. In vivo studies in male Sprague-Dawley rats at 20 and 40 mg/kg doses revealed that all formulations exhibited an initial burst followed by sustained release of the active moiety. Additionally, formulations prepared with 50 : 50 PLGA had a shorter duration of action and lower cumulative AUC levels than the 75 : 25 PLGA microspheres. A simulation of multiple dosing at weekly or 15-day regimen revealed pulsatile behavior for all formulations with steady state being achieved by the second dose. Overall, the clinical use of Formulations A, B, C, or D will eliminate the need for combination oral therapy and reduce time to achieve steady state, with a smaller washout period upon cessation of therapy. Results of this study prove the suitability of using PLGA copolymers of varying composition and molecular weight to develop sustained release formulations that can tailor in vivo behavior and enhance pharmacological effectiveness of the drug.

  17. Preparation of grafted microspheres CPVA-g-PSSS and studies on their drug-carrying and colon-specific drug delivery properties

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    Gao, Baojiao, E-mail: gaobaojiao@126.com [Department of Chemical Engineering, North University of China, Taiyuan 030051, People' s Republic of China (China); Fang, Li [School of Chemistry and Chemical engineering, Shanxi University, Taiyuan 030006 (China); Men, Jiying; Zhang, Yanyan [Department of Chemical Engineering, North University of China, Taiyuan 030051, People' s Republic of China (China)

    2013-04-01

    Sodium 4-styrene sulfonate (SSS) was graft-polymerized on the surfaces of crosslinked polyvinyl alcohol (CPVA) microspheres in a manner of surface-initiated graft-polymerization by using cerium salt-hydroxyl group redox initiation system, obtaining the grafted microspheres CPVA-g-PSSS. The chemical structure and physicochemical characters of CPVA-g-PSSS microspheres were fully characterized with infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and zeta potential determination. The aim of this work is to constitute a novel colon-specific drug delivery system via molecular design by using CPVA-g-PSSS microspheres as the drug-carrying material and by taking metronidazole (MTZ) as the model drug. The drug-carrying ability and mechanism of the grafted microspheres CPVA-g-PSSS for MTZ were investigated. Finally, in-vitro release tests for the drug-carrying microspheres were conducted. The experimental results show that in an acidic medium, the grafted microspheres CPVA-g-PSSS exhibit strong adsorption ability for MTZ by driving of electrostatic interaction, and have an adsorption capacity of 112 mg/g, displaying the high efficiency of drug-carrying. The in-vitro release behavior of the drug-carried microspheres is highly pH-sensitive. In the medium of pH = 1, the drug-carrying microspheres do not release the drug, whereas in the medium of pH = 7.4, a sudden delivery phenomenon of the drug will occur, displaying an excellent colon-specific drug delivery behavior. Highlights: ► A metronidazole colon-specific drug delivery was constituted using grafted polymeric microspheres. ► Grafted polymeric microspheres CPVA-g-PSSS were prepared via surface-initiated graft-polymerization. ► The release of the drug-carrying microspheres is highly pH-sensitive. ► The drug-carrying microspheres display an excellent colon-specific drug delivery behavior.

  18. Microspheres and nanoparticles from ultrasound

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    Suh, Won Hyuk

    Improved preparations of various examples of monodispersed, porous, hollow, and core-shell metal and semiconductor nanoparticles or nanowires have been developed. Now titania microspheres and nanoparticles and silica microspheres can be synthesized using an inexpensive high frequency (1.7 MHz) ultrasonic generator (household humidifier; ultrasonic spray pyrolysis; USP). Morphology and pore size of titania microspheres were controlled by the silica to Ti(IV) ratio and silica particle size. Fine tuning the precursor ratio affords sub-50 nm titania nanoparticles as well. In terms of silica microspheres, morphology was controlled by the silica to organic monomer ratio. In liquids irradiated with high intensity ultrasound (20 kHz; HIUS), acoustic cavitation produces high energy chemistry through intense local heating inside the gas phase of collapsing bubbles in the liquid. HIUS and USP confine the chemical reactions to isolated sub-micron reaction zones, but sonochemistry does so in a heated gas phase within a liquid, while USP uses a hot liquid droplet carried by a gas flow. Thus, USP can be viewed as a method of phase-separated synthesis using submicron-sized droplets as isolated chemical reactors for nanomaterial synthesis. While USP has been used to create both titania and silica spheres separately, there are no prior reports of titania-silica composites. Such nanocomposites of metal oxides have been produced, and by further manipulation, various porous structures with fascinating morphologies were generated. Briefly, a precursor solution was nebulized using a commercially available household ultrasonic humidifier (1.7 MHz ultrasound generator), and the resulting mist was carried in a gas stream of air through a quartz glass tube in a hot furnace. After exiting the hot zone, these microspheres are porous or hollow and in certain cases magnetically responsive. In the case of titania microspheres, they are rapidly taken up into the cytoplasm of mammalian cells and

  19. Mechanical oscillations in lasing microspheres

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    Toncelli, A.; Capuj, N. E.; Garrido, B.; Sledzinska, M.; Sotomayor-Torres, C. M.; Tredicucci, A.; Navarro-Urrios, D.

    2017-08-01

    We investigate the feasibility of activating coherent mechanical oscillations in lasing microspheres by modulating the laser emission at a mechanical eigenfrequency. To this aim, 1.5%Nd3+:Barium-Titanium-Silicate microspheres with diameters around 50 μm were used as high quality factor (Q > 106) whispering gallery mode lasing cavities. We have implemented a pump-and-probe technique in which the pump laser used to excite the Nd3+ ions is focused on a single microsphere with a microscope objective and a probe laser excites a specific optical mode with the evanescent field of a tapered fibre. The studied microspheres show monomode and multi-mode lasing action, which can be modulated in the best case up to 10 MHz. We have optically transduced thermally activated mechanical eigenmodes appearing in the 50-70 MHz range, the frequency of which decreases with increasing the size of the microspheres. In a pump-and-probe configuration, we observed modulation of the probe signal up to the maximum pump modulation frequency of our experimental setup, i.e., 20 MHz. This modulation decreases with frequency and is unrelated to lasing emission, pump scattering, or thermal effects. We associate this effect to free-carrier-dispersion induced by multiphoton pump light absorption. On the other hand, we conclude that, in our current experimental conditions, it was not possible to resonantly excite the mechanical modes. Finally, we discuss on how to overcome these limitations by increasing the modulation frequency of the lasing emission and decreasing the frequency of the mechanical eigenmodes displaying a strong degree of optomechanical coupling.

  20. Glass Microsphere-Supported Giant Vesicles for the Observation of Self-Reproduction of Lipid Boundaries

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    Fiore, Michele; Maniti, Ofelia; Girard-Egrot, Agnes

    2018-01-01

    Growth and division experiments on phospholipid boundaries were carried out using glass microsphere-supported phospholipid (DOPC) giant vesicles (GVs) fed with a fatty acid solution (oleic acid) at two distinct feeding rates. Both fast and slow feeding methods produced daughter GVs. Under slow fe...

  1. Uniform In 2S 3 octahedron-built microspheres: Bioinspired synthesis and optical properties

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    Cao, Feng; Shi, Weidong; Deng, Ruiping; Song, Shuyan; Lei, Yongqian; Wang, Song; Su, Shengqun; Zhang, Hongjie

    2010-01-01

    Uniform In 2S 3 octahedron-built microspheres were synthesized by using a mild hydrothermal treatment in the presence of L-glutamic acid at 180 °C. The microsphere with an average size of 5 μm was composed of interconnected octahedrons with diameters in the range from 100 to 150 nm. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The synthesis of various hollow and solid sphere structures and flower structures was achieved using different amino acids. This is the first report on synthesizing In 2S 3 nanostructures using different amino acids to modulate the morphology of the final products. Primary photoluminescence studies on the prepared In 2S 3 microspheres show promising results.

  2. Preparation, Characterization and Adsorption Performance of a Novel Anionic Starch Microsphere

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    Yati Yang

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Neutral starch microspheres (NSMs were synthesized by an inverse microemulsion technology with epichlorohydrin as a crosslinker and soluble starch as starting material. Anionic starch microspheres (ASMs were prepared from NSMs by the secondary polymerization with chloroacetic acid as the anionic etherifying agent. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR, scanning electron microscopy (SEM and laser diffraction particle size analyzer were used to characterize the anionic starch microspheres. The results showed that structure of the microspheres was compact and the hardness of microspheres was great, and the average diameter of the product was about 75 µm. The anionic starch microspheres (ASMs were used to adsorb methylene blue (MB from aqueous solution. Effects of adsorption time, initial concentration of MB, and temperature on the adsorption of MB onto ASMs were studied, and the equilibrium and kinetics of the adsorption process were further investigated. It shows that ASMs can effectively remove MB from the solution. The adsorption equilibrium data correlates well with the Langmuir isotherm model compared with Frendlich isotherem model. The pseudo-first-order and pseudo-second-order kinetic models were applied to test the experimental data. The pseudo-second-order kinetic model provided a better correlation of the experimental data in comparison with the pseudo-first-order model. Temperature variations did not significantly affect the adsorption of MB onto ASMs.

  3. Preparation, characterization and adsorption performance of a novel anionic starch microsphere.

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    Yang, Yati; Wei, Xiuzhi; Sun, Peng; Wan, Juanmin

    2010-04-21

    Neutral starch microspheres (NSMs) were synthesized by an inverse microemulsion technology with epichlorohydrin as a crosslinker and soluble starch as starting material. Anionic starch microspheres (ASMs) were prepared from NSMs by the secondary polymerization with chloroacetic acid as the anionic etherifying agent. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and laser diffraction particle size analyzer were used to characterize the anionic starch microspheres. The results showed that structure of the microspheres was compact and the hardness of microspheres was great, and the average diameter of the product was about 75 microm. The anionic starch microspheres (ASMs) were used to adsorb methylene blue (MB) from aqueous solution. Effects of adsorption time, initial concentration of MB, and temperature on the adsorption of MB onto ASMs were studied, and the equilibrium and kinetics of the adsorption process were further investigated. It shows that ASMs can effectively remove MB from the solution. The adsorption equilibrium data correlates well with the Langmuir isotherm model compared with Frendlich isotherem model. The pseudo-first-order and pseudo-second-order kinetic models were applied to test the experimental data. The pseudo-second-order kinetic model provided a better correlation of the experimental data in comparison with the pseudo-first-order model. Temperature variations did not significantly affect the adsorption of MB onto ASMs.

  4. In vitro-in vivo correlation of parenteral risperidone polymeric microspheres.

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    Shen, Jie; Choi, Stephanie; Qu, Wen; Wang, Yan; Burgess, Diane J

    2015-11-28

    The objective of the present study was to determine whether an in vitro-in vivo correlation (IVIVC) can be established for polymeric microspheres that are equivalent in formulation composition but prepared with different manufacturing processes. Risperidone was chosen as a model therapeutic and poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) with similar molecular weight as that used in the commercial product Risperdal® Consta® was used to prepare risperidone microspheres. Various manufacturing processes were investigated to produce the risperidone microspheres with similar drug loading (approx. 37%) but distinctly different physicochemical properties (e.g. porosity, particle size and particle size distribution). In vitro release of the risperidone microspheres was investigated using different release testing methods (such as sample-and-separate and USP apparatus 4). In vivo pharmacokinetic profiles of the risperidone microsphere formulations following intramuscular administration were determined using a rabbit model. Furthermore, the obtained pharmacokinetic profiles were deconvoluted using the Loo-Riegelman method and the calculated in vivo release was compared with the in vitro release of these microspheres. Level A IVIVCs were established and validated for the compositionally equivalent risperidone microspheres based on the in vitro release data obtained using USP apparatus 4. The developed IVIVCs demonstrated good predictability and were robust. These results showed that the developed USP apparatus 4 method was capable of discriminating PLGA microspheres that are equivalent in formulation composition but with manufacturing differences and predicting their in vivo performance in the investigated animal model. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Long-Term Subconjunctival Delivery of Brimonidine Tartrate for Glaucoma Treatment Using a Microspheres/Carrier System.

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    Pek, Y Shona; Wu, Hong; Mohamed, Siti Thaharah; Ying, Jackie Y

    2016-11-01

    Core-shell polymer microspheres with poly(d,l-lactic-co-glycolic acid) core and poly(l-lactic acid) (PLLA) shell are developed for the long-term subconjunctival release of brimonidine tartrate (BT) in order to reduce intraocular pressure (IOP) in the treatment of glaucoma. The PLLA-rich shell acts as a diffusion barrier, enabling linear release of BT over an extended period of 40 d. The microspheres are encased in a porous non-degradable methacrylate-based carrier for ease of subconjunctival implantation in a glaucoma-induced rabbit model. In vivo release of BT from the microspheres/carrier system has enabled a significant, immediate IOP reduction of 20 mmHg, which is sustained for 55 d. Long-term IOP reduction may be maintained by periodic replacement of the microspheres/carrier system. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Glass microspheres for medical applications

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    Conzone, Samuel David

    Radioactive dysprosium lithium borate glass microspheres have been developed as biodegradable radiation delivery vehicles for the radiation synovectomy treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Once injected into a diseased joint, the microspheres deliver a potent dose of radiation to the diseased tissue, while a non-uniform chemical reaction converts the glass into an amorphous, porous, hydrated dysprosium phosphate reaction product. The non-radioactive, lithium-borate component is dissolved from the glass (up to 94% weight loss), while the radioactive 165Dy reacts with phosphate anions in the body fluids, and becomes "chemically" trapped in a solid, dysprosium phosphate reaction product that has the same size as the un-reacted glass microsphere. Ethylene diamine tetraacetate (EDTA) chelation therapy can be used to dissolve the dysprosium phosphate reaction product after the radiation delivery has subsided. The dysprosium phosphate reaction product, which formed in vivo in the joint of a Sprague-Dawley rat, was dissolved by EDTA chelation therapy in 100 Gy) of localized beta radiation to a treatment site within the body, followed by complete biodegradability. The non-uniform reaction process is a desirable characteristic for a biodegradable radiation delivery vehicle, but it is also a novel material synthesis technique that can convert a glass to a highly porous materials with widely varying chemical composition by simple, low-temperature, glass/solution reaction. The reaction product formed by nonuniform reaction occupies the same volume as the un-reacted glass, and after drying for 1 h at 300°C, has a specific surface area of ≈200 m2/g, a pore size of ≈30 nm, and a nominal crushing strength of ≈10 MPa. Finally, rhenium glass microspheres, composed of micron-sized, metallic rhenium particles dispersed within a magnesium alumino borate glass matrix were produced by sintering ReO2 powder and glass frit at 1050°C. A 50 mg injection of radioactive rhenium glass

  7. Effective adsorption and separation of lysozyme with PAA-modified Fe3O4@silica core/shell microspheres.

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    Shao, Dandan; Xu, Keke; Song, Xiaojie; Hu, Jianhua; Yang, Wuli; Wang, Changchun

    2009-08-15

    Submicron-size Fe(3)O(4)@silica core/shell microspheres were prepared by sol-gel method. Through coating inert silica shell and adjusting the thickness, the dispersibility of magnetic microspheres in water was greatly improved. The resultant Fe(3)O(4)@silica microspheres with controllable saturation magnetization between 34.3 emu/g and 47.3 emu/g were superparamagnetic. All as-prepared magnetic composite microspheres possessed fleetly magnetic responsivity. The PAA-modified Fe(3)O(4)@silica microspheres were used for selective adsorption and separation of lysozyme, and the experimental results showed that the maximum binding capacity is about 127 mg/g. After surface modification of Fe(3)O(4)@silica with polyacrylic acid (PAA) flexible chains, the binding capacity of Fe(3)O(4)@silica-g-PAA microspheres for lysozyme were 22 times as much as that of pure Fe(3)O(4)@silica microspheres at the same pH condition.

  8. Stabilization and encapsulation of recombinant human erythropoietin into PLGA microspheres using human serum albumin as a stabilizer.

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    He, Jintian; Feng, Meiyan; Zhou, Xianglian; Ma, Shufen; Jiang, Yang; Wang, Ying; Zhang, Hongxia

    2011-09-15

    The aim of this study was to prepare recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEPO) loaded poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microspheres using human serum albumin (HSA) as a stabilizer. Prior to encapsulation, the rhEPO-HSA mixture microparticles were fabricated using a modified freezing-induced phase separation method. The microparticles were subsequently encapsulated into PLGA microspheres. Process optimization revealed that the polymer concentration in the organic phase and the sodium chloride (NaCl) concentration in the outer water phase of the s/o/w emulsion played critical roles in determining the properties of the resultant microspheres. An in vitro release test showed that rhEPO was released from PLGA microspheres in a sustained manner up to 30 days. A single injection of rhEPO-loaded PLGA microspheres in Sprague-Dawley rats resulted in elevated hemoglobin and red blood cell concentrations for about 33 days. The stability of the rhEPO within the PLGA microspheres was systematically investigated by size-exclusion high-performance liquid chromatography (SEC-HPLC), SDS-PAGE, western blot and in vivo biological activity assay. The stability of rhEPO released from rhEPO-loaded microspheres was also examined by western blot. The results suggested that the integrity of rhEPO was successfully protected during the encapsulation process and the release period from polymeric matrices. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Encapsulated PDMS microspheres with reactive handles

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    Gonzalez, Lidia; Ma, Baoguang; Li, Li

    2014-01-01

    , cured PDMS microspheres are coated with poly(methyl methacrylate) using a chemical process (solvent evaporation technique). Three solvents are used in three different experiments: dichloromethane, tetrahydrofuran, and acetone. The composition and morphology of the cured PDMS microspheres and PMMA coated...

  10. Microencapsulation and microspheres for food applications

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    Sagis, L.M.C.

    2015-01-01

    This book provides an update on the latest developments, challenges, and opportunities in the highly expanding field of microencapsulation and microspheres for food applications, examining the various types of microspheres and microcapsules essential to those who need to develop stable and

  11. Preparation of microstructured hydroxyapatite microspheres using ...

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    Abstract. Hydroxyapatite (HAP) microspheres with peculiar spheres-in-sphere morphology were prepared by using oil-in-water emulsions and solvent evaporation technique. Ethylene vinyl acetate co-polymer (EVA) was used as the binder material. Preparation of HAP/EVA microspheres was followed by the thermal de-.

  12. Preparation of microstructured hydroxyapatite microspheres using ...

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    Each microsphere of 100–1000 m was in turn composed of spherical hydroxyapatite granules of 2–15 m size which were obtained by spray drying the precipitated HAP. The parameters such as percentage of initial HAP loading, type of stabilizer, concentration of stabilizer, stirring speed and temperature of microsphere ...

  13. Dextran-based microspheres as controlled delivery systems for proteins

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    Vlugt-Wensink, K.D.F.

    2007-01-01

    Dextran-based microspheres as controlled delivery systems for proteins Dextran based microspheres are investigated as controlled delivery system for proteins. Microspheres were prepared by polymerization of dex-HEMA in an aqueous two-phase system of dex-HEMA and PEG. Protein loaded microspheres are

  14. Biofunctionalization of silica microspheres for protein separation

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    Li, Binjie [Institute of Immunology, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China); Key Laboratory of Ministry of Education for Special Functional Materials, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China); Zou, Xueyan [Key Laboratory of Ministry of Education for Special Functional Materials, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China); Zhao, Yanbao, E-mail: yanbaozhao@126.com [Key Laboratory of Ministry of Education for Special Functional Materials, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China); Sun, Lei [Institute of Immunology, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China); Key Laboratory of Ministry of Education for Special Functional Materials, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China); Li, Shulian [Institute of Immunology, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China)

    2013-07-01

    Mercapto-silica (SiO{sub 2}–SH) microspheres were prepared via direct hydrolysis of 3-mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane (MPS) in a basic aqueous solution. The content of surface thiol group (-SH) of SiO{sub 2}–SH microspheres was measured by Ellman's reagent method and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and the content of surface thiol group of SiO{sub 2}–SH microspheres is strongly dependent on the reaction conditions. The thermal stability of SiO{sub 2}–SH microspheres was evaluated by thermogravimetric (TG) analysis, which tended to reduce with the increase of content of surface thiol groups. SiO{sub 2}–SH microspheres can be easily modified with reduced glutathione (GSH) to generate SiO{sub 2}–GSH microspheres for the affinity separation of Glutathione S-transferase (GST). Sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) was performed to examine the validity of the separation procedure. The results showed that SiO{sub 2}–GSH microspheres were efficient in GST affinity separation from mixed proteins. - Graphical abstract: The prepared SiO{sub 2}–SH microsphere binding reduced glutathione (SiO{sub 2}–GSH) as affinity precipitation support can capture selectively Glutathione S-transferase (GST) from mixed protein solution. Highlights: ► SiO{sub 2}–SH microspheres were prepared in water using one-pot synthesis. ► The content of surface -SH was investigated by Ellman method and XPS spectra. ► The ratio of -SH to mass strongly depends on the reaction conditions. ► SiO{sub 2}–SH microspheres were biofunctionalized by glutathione. ► SiO{sub 2}–GSH can be used to capture selectively Glutathione S-transferase.

  15. Yttrium-86-labelled human serum albumin microspheres: relation of surface structure with in vivo stability

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    Schiller, Eik [ROTOP Pharmaka AG, Bautzner Landstrasse 45, 01454 Radeberg (Germany)], E-mail: e.schiller@fzd.de; Bergmann, Ralf; Pietzsch, Jens; Noll, Bernhard [Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Institute of Radiopharmacy, P.O. Box 510119, 01314 Dresden (Germany); Sterger, Antje; Johannsen, Bernd [ROTOP Pharmaka AG, Bautzner Landstrasse 45, 01454 Radeberg (Germany); Wunderlich, Gerd [Department of Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital, Fetscherstrasse 74, 01307 Dresden (Germany); Pietzsch, Hans-Juergen [Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Institute of Radiopharmacy, P.O. Box 510119, 01314 Dresden (Germany)

    2008-02-15

    Introduction: Radiolabelled particles are an attractive tool in the therapy of malignancies of the liver. We consider particles manufactured from denatured human serum albumin (HSA) as useful carriers of therapeutic radionuclides. Covalent attachment of suitable chelators onto the surface of the spheres promises an easy access to radiolabelled HSA microspheres. Methods: We synthesized 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-N,N',N'',N'''-tetraacetic acid (DOTA) bearing smooth, medium-rough and rough surfaced HSA microspheres (mean diameter: 25 {mu}m). In vitro stability of {sup 86}Y-labelled particles was determined after incubation in human plasma and in a DTPA challenge experiment. In vivo stability of {sup 86}Y DOTA-HSA microspheres was determined after single intravenous application in rats. Subsequently, the particles were completely trapped in the lung microvasculature. Thus, the lung serves in our experiments as target organ. Results: DOTA-HSA microspheres were {sup 86}Y labelled in reproducible high yields (>95%). No differences between smooth and rough surfaced spheres were found for both DOTA coupling and {sup 86}Y labelling. Labelled microspheres showed high in vitro stability in human plasma and in DTPA solution with only 8{+-}1% and 2{+-}0% loss of radioactivity from the surface, respectively, 48 h postinjection (pi). The three batches (smooth, medium-rough and rough surfaced microspheres) differed considerably in their radioactivity recovery in the lungs of rats 48 h pi. Smooth particles showed the highest in vivo stability of the radiolabel on the surface of the spheres, presumably because of slower proteolytic degradation. Conclusion: We found that for the preparation of HSA-derived microspheres for radiotherapeutic application, smooth surfaced spheres are superior to rough spheres due to their higher in vivo stability of the radionuclide fixation.

  16. Hydrophilic porous magnetic poly(GMA-MBAA-NVP) composite microspheres containing oxirane groups: An efficient carrier for immobilizing penicillin G acylase

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    Xue, Ping; Su, Weiguang, E-mail: weiguangsu@nxu.edu.cn; Gu, Yaohua; Liu, Haifeng; Wang, Julan

    2015-03-15

    Magnetic hydrophilic polymeric microspheres containing oxirane groups were prepared by inverse suspension polymerization of glycidyl methacrylate (GMA), N, N′-methylene bisacrylamide (MBAA) and N-vinyl pyrrolidone (NVP) in the existence of formamide, which were denoted as magnetic poly(GMA-MBAA-NVP) microspheres. The magnetic poly(GMA-MBAA-NVP) microspheres were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), FT-IR spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and so on. The results showed that poly(GMA-MBAA-NVP) microspheres possessed well spherical shape, narrow size distribution, abundant porous structure, reactive oxirane groups and superparamagnetic properties. Formamide used in the present work served as a modifier, a dispersant and a porogen to form final porous polymer microspheres. The penicillin G acylase (PGA) was covalently immobilized onto the magnetic microspheres through the reaction between the amino groups of enzyme and the oxirane groups on the microspheres for producing 6-aminopenicillanic acid (6-APA). The effects of GMA/NVP ratio and crosslink density on the activity of immobilized PGA were investigated. The highest apparent activity, enzyme loading and coupling yield of immobilized PGA were 821 IU/g, 65.3 mg/g and 42.3% respectively when the mass ratio of GMA/NVP was 1:1 and crosslink density was 60%. Compared with the free PGA, immobilized PGA showed a wider range of pH value and reaction temperature. The relative activity and reaction rate of immobilized PGA remained almost constant after 20 recycles. The magnetic poly(GMA-MBAA-NVP) microspheres would be very promising carriers for immobilizing enzymes in industrial application. - Highlights: • The magnetic poly(GMA-MBAA-NVP) microspheres were successfully synthesized. • Formamide served as a modifier, a dispersant and a porogen to form microspheres. • The magnetic microspheres were highly efficient carriers for immobilizing PGA. • Immobilized PGA

  17. In vitro degradation rate of apatitic calcium phosphate cement with incorporated PLGA microspheres

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    Felix Lanao, R.P.; Leeuwenburgh, S.C.G.; Wolke, J.G.C.; Jansen, J.A.

    2011-01-01

    Calcium phosphate cements (CPCs) are frequently used as bone substitute material. Despite their superior clinical handling and excellent biocompatibility, they exhibit poor degradability, which limits bone ingrowth into the implant. Microspheres were prepared from poly(d,l-lactic-co-glycolic acid)

  18. IL-2 loaded dextran microspheres with attractive histocompatibility properties for local IL-2 cancer therapy

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    Koten, JW; Van Luyn, MJA; Cade, JA; Hennink, WE; Bijleveld, C; Den Otter, W

    2003-01-01

    Biodegradable dextran microspheres (MS) were developed as a slow-release system for interleukin-2 (IL-2) to apply them for local IL-2 therapy of cancer. We describe the tissue reactions induced by these MS without or with IL-2 in rats. Dextran MS stain bright red-purple with the periodic acid Schiff

  19. PEGylated TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL)-loaded sustained release PLGA microspheres for enhanced stability and antitumor activity.

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    Kim, Tae Hyung; Jiang, Hai Hua; Park, Chan Woong; Youn, Yu Seok; Lee, Seulki; Chen, Xiaoyuan; Lee, Kang Choon

    2011-02-28

    The purpose of this work was to develop an effective PEGylated TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (PEG-TRAIL) delivery system for antitumor therapy based on local injection to tumor sites that has a sustained effect without protein aggregation or an initial release burst. The authors designed poly (lactic-co-glycolic) acid (PLGA) microspheres that deliver PEG-TRAIL locally and continuously at tumor sites with sustained biological activity and compared its performance with that of TRAIL microspheres. TRAIL or PEG-TRAIL was microencapsulated into PLGA microspheres using a double-emulsion solvent extraction method. Prepared TRAIL and PEG-TRAIL microspheres showed entirely spherical, smooth surfaces. However, PEG-TRAIL microspheres exhibited a 2.07-fold higher encapsulation efficiency than TRAIL microspheres, and exhibited a tri-phasic in vitro release profile with a lower initial burst (15.8%) than TRAIL microspheres (42.7%). Furthermore, released PEG-TRAIL showed a continued ability to induce apoptosis over 14 days. In vivo pharmacokinetic studies also demonstrated that PEG-TRAIL microspheres had a sustained release profile (18 days), and that the steady-state concentration of PEG-TRAIL in rat plasma was reached at day 3 and maintained until day 15; its steady-state concentration in rat plasma changed from 1444.3 ± 338.4 to 2697.7 ± 419.7 pg/ml. However, TRAIL microspheres were released out within 2 days after administration. Finally, in vivo antitumor tests revealed that tumor growths were significantly more inhibited by a single dose of PEG-TRAIL microspheres than TRAIL microspheres when delivered at 300 μg of TRAIL/mouse. Tumors taken from mouse treated with PEG-TRAIL microspheres showed 78.3% tumor suppression at 24 days, and this was 3.02-fold higher than that observed for TRAIL microspheres (25.9% tumor inhibition). Furthermore, these improved pharmaceutical characteristics of PEG-TRAIL microspheres resulted in superior therapeutic effects without

  20. Lanthanide-Containing Polymer Microspheres by Multiple-Stage Dispersion Polymerization for Highly Multiplexed Bioassays

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    Abdelrahman, Ahmed I.; Dai, Sheng; Thickett, Stuart C.; Ornatsky, Olga; Bandura, Dmitry; Baranov, Vladimir; Winnik, Mitchell A.

    2009-01-01

    We describe the synthesis and characterization of metal-encoded polystyrene microspheres by multiple-stage dispersion polymerization with diameters on the order of 2 µm and a very narrow size distribution. Different lanthanides were loaded into these microspheres through the addition of a mixture of LnCl3 salts and excess acrylic acid or acetoacetylethyl methacrylate (AAEM) dissolved in ethanol to the reaction after about 10% conversion of styrene, i.e., well after the particle nucleation stage was complete. Individual microspheres contain ca. 106 – 108 chelated lanthanide ions, of either a single element or a mixture of elements. These microspheres were characterized one-by-one utilizing a novel mass cytometer with an inductively coupled plasma (ICP) ionization source and time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometry detection. Microspheres containing a range of different metals at different levels of concentration were synthesized to meet the requirements of binary encoding and enumeration encoding protocols. With four different metals at five levels of concentration, we could achieve a variability of 624, and the strategy we report should allow one to obtain much larger variability. To demonstrate the usefulness of element-encoded beads for highly multiplexed immunoassays, we carried out a proof-of-principle model bioassay involving conjugation of mouse IgG to the surface of La and Tm containing particles, and its detection by an anti-mouse IgG bearing a metal-chelating polymer with Pr. PMID:19807075

  1. Lanthanide-containing polymer microspheres by multiple-stage dispersion polymerization for highly multiplexed bioassays.

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    Abdelrahman, Ahmed I; Dai, Sheng; Thickett, Stuart C; Ornatsky, Olga; Bandura, Dmitry; Baranov, Vladimir; Winnik, Mitchell A

    2009-10-28

    We describe the synthesis and characterization of metal-encoded polystyrene microspheres by multiple-stage dispersion polymerization with diameters on the order of 2 mum and a very narrow size distribution. Different lanthanides were loaded into these microspheres through the addition of a mixture of lanthanide salts (LnCl(3)) and excess acrylic acid (AA) or acetoacetylethyl methacrylate (AAEM) dissolved in ethanol to the reaction after about 10% conversion of styrene, that is, well after the particle nucleation stage was complete. Individual microspheres contain ca. 10(6)-10(8) chelated lanthanide ions, of either a single element or a mixture of elements. These microspheres were characterized one-by-one utilizing a novel mass cytometer with an inductively coupled plasma (ICP) ionization source and time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometry detection. Microspheres containing a range of different metals at different levels of concentration were synthesized to meet the requirements of binary encoding and enumeration encoding protocols. With four different metals at five levels of concentration, we could achieve a variability of 624, and the strategy we report should allow one to obtain much larger variability. To demonstrate the usefulness of element-encoded beads for highly multiplexed immunoassays, we carried out a proof-of-principle model bioassay involving conjugation of mouse IgG to the surface of La and Tm containing particles and its detection by an antimouse IgG bearing a metal-chelating polymer with Pr.

  2. Synthesis of nanostructured bismuth titanate microspheres.

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    Du, Hongchu; Wohlrab, Sebastian; Kaskel, Stefan

    2006-07-01

    A hydrothermal method was developed for the synthesis of bismuth titanate nanostructured microspheres. The precursor powder was prepared using a diethylene glycol mediated coprecipitation method. The as-synthesized nanostructured microspheres consisting of granular nanoparticles and nano-platelets were obtained through a hydrothermal treatment of the precursor powder in aqueous sodium hydroxide solution. Tailoring of the morphology was achieved by changing the precursor quantity, sodium hydroxide concentration, and reaction time. The formation mechanism of the nanostructured microspheres probably involves aggregation, followed by dissolution and recrystallization. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy were used to characterize the phase purities, morphologies, and composition of the products.

  3. Progress in Preparation of Monodisperse Polymer Microspheres

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    Zhang, Hongyan

    2017-12-01

    The monodisperse crosslinked polymer microspheres have attracted much attention because of their superior thermal and solvent resistance, mechanical strength, surface activity and adsorption properties. They are of wide prospects for using in many fields such as biomedicine, electronic science, information technology, analytical chemistry, standard measurement and environment protection etc. Functional polymer microspheres prepared by different methods have the outstanding surface property, quantum size effect and good potential future in applications with its designable structure, controlled size and large ratio of surface to volume. Scholars of all over the world have focused on this hot topic. The preparation method and research progress in functional polymer microspheres are addressed in the paper.

  4. Characterization of a Polyamine Microsphere and Its Adsorption for Protein

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    Huixian Wei

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available A novel polyamine microsphere, prepared from the water-in-oil emulsion of polyethylenimine, was characterized. The investigation of scanning electron microscopy showed that the polyamine microsphere is a regular ball with a smooth surface. The diameter distribution of the microsphere is 0.37–4.29 μm. The isoelectric point of the microsphere is 10.6. The microsphere can adsorb proteins through the co-effect of electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions. Among the proteins tested, the highest value of adsorption of microsphere, 127.8 mg·g−1 microsphere, was obtained with lipase. In comparison with other proteins, the hydrophobic force is more important in promoting the adsorption of lipase. The microsphere can preferentially adsorb lipase from an even mixture of proteins. The optimum temperature and pH for the selective adsorption of lipase by the microsphere was 35 °C and pH 7.0.

  5. Reduction of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid iron(III) by Klebsiella sp. FD-3 immobilized on iron(II, III) oxide poly (styrene-glycidyl methacrylate) magnetic porous microspheres: effects of inorganic compounds and kinetic study of effective diffusion in porous media.

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    Zhou, Zuo-Ming; Wang, Xiao-Yan; Lin, Tian-Ming; Jing, Guo-Hua

    2014-11-01

    Fe3O4 poly (styrene-glycidyl methacrylate) magnetic porous microspheres (MPPMs) were introduced to immobilize Klebsiella sp. FD-3, an iron-reducing bacterium applied to reduce Fe(III)EDTA. The effects of potential inhibitors (S(2-), SO3(2-), NO3(-), NO2(-) and Fe(II)EDTA-NO) on Fe(III)EDTA reduction were investigated. S(2-) reacted with Fe(III)EDTA as an electron-shuttling compound and enhanced the reduction. But Fe(III)EDTA reduction was inhibited by SO3(2-) and Fe(II)EDTA-NO due to their toxic to microorganisms. Low concentrations of NO3(-) and NO2(-) accelerated Fe(III)EDTA reduction, but high concentrations inhibited the reduction, whether by free or immobilized FD-3. The immobilized FD-3 performed better than freely-suspended style. The substrate mass transfer and diffusion kinetics in the porous microspheres were calculated. The value of Thiele modulus and effectiveness factors showed that the intraparticle diffusion was fairly small and neglected in this carrier. Fe(III)EDTA reduction fitted first-order model at low Fe(III)EDTA concentration, and changed to zero-order model at high concentrations. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Fabrication and evaluation of a sustained-release chitosan-based scaffold embedded with PLGA microspheres

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    Song, Kedong, E-mail: kedongsong@dlut.edu.cn [Dalian R and D Center for Stem Cell and Tissue Engineering, State Key Laboratory of Fine Chemicals, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Liu, Yingchao [Dalian R and D Center for Stem Cell and Tissue Engineering, State Key Laboratory of Fine Chemicals, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Macedo, Hugo M. [Biological Systems Engineering Laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom); Jiang, Lili; Li, Chao; Mei, Guanyu [Dalian R and D Center for Stem Cell and Tissue Engineering, State Key Laboratory of Fine Chemicals, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Liu, Tianqing, E-mail: liutq@dlut.edu.cn [Dalian R and D Center for Stem Cell and Tissue Engineering, State Key Laboratory of Fine Chemicals, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China)

    2013-04-01

    Nutrient depletion within three-dimensional (3D) scaffolds is one of the major hurdles in the use of this technology to grow cells for applications in tissue engineering. In order to help in addressing it, we herein propose to use the controlled release of encapsulated nutrients within polymer microspheres into chitosan-based 3D scaffolds, wherein the microspheres are embedded. This method has allowed maintaining a stable concentration of nutrients within the scaffolds over the long term. The polymer microspheres were prepared using multiple emulsions (w/o/w), in which bovine serum albumin (BSA) and poly (lactic-co-glycolic) acid (PLGA) were regarded as the protein pattern and the exoperidium material, respectively. These were then mixed with a chitosan solution in order to form the scaffolds by cryo-desiccation. The release of BSA, entrapped within the embedded microspheres, was monitored with time using a BCA kit. The morphology and structure of the PLGA microspheres containing BSA before and after embedding within the scaffold were observed under a scanning electron microscope (SEM). These had a round shape with diameters in the range of 27–55 μm, whereas the chitosan-based scaffolds had a uniform porous structure with the microspheres uniformly dispersed within their 3D structure and without any morphological change. In addition, the porosity, water absorption and degradation rate at 37 °C in an aqueous environment of 1% chitosan-based scaffolds were (92.99 ± 2.51) %, (89.66 ± 0.66) % and (73.77 ± 3.21) %, respectively. The studies of BSA release from the embedded microspheres have shown a sustained and cumulative tendency with little initial burst, with (20.24 ± 0.83) % of the initial amount released after 168 h (an average rate of 0.12%/h). The protein concentration within the chitosan-based scaffolds after 168 h was found to be (11.44 ± 1.81) × 10{sup −2} mg/mL. This novel chitosan-based scaffold embedded with PLGA microspheres has proven to be a

  7. Organic aerogel microspheres and fabrication method therefor

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    Mayer, Steven T.; Kong, Fung-Ming; Pekala, Richard W.; Kaschmitter, James L.

    1996-01-01

    Organic aerogel microspheres which can be used in capacitors, batteries, thermal insulation, adsorption/filtration media, and chromatographic packings, having diameters ranging from about 1 micron to about 3 mm. The microspheres can be pyrolyzed to form carbon aerogel microspheres. This method involves stirring the aqueous organic phase in mineral oil at elevated temperature until the dispersed organic phase polymerizes and forms nonsticky gel spheres. The size of the microspheres depends on the collision rate of the liquid droplets and the reaction rate of the monomers from which the aqueous solution is formed. The collision rate is governed by the volume ratio of the aqueous solution to the mineral oil and the shear rate, while the reaction rate is governed by the chemical formulation and the curing temperature.

  8. Facilely prepared polypyrrole-reduced graphite oxide core-shell microspheres with high dispersibility for electrochemical detection of dopamine.

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    Qian, Tao; Wu, Shishan; Shen, Jian

    2013-05-21

    Polypyrrole-reduced graphite oxide core-shell microspheres with high dispersibility were facilely fabricated and were demonstrated to be excellently sensitive for electrochemical detection of nanomolar concentrations of dopamine in the presence of a large excess of uric acid and ascorbic acid.

  9. Hydrogen transport and storage in engineered microspheres

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    Rambach, G. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States); Hendricks, C. [W.J. Schafer Associates, Livermore, CA (United States)

    1996-10-01

    This project is a collaboration between Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and W.J. Schafer Associates (WJSA). The authors plan to experimentally verify the performance characteristics of engineered glass microspheres that are relevant to the storage and transport of hydrogen for energy applications. They will identify the specific advantages of hydrogen transport by microspheres, analyze the infrastructure implications and requirements, and experimentally measure their performance characteristics in realistic, bulk storage situations.

  10. Efficacy of the biomaterials 3wt%-nanostrontium-hydroxyapatite-enhanced calcium phosphate cement (nanoSr-CPC) and nanoSr-CPC-incorporated simvastatin-loaded poly(lactic-co-glycolic-acid) microspheres in osteogenesis improvement: An explorative multi-phase experimental in vitro/vivo study.

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    Masaeli, Reza; Jafarzadeh Kashi, Tahereh Sadat; Dinarvand, Rassoul; Rakhshan, Vahid; Shahoon, Hossein; Hooshmand, Behzad; Mashhadi Abbas, Fatemeh; Raz, Majid; Rajabnejad, Alireza; Eslami, Hossein; Khoshroo, Kimia; Tahriri, Mohammadreza; Tayebi, Lobat

    2016-12-01

    The purpose of this multi-phase explorative in vivo animal/surgical and in vitro multi-test experimental study was to (1) create a 3wt%-nanostrontium hydroxyapatite-enhanced calcium phosphate cement (Sr-HA/CPC) for increasing bone formation and (2) creating a simvastatin-loaded poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (SIM-loaded PLGA) microspheres plus CPC composite (SIM-loaded PLGA+nanostrontium-CPC). The third goal was the extensive assessment of multiple in vitro and in vivo characteristics of the above experimental explorative products in vitro and in vivo (animal and surgical studies). Physical and chemical properties of the prepared Sr-HA/CPC were evaluated. MTT assay and alkaline phosphatase activities, and radiological and histological examinations of Sr-HA/CPC, CPC and negative control were compared. X-ray diffraction (XRD) indicated that crystallinity of the prepared cement increased by increasing the powder-to-liquid ratio. Incorporation of Sr-HA into CPC increased MTT assay (biocompatibility) and ALP activity (P<0.05). Histomorphometry showed greater bone formation after 4weeks, after implantation of Sr-HA/CPC in 10 rats compared to implantations of CPC or empty defects in the same rats (n=30, ANOVA P<0.05). METHODS AND RESULTS PERTAINING TO SIM-LOADED PLGA MICROSPHERES+NANOSTRONTIUM-CPC COMPOSITE: After SEM assessment, the produced composite of microspheres and enhanced CPC were implanted for 8weeks in 10 rabbits, along with positive and negative controls, enhanced CPC, and enhanced CPC plus SIM (n=50). In the control group, only a small amount of bone had been regenerated (localized at the boundary of the defect); whereas, other groups showed new bone formation within and around the materials. A significant difference was found in the osteogenesis induced by the groups sham control (16.96±1.01), bone materials (32.28±4.03), nanostrontium-CPC (24.84±2.6), nanostrontium-CPC-simvastatin (40.12±3.29), and SIM-loaded PLGA+nanostrontium-CPC (44.8±6.45) (ANOVA P

  11. Preparation and Characterization of Silica Aerogel Microspheres.

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    Chen, Qifeng; Wang, Hui; Sun, Luyi

    2017-04-20

    Silica aerogel microspheres based on alkali silica sol were synthesized using the emulsion method. The experimental results revealed that the silica aerogel microspheres (4-20 µm in diameter) were mesoporous solids with an average pore diameter ranging from 6 to 35 nm. The tapping densities and specific surface areas of the aerogel microspheres are in the range of 0.112-0.287 g/cm³ and 207.5-660.6 m²/g, respectively. The diameter of the silica aerogel microspheres could be tailored by varying the processing conditions including agitation rate, water/oil ratio, mass ratio of Span 80: Tween 80, and emulsifier concentration. The effects of these parameters on the morphology and textural properties of the synthesized silica aerogel microspheres were systematically investigated. Such silica aerogel microspheres can be used to prepare large-scale silica aerogels at an ambient pressure for applications in separation and high efficiency catalysis, which requires features of high porosity and easy fill and recovery.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of dual-functionalized core-shell fluorescent microspheres for bioconjugation and cellular delivery.

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    Jonathan M Behrendt

    Full Text Available The efficient transport of micron-sized beads into cells, via a non-endocytosis mediated mechanism, has only recently been described. As such there is considerable scope for optimization and exploitation of this procedure to enable imaging and sensing applications to be realized. Herein, we report the design, synthesis and characterization of fluorescent microsphere-based cellular delivery agents that can also carry biological cargoes. These core-shell polymer microspheres possess two distinct chemical environments; the core is hydrophobic and can be labeled with fluorescent dye, to permit visual tracking of the microsphere during and after cellular delivery, whilst the outer shell renders the external surfaces of the microspheres hydrophilic, thus facilitating both bioconjugation and cellular compatibility. Cross-linked core particles were prepared in a dispersion polymerization reaction employing styrene, divinylbenzene and a thiol-functionalized co-monomer. These core particles were then shelled in a seeded emulsion polymerization reaction, employing styrene, divinylbenzene and methacrylic acid, to generate orthogonally functionalized core-shell microspheres which were internally labeled via the core thiol moieties through reaction with a thiol reactive dye (DY630-maleimide. Following internal labeling, bioconjugation of green fluorescent protein (GFP to their carboxyl-functionalized surfaces was successfully accomplished using standard coupling protocols. The resultant dual-labeled microspheres were visualized by both of the fully resolvable fluorescence emissions of their cores (DY630 and shells (GFP. In vitro cellular uptake of these microspheres by HeLa cells was demonstrated conventionally by fluorescence-based flow cytometry, whilst MTT assays demonstrated that 92% of HeLa cells remained viable after uptake. Due to their size and surface functionalities, these far-red-labeled microspheres are ideal candidates for in vitro, cellular

  13. Preparation and characterization of ketoprofen-loaded microspheres for embolization.

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    Zhou, Chao; Cui, Daichao; Zhang, Yuan; Yuan, Huiyan; Fan, Tianyuan

    2012-02-01

    To deliver drug locally and relieve the syndrome of pain after uterine artery embolization, N-[tris (hydroxymethyl) methyl] acrylamide-gelatin microspheres were prepared based on inverse suspension polymerization and then separated into a number of subgroups (150-350, 350-560, 560-710, 710-1,000, and 1,000-1,430 μm) by wet-sieving. The microspheres were dried by lyophilization or by washing with anhydrous ethanol. And ketoprofen was loaded by soaking dried blank microspheres into concentrated ketoprofen ethanol solution. The ketoprofen loading level in different subgroups of microspheres was measured and found higher when the microspheres were dried by lyophilization. Equilibrium water content and mean diameters of microspheres decreased after drug loading, especially in subgroups with larger size. The microspheres went through the catheter without any difficulty. Compression and relaxation tests were performed on microspheres before lyophilization, embosphere™, microspheres after lyophilization and ketoprofen loading microspheres. The Young's moduli were 54.74, 64.19, 98.15, and 120.44 kPa, respectively. The release of ketoprofen from microspheres in different subgroups was studied by using the USPII method and T-cell apparatus, respectively. The results indicate that the release rate of ketoprofen depends upon the diameter of microspheres, the type of dissolution apparatus and the flow rate of media in the case that T-cell apparatus was applied. The CH50 test shows that the activation of complement by ketoprofen-loaded microspheres was lower than by blank ones.

  14. Mechanisms of in vivo release of triamcinolone acetonide from PLGA microspheres.

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    Doty, Amy C; Weinstein, David G; Hirota, Keiji; Olsen, Karl F; Ackermann, Rose; Wang, Yan; Choi, Stephanie; Schwendeman, Steven P

    2017-06-28

    Little is known about the underlying effects controlling in vitro-in vivo correlations (IVIVCs) for biodegradable controlled release microspheres. Most reports of IVIVCs that exist are empirical in nature, typically based on a mathematical relationship between in vitro and in vivo drug release, with the latter often estimated by deconvolution of pharmacokinetic data. In order to improve the ability of in vitro release tests to predict microsphere behavior in vivo and develop more meaningful IVIVCs, the in vivo release mechanisms need to be characterized. Here, two poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microsphere formulations encapsulating the model steroid triamcinolone acetonide (Tr-A) were implanted subcutaneously in rats by using a validated cage model, allowing for free fluid and cellular exchange and microsphere retrieval during release. Release kinetics, as well as mechanistic indicators of release such as hydrolysis and mass loss, was measured by direct analysis of the recovered microspheres. Release of Tr-A from both formulations was greatly accelerated in vivo compared to in vitro using agitated phosphate buffered saline +0.02% Tween 80 pH7.4, including rate of PLGA hydrolysis, mass loss and water uptake. Both microsphere formulations exhibited erosion-controlled release in vitro, indicated by similar polymer mass loss kinetics, but only one of the formulations (low molecular weight, free acid terminated) exhibited the same mechanism in vivo. The in vivo release of Tr-A from microspheres made of a higher molecular weight, ester end-capped PLGA displayed an osmotically induced/pore diffusion mechanism based on confocal micrographs of percolating pores in the polymer, not previously observed in vitro. This research indicates the need to fully understand the in vivo environment and how it causes drug release from biodegradable microspheres. This understanding can then be applied to develop in vitro release tests which better mimic this environment and cause

  15. Hierarchically assembled Au microspheres and sea urchin-like architectures: formation mechanism and SERS study

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    Wang, Xiansong; Yang, Da-Peng; Huang, Peng; Li, Min; Li, Chao; Chen, Di; Cui, Daxiang

    2012-11-01

    The hierarchically assembled Au microspheres/sea urchin-like structures have been synthesized in aqueous solution at room temperature with and without proteins (bovine serum albumin, BSA) as mediators. The average diameter of an individual Au microsphere is 300-600 nm, which is composed of some compact nanoparticles with an average diameter of about 15 nm. Meanwhile, the sea urchin-like Au architecture exhibits an average diameter of 600-800 nm, which is made up of some nanopricks with an average length of 100-200 nm. These products are characterized by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electronic microscopy (TEM). It is found that the BSA and ascorbic acid (AA) have great effects on the morphology of the resulting products. Two different growth mechanisms are proposed. The study on surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activities is also carried out between Au microspheres and Au sea urchin-like architectures. It is found that Au urchin-like architectures possess much higher SERS activity than the Au microspheres. Our work may shed light on the design and synthesis of hierarchically self-assembled 3D micro/nano-architectures for SERS, catalysis and biosensors.The hierarchically assembled Au microspheres/sea urchin-like structures have been synthesized in aqueous solution at room temperature with and without proteins (bovine serum albumin, BSA) as mediators. The average diameter of an individual Au microsphere is 300-600 nm, which is composed of some compact nanoparticles with an average diameter of about 15 nm. Meanwhile, the sea urchin-like Au architecture exhibits an average diameter of 600-800 nm, which is made up of some nanopricks with an average length of 100-200 nm. These products are characterized by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electronic microscopy (TEM). It is found that the BSA and ascorbic acid (AA) have great effects on the morphology of

  16. Stabilization of tetanus toxoid encapsulated in PLGA microspheres.

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    Jiang, Wenlei; Schwendeman, Steven P

    2008-01-01

    Delivery of vaccine antigens from controlled-release poly(lactic/glycolic acid) (PLGA) microspheres is a novel approach to reduce the number of antigen doses required for protection against infection. A major impediment to developing single-shot vaccines is encapsulated antigen instability during months of exposure to physiological conditions. For example, efforts to control neonatal tetanus in developing countries with a single-dose TT vaccine based on PLGA microspheres have been plagued by poor stability of the 150 kDa formaldehyde-detoxified protein antigen, tetanus toxoid (TT), in the polymer. We examined the denatured states of PLGA-encapsulated TT, revealing two primary TT instability mechanisms: (1) protein aggregation mediated by formaldehyde and (2) acid-induced protein unfolding and epitope damage. Further, we systematically identified excipients, which can efficiently inhibit TT aggregation and retain TT antigenicity under simulated deleterious conditions, i.e., elevated temperature and humidity. By employing these novel additives in the PLGA system, we report the slow and continuous release of high doses of TT for one month with retained antigen stability during bioerosion of PLGA.

  17. Coenzyme Autocatalytic Network on the Surface of Oil Microspheres as a Model for the Origin of Life

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    Alexei A. Sharov

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Coenzymes are often considered as remnants of primordial metabolism, but not as hereditary molecules. I suggest that coenzyme-like molecules (CLMs performed hereditary functions before the emergence of nucleic acids. Autocatalytic CLMs modified (encoded surface properties of hydrocarbon microspheres, to which they were anchored, and these changes enhanced autocatalysis and propagation of CLMs. Heredity started from a single kind of self-reproducing CLM, and then evolved into more complex coenzyme autocatalytic networks containing multiple kinds of CLMs. Polymerization of CLMs on the surface of microspheres and development of template-based synthesis is a potential evolutionary path towards the emergence of nucleic acids.

  18. 28-day intraocular pressure reduction with a single dose of brimonidine tartrate-loaded microspheres.

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    Fedorchak, Morgan V; Conner, Ian P; Medina, Carlos A; Wingard, Jeremy B; Schuman, Joel S; Little, Steven R

    2014-08-01

    Treatment of glaucoma by intraocular pressure (IOP) reduction is typically accomplished through the administration of eye drops, the difficult and frequent nature of which contributes to extremely low adherence rates. Poor adherence to topical treatment regimens in glaucoma patients can lead to irreversible vision loss and increased treatment costs. Currently there are no approved treatments for glaucoma that address the inherent inefficiencies in drug delivery and patient adherence. Brimonidine tartrate (BT), a common glaucoma medication, requires dosing every 8-12 h, with up to 97% of patients not taking it as prescribed. This study provides proof-of-principle testing of a controlled release BT formulation. BT was encapsulated in poly(lactic-co-glycolic) acid microspheres and drug release was quantified using UV-Vis spectroscopy. For in vivo studies, rabbits were randomized to receive a single subconjunctival injection of blank (no drug) or BT-loaded microspheres or twice daily topical 0.2% BT drops. The microspheres released an average of 2.1 ± 0.37 μg BT/mg microspheres/day in vitro. In vivo, the percent decrease in IOP from baseline was significantly greater in the treated eye for both topical drug and drug-loaded microspheres versus blank microspheres throughout the 4-week study, with no evidence of migration or foreign body response. IOP measurements in the contralateral, untreated eyes also suggested a highly localized effect from the experimental treatment. A treatment designed using the release systems described in this study would represent a vast improvement over the current clinical standard of 56-84 topical doses over 28 days. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. In vitro Evaluation of Nateglinide-Loaded Microspheres Formulated ...

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    Purpose: To formulate and evaluate sustained release microspheres of nateglinide (NTG) for enhanced patient compliance. Methods: Nateglinide microspheres were prepared with varying proportions of biodegradable polymers (olibanum gum and guar gum) by calcium chloride/sodium alginate ionic gelation method.

  20. Release of macromolecules from albumin-heparin microspheres

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    Kwon, Glen S.; Bae, You Han; Cremers, H.F.M.; Cremers, Harry; Feijen, Jan; Kim, Sung Wan

    1992-01-01

    Hydrophilic microspheres based on albumin-heparin conjugates have been prepared as a macromolecular delivery system. The soluble albumin-heparin conjugate was synthesized and crosslinked in a water-in-oil emulsion with glutaraldehyde to form microspheres in the same manner as for albumin microsphere

  1. Preparation, Irradiation and Clinical Use of Holmium Containing Microspheres Obtained by Neutron Irradition in TRIGA Reactor

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    Sedda, A.F.; Rossi, G. [UTTMAT-IRR, ENEA Casaccia, Rome (Italy)

    2011-07-01

    A radioactive composition for use in therapy, containing radioisotopes immobilized on biocompatible and bioabsorbable poly(lactic acid)-based microspheres was prepared, and internationally patented. A 10% of an holmium organic complex was previously embedded within the matrix of the microspheres, that were successively irradiated in a TRIGA reactor for 1- to 3 hours 2 hours at a flux of 1,25.10{sup 13} n cm{sup -2} s{sup -1}, obtaining a total activity of 5-200 mCi of {sup 166}Ho per irradiation. The irradiated microspheres were certified sterile at the end of the irradiation, due to the gamma and neutron flux of the reactor. The radioactive microsphere were dispersed in a biocompatible and bioabsorbable matrix consisting of a hypotonic gel, and were used in the therapy of neoplastic diseases, by application of radioactive sources in direct contact with the tumor tissues or within the same (brachytherapy). Patients with II and III grade glioblastoma multiforme were treated, by hypodermic injection in the Ommaya reservoir placed under the patient's scalp, visualising the introduction of the microparticle-containing gel in the brain cavity by computed tomography (CT) and gamma scintigraphy. It has thus been ascertained that the introduced substance forms, at the outset, an approximately spherical deposit, and that the gel is later gradually absorbed in the surrounding tissue, thus leaving the dispersed radioactive particles in contact with all of the interstices of the brain cavity. Patients with solid hepatic or splenic tumours, that were considered untreatable by surgery due to bad general conditions or advanced age, have been treated by injecting intratissue the microspheres in the tumour lesions, under stereotaxy and ultrasound or radiographic visualisation. Patients with solid hepatic, adrenal or renal tumours, that were considered untreatable by surgery due to bad general conditions or advanced age, have been treated by injecting intra-arterially the

  2. Nano-functionalization of protein microspheres

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    Yoon, Sungkwon; Nichols, William T.

    2014-08-01

    Protein microspheres are promising building blocks for the assembly of complex functional materials. Here we demonstrate a set of three techniques that add functionality to the surface of protein microspheres. In the first technique, a positive surface charge on the protein spheres is deposited by electrostatic adsorption. Negatively charged silica and gold nanoparticle colloids can then electrostatically bind reversibly to the microsphere surface. In the second technique, nanoparticles are covalently anchored to the protein shell using a simple one-pot process. The strong covalent bond between sulfur groups in cysteine in the protein shell irreversibly binds to the gold nanoparticles. In the third technique, surface morphology of the protein microsphere is tuned through hydrodynamic instability at the water-oil interface. This is accomplished through the degree of solubility of the oil phase in water. Taken together these three techniques form a platform to create nano-functionalized protein microspheres, which can then be used as building blocks for the assembly of more complex macroscopic materials.

  3. Derivation of an Analytical Solution to a Reaction-Diffusion Model for Autocatalytic Degradation and Erosion in Polymer Microspheres.

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    Ashlee N Ford Versypt

    Full Text Available A mathematical reaction-diffusion model is defined to describe the gradual decomposition of polymer microspheres composed of poly(D,L-lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA that are used for pharmaceutical drug delivery over extended periods of time. The partial differential equation (PDE model treats simultaneous first-order generation due to chemical reaction and diffusion of reaction products in spherical geometry to capture the microsphere-size-dependent effects of autocatalysis on PLGA erosion that occurs when the microspheres are exposed to aqueous media such as biological fluids. The model is solved analytically for the concentration of the autocatalytic carboxylic acid end groups of the polymer chains that comprise the microspheres as a function of radial position and time. The analytical solution for the reaction and transport of the autocatalytic chemical species is useful for predicting the conditions under which drug release from PLGA microspheres transitions from diffusion-controlled to erosion-controlled release, for understanding the dynamic coupling between the PLGA degradation and erosion mechanisms, and for designing drug release particles. The model is the first to provide an analytical prediction for the dynamics and spatial heterogeneities of PLGA degradation and erosion within a spherical particle. The analytical solution is applicable to other spherical systems with simultaneous diffusive transport and first-order generation by reaction.

  4. Biosensing by WGM Microspherical Resonators

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    Giancarlo C. Righini

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Whispering gallery mode (WGM microresonators, thanks to their unique properties, have allowed researchers to achieve important results in both fundamental research and engineering applications. Among the various geometries, microspheres are the simplest 3D WGM resonators; the total optical loss in such resonators can be extremely low, and the resulting extraordinarily high Q values of 108–109 lead to high energy density, narrow resonant-wavelength lines and a lengthy cavity ringdown. They can also be coated in order to better control their properties or to increase their functionality. Their very high sensitivity to changes in the surrounding medium has been exploited for several sensing applications: protein adsorption, trace gas detection, impurity detection in liquids, structural health monitoring of composite materials, detection of electric fields, pressure sensing, and so on. In the present paper, after a general introduction to WGM resonators, attention is focused on spherical microresonators, either in bulk or in bubble format, to their fabrication, characterization and functionalization. The state of the art in the area of biosensing is presented, and the perspectives of further developments are discussed.

  5. Fabrication of semiconductor microspheres with laser ablation in superfluid helium

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    Minowa, Yosuke; Oguni, Yuya; Ashida, Masaaki

    2017-04-01

    We fabricated semiconductor ZnO microspheres via the pulsed laser ablation in the superfluid helium. The scanning electron microscope observation revealed the high sphericity and smooth surface. We also observed whispering gallery mode resonances, the electromagnetic eigenmode resonances within the microspheres, in the cathodoluminescence spectrum, verifying the high symmetry of the fabricated microspheres. Further, we cross-sectioned the microspheres with using focused ion beam. The scanning electron microscope observation of the cross section uncovers the existence of small holes within the microspheres. The inner structure examination helps us to understand the microscopic mechanism of our fabrication method.

  6. PLGA and PHBV Microsphere Formulations and Solid-State Characterization

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    Yang, Chiming; Plackett, David; Needham, David

    2009-01-01

    -loaded PHBV microspheres was increased by FA loading. After the initial burst release, FA was released from PLGA microspheres much slower compared to PHBV microspheres. A unique phase separation phenomenon of FA in PLGA but not in PHBV polymers was observed, driven by coalescence of liquid microdroplets...... of 1% (w/w) FA phase separated from PLGA polymer and formed distinct spherical FA-rich amorphous microdomains throughout the PLGA microsphere. For FA-loaded PLGA microspheres, encapsulation efficiency and cumulative release increased with initial drug loading. Similarly, cumulative release from FA...

  7. Surface morphology control of polylactide microspheres enclosing irinotecan hydrochloride.

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    Yoshizawa, Hidekazu; Nishino, Satoru; Shiomori, Koichiro; Natsugoe, Shoji; Aiko, Takashi; Kitamura, Yoshiro

    2005-05-30

    In order to reduce the initial burst from polylactide (PLA) microspheres enclosing an antitumor agent, we prepared the microspheres with a smooth surface by varying solvent evaporation conditions such as operating temperature and pressure. PLA microspheres enclosing irinotecan hydrochloride (CPT) were prepared using the O/O emulsion system for solvent evaporation. The mean diameter and enclosing efficiency were almost constant because they were independent of solvent evaporation conditions. Scanning electron microscopic (SEM) observation verified the smooth surface of the PLA microspheres produced by varying the preparation conditions. In vitro release experiments show that the initial burst of microspheres with a smooth surface was less than that of those with a rough surface.

  8. Synthesis of polystyrene@(silver–polypyrrole) core/shell nanocomposite microspheres and study on their antibacterial activities

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    Guo, Longhai; Ren, Shanshan; Qiu, Teng, E-mail: qiuteng@mail.buct.edu.cn; Wang, Leilei; Zhang, Jiangru; He, Lifan; Li, Xiaoyu, E-mail: lixy@mail.buct.edu.cn [Ministry of Education, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Key Laboratory of Carbon Fiber and Functional Polymer (China)

    2015-01-15

    We reported the synthesis of polystyrene@(silver–polypyrrole) (PS@(Ag–PPy)) nanocomposite microspheres with the well-defined core/shell structure, in which the functionalized PS microspheres by the sulfonic acid groups were employed as template. The diameter of the synthesized PS microsphere template and AgNP was 1.26 μm and 50 nm, respectively. In order to well control the redox reaction between Ag{sup +} and Py monomer and to avoid the accumulation of these AgNPs during synthesis process, the complexation of triethanolamine (TEA) and silver ion ([Ag(TEA){sub 2}]{sup +}) was employed as the oxidant, so that the generation rate of AgNPs was in turn decreased. Moreover, compared with the redox reaction between AgNO{sub 3} and Py, the introduction of [Ag(TEA){sub 2}]{sup +} ions resulted in the improved coverage and distribution of AgNPs around the surface of PS microspheres. Meanwhile, the loading amount of Ag–PPy nanocomposites on the final microspheres was adjustable. The increasing concentrations of Py monomer and [Ag(TEA){sub 2}]{sup +} ions resulted in the increase of Ag–PPy nanocomposite loading. The results of antibacterial experiment suggested that the synthesized PS@(Ag–PPy) composite microspheres showed the prominent antibacterial properties against both the Gram-negative bacteria of Escherichia coli and the Gram-positive bacteria of Staphylococcus aureus. For the bacteria with concentration at 1 × 10{sup 5} – 9×10{sup 5} cfu/mL, the microspheres can kill the bacteria above 3-log reduction with the concentration of PS@(Ag–PPy) composite microspheres at 50 μg/mL, in which the weight fraction of Py in the composite microspheres was above 10 wt%. When the weight fraction of Py in the composite microspheres was at 5 wt%, the 2-log reduction of in bacterial viability could also be obtained.Graphical Abstract.

  9. Spherical and polygonal shape of Au nanoparticles coated functionalized polymer microspheres

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    Xu, Ting; Li, Yingzhi; Zhang, Junxian; Qi, Yalong; Zhao, Xin; Zhang, Qinghua, E-mail: qhzhang@dhu.edu.cn

    2015-08-01

    Highlights: • PS/PPy with well-defined core/shell structures was prepared in aqueous solution. • Au NPs were coated on PS/PPy by the fixation and continuous growth process. • Mercapto-groups played a role in the number and morphology of Au shell. • PS/PPy/Au had homogeneous and dense Au coatings with different shape. - Abstract: Uniform polystyrene (PS)/polypyrrole (PPy) composite microspheres with well-defined core/shell structures are synthesized by chemical oxidative polymerization. Gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) are successfully coated on the surface of PS/PPy microspheres by means of electrostatic interactions due to the functionalized PPy coatings supplying sufficient amino groups and the additive of mercapto acetic acid. Furthermore, the as-prepared PS/PPy/Au microspheres serving as seeds facilitate Au NPs further growth by in situ reduction in HAuCl{sub 4} solution to obtain PS/PPy/Au spheres with the core/shell/shell structure. Morphology observation demonstrates that the monodisperse PS/PPy/Au microspheres compose of uniform cores and the compact coatings containing distinct two layers. X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscope confirm the existence of PPy and Au on the surface of the composite spheres. This facile approach to preparing metal-coated polymer spheres supplies the potential applications in biosensors, electronics and medical diagnosis.

  10. Selective adsorption and separation of organic dyes from aqueous solution on polydopamine microspheres.

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    Fu, Jianwei; Xin, Qianqian; Wu, Xuechen; Chen, Zhonghui; Yan, Ya; Liu, Shujun; Wang, Minghuan; Xu, Qun

    2016-01-01

    Polydopamine (PDA) microspheres, synthesized by a facile oxidation polymerization route, were evaluated as a potential adsorbent for selective adsorption and separation of organic dyes. The adsorption processes towards nine water-soluble dyes (anionic dyes: methyl orange (MO), eosin-Y (EY), eosin-B (EB), acid chrome blue K (ACBK), neutral dye: neutral red (NR), and cationic dyes: rhodamine B (RhB), malachite green (MG), methylene blue (MB), safranine T (ST)) were thoroughly investigated. The adsorption selectivity of organic dyes onto PDA microspheres was successfully applied for the separation of dyes mixtures. Various influential factors such as solution pH, temperature, and contact time were employed to ascertain the optimal condition for adsorption of representative organic dyes including MB, MG and NR. The pseudo-first-order and pseudo-second-order kinetics models were used to fit the adsorption kinetics process. Five isothermal adsorption models (Langmuir, Dubnin-Radushkevich, Temkin, Freundlich and Harkins-Jura) were used to investigate the adsorption thermodynamics properties. The results showed that the PDA microspheres owned good selective adsorption ability towards cationic dyes. The adsorption kinetics process conformed to the pseudo-second-order kinetics model and the Langmuir isotherm model was more appropriate for tracing the adsorption behavior than other isotherm models. Thus, we can conclude PDA microspheres may be a high-efficiency selective adsorbent towards some cationic dyes. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. A sulfate polysaccharide/TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) complex for the long-term delivery of TRAIL in poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microspheres.

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    Kim, Hyemin; Jeong, Dooyong; Kang, Hee Eun; Lee, Kang Choon; Na, Kun

    2013-01-01

    The aim was to develop a long-term delivery system for Apo2 ligand/tumour necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) without chemical modification (such as pegylation). A nanocomplex system between the positively charged TRAIL and the negatively charged chondroitin sulfate (CS) (CS/TRAIL) was designed and applied in poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) microspheres (MSs). A nanocomplex of approximately 200 nm was easily formed in a weight ratio of 2 TRAIL to CS (TC2) at pH 5.0. The cytotoxicity of CS/TRAIL against HeLa cells was similar to that of native TRAIL. The complex also had higher loading efficiency (above 95%) in PLGA MSs prepared by the multi-emulsion method than that of native TRAIL. The release behaviour of TRAIL from the PLGA MSs was monitored. Although the release of TRAIL from native TRAIL-loaded PLGA MSs (TMS0) was almost complete after 3 days, TC2-loaded PLGA MSs (TMS2) showed sustained TRAIL release without an initial burst for 10 days. The released TRAIL from TMS2 led to cytotoxicity accompanied by massive apoptosis of cancer cells. TMS2 significantly inhibited tumour growth in an in-vivo xenograft model in mice, without any loss of body weight after treatment. From the results, we concluded that TC-loaded PLGA MSs have the potential for long-term delivery of TRAIL without side effects. © 2012 The Authors. JPP © 2012 Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

  12. Quantum Magnetomechanics with Levitating Superconducting Microspheres

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    Romero-Isart, O.; Clemente, L.; Navau, C.; Sanchez, A.; Cirac, J. I.

    2012-10-01

    We show that by magnetically trapping a superconducting microsphere close to a quantum circuit, it is possible to perform ground-state cooling and prepare quantum superpositions of the center-of-mass motion of the microsphere. Due to the absence of clamping losses and time-dependent electromagnetic fields, the mechanical motion of micrometer-sized metallic spheres in the Meissner state is predicted to be very well isolated from the environment. Hence, we propose to combine the technology of magnetic microtraps and superconducting qubits to bring relatively large objects to the quantum regime.

  13. A microsphere suspension model of metamaterial fluids

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    Qian Duan

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Drawing an analogy to the liquid phase of natural materials, we theoretically propose a microsphere suspension model to realize a metamaterial fluid with artificial electromagnetic indexes. By immersing high-ε, micrometer-sized dielectric spheres in a low-ε insulating oil, the structured fluid exhibits liquid-like properties from dispersing phase as well as the isotropic negative electromagnetic parameters caused by Mie resonances from dispersed microspheres. The work presented here will benefit the development of structured fluids toward metamaterials.

  14. Surface modification of imprinted polymer microspheres with ultrathin hydrophilic shells to improve selective recognition of glutathione in aqueous media

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    Song, Renyuan, E-mail: songrenyuan0726@163.com; Hu, Xiaoling; Guan, Ping; Li, Ji; Du, Chunbao; Qian, Liwei; Wang, Chaoli

    2016-03-01

    A universal, effective approach addressing the classical limitations of hydrophobic molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) microspheres was described. Two water-compatible MIP microspheres with ultrathin hydrophilic shells were synthesized by controllable surface-graft polymerization using a charged monomer (methacrylic acid) and uncharged monomer (N-isopropylacrylamide) as the hydrophilic functional monomers for the recognition of glutathione in the aqueous medium. The morphological and chemical characteristics of the as-prepared water-compatible MIP microspheres were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and contact angle measurements. Their selective recognition properties were investigated by static binding tests and compared with those of the ungrafted MIP microspheres. The results of this study showed that the both as-prepared water-compatible MIP microspheres effectively decreased non-specific binding and enhanced the imprinting factor significantly, and the water-compatible MIP microspheres prepared using N-isopropylacrylamide as monomer exhibited a more remarkable recognition property. In addition, the thickness of surface-grafted hydrophilic layer was well controlled by adjusting the irradiation time to obtain the excellent recognition property. Finally, the applicability of the as-prepared water-compatible MIP microspheres as solid-phase extraction materials was investigated by competitive binding tests using a mixture of glutathione and its analogs. - Highlights: • Ultrathin hydrophilic shell was synthesized by controllable SIP approach. • Low nonspecific binding, high imprinting factor and selectivity were achieved. • Value of imprinting factor was controlled by adjusting irradiation time. • Selective solid-phase extraction of glutathione from a mixed solution of peptides.

  15. Preparation of biodegradable porous poly(butylene succinate microspheres

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    Pepić Dragana

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to determine the optimal conditions for the fabrication of porous microspheres based on poly(butylene succinate, PBS. The biodegradable non-porous PBS microspheres were prepared by the oil-in-water (o/w emulsion solvent evaporation method using poly(vinyl alcohol, PVA, as the surfactant. Fabrication conditions, such as stirring rate, organic/aqueous ratio, PBS concentration and surfactant (PVA concentration, which have an important influence on both the particle size and the morphology of the microspheres, were varied. Scanning electron microscopy, SEM, observations confirmed the size, size distribution and surface morphology of the microspheres. The optimal conditions for the preparation of the non-porous microspheres were found to be: concentration the PBS solution, 10 mass%; PVA concentration, 1 mass%; the organic/ aqueous ratio CHCl3/H2O = 1/20 and stirring rate 800 rpm. Porous PBS microspheres were fabricated under the optimal conditions using various amounts of hexane and poly(ethylene oxide, PEO, as porogens. The influence of the amount of porogen on the pore size and the particle size was investigated using SEM and the apparent density. The microspheres exhibited various porosities and the pore sizes. The average particle size of the microspheres with PEO as the porogen was from 100 to 122μm and that of the microspheres with hexane as the porogen was from 87 to 97μm. The apparent density of the porous microspheres with PEO as the porogen, from 0.16 to 0.23 g/cm3, was much smaller than the non-porous microspheres, 0.40 g/cm3. In the in vitro degradation experiments, the porous microspheres were incubated in phosphate buffer solution (pH 7 at 37°C. After incubating for one month, the microspheres showed significant extent of the hydrolytic degradation of the porous PBS microspheres.

  16. Study on immobilization of lipase onto magnetic microspheres with epoxy groups

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    Lei, Lin; Bai, Yongxiao; Li, Yanfeng; Yi, Liuxiang; Yang, Yong; Xia, Chungu

    2009-02-01

    Magnetic microspheres were synthesized by the suspension polymerization of glycidyl methacrylate (GMA), methacrylic acid (MAA) and divinyl benzene (DVB) in the presence of oleic acid-coated Fe 3O 4 nanoparticles. Triacylglycerol lipase from porcine pancreas was covalently immobilized on the magnetic microspheres via the active epoxy groups with the activity yield up to 63% (±2.3%) and enzyme loading of 39 (±0.5) mg/g supports. The resulting immobilized lipase had higher optimum temperature compared with those of free lipase and exhibited better thermal, broader pH stability and excellent reusability. Furthermore, the catalyzed capability of immobilized lipase was also investigated by catalyzing synthesis of hexyl acetate and the esterification conversion rate reached to 83% (±2.5%) after 12 h in nonaqueous solvent.

  17. Study on immobilization of lipase onto magnetic microspheres with epoxy groups

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    Lei Lin [State Key Laboratory of Applied Organic Chemistry, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Institute of Biochemical Engineering and Environmental Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Bai Yongxiao [Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Li Yanfeng [State Key Laboratory of Applied Organic Chemistry, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Institute of Biochemical Engineering and Environmental Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China)], E-mail: liyf@lzu.edu.cn; Yi Liuxiang; Yang Yong [State Key Laboratory of Applied Organic Chemistry, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Institute of Biochemical Engineering and Environmental Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Xia Chungu [State Key Laboratory for Oxo Synthesis and Selective Oxidation, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2009-02-15

    Magnetic microspheres were synthesized by the suspension polymerization of glycidyl methacrylate (GMA), methacrylic acid (MAA) and divinyl benzene (DVB) in the presence of oleic acid-coated Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles. Triacylglycerol lipase from porcine pancreas was covalently immobilized on the magnetic microspheres via the active epoxy groups with the activity yield up to 63% ({+-}2.3%) and enzyme loading of 39 ({+-}0.5) mg/g supports. The resulting immobilized lipase had higher optimum temperature compared with those of free lipase and exhibited better thermal, broader pH stability and excellent reusability. Furthermore, the catalyzed capability of immobilized lipase was also investigated by catalyzing synthesis of hexyl acetate and the esterification conversion rate reached to 83% ({+-}2.5%) after 12 h in nonaqueous solvent.

  18. The in vivo performance of CaP/PLGA composites with varied PLGA microsphere sizes and inorganic compositions

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    Hoekstra, J.W.M.; Ma, J.; Plachokova, A.S.; Bronkhorst, E.M.; Bohner, M.; Pan, J.; Meijer, G.J.; Jansen, Jan; Beucken, J.J.J.P van den

    2013-01-01

    Enrichment of calcium phosphate (CaP) bone substitutes with poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microspheres to create porosity overcomes the problem of poor CaP degradation. The degradation of CaP-PLGA composites can be customized by changing the physical and chemical properties of PLGA and/or

  19. Targeting of liver tumour in rats by selective delivery of holmium-166 loaded microspheres: a biodistribution study

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    Nijsen, F.; Rook, D.; Zonnenberg, B.; Klerk, J. de; Rijk, P. van; Schip, F. van het [Dept. of Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center, Utrecht (Netherlands); Brandt, C. [Animal Inst., Utrecht Univ. (Netherlands); Meijer, R. [Dept. of Radiology, Univ. Medical Center, Utrecht (Netherlands); Dullens, H. [Dept. of Pathology, Univ. Medical Center, Utrecht (Netherlands); Hennink, W. [Dept. of Pharmaceutics, Utrecht Univ. (Netherlands)

    2001-06-01

    Intra-arterial administration of beta-emitting particles that become trapped in the vascular bed of a tumour and remain there while delivering high doses, represents a unique approach in the treatment of both primary and metastatic liver tumours. Studies on selective internal radiation therapy of colorectal liver metastases using yttrium-90 glass microspheres have shown encouraging results. This study describes the biodistribution of 40-{mu}m poly lactic acid microspheres loaded with radioactive holmium-166, after intra-arterial administration into the hepatic artery of rats with implanted liver tumours. Radioactivity measurements showed >95% retention of injected activity in the liver and its resident tumour. The average activity detected in other tissues was {<=}0.1%ID/g, with incidental exceptions in the lungs and stomach. Very little {sup 166}Ho activity was detected in kidneys (<0.1%ID/g), thereby indicating the stability of the microspheres in vivo. Tumour targeting was very effective, with a mean tumour to liver ratio of 6.1{+-}2.9 for rats with tumour (n=15) versus 0.7{+-}0.5 for control rats (n=6; P<0.001). These ratios were not significantly affected by the use of adrenaline. Histological analysis showed that five times as many large (>10) and medium-sized (4-9) clusters of microspheres were present within tumour and peritumoural tissue, compared with normal liver. Single microspheres were equally dispersed throughout the tumour, as well as normal liver parenchyma. (orig.)

  20. Evaluation of Controlled Release Theophylline Microspheres ...

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    Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research ... Methods: Microspheres containing theophylline were prepared with a hydrophilic, biocompatible polymer - cellulose acetate - by an emulsion solvent evaporation technique using an acetone/liquid paraffin system containing Span 80 as a surfactant. The effect of processing ...

  1. Tretinoin microsphere gel in younger acne patients.

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    Jorizzo, Joseph; Grossman, Rachel; Nighland, Marge

    2008-08-01

    Facial acne is common in adolescents and can have a significant psychosocial impact. Treatments prescribed should not add stress by causing excessive localized irritation. To determine whether the lowest concentration of tretinoin microsphere gel (TMG) currently available (0.04%) provides an acceptable balance of efficacy and tolerability for adolescents with moderate facial acne. The findings of 2 multicenter, randomized, double-blind, vehicle-controlled trials of TMG 0.04% applied once nightly for 12 weeks in 245 adolescents ages 11 to 16 years with moderate facial acne were combined. Patients were evaluated via changes in acne lesion counts and the occurrence of cutaneous and other adverse effects. Tretinoin microsphere gel 0.04% reduced total, noninflammatory, and inflammatory lesion counts to a significantly greater extent than the vehicle gel at 12 weeks (PTretinoin microsphere gel 0.04% was tolerated well, with over 70% of patients experiencing no cutaneous adverse events (AEs). Tretinoin microsphere gel 0.04% is effective in significantly reducing all types of acne lesions in adolescents with moderate facial acne ages 11 to 16 years, and has a low incidence of cutaneous AEs.

  2. MICROSPHERE SIZE INFLUENCES THE FOREIGN BODY REACTION

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    Zandstra, J.; Hiemstra, C.; Petersen, A. H.; Zuidema, J.; van Beuge, M. M.; Rodriguez, S.; Lathuile, A. A. R.; Veldhuis, G. J.; Steendam, R.; Bank, R. A.; Popa, E. R.

    2014-01-01

    Biodegradable poly-(DL-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) microspheres (MSP) are attractive candidate vehicles for site-specific or systemic sustained release of therapeutic compounds. This release may be altered by the host's foreign body reaction (FBR), which is dependent on the characteristics of the

  3. Gastroretentive Floating Microspheres of Silymarin: Preparation and ...

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    The floating microspheres were evaluated for flow properties based on parameters such as angle of repose and compressibility index, as well as for various other physicochemical properties including particle size, incorporation efficiency, in vitro floatability, and in vitro drug release. The shape and surface morphology of the ...

  4. (PLGA) microspheres-encapsulated vaccine preparation against

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    Study on the immunogencity of poly(D,L-lactide-coglycolide) (PLGA) microspheres-encapsulated vaccine preparation against Stenotrophomonas maltophilia infection ... of the immune group, the other two groups were not coated with S. maltophilia raising vaccination with inactivated Aeromonas group and the control group.

  5. Multiporous Supramolecular Microspheres for Artificial Photosynthesis.

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    Tao, Kai; Xue, Bin; Frere, Samuel; Slutsky, Inna; Cao, Yi; Wang, Wei; Gazit, Ehud

    2017-05-23

    Artificial photosynthesis shows a promising potential for sustainable supply of nutritional ingredients. While most studies focus on the assembly of the light-sensitive chromophores to 1-D architectures in an artificial photosynthesis system, other supramolecular morphologies, especially bioinspired ones, which may have more efficient light-harvesting properties, have been far less studied. Here, MCpP-FF, a bioinspired building block fabricated by conjugating porphyrin and diphenylalanine, was designed to self-assemble into nanofibers-based multiporous microspheres. The highly organized aromatic moieties result in extensive excitation red-shifts and notable electron transfer, thus leading to a remarkable attenuated fluorescence decay and broad-spectrum light sensitivity of the microspheres. Moreover, the enhanced photoelectron production and transfer capability of the microspheres are demonstrated, making them ideal candidates for sunlight-sensitive antennas in artificial photosynthesis. These properties induce a high turnover frequency of NADH, which can be used to produce bioproducts in biocatalytic reactions. In addition, the direct electron transfer makes external mediators unnecessary, and the insolubility of the microspheres in water allows their easy retrieval for sustainable applications. Our findings demonstrate an alternative to design new platforms for artificial photosynthesis, as well as a new type of bioinspired, supramolecular multiporous materials.

  6. Subcritical CO2 sintering of microspheres of different polymeric materials to fabricate scaffolds for tissue engineering.

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    Bhamidipati, Manjari; Sridharan, BanuPriya; Scurto, Aaron M; Detamore, Michael S

    2013-12-01

    The aim of this study was to use CO2 at sub-critical pressures as a tool to sinter 3D, macroporous, microsphere-based scaffolds for bone and cartilage tissue engineering. Porous scaffolds composed of ~200 μm microspheres of either poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) or polycaprolactone (PCL) were prepared using dense phase CO2 sintering, which were seeded with rat bone marrow mesenchymal stromal cells (rBMSCs), and exposed to either osteogenic (PLGA, PCL) or chondrogenic (PLGA) conditions for 6 weeks. Under osteogenic conditions, the PLGA constructs produced over an order of magnitude more calcium than the PCL constructs, whereas the PCL constructs had far superior mechanical and structural integrity (125 times stiffer than PLGA constructs) at week 6, along with twice the cell content of the PLGA constructs. Chondrogenic cell performance was limited in PLGA constructs, perhaps as a result of the polymer degradation rate being too high. The current study represents the first long-term culture of CO2-sintered microsphere-based scaffolds, and has established important thermodynamic differences in sintering between the selected formulations of PLGA and PCL, with the former requiring adjustment of pressure only, and the latter requiring the adjustment of both pressure and temperature. Based on more straightforward sintering conditions and more favorable cell performance, PLGA may be the material of choice for microspheres in a CO2 sintering application, although a different PLGA formulation with the encapsulation of growth factors, extracellular matrix-derived nanoparticles, and/or buffers in the microspheres may be advantageous for achieving a more superior cell performance than observed here. © 2013.

  7. The Complex Sol–Gel Process for producing small ThO{sub 2} microspheres

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    Brykala, Marcin, E-mail: m.brykala@ichtj.waw.pl; Rogowski, Marcin

    2016-05-15

    Thorium based fuels offer several benefits compared to uranium based fuels thus they might be an attractive alternative to conventional fuel types. This study is devoted to the synthesis and the characterization of small thorium dioxide microspheres (Ø <50 μm). Their application involves using powder-free process, called the Complex Sol–Gel Process. The source sols used for the processes were prepared by the method where in the starting ascorbic acid solution the solid thorium nitrate was dissolved and partially neutralized by aqueous ammonia under pH control. The microspheres of thorium-ascorbate gel were obtained using the ICHTJ Process (INCT in English). Studies allowed to determine an optimal heat treatment with calcination temperature of 700 °C and temperature rate not higher than 2 °C/min which enabled us to obtain a crack-free surface of microspheres. The main parameters which have a strong influence on the synthesis method and features of the spherical particles of thorium dioxide are described in this article. - Highlights: • ThO{sub 2} were prepared for the first time using combination of ICHTJ methods. • The homogeneous thorium-ascorbate sol was used as starting solutions in CSGP method. • The gelation by IChTJ Process to microspheres (Ø <50 μm) with 100% efficiency was used. • ThO{sub 2} microspheres exhibit a high sphericity, crack-free surface and microstructure. • The cubic crystalline structure of ThO{sub 2} was produced at 700 °C.

  8. Optically Levitated Microspheres as a Probe for New Interactions

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    Rider, Alexander; Moore, David; Blakemore, Charles; Lu, Marie; Gratta, Giorgio

    2016-03-01

    We are developing novel techniques to probe new interactions at micron distances using optically levitated dielectric microspheres. Levitated microspheres are an ideal probe for short-range interactions because they are suspended using the radiation pressure at the focus of a laser beam, which means that the microspheres can be precisely manipulated and isolated from the surrounding environment at high vacuum. We have performed a search for unknown charged particles bound within the bulk of the microspheres. Currently, we are searching for the presence of a Chameleon field postulated to explain the presence of dark energy in the universe. In the future we plan to use optically levitated microspheres to search for micron length-scale gravity like interactions that could couple between a microsphere and another mass. We will present resent results from these experiments and plans for future searches for new interactions.

  9. Pluronic F127/chitosan blend microspheres for mucoadhesive drug delivery

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    Gu, W. Z.; Hu, X. F.

    2017-01-01

    Pluronic F127/chitosan blend microspheres were prepared via emulsification and cross-linking process using glutaraldehyde as a cross-linker. Compared with chitosan microspheres fabricated under the same experimental conditions, blend microspheres exhibited better physical stability and higher swelling capacity. Puerarin, a traditional Chinese medicine, was incorporated into microparticlesas the model drug. The in vitro release of puerarin from blend microspheres was reduced because of the improved compatibility of the drug with the matrices. According to the results from in vitro adhesion experiments, mucoadhesive behavior of blend microspheres on a mucosa-like surface was similar to that of chitosan microspheres, despite their good ability of anti-protein absorption in solution.

  10. A new approach for the one-step synthesis of bioactive PS vs. PMMA silica hybrid microspheres as potential drug delivery systems.

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    Angelopoulou, A; Efthimiadou, E K; Boukos, N; Kordas, G

    2014-05-01

    In this work, hybrid microspheres were prepared in a two-step process combining the emulsifier free-emulsion polymerization and the sol-gel coating method. In the first step, polystyrene (St) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) microspheres were prepared as sacrificial template and in the second step a silanol shell was fabricated. The functionalized surface of the hybrid microspheres by silane analogs (APTES, TEOS) resulted in enhanced effects. The hollow microspheres were resulted either in an additional step by template dissolution and/or during the coating process. The microspheres' surface interactions and the size distribution were optimized by treatment in simulated body fluids, which resulted in the in vitro prediction of bioactivity. The bioassay test indicated that the induced hydroxyapatite resembled in structure to naturally occurring bone apatite. The drug doxorubicin (DOX) was used as a model entity for the evaluation of drug loading and release. The drug release study was performed in two different pH conditions, at acidic (pH=4.5) close to cancer cell environment and at slightly basic pH (pH=7.4) resembling the orthopedic environment. The results of the present study indicated promising hybrid microspheres for the potential application as drug delivery vehicles, for dual orthopedic functionalities in bone defects, bone inflammation, bone cancer and bone repair. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Composite CD-MOF nanocrystals-containing microspheres for sustained drug delivery.

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    Li, Haiyan; Lv, Nana; Li, Xue; Liu, Botao; Feng, Jing; Ren, Xiaohong; Guo, Tao; Chen, Dawei; Fraser Stoddart, J; Gref, Ruxandra; Zhang, Jiwen

    2017-06-08

    Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), which are typically embedded in polymer matrices as composites, are emerging as a new class of carriers for sustained drug delivery. Most of the MOFs and the polymers used so far in these composites, however, are not pharmaceutically acceptable. In the investigation reported herein, composites of γ-cyclodextrin (γ-CD)-based MOFs (CD-MOFs) and polyacrylic acid (PAA) were prepared by a solid in oil-in-oil (s/o/o) emulsifying solvent evaporation method. A modified hydrothermal protocol has been established which produces efficiently at 50 °C in 6 h micron (5-10 μm) and nanometer (500-700 nm) diameter CD-MOF particles of uniform size with smooth surfaces and powder X-ray diffraction patterns that are identical with those reported in the literature. Ibuprofen (IBU) and Lansoprazole (LPZ), both insoluble in water and lacking in stability, were entrapped with high drug loading in nanometer-sized CD-MOFs by co-crystallisation (that is more effective than impregnation) without causing MOF crystal degradation during the loading process. On account of the good dispersion of drug-loaded CD-MOF nanocrystals inside polyacrylic acid (PAA) matrices and the homogeneous distribution of the drug molecules within these crystals, the composite microspheres exhibit not only spherical shapes and sustained drug release over a prolonged period of time, but they also demonstrate reduced cell toxicity. The cumulative release rate for IBU (and LPZ) follows the trend: IBU-γ-CD complex microspheres (ca. 80% in 2 h) > IBU microspheres > IBU-CD-MOF/PAA composite microspheres (ca. 50% in 24 h). Importantly, no burst release of IBU (and LPZ) was observed from the CD-MOF/PAA composite microspheres, suggesting an even distribution of the drug as well as strong drug carrier interactions inside the CD-MOF. In summary, these composite microspheres, composed of CD-MOF nanocrystals embedded in a biocompatible polymer (PAA) matrix, constitute an efficient and

  12. Hydrophilic porous magnetic poly(GMA-MBAA-NVP) composite microspheres containing oxirane groups: An efficient carrier for immobilizing penicillin G acylase

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    Xue, Ping; Su, Weiguang; Gu, Yaohua; Liu, Haifeng; Wang, Julan

    2015-03-01

    Magnetic hydrophilic polymeric microspheres containing oxirane groups were prepared by inverse suspension polymerization of glycidyl methacrylate (GMA), N, N‧-methylene bisacrylamide (MBAA) and N-vinyl pyrrolidone (NVP) in the existence of formamide, which were denoted as magnetic poly(GMA-MBAA-NVP) microspheres. The magnetic poly(GMA-MBAA-NVP) microspheres were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), FT-IR spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and so on. The results showed that poly(GMA-MBAA-NVP) microspheres possessed well spherical shape, narrow size distribution, abundant porous structure, reactive oxirane groups and superparamagnetic properties. Formamide used in the present work served as a modifier, a dispersant and a porogen to form final porous polymer microspheres. The penicillin G acylase (PGA) was covalently immobilized onto the magnetic microspheres through the reaction between the amino groups of enzyme and the oxirane groups on the microspheres for producing 6-aminopenicillanic acid (6-APA). The effects of GMA/NVP ratio and crosslink density on the activity of immobilized PGA were investigated. The highest apparent activity, enzyme loading and coupling yield of immobilized PGA were 821 IU/g, 65.3 mg/g and 42.3% respectively when the mass ratio of GMA/NVP was 1:1 and crosslink density was 60%. Compared with the free PGA, immobilized PGA showed a wider range of pH value and reaction temperature. The relative activity and reaction rate of immobilized PGA remained almost constant after 20 recycles. The magnetic poly(GMA-MBAA-NVP) microspheres would be very promising carriers for immobilizing enzymes in industrial application.

  13. Novel materials based on microspheres from coal fly ash

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    A.G. Anshits; T.A. Vereshchagina; O.M. Sharonova; N.N. Anshits; E.V. Rabchevskii; O.A. Bayukov; S.V. Podoinitsyn [Institute of Chemistry and Chemical Technology (Russian Federation)

    2003-07-01

    Several morphological types of microspheres, comparable with synthetic ones by the composition and the properties, are generated during high-temperature thermochemical transformations while burning coal at the power plants. The three-step process for separation of ashes formed as a result of burning three different types of coals, including magnetic separation, hydrodynamic separation and granulometric classification, enabled us to obtain a wide range of stabilized products of magnetic microspheres and cenospheres with purity of 96-99% by the magnetic component. The physical and chemical properties as well as the morphology of the products obtained have been studied in detail by the methods of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction, Moessbauer and ESR spectroscopies. The general regularities of microsphere generation from a ferrosilicate melt in burning of coals of different types and the areas of application for the microspheres of different morphological types have been analyzed. The report describes the results of work in the following directions: Recovery of close-cut fractions of microspheres of stabilized composition from fly ashes of three power-generating coals of Russia. Morphological features of magnetic microspheres and cenospheres. Composition and physicochemical properties of close-cut fractions of microspheres of stabilized composition. Application areas of glass crystalline microspheres: catalysts of oxidative conversion of methane; microspherical porous glasses and sorbents on the basis of cenospheres; porous matrices for high-toxic waste disposal, in particular, for liquid radioactive waste. 15 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  14. Controlled Delivery of Gentamicin Using Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate Microspheres

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    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate, P(3HB, produced from Bacillus cereus SPV using a simple glucose feeding strategy was used to fabricate P(3HB microspheres using a solid-in-oil-water (s/o/w technique. For this study, several parameters such as polymer concentration, surfactant and stirring rates were varied in order to determine their effect on microsphere characteristics. The average size of the microspheres was in the range of 2 µm to 1.54 µm with specific surface areas varying between 9.60 m2/g and 6.05 m2/g. Low stirring speed of 300 rpm produced slightly larger microspheres when compared to the smaller microspheres produced when the stirring velocity was increased to 800 rpm. The surface morphology of the microspheres after solvent evaporation appeared smooth when observed under SEM. Gentamicin was encapsulated within these P(3HB microspheres and the release kinetics from the microspheres exhibiting the highest encapsulation efficiency, which was 48%, was investigated. The in vitro release of gentamicin was bimodal, an initial burst release was observed followed by a diffusion mediated sustained release. Biodegradable P(3HB microspheres developed in this research has shown high potential to be used in various biomedical applications.

  15. Evaluation of parameters influencing the molecular delivery by biodegradable microsphere-mediated perforation using femtosecond laser.

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    Mitsuhashi, Tatsuki; Terakawa, Mitsuhiro

    2014-01-01

    The parameters critically influencing the delivery rate on the biodegradable microsphere-mediated femtosecond (fs) laser perforation are investigated in detail with the aim of developing efficient molecular delivery. Cell membrane was perforated by the irradiation of weakly focused fs laser pulses to the spherical polylactic acid microspheres conjugated to the cell membrane. The delivery of fluorescein isothiocyanate-dextran and fluorescent silica particles to A431 cells is investigated in detail. The increase in the number of irradiated laser pulses had resulted in the increase of delivery rate. The delivery rate depends on the size and functionalization of fluorescent silica particles in which silica particles of 100 nm in diameter were able to be delivered into 20% of the irradiated cells, suggesting that the pore sizes are large enough for the delivery of therapeutic agents into cells. These findings contribute to the development of an efficient and safe phototherapy and drug delivery.

  16. Fabrication of (U,Am)O2 pellet with controlled porosity from oxide microspheres

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    Ramond, Laure; Coste, Philippe; Picart, Sébastien; Gauthé, Aurélie; Bataillea, Marc

    2017-08-01

    U1-xAmxO2±δ mixed-oxides are considered as promising compounds for americium heterogeneous transmutation in Sodium Fast Neutron Reactor. Porous microstructure is envisaged in order to facilitate helium and fission gas release and to reduce pellet swelling during irradiation and under self-irradiation. In this study, the porosity is created by reducing (U,Am)3O8 microspheres into (U,Am)O2 during the sintering. This reduction is accompanied by a decrease of the lattice volume that leads to the creation of open porosity. Finally, an (U0.90Am0.10)O2 porous ceramic pellet (D∼89% of the theoretical density TD) with controlled porosity (≥8% open porosity) was obtained from mixed-oxide microspheres obtained by the Weak Acid Resin (WAR) process.

  17. Histological Comparison of Kidney Tissue Following Radioembolization with Yttrium-90 Resin Microspheres and Embolization with Bland Microspheres

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    Silva, Suresh de, E-mail: suresh.desilva@unsw.edu.au [Southern Radiology Group, Radiology Department Sutherland Hospital (Australia); Mackie, Simon [Western General Hospital, Department of Urology (United Kingdom); Aslan, Peter [St George Hospital, Department of Urology (Australia); Cade, David [Sirtex Technology Pty Ltd (Australia); Delprado, Warick [Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology (Australia)

    2016-12-15

    BackgroundIntra-arterial brachytherapy with yttrium-90 ({sup 90}Y) resin microspheres (radioembolization) is a procedure to selectively deliver high-dose radiation to tumors. The purpose of this research was to compare the radioembolic effect of {sup 90}Y-radioembolization versus the embolic effect of bland microspheres in the porcine kidney model.MethodsIn each of six pigs, ~25–33 % of the kidney volume was embolized with {sup 90}Y resin microspheres and an equivalent number of bland microspheres in the contralateral kidney. Kidney volume was estimated visually from contrast-enhanced fluoroscopy imaging. Morphologic and histologic analysis was performed 8–9 weeks after the procedure to assess the locations of the microspheres and extent of tissue necrosis from {sup 90}Y-radioembolization and bland embolization. A semi-quantified evaluation of the non-acute peri-particle and perivascular tissue reaction was conducted. All guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed.ResultsKidneys embolized with {sup 90}Y-radioembolization decreased in mass by 30–70 % versus the contralateral kidney embolized with bland microspheres. These kidneys showed significant necrosis/fibrosis, avascularization, and glomerular atrophy in the immediate vicinity of the {sup 90}Y resin microspheres. By contrast, glomerular changes were not observed, even with clusters of bland microspheres in afferent arterioles. Evidence of a foreign body reaction was recorded in some kidneys with bland microspheres, and subcapsular scarring/infarction only with the highest load (4.96 × 10{sup 6}) of bland microspheres.ConclusionThis study showed that radioembolization with {sup 90}Y resin microspheres produces localized necrosis/fibrosis and loss of kidney mass in a porcine kidney model. This result supports the study of {sup 90}Y resin microspheres for the localized treatment of kidney tumors.

  18. Aptamer Based Microsphere Biosensor for Thrombin Detection

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    Xudong Fan

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available We have developed an optical microsphere resonator biosensor using aptamer asreceptor for the measurement of the important biomolecule thrombin. The sphere surface ismodified with anti-thrombin aptamer, which has excellent binding affinity and selectivityfor thrombin. Binding of the thrombin at the sphere surface is monitored by the spectralposition of the microsphere’s whispering gallery mode resonances. A detection limit on theorder of 1 NIH Unit/mL is demonstrated. Control experiments with non-aptameroligonucleotide and BSA are also carried out to confirm the specific binding betweenaptamer and thrombin. We expect that this demonstration will lead to the development ofhighly sensitive biomarker sensors based on aptamer with lower cost and higher throughputthan current technology.

  19. Microspheres for the Drug Delivery Applications

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    Hafiz Shoaib Sarwar

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Conventional dosage forms provide a sharp increase in plasma drug levels that falls below the therapeutic range after short interval of time until the re-administration of drug. There is a need of such dosage forms which provide not only sustained drug delivery but also reduce the plasma drug levels fluctuations. Microspheres used in drug delivery systems due to their ability to sustain the drug release, their biodegradability and compatibility and targeted drug delivery. In this review different types of microspheres their methods for the preparation with different hydrophilic and hydrophobic polymers, drug loading capacities will be discussed. Different characterizations like SEM, FTIR, XRD, DSC, rheological properties and invitro drug release are successfully described.

  20. Iodo-2'-deoxyuridine (IUdR) and 125IUdR loaded biodegradable microspheres for controlled delivery to the brain.

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    Reza, M S; Whateley, T L

    1998-01-01

    The aim of this work was to develop sustained local release systems for radioiodinated iodo-2'-deoxyuridine (125IUdR) from biodegradable polymeric microspheres to facilitate the controlled delivery of 125IUdR to brain tumours. The selective uptake of IUdR into the cell nucleus results in cell disruption over the short range of the low energy Auger electrons. The biodegradable microspheres can be precisely implanted in the brain by stereotactic techniques and the IUdR within the microspheres is protected from degradation and thus a sustained source of radiolabelled IUdR is available in the vicinity of the residual tumour cells. Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid), PLGA (85:15), microspheres containing cold IUdR and the Auger-electron emitter 125I, as 125IUdR were prepared using the O/W, O/O and W/O/W emulsion-solvent evaporation methods. The W/O/W emulsion method was most effective in achieving good drug loading with the use of bovine plasma in the internal water phase. Also effective in improving the drug loading was the use of 20% acetone in the dichloromethane and the presence of Span 40 in the organic phase. Electrolytes (NaCl and IUdR) in the external aqueous phase also improved drug loading. After an initial rapid release from the microspheres, a sustained release was observed over 15 days for the 'cold' IUdR. The sustained release portions of the release curves showed Higuchi (t1/2), diffusion controlled release kinetics. The radiolabelled IUdR microspheres showed a burst release effect of 30-40% followed by a sustained release over 35 days.

  1. Microspherical inorganic ion-exchangers based on cenospheres of coal fly ash

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    T.A. Vereshchagina; E.V. Fomenko; S.N. Vereshchagin; N.N. Shishkina; N.G. Vasilieva; E.N. Paretskov; D.M. Kruchek; T.J. Tranter; A.G. Anshits [Institute of Chemistry and Chemical Technology SB RAS, Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation)

    2005-07-01

    Coal fly ash cenospheres are very promising for a variety of applications, such as production of porous materials, sensitisers of emulsion explosives, adsorbents, catalysts, etc. One of the interesting areas of cenosphere application is generation of microspherical ion-exchangers for immobilization of liquid radioactive waste, which are active in trapping radionuclides from radioactive solutions and, at a final step, can serve as a matrix for radionuclide disposal in the form of stable mineral-like compounds. It was demonstrated that two types of microspherical ion-exchangers, such as (I) encapsulated inorganic ion-exchangers and (ii) cenosphere-derived zeolites, could be prepared on cenospheres. It was shown that chemical modification of cenospheres by etching with mineral acids results in formation of open pores in the cenosphere wall. Depending on the nature of acid, one can obtain hollow microspheres with porous walls of different specific surface area (30-50 m{sup 2}/g for HCl etched cenospheres and 1-2 m{sup 2}/g for HF etched ones) and morphology. Cenosphere species with a macroporous permeable wall is a suitable support for encapsulation of active additives inside the perforated spheres. In this work a number of encapsulated sorbents of {sup 137}Cs{sup +}, such as ammonium molybdophosphate, copper, nickel and iron-ferrocyanides, zirconium phosphate, were obtained. Cenosphere-derived zeolites of NaP, NaX and NaA types were obtained by the hydrothermal treatment of cenospheres in the presence of alkaline solutions. Properties of the encapsulated ion-exchangers and microspherical zeolites were studied in Cs{sup +} and Sr{sup 2+} sorption from simulant solutions of different composition. Sorbents impregnated with radionuclides were shown to convert into stable crystalline compounds under thermal and thermobaric treatment. 19 refs., 5 figs., 3 tabs.

  2. A gelatin liver phantom of suspended 90Y resin microspheres to simulate the physiologic microsphere biodistribution of a postradioembolization liver.

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    Kao, Yung Hsiang; Luddington, Oliver S; Culleton, Simone R; Francis, Roslyn J; Boucek, Jan A

    2014-12-01

    For phantom studies involving (90)Y PET/CT, homogeneous solutions of (90)Y, for example, (90)Y citrate, are commonly used. However, the microsphere biodistribution of a postradioembolization liver is never homogeneous; therefore, such phantoms are physiologically unrealistic for simulating clinical scenarios. The aim of this work was to develop a safe and practical phantom capable of simulating the heterogeneous microsphere biodistribution of a postradioembolization liver. Gelatin (5%) was used to suspend (90)Y resin microspheres, poured into plastic containers to simulate a liver with 2 tumors. Microspheres were added while the gelatin was maintained in a liquid state on a hot plate and continuously stirred with magnetic stir bars. The liquid microsphere mixture was then rapidly cooled in an ice bath while being stirred, resulting in a heterogeneous suspension of microspheres. The completed phantom was serially scanned by (90)Y PET/CT over 2 wk. All scans demonstrated a heterogeneous microsphere distribution throughout the liver and tumor inserts. Serendipitously, magnetic stir bars left inside the phantom produced CT artifacts similar to those caused by embolization coils, whereas pockets of air trapped within the gelatin during its preparation mimicked gas within hollow viscus. The microspheres and tumor inserts remained fixed and suspended within the gelatin, with no evidence of breakdown or leakage. A gelatin phantom realistically simulating the physiologic microsphere biodistribution of a postradioembolization liver is feasible to construct in a radiopharmacy. © 2014 by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Inc.

  3. Mechanism of immunoglobulin G adsorption on polystyrene microspheres.

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    Sofińska, Kamila; Adamczyk, Zbigniew; Barbasz, Jakub

    2016-01-01

    The adsorption of polyclonal immunoglobulin G (IgG) on negatively charged polystyrene microparticle suspension (latex) was studied by using the Laser Doppler Velocimetry (LDV) measurements. Using this technique, the dependence of the electrophoretic mobility of particles on the IgG concentration in the suspension was measured for various ionic strengths and pH 3.5. The increase in the electrophoretic mobility was quantitatively interpreted in terms of the 3D electrokinetic model. On the other hand, the maximum coverage of IgG on latex was determined using the depletion method based on AFM imaging. It was shown that IgG adsorption was irreversible and that its maximum coverage on the microspheres increased from 1.4mgm(-2) for 0.001M NaCl to 2.0mgm(-2) for 0.15M NaCl. This was interpreted in terms of reduced electrostatic repulsion among adsorbed molecules. The stability of IgG monolayers on the particles was confirmed in separate experiments where changes in its electrophoretic mobility were monitored over prolonged time periods. Additionally, the acid-base properties of the IgG monolayers on latex were determined in pH cycling experiments. The isoelectric point of the IgG monolayers on the microspheres was 4.8. The results obtained in this work indicate that basic physicochemical characteristics of IgG can be acquired via electrophoretic mobility measurements using microgram quantities of the protein. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. STRUCTURING OF DIAMOND FILMS USING MICROSPHERE LITHOGRAPHY

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    Mária Domonkos

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the structuring of micro- and nanocrystalline diamond thin films is demonstrated. The structuring of the diamond films is performed using the technique of microsphere lithography followed by reactive ion etching. Specifically, this paper presents a four-step fabrication process: diamond deposition (microwave plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition, mask preparation (by the standard Langmuir-Blodgett method, mask modification and diamond etching. A self-assembled monolayer of monodisperse polystyrene (PS microspheres with close-packed ordering is used as the primary template. Then the PS microspheres and the diamond films are processed in capacitively coupled radiofrequency plasma  using different plasma chemistries. This fabrication method illustrates the preparation of large arrays of periodic and homogeneous hillock-like structures. The surface morphology of processed diamond films is characterized by scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscope. The potential applications of such diamond structures in various fields of nanotechnology are also briefly discussed.

  5. Yttrium-90 microsphere induced gastrointestinal tract ulceration

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    Rikabi Ali A

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Radiomicrosphere therapy (RT utilizing yttrium-90 (90Y microspheres has been shown to be an effective regional treatment for primary and secondary hepatic malignancies. We sought to determine a large academic institution's experience regarding the extent and frequency of gastrointestinal complications. Methods Between 2004 and 2007, 27 patients underwent RT for primary or secondary hepatic malignancies. Charts were subsequently reviewed to determine the incidence and severity of GI ulceration. Results Three patients presented with gastrointestinal bleeding and underwent upper endoscopy. Review of the pretreatment angiograms showed normal vascular anatomy in one patient, sclerosed hepatic vasculature in a patient who had undergone prior chemoembolization in a second, and an aberrant left hepatic artery in a third. None had undergone prophylactic gastroduodenal artery embolization. Endoscopic findings included erythema, mucosal erosions, and large gastric ulcers. Microspheres were visible on endoscopic biopsy. In two patients, gastric ulcers were persistent at the time of repeat endoscopy 1–4 months later despite proton pump inhibitor therapy. One elderly patient who refused surgical intervention died from recurrent hemorrhage. Conclusion Gastrointestinal ulceration is a known yet rarely reported complication of 90Y microsphere embolization with potentially life-threatening consequences. Once diagnosed, refractory ulcers should be considered for aggressive surgical management.

  6. STUDIES AND EVALUATION OF COMPRESSED MICROSPHERES

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    Idris Mohamed El-Mahdi

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available This work was aimed at the use of dissolution testing and similarity factor to assess the level of damage taken by active drug microspheres during compression in tablet dosage form. To achieve that, combinations of suitable excipients were used to protect drug microspheres during compression. The excipients were used in the form of powders, granules or placebo pellets prepared by extrusion-spheronization technology. The excipients were evaluated alone, in combinations and post-compression into compacts.  Preliminary experiments included density, hardness, friability and disintegration on all of the selected excipients. Based on such experiments it was found that the flowability of combination powders was more acceptable than individual excipients. Two combinations of microcrystalline -starch and microcrystalline cellulose -calcium carbonate granules were selected to be compressed with active ketoprofen pellets. In all the combinations used there was a significant amount of damage to drug pellets.  The kinetics of drug release appears to follow the zero-order rate and the rate remained unchanged even when a significant degree of damage to pellets occur. It was found that a high level of excipients is required in order to prepare microspheres as a rapid disintegrating tablet. Citation DOI: 10.21502/limuj.002.01.2016  LIMUJ is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

  7. Rifapentine-linezolid-loaded PLGA microspheres for interventional therapy of cavitary pulmonary tuberculosis: preparation and in vitro characterization

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    Full Text Available Jieyun Huang,1,* Zhi Chen,2,* Ying Li,3 Li Li,2 Guangyu Zhang2 1The Second Clinical Medical College, Shanxi Medical University, Taiyuan, People’s Republic of China; 2Institute for Tuberculosis Research, The 309th Hospital of Chinese PLA, Beijing, People’s Republic of China; 3Department of Drug Delivery Research Center, Institute of Medicinal Plant Development, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, People’s Republic of China *These authors contributed equally to this work Abstract: In this study, we aimed to design controlled-release microspheres for the treatment of cavitary pulmonary tuberculosis (TB for solving the issues of poor drug delivery and short duration maintained at effective drug concentration during bronchoscopic interventional therapy. We fabricated rifapentine-linezolid-loaded poly(lactic acid-co-glycolic acid microspheres (RLPMs using the oil-in-water emulsion solvent evaporation method and assessed their in vitro release as well as the bronchial mucosal retention characteristics. The microspheres are spherical in shape with a circular concave on the surface. The particle size of RLPMs was 27.38±1.28 µm. The drug loading of rifapentine and linezolid was 18.51±0.26 and 8.42%±0.24%, respectively, while the encapsulation efficiencies were 55.53±0.78 and 16.87%±0.47%, respectively (n=3. During the burst release phase of the in vitro release test, 21.37%±0.68% rifapentine was released in 3 days and 43.56%±2.54% linezolid was released in 1 day. Then, both the drugs entered the sustained release phase. Finally, the cumulative percentage release of rifapentine and linezolid in 14 days was 27.61±1.52 and 51.01%±3.31%, respectively (n=3. Bronchoscopic observation revealed that the controlled-release microspheres could slowly release the drugs and retain them on the surface of bronchial mucosa of canines for 20 days. These results indicated that the fabricated microspheres exhibited

  8. Microsphere transport in a fractured soil during intermittent flow: effect of microsphere sizes and soil physical heterogeneity

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    Mohanty, S. K.; Bulicek, M.; Metge, D. W.; Harvey, R. W.; Boehm, A. B.; Ryan, J. N.

    2012-12-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of soil physical heterogeneity on the transport of microspheres, used as surrogates for bacteria, during simulated intermittent rain. Artificial rainwater containing microspheres of two sizes (0.5 and 1.8 μm diameter) and bromide (1 mM) was applied to an intact soil core. After cessation of simulated rainfall, three more intermittent rainfalls were applied to the core in order to document remobilizing of the previously sequestered microspheres. Each intermittent rainfall consisted of 4 h rain preceded by 20 h pause. Water samples were collected using a 19-port grid at the bottom of the soil core to resolve the effect of core physical heterogeneity on the mobilization of microspheres. Flow was detected at 6 of 19 ports indicating occurrence of preferential flow. Microspheres preferentially migrated through fractures in soil, whereas bromide was retarded due to matrix diffusion. Bromide concentrations in the effluent declined throughout the experiment, but microsphere concentrations peaked after the pauses in rainfall. Additionally, the recovery of microspheres during intermittent flow was greatest in the port with highest flow. Thus, it appears that bromide transport is diffusion-limited, whereas the dominant mechanism for mobilization of microspheres appeared to involve shear from the advancing wetting font. Mobilization of microspheres increased with microsphere sizes presumably due to larger microspheres preferentially transported through fractures or macropores. The results of the study provide evidence that intermittent flow has potential to rapidly mobilize colloids and colloid-associated contaminants including bacteria through fractures or macropores in soil.

  9. Fabrication of polystyrene hollow microspheres as laser fusion ...

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    Inertial confinement fusion, frequently referred to as ICF, inertial fusion, or laser fusion, is a means of producing energy by imploding small hollow microspheres containing thermonuclear fusion fuel. Polymer microspheres, which are used as fuel containers, can be produced by solution-based micro-encapsulation technique ...

  10. Formulation and Evaluation of Microspheres Based on Gelatin ...

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    µg.h/ml for the control, 262±3.47 µg.h/ml for microspheres based on gelatine only and 328±2.55 µg.h/ml for microspheres formulated with equal parts of gelatin and mucin. Conclusion: The inclusion of S-mucin in the composition of the ...

  11. Porous-wall hollow glass microspheres as carriers for biomolecules

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    Li, Shuyi; Dynan, William S; Wicks, George; Serkiz, Steven

    2013-09-17

    The present invention includes compositions of porous-wall hollow glass microspheres and one or more biomolecules, wherein the one or more biomolecules are positioned within a void location within the hollow glass microsphere, and the use of such compositions for the diagnostic and/or therapeutic delivery of biomolecules.

  12. Preparation and Characterization of Sugar Cane Wax Microspheres ...

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    associated with indomethacin adverse effects due to drug accumulation [8]. CONCLUSION. The test and reference formulations were bioequivalent based on both the in vitro and in vivo data obtained, Thus, indomethacin microspheres encapsulated in sugar wax microspheres by melt method showed good potential for ...

  13. Formulation and Optimization of Celecoxib-Loaded Microspheres ...

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    Purpose: To employ response surface methodology (RSM) for statistical optimization of formulation factors in the preparation of celecoxib-loaded microspheres. Methods: Celecoxib microspheres were prepared by solvent evaporation method. Biodegradable/biocompatible polymers, Eudragit L-100 and polyvinyl ...

  14. Development and evaluation of floating microspheres of curcumin in ...

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    Purpose: To prepare and evaluate floating microspheres of curcumin for prolonged gastric residence and to study their effect on alloxan-induced diabetic rats. Methods: Floating microsphere were prepared by emulsion-solvent diffusion method, using hydroxylpropyl methylcellulose, chitosan and Eudragit S 100 polymer in ...

  15. Development and Evaluation of Floating Microspheres of Curcumin ...

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    Purpose: To prepare and evaluate floating microspheres of curcumin for prolonged gastric residence time and increased drug bioavailability. Methods: Floating microsphere were prepared by emulsion solvent diffusion method, using hydroxylpropyl methylcellulose (HPMC), ethyl cellulose (EC), Eudragit S 100 polymer in ...

  16. Synthesis and characterization of magnetic poly(glycidyl methacrylate) microspheres

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    Horak, Daniel [Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Heyrovskeho Sq. 2, 162 06 Prague 6 (Czech Republic)]. E-mail: horak@imc.cas.cz; Petrovsky, Eduard [Geophysical Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Bocni II/1401, 141 31 Prague 4 (Czech Republic); Kapicka, Ales [Geophysical Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Bocni II/1401, 141 31 Prague 4 (Czech Republic); Frederichs, Theodor [University of Bremen, Department of Geosciences, GEO I, Klagenfurter Strasse, 28359 Bremen (Germany)

    2007-04-15

    Magnetic nanoparticles encapsulated in poly(glycidyl methacrylate) microspheres were prepared and their detailed structural and magnetic characteristics given. Iron oxide nanoparticles were obtained by chemical coprecipitation of Fe(II) and Fe(III) salts and stabilized with dextran, (carboxymethyl)dextran or tetramethylammonium hydroxide. The microspheres were prepared by emulsion or dispersion polymerization of glycidyl methacrylate in the presence of ferrofluid. The microspheres were uniform both in shape and usually also in size; their size distribution was narrow. All the magnetic parameters confirm superparamagnetic nature of the microspheres. Blocking temperature was not observed, suggesting the absence of magnetic interactions at low temperatures. This is most probably caused by complete encapsulation and the absence of agglomeration. Such microspheres can be used in biomedical applications.

  17. Computational dynamics of acoustically-driven microsphere systems

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    Glosser, Connor A; Dault, Daniel L; Piermarocchi, Carlo; Shanker, Balasubramaniam

    2015-01-01

    We propose a computational framework for the self-consistent dynamics of a microsphere system driven by a pulsed acoustic field in an ideal fluid. Our framework combines a molecular dynamics integrator describing the dynamics of the microsphere system with a time-dependent integral equation solver for the acoustic field that makes use of fields represented as surface expansions in spherical harmonic basis functions. The presented approach allows us to describe the inter-particle interaction induced by the field as well as the dynamics of trapping in counter-propagating acoustic pulses. The integral equation formulation leads to equations of motion for the microspheres describing the effect of non-dissipative drag forces. We show (1) that the field-induced interactions between the microspheres give rise to effective dipolar interactions, with effective dipoles defined by their velocities, and (2) that the dominant effect of an ultrasound pulse through a cloud of microspheres gives rise mainly to a translation ...

  18. Blend Hydrogel Microspheres of Carboxymethyl Chitosan and Gelatin for the Controlled Release of 5-Fluorouracil

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    Vanarchi Rajini Kanth

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Carboxymethyl chitosan (CMCS was synthesized and blended with gelatin (GE to prepare hydrogel microspheres by w/o emulsion cross-linking in the presence of glutaraldehyde (GA, which acted as a cross-linker. 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU was encapsulated to investigate its controlled release (CR characteristics in acidic (pH 1.2 and alkaline (pH 7.4 buffer media. The microspheres which formed were spherical in nature, with smooth surfaces, as judged by the scanning electron microscopy (SEM. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR confirmed the carboxymethylation of CS and the chemical stability of 5-FU in the formulations. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC and X-ray diffraction (XRD confirmed the physical state and molecular level dispersion of 5-FU. Equilibrium swelling of microspheres was performed in water, in order to understand the water uptake properties. The in vitro release of 5-FU was extended up to 12 h in pH 7.4 phosphate buffer, revealing an encapsulation efficiency of 72%. The effects of blend composition, the extent of cross-linking, and initial drug loading on the in vitro release properties, were investigated. When analyzed through empirical equations, the release data suggested a non-Fickian transport mechanism.

  19. Material characterization of microsphere-based scaffolds with encapsulated raw materials.

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    Sridharan, BanuPriya; Mohan, Neethu; Berkland, Cory J; Detamore, Michael S

    2016-06-01

    "Raw materials," or materials capable of serving both as building blocks and as signals, which are often but not always natural materials, are taking center stage in biomaterials for contemporary regenerative medicine. In osteochondral tissue engineering, a field leveraging the underlying bone to facilitate cartilage regeneration, common raw materials include chondroitin sulfate (CS) for cartilage and β-tricalcium phosphate (TCP) for bone. Building on our previous work with gradient scaffolds based on microspheres, here we delved deeper into the characterization of individual components. In the current study, the release of CS and TCP from poly(D, L-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microsphere-based scaffolds was evaluated over a time period of 4 weeks. Raw material encapsulated groups were compared to 'blank' groups and evaluated for surface topology, molecular weight, and mechanical performance as a function of time. The CS group may have led to increased surface porosity, and the addition of CS improved the mechanical performance of the scaffold. The finding that CS was completely released into the surrounding media by 4 weeks has a significant impact on future in vivo studies, given rapid bioavailability. The addition of TCP seemed to contribute to the rough external appearance of the scaffold. The current study provides an introduction to degradation patterns of homogenous raw material encapsulated scaffolds, providing characterization data to advance the field of microsphere-based scaffolds in tissue engineering. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Thiolated Chitosan Masked Polymeric Microspheres with Incorporated Mesocellular Silica Foam (MCF for Intranasal Delivery of Paliperidone

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    Stavroula Nanaki

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available In this study, mesocellular silica foam (MCF was used to encapsulate paliperidone, an antipsychotic drug used in patients suffering from bipolar disorder. MCF with the drug adsorbed was further encapsulated into poly(lactic acid (PLA and poly(lactide-co-glycolide (PLGA 75/25 w/w microspheres and these have been coated with thiolated chitosan. As found by TEM analysis, thiolated chitosan formed a thin layer on the polymeric microspheres’ surface and was used in order to enhance their mucoadhesiveness. These microspheres aimed at the intranasal delivery of paliperidone. The DSC and XRD studies showed that paliperidone was encapsulated in amorphous form inside the MCF silica and for this reason its dissolution profile was enhanced compared to the neat drug. In coated microspheres, thiolated chitosan reduced the initial burst effect of the paliperidone dissolution profile and in all cases sustained release formulations have been prepared. The release mechanism was also theoretically studied and three kinetic models were proposed and successfully fitted for a dissolution profile of prepared formulations to be found.

  1. Blend Hydrogel Microspheres of Carboxymethyl Chitosan and Gelatin for the Controlled Release of 5-Fluorouracil.

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    Kanth, Vanarchi Rajini; Kajjari, Praveen B; Madalageri, Priya M; Ravindra, Sakey; Manjeshwar, Lata S; Aminabhavi, Tejraj M

    2017-03-27

    Carboxymethyl chitosan (CMCS) was synthesized and blended with gelatin (GE) to prepare hydrogel microspheres by w/o emulsion cross-linking in the presence of glutaraldehyde (GA), which acted as a cross-linker. 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) was encapsulated to investigate its controlled release (CR) characteristics in acidic (pH 1.2) and alkaline (pH 7.4) buffer media. The microspheres which formed were spherical in nature, with smooth surfaces, as judged by the scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) confirmed the carboxymethylation of CS and the chemical stability of 5-FU in the formulations. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) confirmed the physical state and molecular level dispersion of 5-FU. Equilibrium swelling of microspheres was performed in water, in order to understand the water uptake properties. The in vitro release of 5-FU was extended up to 12 h in pH 7.4 phosphate buffer, revealing an encapsulation efficiency of 72%. The effects of blend composition, the extent of cross-linking, and initial drug loading on the in vitro release properties, were investigated. When analyzed through empirical equations, the release data suggested a non-Fickian transport mechanism.

  2. Facile Synthesis and Photocatalytic Property of Titania/Carbon Composite Hollow Microspheres with Bimodal Mesoporous Shells

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    Guohong Wang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Titania/carbon composite hollow microspheres with bimodal mesoporous shells are one-pot fabricated by hydrothermal treatment of the acidic (NH42TiF6 aqueous solution in the presence of glucose at 180∘C for 24 h and then calcined at 450∘C. The as-prepared samples were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, HRTEM, UV-visible spectroscopy, and nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms. The photocatalytic activity of the as-prepared samples was evaluated by daylight-induced photocatalytic decolorization of methyl orange aqueous solution at ambient temperature. The effects of calcination time on the morphology, phase structure, crystallite size, specific surface area, pore structures, and photocatalytic activity of the microspheres were investigated. The results indicated that the as-obtained TiO2/C composite hollow spheres generally exhibit bimodal mesopore size distribution with their peak intra-aggregated mesopore size in the range of 2.3–4.5 nm and peak interaggregated mesopore size in the range of 5.7–12.7 nm, depending on specific calcination time. The daylight-induced photoactivity of as-obtained hollow TiO2/C microspheres generally exceeds that of Degussa P25. The influences of calcination time on the photoactivity are discussed in terms of carbon content, phase structures, and pore structures.

  3. Microsphere-Based Scaffolds Carrying Opposing Gradients of Chondroitin Sulfate and Tricalcium Phosphate

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    Vineet eGupta

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Extracellular matrix (ECM components such as chondroitin sulfate (CS and tricalcium phosphate (TCP serve as raw materials and thus spatial patterning of these raw materials may be leveraged to mimic the smooth transition of physical, chemical and mechanical properties at the bone-cartilage interface. We hypothesized that encapsulation of opposing gradients of these raw materials in high molecular weight poly(D,L-lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA microsphere-based scaffolds would enhance differentiation of rat bone marrow stromal cells (rBMSCs. The raw material encapsulation altered the microstructure of the microspheres and also influenced the cellular morphology that depended on the type of material encapsulated. Moreover, the mechanical properties of the raw material encapsulating microsphere-based scaffolds initially relied on the composition of the scaffolds and later on were primarily governed by the degradation of the polymer phase and newly synthesized extracellular matrix by the seeded cells. Furthermore, raw materials had a mitogenic effect on the seeded cells and led to increased glycosaminoglycan (GAG, collagen, and calcium content. Interestingly, the initial effects of raw material encapsulation on a per-cell basis might have been overshadowed by medium-regulated environment that appeared to favor osteogenesis. However, it is to be noted that in vivo, differentiation of the cells would be governed by the surrounding native environment. Thus, the results of this study demonstrated the potential of the raw materials in facilitating neo-tissue synthesis in microsphere-based scaffolds and perhaps in combination with bioactive signals, these raw materials may be able to achieve intricate cell differentiation profiles required for regenerating the osteochondral interface.

  4. Collagen/silk fibroin composite scaffold incorporated with PLGA microsphere for cartilage repair

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    Wang, Jianhua; Yang, Qiu; Cheng, Niangmei [Institute of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Technology, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350002 (China); Tao, Xiaojun [Department of Pharmacy, School of Medicine, Hunan Normal University, Changsha, 410013, Hunan (China); Zhang, Zhihua; Sun, Xiaomin [Institute of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Technology, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350002 (China); Zhang, Qiqing, E-mail: zhangqiq@126.com [Institute of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Technology, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350002 (China); Key Laboratory of Biomedical Materials of Tianjin, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Chinese Academy of Medical Science & Peking Union Medical College, Tianjin 300192 (China)

    2016-04-01

    For cartilage repair, ideal scaffolds should mimic natural extracellular matrix (ECM) exhibiting excellent characteristics, such as biocompatibility, suitable porosity, and good cell affinity. This study aimed to prepare a collagen/silk fibroin composite scaffold incorporated with poly-lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) microsphere that can be applied in repairing cartilage. To obtain optimum conditions for manufacturing a composite scaffold, a scaffold composed of different collagen-to-silk fibroin ratios was evaluated by determining porosity, water absorption, loss rate in hot water, and cell proliferation. Results suggested that the optimal ratio of collagen and silk fibroin composite scaffold was 7:3. The microstructure and morphological characteristics of the obtained scaffold were also examined through scanning electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The results of in vitro fluorescence staining of bone marrow stromal cells revealed that collagen/silk fibroin composite scaffold enhanced cell proliferation without eliciting side effects. The prepared composite scaffold incorporated with PLGA microsphere was implanted in fully thick articular cartilage defects in rabbits. Collagen/silk fibroin composite scaffold with PLGA microspheres could enhance articular cartilage regeneration and integration between the repaired cartilage and the surrounding cartilage. Therefore, this composite will be a promising material for cartilage repair and regeneration. - Highlights: • Collagen/silk fibroin composite scaffold incorporated with PLGA microsphere proposed for cartilage repair was created. • In vivo, scaffold could enhance cartilage regeneration and integration between the repaired and surrounding cartilage. • In vitro, scaffold exhibits excellent characteristics, such as, improved porosity water absorption and good cell affinity.

  5. Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT) with yttrium-90 resin microspheres plus standard systemic chemotherapy regimen of FOLFOX versus FOLFOX alone as first-line treatment of non-resectable liver metastases from colorectal cancer: the SIRFLOX study.

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    Gibbs, Peter; Gebski, Val; Van Buskirk, Mark; Thurston, Kenneth; Cade, David N; Van Hazel, Guy A

    2014-12-01

    In colorectal cancer (CRC), unresectable liver metastases are linked to poor prognosis. Systemic chemotherapy with regimens such as FOLFOX (combination of infusional 5-fluorouracil, leucovorin and oxaliplatin) is the standard first-line treatment. The SIRFLOX trial was designed to assess the efficacy and safety of combining FOLFOX-based chemotherapy with Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT or radioembolisation) using yttrium-90 resin microspheres (SIR-SpheresR; Sirtex Medical Limited, North Sydney, Australia). SIRFLOX is a randomised, multicentre trial of mFOLFOX6 chemotherapy+/-SIRT as first-line treatment of patients with liver-only or liver-predominant metastatic CRC (mCRC). The trial aims to recruit adult chemotherapy-naive patients with proven liver metastases with or without limited extra-hepatic disease, a life expectancy of >=3 months and a WHO performance status of 0-1. Patients will be randomised to receive either mFOLFOX6 or SIRT+mFOLFOX6 (with a reduced dose of oxaliplatin in cycles 1-3 following SIRT). Patients in both arms can receive bevacizumab at investigator discretion. Protocol chemotherapy will continue until there is unacceptable toxicity, evidence of tumour progression, complete surgical resection or ablation of cancerous lesions, or the patient requests an end to treatment. The primary endpoint of the SIRFLOX trial is progression-free survival (PFS). Secondary endpoints include: PFS in the liver; tumour response rate (liver and any site); site of tumour progression; health-related quality of life; toxicity and safety; liver resection rate; and overall survival. Assuming an increase in the median PFS from 9.4 months to 12.5 months with the addition of SIRT to mFOLFOX6, recruiting >=450 patients will be sufficient for 80% power and 95% confidence. The SIRFLOX trial will establish the potential role of SIRT+standard systemic chemotherapy in the first-line management of mCRC with non-resectable liver metastases. SIRFLOX Clinical

  6. Mesoporous metal oxide microsphere electrode compositions and their methods of making

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    Parans Paranthaman, Mariappan; Bi, Zhonghe; Bridges, Craig A.; Brown, Gilbert M.

    2017-04-11

    Compositions and methods of making are provided for treated mesoporous metal oxide microspheres electrodes. The compositions include microspheres with an average diameter between about 200 nanometers and about 10 micrometers and mesopores on the surface and interior of the microspheres. The methods of making include forming a mesoporous metal oxide microsphere composition and treating the mesoporous metal oxide microspheres by at least annealing in a reducing atmosphere, doping with an aliovalent element, and coating with a coating composition.

  7. The microsphere, the user and the architecture

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    Suenson, Valinka; Harder, Henrik

    in a spatial setting which can be termed a micro sphere. A micro sphere emerges in the interaction between the users and architecture. Together these microspheres create what he calls a foam structure. This theory will be used in the analysis of the RFID tracking. Thus, the case study in the library...... of individual routes. The question asked in this paper is how the RFID registrations can show the multi functionality of a public space. Furthermore, how can architecture be seen as an active part in attracting valuable users? The use of RFID technology to register indoor movement patterns is a new...

  8. Feeding liquid, non-ionic surfactant and cyclodextrin affect the properties of insulin-loaded poly(lactide-co-glycolide) microspheres prepared by spray-drying.

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    Quaglia, Fabiana; De Rosa, Giuseppe; Granata, Elena; Ungaro, Francesca; Fattal, Elias; Immacolata La Rotonda, Maria

    2003-01-17

    The potential of spray-drying technique for the encapsulation in poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) microspheres of bovine insulin, a poorly stable peptide, has been investigated. Insulin-loaded microspheres were prepared by spray-drying different feeding liquids containing insulin and PLGA, that is a S/O dispersion, a W/O emulsion or an acetic acid solution. In the case of the emulsion, insulin was also co-encapsulated with either non-ionic surfactants such as polysorbate 20 and poloxamer 188, or complexing agents such as HPbetaCD. In the microspheres prepared from the acetic acid solution of insulin and PLGA, HPbetaCD was tested. Microspheres containing surfactants were aggregated, whereas good quality particles displaying a mean diameter in the range 12.1-27.9 microm were produced in the other cases. Insulin was efficiently loaded inside microspheres except for S/O formulation (only 22% of total insulin content was entrapped). The impact of the microencapsulation process on insulin chemical and conformational stability was assessed by HPLC, circular dichroism and turbidimetry studies. Under the adopted manufacture conditions, insulin was encapsulated in the native state and its chemical and conformational stability was preserved along the fabrication process. The formulations containing only insulin displayed low burst effects (6-11%), whereas the addition of surfactants resulted in much higher burst effects (49-54%) and faster release rate. The co-encapsulation of HPbetaCD slowed down the overall release rate and, in the case of microspheres prepared from the emulsion, allowed a constant insulin release up to 45 days. The study of insulin stability along the release phase showed that insulin was released in the intact form and un-released insulin was stable inside all the microsphere formulations. We conclude that insulin can be effectively encapsulated in PLGA microspheres by the spray-drying technique. Additives with complexing properties such as HPbetaCD have

  9. Current knowledge on biodegradable microspheres in drug delivery.

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    Prajapati, Vipul D; Jani, Girish K; Kapadia, Jinita R

    2015-08-01

    Biodegradable microspheres have gained popularity for delivering a wide variety of molecules via various routes. These types of products have been prepared using various natural and synthetic biodegradable polymers through suitable techniques for desired delivery of various challenging molecules. Selection of biodegradable polymers and technique play a key role in desired drug delivery. This review describes an overview of the fundamental knowledge and status of biodegradable microspheres in effective delivery of various molecules via desired routes with consideration of outlines of various compendial and non-compendial biodegradable polymers, formulation techniques and release mechanism of microspheres, patents and commercial biodegradable microspheres. There are various advantages of using biodegradable polymers including promise of development with different types of molecules. Biocompatibility, low dosage and reduced side effects are some reasons why usage biodegradable microspheres have gained in popularity. Selection of biodegradable polymers and formulation techniques to create microspheres is the biggest challenge in research. In the near future, biodegradable microspheres will become the eco-friendly product for drug delivery of various genes, hormones, proteins and peptides at specific site of body for desired periods of time.

  10. Bioavailability enhancement of verapamil HCl via intranasal chitosan microspheres.

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    Abdel Mouez, Mamdouh; Zaki, Noha M; Mansour, Samar; Geneidi, Ahmed S

    2014-01-23

    Chitosan microspheres are potential drug carriers for maximizing nasal residence time, circumventing rapid mucociliary clearance and enhancing nasal absorption. The aim of the present study was to develop and characterize chitosan mucoadhesive microspheres of verapamil hydrochloride (VRP) for intranasal delivery as an alternative to oral VRP which suffers low bioavailability (20%) due to extensive first pass effect. The microspheres were produced using a spray-drying and precipitation techniques and characterized for morphology (scanning electron microscopy), particle size (laser diffraction method), drug entrapment efficiency, thermal behavior (differential scanning calorimetry) and crystallinity (X-ray diffractometric studies) as well as in vitro drug release. Bioavailability of nasal VRP microspheres was studied in rabbits and the results were compared to those obtained after nasal, oral and intravenous administration of VRP solution. Results demonstrated that the microspheres were spherical with size 21-53 μm suitable for nasal deposition. The spray-drying technique was superior over precipitation technique in providing higher VRP entrapment efficiency and smaller burst release followed by a more sustained one over 6h. The bioavailability study demonstrated that the nasal microspheres exhibited a significantly higher bioavailability (58.6%) than nasal solution of VRP (47.8%) and oral VRP solution (13%). In conclusion, the chitosan-based nasal VRP microspheres are promising for enhancing VRP bioavailability by increasing the nasal residence time and avoiding the first-pass metabolism of the drug substance. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Mucoadhesivity Characterization of Isabgol Husk Mucilage Microspheres Crosslinked by Glutaraldehyde.

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    Sharma, Vipin Kumar; Sharma, Prince Prashant; Mazumder, Bhasker; Bhatnagar, Aseem; Singh, Thakuri

    2015-01-01

    The microspheres of Isabgol husk were prepared by emulsification-crosslinking technique and the gastrointestinal transition behavior of the formulation was studied by gamma scintigraphy. The impact of different process variables such as amount of glutaraldehyde, concentration of Isabgol husk and temperature was studied on surface morphology and mucoadhesion. In vitro mucoadhesive testing of formulations was performed by determination of zeta potential, mucus glycoprotein assay and mucus adsorption isotherms. The effect of feeding on retention of microspheres in the gastrointestinal track (GIT) was studied in albino rabbits by gamma scintigraphy study. The results indicated the formation of microspheres as observed by scanning electron microscopy. The smooth and round surfaces of microspheres were obtained on increasing Isabgol husk and glutaraldehyde amount. The positive zeta potential of all formulations indicated the electrostatic interaction as a mechanism of mucoadhesion between the mucus of GIT membranes and the microspheres surfaces. The influence of electrostatic interaction on mucoadhesion of microspheres was again ascertained when the mucin equilibrium adsorption on preparations indicated well fitness in Langmuir and Freundlich adsorption isotherms. During gamma scintigraphy, the stability of (99m)Tc-sodium pertechnetate was found 98.82% at pH 6.8 and 96.78% at pH 7.2, respectively. It indicated the minimal leaching of bound radionuclide from microspheres during gastrointestinal transition as observed in gamma scintigraphic images of the rabbits. The microspheres retained in GIT even after 24 hrs of oral administration. The results indicated the applicability of Isabgol husk mucilage in the development of mucoadhesive microspheres.

  12. Effect of Reaction Parameters on Morphology and Photoluminescence of Intrinsic and Mn-doped ZnS Microspheres Synthesized by Hydrothermal Method

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    Chanu, T. Inakhunbi; Samanta, Dhrubajyoti; Tiwari, Archana; Chatterjee, Somenath

    2017-11-01

    Intrinsic and Manganese (Mn)-doped ZnS microspheres have been synthesized by hydrothermal method. Thiourea and amino acid, and uc(l)-histidine have been used as sulfur source and capping agent, respectively. The synthesized materials have been characterized using x-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, photoluminescence (PL) and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The above-said characterizations conveyed the information regarding the crystallinity, existence of microspheres, size and optical properties of synthesized ZnS and Mn-doped ZnS samples. Formation of microspheres of intrinsic and Mn-doped ZnS has been observed when the reaction parameters are kept at 150 °C for 4 h, and similarly, the micropores have been noticed when reaction parameters are kept at 150 °C for 8 h. The PL of ZnS microspheres shows multiple defect emissions. The nature of PL for pure ZnS has been regulated based on reaction parameters. Doping of Mn in the ZnS enhances the PL emission. This study reveals the role of reaction parameters and effect of Mn doping on tuning the morphology and emission behavior of ZnS microspheres.

  13. Storage stability of biodegradable polyethylene glycol microspheres

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    Jain, Era; Sheth, Saahil; Polito, Kristen; Sell, Scott A.; Zustiak, Silviya P.

    2017-10-01

    Degradable hydrogel microspheres are popular choices for multiple biomedical applications, including drug, protein, or cell carriers for minimally invasive delivery. Clinical transitioning of such new, sensitive pharmaceutical preparations requires investigation of storage methods that retain key properties for extended time. In this study, we sought to determine the influence of seven common storage conditions on the physical and mechanical properties of degradable polyethylene glycol (PEG) hydrogel microspheres: 25 °C, 4 °C, ‑80 °C, lyophilization/‑20 °C, dimethyl sulfoxide/‑80 °C, dimethyl sulfoxide/lyophilization/‑20 °C, vacuum/‑20 °C. We have outlined the storage conditions in detail and explained their effect on swelling ratio, stiffness and degradation rate post-storage. Additionally, we have implemented protein-loaded hydrogels to evaluate the effect of storage conditions on diffusivity as well as protein stability post-storage. We found that hydrogels could be stored short-term (1–4 d) under moist conditions (i.e. storage without drying) without a substantial loss of properties. For extended storage (7–28 d), they could be stored either at  ‑80 °C (moist condition) or vacuum drying (dry condition).

  14. Controlled delivery of the popular nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, paracetamol, from chitosan-g-polyacrylamide microspheres prepared by the emulsion crosslinking technique.

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    Bulut, Emine

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, chitosan-graft-polyacrylamide (CS-g-PAAm) microspheres as drug delivery matrices of paracetamol were prepared by the emulsion crosslinking technique, using glutaraldehyde (GA) as a crosslinker. Graft copolymer of chitosan with acrylamide was synthesized using cerium (IV) ammonium nitrate (CAN). The microspheres formed had average particle sizes in the range of 78-252 μm. Paracetamol entrapment efficiency was found to vary between 31.89% and 72.61%, as determined by UV spectroscopy. Drug release in acidic and phosphate buffer solutions (pH 1.2 and 7.4) of the CS-g-PAAm microspheres was influenced by formulation factors such as the concentration of CS-g-PAAm, the paracetamol/polymer ratio (w/w), and the amount of crosslinker.

  15. Preparation and Comparative Characterization of Alginate-Made Microcapsules and Microspheres Containing Tomato, Seabuckthorn Juices and Pumpkin Oil

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    Florina Csernatoni

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Recent studies have shown the benefits of tomatoes, seabuckthorn juices and pumpkin oil, rich in bioactives with antioxidant capacity, in the prevention of prostate diseases. To stabilize their antioxidant activity, microencapsulation represent a good technological alternative, improving the stability and bioavailability of bioactive molecules ( phenolic derivatives, carotenoids, phytosterols, vitamins.   The aim of the study was to prepare and characterize microspheres and microcapsules based on emulsions made of natural polymers like Natrium alginate mixed with tomato and/or seabuckthorn juices, with or without pumpkin oil.  The viscosity of emulsions, the morphology of microcapsules and microspheres were characterized comparatively and the bioactives were monitored by UV-Vis spectrometry.  In the lipophilic extract there were identified, before and after encapsulation, different classes of compounds, from lipids, to phenolic acid derivatives, flavonoids and carotenoids. Carotenoids were the major components having concentrations from 9.16 up to 19.71 mg/100 g sample. The viscosity of  each emulsion including juices, oil and natrium alginate 2%, before encapsulation, showed differences, dependent on the oil addition and speed of homogenization. The macroscopic and microscopic structure of microspheres and microcapsules were comparatively evaluated. Both microspheres and microcapsules had external diameters  ranging from 750 to 900 μm and the microcapsules’ oily core of 150-180 μm. The results obtained from emulsion’s viscosity will be correlated with the rigidity and optimal release rate of bioactive molecules from microcapsules and microspheres.  Further studies are directed towards these aspects.

  16. Subcritical CO{sub 2} sintering of microspheres of different polymeric materials to fabricate scaffolds for tissue engineering

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    Bhamidipati, Manjari; Sridharan, BanuPriya [Bioengineering Graduate Program, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS (United States); Scurto, Aaron M. [Bioengineering Graduate Program, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS (United States); Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS (United States); Detamore, Michael S., E-mail: detamore@ku.edu [Bioengineering Graduate Program, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS (United States); Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS (United States)

    2013-12-01

    The aim of this study was to use CO{sub 2} at sub-critical pressures as a tool to sinter 3D, macroporous, microsphere-based scaffolds for bone and cartilage tissue engineering. Porous scaffolds composed of ∼ 200 μm microspheres of either poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) or polycaprolactone (PCL) were prepared using dense phase CO{sub 2} sintering, which were seeded with rat bone marrow mesenchymal stromal cells (rBMSCs), and exposed to either osteogenic (PLGA, PCL) or chondrogenic (PLGA) conditions for 6 weeks. Under osteogenic conditions, the PLGA constructs produced over an order of magnitude more calcium than the PCL constructs, whereas the PCL constructs had far superior mechanical and structural integrity (125 times stiffer than PLGA constructs) at week 6, along with twice the cell content of the PLGA constructs. Chondrogenic cell performance was limited in PLGA constructs, perhaps as a result of the polymer degradation rate being too high. The current study represents the first long-term culture of CO{sub 2}-sintered microsphere-based scaffolds, and has established important thermodynamic differences in sintering between the selected formulations of PLGA and PCL, with the former requiring adjustment of pressure only, and the latter requiring the adjustment of both pressure and temperature. Based on more straightforward sintering conditions and more favorable cell performance, PLGA may be the material of choice for microspheres in a CO{sub 2} sintering application, although a different PLGA formulation with the encapsulation of growth factors, extracellular matrix-derived nanoparticles, and/or buffers in the microspheres may be advantageous for achieving a more superior cell performance than observed here. - Highlights: • The first long-term culture of CO{sub 2}-sintered microsphere-based scaffolds. • Established important thermodynamic differences between sintering PLGA and PCL. • PCL sintering with CO{sub 2} required manipulation of both

  17. Comparison of gastroretentive microspheres and sustained-release preparations using theophylline pharmacokinetics.

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    Miyazaki, Yasunori; Yakou, Shigeru; Takayama, Kozo

    2008-06-01

    The objective of this study was to use the pharmacokinetics of theophylline to compare various gastroretentive microspheres. Three types of theophylline microspheres prepared from a hydrophobic dextran derivative were characterized in terms of drug release in-vitro and floating and mucoadhesive properties. Theophylline pharmacokinetic studies were conducted in Beagle dogs, comparing bulk powder, commercial sustained-release granules (Theodur), sustained-release microspheres, floatable microspheres and mucoadhesive microspheres. Theodur and sustained-release microspheres resulted in a lower maximum concentration (Cmax) (P mucoadhesive microspheres indicated an increase in AUC without decreasing the rate of bioavailability. Overall, the gastroretentive microspheres improved the extent of bioavailability of theophylline, which is absorbable from the entire gastrointestinal tract. The mucoadhesive microsphere showed a prolonged serum drug level, indicating a superior sustained-release delivery system for theophylline.

  18. Egg albumin microspheres containing paracetamol for oral administration. I. In vitro characterization.

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    Torrado, J J; Illum, L; Cadorniga, R; Davis, S S

    1990-01-01

    Different egg albumin microsphere systems for oral administration of paracetamol were prepared by the emulsion and capillary extrusion methods. The size of the microspheres depended on the method used to produce the microcapsules and also the size of the crystals of paracetamol. The effect of the following factors on in vitro dissolution were studied: different denaturation processes, variation in the ratio of paracetamol to albumin, size of microspheres, remnant oil in the microspheres, and the coating of the microspheres with membranes of polymethacrylates (Eudragit). The most important factors to control the release of paracetamol from the microspheres were the denaturation process and the use of waxes and membranes to delay the release of paracetamol from the microspheres. The egg albumin microspheres were very porous and permeable to water and thus the release of the paracetamol from the matrix was usually fast unless the microspheres were suitably coated, with, for example, Eudragit RL or RS.

  19. Release of a Wound-Healing Agent from PLGA Microspheres in a Thermosensitive Gel

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    H. A. Machado

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this research was to develop a topical microsphere delivery system in a thermosensitive 20% poloxamer 407 gel (Pluronic F127 to control release of KSL-W, a cationic antimicrobial decapeptide, for a period of 4–7 days for potential application in combat related injuries. KSL-W loaded microsphere formulations were prepared by a solvent extraction-evaporation method (water-oil-water, with poly (D,L-lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA (50 : 50, low-weight, and hydrophilic end as the polymeric system. After optimization of the process, three formulations (A, B, and C were prepared with different organic to water ratio of the primary emulsion while maintaining other components and manufacturing parameters constant. Formulations were characterized for surface morphology, porous nature, drug loading, in vitro drug release, and antimicrobial activity. Microspheres containing 20% peptide with porous surfaces and internal structure were prepared in satisfactory yields and in sizes varying from 25 to 50 μm. Gels of 20% Pluronic F127, which were liquid at or below 24.6°C and formed transparent films at body temperature, were used as carriers for the microspheres. Rheological studies showed a gelation temperature of 24.6°C for the 20% Pluronic F127 gel alone. Gelation temperature and viscosity of formulations A, B, and C as a function of temperature were very close to those of the carrier. A Franz diffusion cell system was used to study the release of peptide from the microspheres suspended in both, phosphate-buffered saline (PBS and a 20% Pluronic F127 gel. In vitro release of greater than 50% peptide was found in all formulations in both PBS and the gel, and in one formulation there was a release of 75% in both PBS and the gel. Fractions collected from the release process were also tested for bactericidal activity against Staphylococcus epidermidis using the broth microdilution method and found to provide effective antimicrobial activity

  20. Comparative activity of TiO{sub 2} microspheres and P25 powder for organic degradation: Implicative importance of structural defects and organic adsorption

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    Wang, Chuan [Chongqing Institute of Green and Intelligent Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chongqing 401122 (China); Liu, Hong, E-mail: liuhong@cigit.ac.cn [Chongqing Institute of Green and Intelligent Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chongqing 401122 (China); Liu, Yuan [Chongqing Institute of Green and Intelligent Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chongqing 401122 (China); He, Guang’an [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275 (China); Jiang, Chengchun [School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Shenzhen Polytechnic, Shenzhen 518055 (China)

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • Adsorption of TiO{sub 2} microspheres was stronger than P25, while less active. • P25 was more active owing to its oxygen vacancy and Ti(III). • Difference in the adsorption abilities of TiO{sub 2} microspheres varied kinetic models. - Abstract: TiO{sub 2} microspheres have been employed as a promisingly new photocatalyst for water and wastewater treatment. P25 TiO{sub 2} is commonly employed and its properties are well established as photocatalyst. In this study, photocatalytic activities of the two TiO{sub 2} samples are compared by degrading sulfosalicylic acid (SSA), phenol, and 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) under 365 nm UV illumination in a suspension system at neutral pH and associated optimized TiO{sub 2} dosages. The results showed that the three organic compounds unexceptionally degraded more rapidly on P25 than on TiO{sub 2} microspheres in terms of the concentration–time curves and total organic carbon removals at 120 min. This might me attributed the presence of oxygen vacancies and Ti(III) defects already present on P25 as determined by electron paramagnetic resonance, implying that the defects played an important role for the enhancement of the charge transfer step as rate-determining step. The degradations of three organic compounds on P25 and TiO{sub 2} microspheres could be well described by the first-order rate equation, while the degradation kinetics of SSA on TiO{sub 2} microspheres was quite different. The difference was ascribed to the medium adsorption ability of SSA on the TiO{sub 2} surface.

  1. Functionalized sio2 microspheres for extracting oil from produced water

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    Mishra, Himanshu

    2017-03-16

    Functionalized material, methods of producing the functionalized material, and use thereof for separation processes such as but not limited to use for separating and extracting a dissolved organic foulant, charged contaminant or oily matter or any combination thereof from water, such as produced water, are provided. In an embodiment, the functionalized material is a mineral material, such as mica, silica (e.g. an SiO2 microsphere) or a metal oxide, and the outer surface of the material is functionalized with an alkyl chain or a perfluorinated species. In an embodiment, the method of making the functionalized material, includes: a) providing a mineral material; b) providing an alkyl chain and/or a perfluorinated species, the alkyl chain or perfluorinated species selected to dissolve organic foulants, charged contaminants or oily matter from water or any combination thereof; c) hydroxylating the material via a concentrated acid solution or a basic solution; and d) grafting the alkyl chain and/or the perfluorinated species onto the material via a silanation reaction.

  2. Resonant microsphere gyroscope based on a double Faraday rotator system.

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    Xie, Chengfeng; Tang, Jun; Cui, Danfeng; Wu, Dajin; Zhang, Chengfei; Li, Chunming; Zhen, Yongqiu; Xue, Chenyang; Liu, Jun

    2016-10-15

    The resonant microsphere gyroscope is proposed based on a double Faraday rotator system for the resonant microsphere gyroscope (RMSG) that is characterized by low insertion losses and does not destroy the reciprocity of the gyroscope system. Use of the echo suppression structure and the orthogonal polarization method can effectively inhibit both the backscattering noise and the polarization error, and reduce them below the system sensitivity limit. The resonance asymmetry rate dropped from 34.2% to 2.9% after optimization of the backscattering noise and the polarization noise, which greatly improved the bias stability and the scale factor linearity of the proposed system. Additionally, based on the optimum parameters for the double Faraday rotator system, a bias stability of 0.04°/s has been established for an integration time of 10 s in 1000 s in a resonator microsphere gyroscope using a microsphere resonator with a diameter of 1 mm and a Q of 7.2×106.

  3. [Study on the lung targeting gelatin microspheres of streptomycin sulphate].

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    Zhang, Z; Lu, B; Shu, G; Xie, H; Yi, Q; He, Y; Wang, J

    1995-06-01

    This paper is reported the technology of lung targeting gelatin microspheres of streptomycin sulphate (SMS). The microspheres were prepared with natural biodegradable gelatin as the load material and castor oil as the oil phase. The experimental conditions were optimized, the mean volume diameter obtained being 9.7 microns and the mean rate of encapsulation 15.69%. The content, shape and size of the microspheres showed no remarkable change after storage at 37 degrees C RH 75% for 3 months. Activation energy of heat decomposition E = 75.86kJ/mol. In vitro, the SMS release rate was found to accord with Higuchi equation with t1/2 = 8.6h. In vivo (rabbits) the gelatin microspheres were proved to be concentrated in the lung.

  4. Cell Microencapsulation in Polyethylene Glycol Hydrogel Microspheres Using Electrohydrodynamic Spraying.

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    Imaninezhad, Mozhdeh; Jain, Era; Zustiak, Silviya Petrova

    2017-08-03

    Microencapsulation of cells is beneficial for various biomedical applications, such as tissue regeneration and cell delivery. While a variety of techniques can be used to produce microspheres, electrohydrodynamic spraying (EHS) has shown promising results for the fabrication of cell-laden hydrogel microspheres in a wide range of sizes and in a relatively high-throughput manner. Here we describe an EHS technique for the fabrication of cell-laden polyethylene glycol (PEG) microspheres. We utilize mild hydrogel gelation chemistry and a combination of EHS parameters to allow for cell microencapsulation with high efficiency and viability. We also give examples on the effect of different EHS parameters such as inner diameter of the needle, voltage and flow rate on microsphere size and encapsulated cell viability.

  5. Preparation and In-vitro Evaluation of Metformin Microspheres Using ...

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    . Methods: Metformin microspheres were prepared by non-aqueous solvent evaporation method using various polymers, including ethylcellulose (EC), hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC), carbopol 934P (CA) and chitosan (CH). The effect ...

  6. BIOCOMPATIBLE FLUORESCENT MICROSPHERES: SAFE PARTICLES FOR MATERIAL PENETRATION STUDIES

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    Farquar, G; Leif, R

    2009-07-15

    Biocompatible polymers with hydrolyzable chemical bonds have been used to produce safe, non-toxic fluorescent microspheres for material penetration studies. The selection of polymeric materials depends on both biocompatibility and processability, with tailored fluorescent properties depending on specific applications. Microspheres are composed of USFDA-approved biodegradable polymers and non-toxic fluorophores and are therefore suitable for tests where human exposure is possible. Micropheres were produced which contain unique fluorophores to enable discrimination from background aerosol particles. Characteristics that affect dispersion and adhesion can be modified depending on use. Several different microsphere preparation methods are possible, including the use of a vibrating orifice aerosol generator (VOAG), a Sono-Tek atomizer, an emulsion technique, and inkjet printhead. Applications for the fluorescent microspheres include challenges for biodefense system testing, calibrants for biofluorescence sensors, and particles for air dispersion model validation studies.

  7. Mucoadhesive Microspheres of Famotidine for Gastro Retentive Drug Delivery

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    Koland Marina; Jacob Ansu; Prabhu Prabhakara; Shetty Nisha Girish

    2012-01-01

    Famotidine, a histamine H2 receptor antagonist is absorbed only in the initial part of gastro intestinal (GI) tract and has less bioavailability. Hence the drug was formulated as gastro-retentive drug delivery systems in the form of mucoadhesive microspheres to prolong its residence time in the stomach and improve its absorption. The microspheres of famotidine were prepared by emulsification-ionic gelation technique using mucoadhesive polymers such as Sodium Alginate, Carbopol 934P and HPMC i...

  8. Uniform double-walled polymer microspheres of controllable shell thickness.

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    Berkland, Cory; Pollauf, Emily; Pack, Daniel W; Kim, Kyekyoon

    2004-04-16

    A method for fabricating uniform double-walled microspheres with controllable size and shell thickness has been developed. The method, based on previous work to fabricate uniform microspheres, employs multiple concentric nozzles to produce a smooth coaxial jet comprising an annular shell and core material, which is acoustically excited to break up into uniform core-shell droplets. The orientation of the jets, material flow rates, and rate of solvent extraction are controlled to create uniform and well-centered "double-walled" microspheres exhibiting a controllable shell thickness. Double-walled microspheres were fabricated with different arrangements of bulk-eroding poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLG) and surface-eroding poly[(1,6-bis-carboxyphenoxy) hexane] (PCPH). Variation of the fabrication parameters allowed complete encapsulation by the shell phase, including the efficient formation of a PCPH shell encapsulating a PLG core. Utilizing this technology, double-walled microsphere shell thickness can be varied from core encapsulation for double-walled microspheres near 50 microm in overall diameter.

  9. Permeability of Hollow Microspherical Membranes to Helium

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    Zinoviev, V. N.; Kazanin, I. V.; Pak, A. Yu.; Vereshchagin, A. S.; Lebiga, V. A.; Fomin, V. M.

    2016-01-01

    This work is devoted to the study of the sorption characteristics of various hollow microspherical membranes to reveal particles most suitable for application in the membrane-sorption technologies of helium extraction from a natural gas. The permeability of the investigated sorbents to helium and their impermeability to air and methane are shown experimentally. The sorption-desorption dependences of the studied sorbents have been obtained, from which the parameters of their specific permeability to helium are calculated. It has been established that the physicochemical modification of the original particles exerts a great influence on the coefficient of the permeability of a sorbent to helium. Specially treated cenospheres have displayed high efficiency as membranes for selective extraction of helium.

  10. Microspheres and Nanotechnology for Drug Delivery.

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    Jóhannesson, Gauti; Stefánsson, Einar; Loftsson, Thorsteinn

    2016-01-01

    Ocular drug delivery to the posterior segment of the eye can be accomplished by invasive drug injections into different tissues of the eye and noninvasive topical treatment. Invasive treatment involves the risks of surgical trauma and infection, and conventional topical treatments are ineffective in delivering drugs to the posterior segment of the eye. In recent years, nanotechnology has become an ever-increasing part of ocular drug delivery. In the following, we briefly review microspheres and nanotechnology for drug delivery to the eye, including different forms of nanotechnology such as nanoparticles, microparticles, liposomes, microemulsions and micromachines. The permeation barriers and anatomical considerations linked to ocular drug delivery are discussed and a theoretical overview on drug delivery through biological membranes is given. Finally, in vitro, in vivo and human studies of x03B3;-cyclodextrin nanoparticle eyedrop suspensions are discussed as an example of nanotechnology used for drug delivery to the eye. © 2016 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  11. Surface modification of PdlLGA microspheres with gelatine methacrylate: Evaluation of adsorption, entrapment, and oxygen plasma treatment approaches.

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    Baki, Abdulrahman; Rahman, Cheryl V; White, Lisa J; Scurr, David J; Qutachi, Omar; Shakesheff, Kevin M

    2017-04-15

    Injectable poly (dl-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PdlLGA) microspheres are promising candidates as biodegradable controlled release carriers for drug and cell delivery applications; however, they have limited functional groups on the surface to enable dense grafting of tissue specific biocompatible molecules. In this study we have evaluated surface adsorption, entrapment and oxygen plasma treatment as three approaches to modify the surfaces of PdlLGA microspheres with gelatine methacrylate (gel-MA) as a biocompatible and photo cross-linkable macromolecule. Time of flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy (TOF SIMS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to detect and quantify gel-MA on the surfaces. Fluorescent and scanning electron microscopies (SEM) were used to image the topographical changes. Human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) of immortalised cell line were cultured on the surface of gel-MA modified PdlLGA microspheres and Presto-Blue assay was used to study the effect of different surface modifications on cell proliferation. Data analysis showed that the oxygen plasma treatment approach resulted in the highest density of gel-MA deposition. This study supports oxygen plasma treatment as a facile approach to modify the surface of injectable PdlLGA microspheres with macromolecules such as gel-MA to enhance proliferation rate of injected cells and potentially enable further grafting of tissue specific molecules. Poly (dl lactic-co-glycolic) acid (PdlLGA) microspheres offer limited functional groups on their surface to enable proper grafting of tissue specific bioactive molecules. To overcome this limitation, previous approaches have suggested using alkaline solutions to introduce active groups to the surface; however, they may compromise surface topography and lose any potential surface patterns. Plasma polymerisation of bioactive monomers has been suggested to enhance surface biocompatibility; however, it is not applicable on low vapour pressure

  12. Ultrasonic assisted rapid synthesis of high uniform super-paramagnetic microspheres with core-shell structure and robust magneto-chromatic ability

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    Zhang, Wenyan, E-mail: wiseyanyan@jit.edu.cn [College of Material Engineering, Jinling Institute of technology, Nanjing (China); Chen, Jiahua [College of Material Engineering, Jinling Institute of technology, Nanjing (China); Wang, Wei [Jiangsu Collaborative Innovation Center for Advanced Inorganic Function Composites, Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing (China); School of Physics and Optoelectronic Engineering, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, Nanjing (China); Lu, GongXuan [State Key Laboratory for Oxo Synthesis and Selective Oxidation, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Hao, Lingyun [College of Material Engineering, Jinling Institute of technology, Nanjing (China); Ni, Yaru; Lu, Chunhua; Xu, Zhongzi [Jiangsu Collaborative Innovation Center for Advanced Inorganic Function Composites, Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing (China); State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing (China)

    2017-03-15

    Super-paramagnetic core-shell microspheres were synthesized by ultrasonic assisted routine under low ultrasonic irradiation powers. Compared with conventional routine, ultrasonic effect could not only improve the uniformity of the core-shell structure of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@SiO{sub 2}, but shorten the synthesis time in large scale. Owing to their hydrophilicity and high surface charge, the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@SiO{sub 2} microspheres could be dispersed well in distilled water to form homogeneous colloidal suspension. The suspensions have favorable magneto-chromatic ability that they sensitively exhibit brilliant colorful ribbons by magnetic attraction. The colorful ribbons, which distributed along the magnetic lines, make morphology of the magnetic fields become “visible” to naked eyed. Those colorful ribbons originate from strong magnetic interaction between the microspheres and magnetic fields. Furthermore, the magneto-chromatic performance is reversible as the colorful ribbons vanished rapidly with the removing of magnetic fields. The silica layer effectively enhanced the acid resistance and surface-oxidation resistance of theFe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@SiO{sub 2} microspheres, so they could exhibit stable magnetic nature and robust magneto-chromatic property in acid environment. - Graphical abstract: The Graphical abstract shows the sensitive magneto-chromatic ability, the acid resistance ability as well as the magneto-chromatic mechanism of the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@SiO{sub 2} suspension. - Highlights: • Sensitive and reversible robust magneto-chromatic property under magnetic attraction. • Morphology of magnetic field “visible” to naked eyes. • Enhance acid resistance and surface-oxidation resistance. • Ultrasonic effect largely shorten the synthesis time of high uniform microspheres.

  13. Effect of dissolved organic carbon on the transport and attachment behaviors of Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts and carboxylate-modified microspheres advected through temperate humic and tropical volcanic agricultural soil

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    Mohanram, Arvind; Ray, Chittaranjan; Metge, David W.; Barber, Larry B.; Ryan, Joseph N.; Harvey, Ronald W.

    2012-01-01

    Transport of Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts and microspheres in two disparate (a clay- and Fe-rich, volcanic and a temperate, humic) agricultural soils were studied in the presence and absence of 100 mg L–1 of sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS), and Suwannee River Humic Acid (SRHA) at pH 5.0–6.0. Transport of carboxylate-modified, 1.8 μm microspheres in soil columns was highly sensitive to the nature of the dissolved organic carbon (DOC), whereas oocysts transport was more affected by soil mineralogy. SDBS increased transport of microspheres from 48% to 87% through the tropical soil and from 43% to 93% in temperate soil. In contrast, SRHA reduced transport of microspheres from 48% to 28% in tropical soil and from 43% to 16% in temperate soil. SDBS also increased oocysts transport through the temperate soil 5-fold, whereas no oocyst transport was detected in tropical soil. SRHA had only a nominal effect in increasing oocysts transport in tropical soil, but caused a 6-fold increase in transport through the temperate soil. Amendments of only 4 mg L–1 SRHA and SDBS decreased oocyst hydrophobicity from 66% to 20% and from 66% to 5%, respectively. However, SDBS increased microsphere hydrophobicity from 16% to 33%. Soil fines, which includes clays, and SRHA, both caused the oocysts zeta potential (ζ) to become more negative, but caused the highly hydrophilic microspheres to become less negatively charged. The disparate behaviors of the two colloids in the presence of an ionic surfactant and natural organic matter suggest that microspheres may not be suitable surrogates for oocysts in certain types of soils. These results indicate that whether or not DOC inhibits or promotes transport of oocysts and microspheres in agricultural soils and by how much, depends not only on the surface characteristics of the colloid, but the nature of the DOC and the soil mineralogy.

  14. Effect of dissolved organic carbon on the transport and attachment behaviors of Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts and carboxylate-modified microspheres advected through temperate humic and tropical volcanic agricultural soil.

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    Mohanram, Arvind; Ray, Chittaranjan; Metge, David W; Barber, Larry B; Ryan, Joseph N; Harvey, Ronald W

    2012-02-21

    Transport of Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts and microspheres in two disparate (a clay- and Fe-rich, volcanic and a temperate, humic) agricultural soils were studied in the presence and absence of 100 mg L(-1) of sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS), and Suwannee River Humic Acid (SRHA) at pH 5.0-6.0. Transport of carboxylate-modified, 1.8 μm microspheres in soil columns was highly sensitive to the nature of the dissolved organic carbon (DOC), whereas oocysts transport was more affected by soil mineralogy. SDBS increased transport of microspheres from 48% to 87% through the tropical soil and from 43% to 93% in temperate soil. In contrast, SRHA reduced transport of microspheres from 48% to 28% in tropical soil and from 43% to 16% in temperate soil. SDBS also increased oocysts transport through the temperate soil 5-fold, whereas no oocyst transport was detected in tropical soil. SRHA had only a nominal effect in increasing oocysts transport in tropical soil, but caused a 6-fold increase in transport through the temperate soil. Amendments of only 4 mg L(-1) SRHA and SDBS decreased oocyst hydrophobicity from 66% to 20% and from 66% to 5%, respectively. However, SDBS increased microsphere hydrophobicity from 16% to 33%. Soil fines, which includes clays, and SRHA, both caused the oocysts zeta potential (ζ) to become more negative, but caused the highly hydrophilic microspheres to become less negatively charged. The disparate behaviors of the two colloids in the presence of an ionic surfactant and natural organic matter suggest that microspheres may not be suitable surrogates for oocysts in certain types of soils. These results indicate that whether or not DOC inhibits or promotes transport of oocysts and microspheres in agricultural soils and by how much, depends not only on the surface characteristics of the colloid, but the nature of the DOC and the soil mineralogy.

  15. Benzoboroxole-functionalized magnetic core/shell microspheres for highly specific enrichment of glycoproteins under physiological conditions.

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    Zhang, Yuting; Ma, Wanfu; Li, Dian; Yu, Meng; Guo, Jia; Wang, Changchun

    2014-04-09

    Efficient enrichment of specific glycoproteins from complex biological samples is of great importance towards the discovery of disease biomarkers in biological systems. Recently, phenylboronic acid-based functional materials have been widely used for enrichment of glycoproteins. However, such enrichment was mainly carried out under alkaline conditions, which is different to the status of glycoproteins in neutral physiological conditions and may cause some unpredictable degradation. In this study, on-demand neutral enrichment of glycoproteins from crude biological samples is accomplished by utilizing the reversible interaction between the cis-diols of glycoproteins and benzoboroxole-functionalized magnetic composite microspheres (Fe3O4/PAA-AOPB). The Fe3O4/PAA-AOPB composite microspheres are deliberately designed and constructed with a high-magnetic-response magnetic supraparticle (MSP) core and a crosslinked poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) shell anchoring abundant benzoboroxole functional groups on the surface. These nanocomposites possessed many merits, such as large enrichment capacity (93.9 mg/g, protein/beads), low non-specific adsorption, quick enrichment process (10 min) and magnetic separation speed (20 s), and high recovery efficiency. Furthermore, the as-prepared Fe3O4/PAA-AOPB microspheres display high selectivity to glycoproteins even in the E. coli lysate or fetal bovine serum, showing great potential in the identify of low-abundance glycoproteins as biomarkers in real complex biological systems for clinical diagnoses. © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  16. Porous Zirconium-Furandicarboxylate Microspheres for Efficient Redox Conversion of Biofuranics.

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    Li, Hu; Liu, Xiaofang; Yang, Tingting; Zhao, Wenfeng; Saravanamurugan, Shunmugavel; Yang, Song

    2017-04-22

    Biofuranic compounds, typically derived from C5 and C6 carbohydrates, have been extensively studied as promising alternatives to chemicals based on fossil resources. The present work reports the simple assembly of biobased 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) with different metal ions to prepare a range of metal-FDCA hybrids under hydrothermal conditions. The hybrid materials were demonstrated to have porous structure and acid-base bifunctionality. Zr-FDCA-T, in particular, showed a microspheric structure, high thermostability (ca. 400 °C), average pore diameters of approximately 4.7 nm, large density, moderate strength of Lewis-base/acid centers (ca. 1.4 mmol g(-1) ), and a small number of Brønsted-acid sites. This material afforded almost quantitative yields of biofuranic alcohols from the corresponding aldehydes under mild conditions through catalytic transfer hydrogenation (CTH). Isotopic (1) H NMR spectroscopy and kinetic studies verified that direct hydride transfer was the dominant pathway and rate-determining step of the CTH. Importantly, the Zr-FDCA-T microspheres could be recycled with no decrease in catalytic performance and little leaching of active sites. Moreover, good yields of C5 (i.e., furfural) or C4 products [i.e., maleic acid and 2(5H)-furanone] could be obtained from furfuryl alcohol without oxidation of the furan ring over these metal-FDCA hybrids. The content and ratio of Lewis-acid/base sites were demonstrated to dominantly affect the catalytic performance of these redox reactions. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Polypropylene nonwoven surface modified through introducing porous microspheres: Preparation, characterization and adsorption

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    Du, Xiao; Wei, Junfu; Liu, Wei; Zhou, Xiangyu; Dai, Danyang

    2016-01-01

    A new porous fabric adsorbent (PM/PP nonwoven) was prepared by hydrogen bonding self-assembly method, in which poly(divinylbenzene-co-4-vinylpyridine) microspheres were introduced onto the surface of PP-g-AA (polypropylene grafted acrylic acid) nonwoven. The effects of the main conditions for self-assembly reaction such as mass ratio of microsphere to nonwoven, pH and the grafting degree of acrylic acid were studied. In addition, the adsorption mechanisms and interactions for three VOCs (styrene, cyclohexane, acetone) were systematically elucidated. The resulting 28.2% PM/PP nonwoven obtained a higher adsorption amount (52.8 mg/g) of styrene vapor, which was 88 times greater than that of original PP nonwoven. Meanwhile, the kinetic studies suggested that the Yoon and Nelson model is suitable to describe the adsorption mechanism of styrene over the modified nonwovens. Adsorption and pressure drop data showed that PM/PP nonwoven had good adsorption ability and air permeability due to its abundant functional groups and porous structures. Taken together, it is expected that PM/PP nonwoven would be a promising adsorbent for removal of VOCs from the gas streams.

  18. Adsorption behavior and mechanism of ibuprofen onto BiOCl microspheres with exposed {001} facets.

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    Li, Jian; Sun, Shiye; Chen, Rong; Zhang, Tuqiao; Ren, Bangxing; Dionysiou, Dionysios D; Wu, Zhejian; Liu, Xiaowei; Ye, Miaomiao

    2017-04-01

    BiOCl microspheres with exposed {001} facets have been synthesized through a simple solvothermal method. The adsorption and photocatalytic activities of BiOCl microspheres were evaluated by removal of ibuprofen (IBP) as the model reaction. Parameters including IBP concentration, BiOCl dosage, and inorganic ions were investigated to reveal the role of adsorption in BiOCl-based photocatalysis. We found that the high IBP removal rate by BiOCl is not due to photocatalytic oxidation but to surface adsorption. The combination of ICP/MS, IC, XPS, and FT-IR results directly proved that anion exchange between dissociated IBP and Cl accompanied by the formation of surface complex (O-Bi-OOC-C 12 H 17 ) onto the BiOCl surface is the main adsorption mechanism. In addition, we also demonstrated that organic compounds with carboxyl group (-COOH) such as diclofenac, benzoic acid, and p-phthalic acid can be adsorbed by BiOCl while organic compounds without carboxyl group such as carbamazepine, nitrobenzene, and p-chloronitrobenzene cannot be adsorbed. We believe that the BiOCl adsorption behavior and mechanism should be considered when discussing its photocatalytic mechanism.

  19. Effect of autologous bone marrow stromal cell seeding and bone morphogenetic protein-2 delivery on ectopic bone formation in a microsphere/poly(propylene fumarate) composite.

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    Kempen, Diederik H R; Kruyt, Moyo C; Lu, Lichun; Wilson, Clayton E; Florschutz, Anthony V; Creemers, Laura B; Yaszemski, Michael J; Dhert, Wouter J A

    2009-03-01

    A biodegradable microsphere/scaffold composite based on the synthetic polymer poly(propylene fumarate) (PPF) holds promise as a scaffold for cell growth and sustained delivery vehicle for growth factors for bone regeneration. The objective of the current work was to investigate the in vitro release and in vivo bone forming capacity of this microsphere/scaffold composite containing bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) in combination with autologous bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) in a goat ectopic implantation model. Three composites consisting of 0, 0.08, or 8 microg BMP-2 per mg of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) microspheres, embedded in a porous PPF scaffold, were combined with either plasma (no cells) or culture-expanded BMSCs. PPF scaffolds impregnated with a BMP-2 solution and combined with BMSCs as well as empty PPF scaffolds were also tested. The eight different composites were implanted subcutaneously in the dorsal thoracolumbar area of goats. Incorporation of BMP-2-loaded microspheres in the PPF scaffold resulted in a more sustained in vitro release with a lower burst phase, as compared to BMP-2-impregnated scaffolds. Histological analysis after 9 weeks of implantation showed bone formation in the pores of 11/16 composites containing 8 microg/mg BMP-2-loaded microspheres with no significant difference between composites with or without BMSCs (6/8 and 5/8, respectively). Bone formation was also observed in 1/8 of the BMP-2-impregnated scaffolds. No bone formation was observed in the other conditions. Overall, this study shows the feasibility of bone induction by BMP-2 release from microspheres/scaffold composites.

  20. Apparatus for washing particulate material. [Removal of silicone oil from microspheres by trichloroethylene

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    Rivera, A.L.; Fowler, V.L.; Justice, G.V.

    1983-12-29

    Transport of nuclear fuel microspheres through a wash liquid is facilitated by feeding a slurry containing the microspheres into the wash liquid via a column having a vibrating tubular screen located under its lower end.

  1. In vitro growth factor release from injectable calcium phosphate cements containing gelatin microspheres.

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    Habraken, W.J.E.M.; Boerman, O.C.; Wolke, J.G.C.; Mikos, A.G.; Jansen, J.A.

    2009-01-01

    To improve the in vivo resorption of an injectable calcium phosphate cement (CPC) for bone tissue engineering purposes, in previous experiments macroporosity was introduced by the in situ degradation of incorporated gelatin microspheres. Gelatin microspheres are also suitable carriers for

  2. Fabrication of Polymer Microspheres for Optical Resonator and Laser Applications.

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    Yamamoto, Yohei; Okada, Daichi; Kushida, Soh; Ngara, Zakarias Seba; Oki, Osamu

    2017-06-02

    This paper describes three methods of preparing fluorescent microspheres comprising π-conjugated or non-conjugated polymers: vapor diffusion, interface precipitation, and mini-emulsion. In all methods, well-defined, micrometer-sized spheres are obtained from a self-assembling process in solution. The vapor diffusion method can result in spheres with the highest sphericity and surface smoothness, yet the types of the polymers able to form these spheres are limited. On the other hand, in the mini-emulsion method, microspheres can be made from various types of polymers, even from highly crystalline polymers with coplanar, π-conjugated backbones. The photoluminescent (PL) properties from single isolated microspheres are unusual: the PL is confined inside the spheres, propagates at the circumference of the spheres via the total internal reflection at the polymer/air interface, and self-interferes to show sharp and periodic resonant PL lines. These resonating modes are so-called "whispering gallery modes" (WGMs). This work demonstrates how to measure WGM PL from single isolated spheres using the micro-photoluminescence (µ-PL) technique. In this technique, a focused laser beam irradiates a single microsphere, and the luminescence is detected by a spectrometer. A micromanipulation technique is then used to connect the microspheres one by one and to demonstrate the intersphere PL propagation and color conversion from coupled microspheres upon excitation at the perimeter of one sphere and detection of PL from the other microsphere. These techniques, µ-PL and micromanipulation, are useful for experiments on micro-optic application using polymer materials.

  3. The synthesis and photocatalytic activity of ZnSe microspheres

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    Cao Huaqiang; Xiao Yujiang; Zhang Sichun, E-mail: hqcao@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn [Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2011-01-07

    This paper reports the synthesis of semiconductor ZnSe microspheres composed of nanoparticles via a solvothermal route between the organic molecule selenophene (C{sub 4}H{sub 4} Se) and ZnCl{sub 2} without adding any surfactant. The ZnSe microspheres were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), specific surface area measurement, and photoluminescence (PL) spectra. A strong and broad blue PL emission at 443 nm in wavelength ({approx}2.79 eV in photon energy) is attributed to the near-band-edge (NBE) emission of ZnSe, while the 530 nm peak is a defect-related (DL) emission. The photocatalytic activity of the as-prepared ZnSe microspheres was evaluated by photodegradation of methyl orange (MO) dye under ultraviolet (UV) light and visible light irradiation. The degradations of MO reach 94% or 95.1%, close to 100%, in the presence of the as-synthesized ZnSe microspheres or commercial ZnSe powder after 7 or 10 h under UV irradiation, respectively. Meanwhile the degradations of MO reach 94.3% or 60.6% in the presence of the as-synthesized ZnSe microspheres or commercial ZnSe powder after 12 h, respectively. The degradation rate of ZnSe microspheres is twice that of ZnSe commercial powder under UV light irradiation, and three times under visible light irradiation. The degradation process of MO dye on ZnSe microspheres under UV or visible light is also discussed.

  4. Microsphere-based super-resolution scanning optical microscope.

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    Huszka, Gergely; Yang, Hui; Gijs, Martin A M

    2017-06-26

    High-refractive index dielectric microspheres positioned within the field of view of a microscope objective in a dielectric medium can focus the light into a so-called photonic nanojet. A sample placed in such nanojet can be imaged by the objective with super-resolution, i.e. with a resolution beyond the classical diffraction limit. However, when imaging nanostructures on a substrate, the propagation distance of a light wave in the dielectric medium in between the substrate and the microsphere must be small enough to reveal the sample's nanometric features. Therefore, only the central part of an image obtained through a microsphere shows super-resolution details, which are typically ∼100 nm using white light (peak at λ = 600 nm). We have performed finite element simulations of the role of this critical distance in the super-resolution effect. Super-resolution imaging of a sample placed beneath the microsphere is only possible within a very restricted central area of ∼10 μm2, where the separation distance between the substrate and the microsphere surface is very small (∼1 μm). To generate super-resolution images over larger areas of the sample, we have fixed a microsphere on a frame attached to the microscope objective, which is automatically scanned over the sample in a step-by-step fashion. This generates a set of image tiles, which are subsequently stitched into a single super-resolution image (with resolution of λ/4-λ/5) of a sample area of up to ∼104 μm2. Scanning a standard optical microscope objective with microsphere therefore enables super-resolution microscopy over the complete field-of-view of the objective.

  5. Preparation of open porous polycaprolactone microspheres and their applications as effective cell carriers in hydrogel system

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    Zhang, Qingchun [Key Laboratory for Ultrafine Materials of Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering (China); Tan, Ke; Ye, Zhaoyang [State Key Laboratory of Bioreactor Engineering, School of Bioengineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, 200237 China (China); Zhang, Yan, E-mail: zhang_yan@ecust.edu.cn [Key Laboratory for Ultrafine Materials of Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering (China); Tan, Wensong [State Key Laboratory of Bioreactor Engineering, School of Bioengineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, 200237 China (China); Lang, Meidong, E-mail: mdlang@ecust.edu.cn [Key Laboratory for Ultrafine Materials of Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering (China)

    2012-12-01

    Common hydrogel, composed of synthetic polymers or natural polysaccharides could not support the adhesion of anchorage-dependent cells due to the lack of cell affinitive interface and high cell constraint. The use of porous polyester microspheres as cell-carriers and introduction of cell-loaded microspheres into the hydrogel system might overcome the problem. However, the preparation of the open porous microsphere especially using polycaprolactone (PCL) has been rarely reported. Here, the open porous PCL microspheres were fabricated via the combined emulsion/solvent evaporation and particle leaching method. The microspheres exhibited porous surface and inter-connective pore structure. Additionally, the pore structure could be easily controlled by adjusting the processing parameters. The surface pore size could be altered from 20 {mu}m to 80 {mu}m and the internal porosities were varied from 30% to 70%. The obtained microspheres were evaluated to delivery mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and showed the improved cell adhesion and growth when compared with the non-porous microspheres. Then, the MSCs loaded microspheres were introduced into agarose hydrogel. MSCs remained alive and sustained proliferation in microsphere/agarose composite in 5-day incubation while a decrement of MSCs viabilities was found in agarose hydrogel without microspheres. The results indicated that the microsphere/hydrogel composite had a great potential in cell therapy and injectable system for tissue regeneration. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The open porous polycaprolactone microspheres were fabricated using paraffin as a porogen. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The microspheres exhibited porous surface and inter-connective pore structure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The surface and internal pore size and porosity of microsphere could be controlled. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The porous microspheres exhibited an improved cell adhesion and proliferation. Black

  6. Porous Hydroxyapatite Scaffold with Three-Dimensional Localized Drug Delivery System Using Biodegradable Microspheres

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    2011-03-21

    the PEI-coated PLGA microspheres labeled with FITC were imaged on a Leica 6000 inverted fluorescence microscope (Leica microsystems, Bannockburn, IL...microspheres and dried overnight at room temperature. This method is illustrated in Fig. 1. Using a Leica 6000 inverted fluorescence microscope , HAp...microspheres. (B) Fluorescence microscope image of PEI-coated PLGA microspheres. Fig. 4. (A) Zeta potential profile of (a) sintered HAp, (b) control PLGA

  7. In situ one-pot preparation of superparamagnetic hydrophilic porous microspheres for covalently immobilizing penicillin G acylase to synthesize amoxicillin

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    Xue, Ping; Gu, Yaohua; Su, Weiguang; Shuai, Huihui; Wang, Julan

    2016-01-01

    Magnetic hydrophilic porous microspheres were successfully one-pot synthesized for the first time via in situ inverse suspension polymerization of glycidyl methacrylate, N,N‧-methylene bisacrylamide and 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate in the presence of Fe3+ and Fe2+ dispersed in formamide, which were denoted as magnetic Fe3O4-GMH microspheres. The morphology and properties of magnetic Fe3O4-GMH microspheres were characterized by SEM, VSM, XRD, FTIR, and so on. The formamide content had an important influence on the morphology of Fe3O4-GMH, and nearly perfectly spherical Fe3O4-GMH particles were formed when the amount of formamide was 15 ml. The diameters of the microspheres were in the range of 100-200 μm and Fe3O4-GMH exhibited superparamagnetic behavior with the saturation magnetization of 5.44 emu/g. The specific surface area of microspheres was 138.7 m2/g, the average pore diameter and pore volume were 15.1 nm and 0.60 cm3/g, respectively. The content of oxirane groups on Fe3O4-GMH was 0.40 mmol/g. After penicillin G acylase (PGA) was covalently immobilized on Fe3O4-GMH microspheres, the catalytic performance for amoxicillin synthesis by 6-aminopenicillanic acid and D-hydroxyphenylglycine methyl ester was largely improved. As a result, 90.1% amoxicillin yield and 1.18 of the synthesis/hydrolysis (S/H) ratio were achieved on PGA/Fe3O4-GMH with ethylene glycol as solvent, but only 62.6% amoxicillin yield and 0.37 of the S/H ratio were obtained on free PGA under the same reaction conditions. Furthermore, the amoxicillin yield and S/H ratio were still kept at 88.2% and 1.06, respectively after the immobilized PGA was magnetically separated and recycled for 10 times, indicating that PGA/Fe3O4-GMH had a very good reusability.

  8. Formulation and in vitro Evaluation of Eudragit® Microspheres of ...

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    Methods: Microspheres were prepared by solvent evaporation method using an acetone / liquid paraffin system. Magnesium stearate was used as the droplet stabilizer and n-hexane was added to harden the microspheres. The prepared microspheres were characterized for their micromeritic properties and drug loading, ...

  9. Ulex europaeus 1 lectin targets microspheres to mouse Peyer's patch M-cells in vivo.

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    Foster, N; Clark, M A; Jepson, M A; Hirst, B H

    1998-03-01

    The interaction of latex microspheres with mouse Peyer's patch membranous M-cells was studied in a mouse gut loop model after the microspheres were coated with a variety of agents. Carboxylated microspheres (diameter 0.5 micron) were covalently coated with lectins Ulex europaeus 1, Concanavalin A, Euonymus europaeus and Bandeiraea simplicifolia 1 isolectin-B4, human immunoglobulin A or bovine serum albumin. Of the treatments examined, only Ulex europaeus (UEA1) resulted in significant selective binding of microspheres to M-cells. UEA1-coated microspheres bound to M-cells at a level 100-fold greater than BSA-coated microspheres, but binding to enterocytes was unaffected. Incubation of UEA1-coated microspheres with alpha-L-fucose reduced M-cell binding to a level comparable with BSA-coated microspheres. This indicated that targeting by UEA1 was via a carbohydrate receptor on the M-cell surface. Adherence of UEA1-coated microspheres to M-cells occurred within 10 min of inoculation into mouse gut loops and UEA1-coated microspheres were transported to 10 microns below the apical surface of M-cells within 60 min of inoculation. UEA1-coated microspheres also targeted mouse Peyer's patch M-cells after intragastric administration. These results demonstrated that altering the surface chemistry of carboxylated polystyrene microspheres increased M-cell targeting, suggesting a strategy to enhance delivery of vaccine antigens to the mucosal immune system.

  10. Preparation of chitosan-TPP microspheres as resveratrol carriers.

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    Cho, Ah Ra; Chun, Yong Gi; Kim, Bum Keun; Park, Dong June

    2014-04-01

    Resveratrol (3,4',5-trihydroxy-trans-stilbene)-loaded chitosan-sodium tripolyphosphate (TPP) microspheres using high (310 to 375 kDa) and medium (190 to 310 kDa) molecular weight chitosan and TPP in varying concentrations were produced to improve resveratrol bioavailability. A 450 μm nozzle encapsulator was used to produce the microspheres. The mean microsphere particle size was between 160 and 206 μm, and exhibited a narrower size distribution as the TPP solution concentration increased. The encapsulation efficiency increased from 94% to 99% with a decrease in chitosan concentration from 1% to 0.5% and a decrease in crystallinity of the microspheres. FTIR data showed a polyelectrolyte interaction between chitosan and TPP. X-ray diffraction patterns were matched up with DSC and FTIR, which shows decrease of crystallinity and enhancement of hydrogen bonding with TPP concentration. An increase in the concentration of TPP solution from 1% to 3% led to a lower initial burst of resveratrol release. These results suggest that chitosan-TPP microspheres could be used as a potential delivery system to control the release of resveratrol. © 2014 Institute of Food Technologists®

  11. A review on target drug delivery: magnetic microspheres

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    Amit Chandna

    2013-01-01

    Magnetic microsphere is newer approach in pharmaceutical field. Magnetic microspheres as an alternative to traditional radiation methods which use highly penetrating radiation that is absorbed throughout the body. Its use is limited by toxicity and side effects. The aim of the specific targeting is to enhance the efficiency of drug delivery & at the same time to reduce the toxicity & side effects. This kind of delivery system is very much important which localises the drug to the disease site. In this larger amount of freely circulating drug can be replaced by smaller amount of magnetically targeted drug. Magnetic carriers receive magnetic responses to a magnetic field from incorporated materials that are used for magnetic microspheres are chitosan, dextran etc. magnetic microspheres can be prepared from a variety of carrier material. One of the most utilized is serum albumin from human or other appropriate species. Drug release from albumin microspheres can be sustained or controlled by various stabilization procedures generally involving heat or chemical cross-linking of the protein carrier matrix.

  12. Optimization of levofloxacin-loaded crosslinked chitosan microspheres for inhaled aerosol therapy.

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    Gaspar, Marisa C; Sousa, João J S; Pais, Alberto A C C; Cardoso, Olga; Murtinho, Dina; Serra, M Elisa S; Tewes, Frédéric; Olivier, Jean-Christophe

    2015-10-01

    The aim of this work was the development of innovative levofloxacin-loaded swellable microspheres (MS) for the dry aerosol therapy of pulmonary chronicPseudomonas aeruginosainfections in Cystic Fibrosis patients. In a first step, a factorial design was applied to optimize formulations of chitosan-based MS with glutaraldehyde as crosslinker. After optimization, other crosslinkers (genipin, glutaric acid and glyceraldehyde) were tested. Analyses of MS included aerodynamic and swelling properties, morphology, drug loading, thermal and chemical characteristics,in vitroantibacterial activity and drug release studies. The prepared MS presented a drug content ranging from 39.8% to 50.8% of levofloxacin in an amorphous or dispersed state, antibacterial activity and fast release profiles. The highest degree of swelling was obtained for MS crosslinked with glutaric acid and genipin. These formulations also presented satisfactory aerodynamic properties, making them a promising alternative, in dry-powder inhalers, to levofloxacin solution for inhalation. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Carboxymethyl starch mucoadhesive microspheres as gastroretentive dosage form.

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    Lemieux, Marc; Gosselin, Patrick; Mateescu, Mircea Alexandru

    2015-12-30

    Carboxymethyl starch microspheres (CMS-MS) were produced from carboxymethyl starch powder (CMS-P) with a degree of substitution (DS) from 0.1 to 1.5 in order to investigate the influence of DS on physicochemical, drug release and mucoadhesion properties as well as interactions with gastrointestinal tract (GIT) epithelial barrier models. Placebo and furosemide loaded CMS-MS were obtained by emulsion-crosslinking with sodium trimetaphosphate (STMP). DS had an impact on increasing equilibrium water uptake and modulating drug release properties of the CMS-MS according to the surrounding pH. The transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER) of NCI-N87 gastric cell monolayers was not influenced in presence of CMS-MS, whereas that of Caco-2 intestinal cell monolayers decreased with increasing DS but recovered initial values at about 15h post-treatment. CMS-MS with increasing DS also enhanced furosemide permeability across both NCI-N87 and Caco-2 monolayers at pH gradients from 3.0 to 7.4. Mucoadhesion of CMS-MS on gastric mucosa (acidic condition) increased with the DS up to 55% for a DS of 1.0 but decreased on neutral intestinal mucosa to less than 10% with DS of 0.1. The drug release, permeability enhancement and mucoadhesive properties of the CMS-MS suggest CMS-MS with DS between 0.6 and 1.0 as suitable excipient for gastroretentive oral delivery dosage forms. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Pharmacokinetics and distributions of bevacizumab by intravitreal injection of bevacizumab-PLGA microspheres in rabbits

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    Zhuo Ye

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available AIM:To investigate the pharmacokinetics and distributions of bevacizumab by intravitreal injection of prepared bevacizumab-poly (L-lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA microspheres in rabbits, to provide evidence for clinical application of this kind of bevacizumab sustained release dosage form.METHODS:Bevacizumab was encapsulated into PLGA microsphere via the solid-in-oil-in-hydrophilic oil (S/O/hO method. Fifteen healthy New Zealand albino-rabbits were used in experiments. The eyes of each rabbit received an intravitreal injection. The left eyes were injected with prepared bevacizumab-PLGA microspheres and the right eyes were injected with bevacizumab solution. After intravitreal injection, rabbits were randomly selected at days 3, 7, 14, 28 and 42 respectively, three animals each day. Then we used immunofluorescence staining to observe the distribution and duration of bevacizumab in rabbit eye tissues, and used the sandwich ELISA to quantify the concentration of free bevacizumab from the rabbit aqueous humor and vitreous after intravitreal injection.RESULTS:The results show that the concentration of bevacizumab in vitreous and aqueous humor after administration of PLGA formulation was higher than that of bevacizumab solution. The T1/2 of intravitreal injection of bevacizumab-PLGA microspheres is 9.6d in vitreous and 10.2d in aqueous humor, and the T1/2 of intravitreal injection of soluble bevacizumab is 3.91d in vitreous and 4.1d in aqueous humor. There were statistical significant difference for comparison the results of the bevacizumab in vitreous and aqueous humor between the left and right eyes (P<0.05. The AUC0-t of the sustained release dosage form was 1-fold higher than that of the soluble form. The relative bioavailability was raised significantly. The immunofluorescence staining of PLGA-encapsulated bevacizumab (b-PLGA in rabbit eye tissues was still observed up to 42d. It was longer than that of the soluble form.CONCLUSION: The result of

  15. Pulp regeneration in a full-length human tooth root using a hierarchical nanofibrous microsphere system.

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    Li, Xiangwei; Ma, Chi; Xie, Xiaohua; Sun, Hongchen; Liu, Xiaohua

    2016-04-15

    While pulp regeneration using tissue engineering strategy has been explored for over a decade, successful regeneration of pulp tissues in a full-length human root with a one-end seal that truly simulates clinical endodontic treatment has not been achieved. To address this challenge, we designed and synthesized a unique hierarchical growth factor-loaded nanofibrous microsphere scaffolding system. In this system, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) binds with heparin and is encapsulated in heparin-conjugated gelatin nanospheres, which are further immobilized in the nanofibers of an injectable poly(l-lactic acid) (PLLA) microsphere. This hierarchical microsphere system not only protects the VEGF from denaturation and degradation, but also provides excellent control of its sustained release. In addition, the nanofibrous PLLA microsphere integrates the extracellular matrix-mimicking architecture with a highly porous injectable form, efficiently accommodating dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs) and supporting their proliferation and pulp tissue formation. Our in vivo study showed the successful regeneration of pulp-like tissues that fulfilled the entire apical and middle thirds and reached the coronal third of the full-length root canal. In addition, a large number of blood vessels were regenerated throughout the canal. For the first time, our work demonstrates the success of pulp tissue regeneration in a full-length root canal, making it a significant step toward regenerative endodontics. The regeneration of pulp tissues in a full-length tooth root canal has been one of the greatest challenges in the field of regenerative endodontics, and one of the biggest barriers for its clinical application. In this study, we developed a unique approach to tackle this challenge, and for the first time, we successfully regenerated living pulp tissues in a full-length root canal, making it a significant step toward regenerative endodontics. This study will make positive scientific

  16. Nano pores evolution in hydroxyapatite microsphere during spark plasma sintering

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    Lin C.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Micron-spherical granules of hydroxyapatite (HAp nanoparticles were prepared by powder granulation methods. Through subsequent sintering, porous HAp microspheres with tailored pore and grain framework structures were obtained. Detailed microstructure investigation by SEM and TEM revealed the correlation of the pore structure and the necking strength with the sintering profiles that determine the coalescence features of the nanoparticles. The partially sintered porous HAp microspheres containing more than 50% porosity consisting of pores and grains both in nano-scale are active in inducing the precipitation of HAp in simulated body fluid. The nano-porous HAp microspheres with an extensive surface and interconnecting pores thus demonstrate the potential of stimulating the formation of collagen and bone and the integration with the newly formed bones during physiological bone remodeling.

  17. Strain sensor based on hollow microsphere Fabry-Perot cavity

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    Monteiro, Catarina S.; Silva, Susana O.; Frazão, Orlando

    2017-08-01

    Fusion splicing technique was explored for the fabrication of two sensing structures based on hollow microsphere Fabry- Perot cavity. The first sensor proposed was fabricated with a hollow microsphere tip, working as a probe sensor. This structure was studied for lateral load pressure, yielding a 1.56 +/- 0.01 nm/N sensitivity. The second sensing structure relied on an in-line hollow microsphere, which allowed the detection of lateral load, with a sensitivity of 2.62 +/- 0.02 nm/N. Furthermore, the proposed structure enabled strain sensing, with a sensitivity of 4.66 +/- 0.03 pm/μɛ. The two sensing structures were subjected to temperature, presenting low thermal cross-sensitivity.

  18. Floating microspheres: to prolong the gastric retention time in stomach.

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    Bhadouriya, Priyanka; Kumar, Manish; Pathak, Kamla

    2012-05-01

    A gastroretentive drug delivery system with prolong retention time in the stomach have great practical importance for drugs with an absorption window in the upper small intestine. Floating drug delivery system are expected to remain buoyant in the gastric content for prolong duration of time thus enhance the bioavailability of drugs. There are several gastroretentive drug delivery systems, which are floating microspheres, granules, tablets, powder, pills, laminated films and capsules. Floating microspheres are gaining special attention because of their wide applicability in the targeting of drug to stomach. Floating microspheres have several advantages, that they remain buoyant in the stomach and distributed uniformly to avoid the vagaries of gastric emptying and release the drug for prolong period of time.

  19. Temperature influence in crystallinity of polymer microspheres; Influencia da temperatura na cristalinidade de microesferas polimericas

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    Rezende, Cristiane de P.; Novack, Katia M., E-mail: knovack@iceb.ufop.br [Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto - UFOP, ICEB, DEQUI, Ouro Preto, MG (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    Drug delivery technology is evolving through the creation of new techniques of drug delivery effectively. The new methods used in drugs administration are based in microencapsulation process. Microsphere encapsulation modifies drug delivery bringing benefits and efficiency. In this work has been evaluated the influence of temperature in microspheres preparation. Microspheres were obtained by PMMA-co-PEG (COP) copolymer with indomethacin inserted in polymer matrix. Samples were characterized by SEM, DSC and XRD. SEM micrographs confirmed the formation of different sizes of microspheres and it was verified that higher temperatures make more crystalline microspheres. (author)

  20. Photo-crosslinked HAMA hydrogel with cordycepin encapsulated chitosan microspheres for osteoarthritis treatment.

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    Xia, Chen; Chen, Pengfei; Mei, Sheng; Ning, Lei; Lei, Chenyang; Wang, Jiying; Zhang, Jianfeng; Ma, Jianjun; Fan, Shunwu

    2017-01-10

    Autophagy is a protective mechanism in normal cartilage. The present study aimed to investigate the synergistic therapeutic effect of promotion of chondrocyte autophagy via exposure to cordycepin encapsulated by chitosan microspheres (CM-cordycepin) and photo-crosslinked hyaluronic acid methacrylate (HAMA) hydrogel, with the goal of evaluating CM-cordycepin as a treatment for patients with osteoarthritis. First, we developed and evaluated the characteristics of HAMA hydrogels and chitosan microspheres. Next, we measured the effect of cordycepin on cartilage matrix degradation induced by IL1-β in chondrocytes and an ex vivo model. Cordycepin protects cartilage from degradation partly by activation of autophagy. Moreover, we surgically induced osteoarthritis in mice, which were injected intra-articularly with CM-cordycepin and HAMA. The combination of CM-cordycepin and HAMA hydrogel retarded the progression of surgically induced OA. Cordycepin ameliorated cartilage matrix degradation at least partially by inducing autophagy in vivo. Our results demonstrate that the combination of cordycepin encapsulated by CMs and photo-crosslinked HAMA hydrogel could be a promising strategy for treating patients with osteoarthritis.

  1. Preparation of cationic starch microspheres and study on their absorption to anionic-type substance.

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    Zheng, Jie; Wang, YaNan; Feng, ZuoShan; Kuang, ZeMin; Zhao, DeZhou; Jiao, XueMin

    2015-01-01

    Cationic starch microspheres (CSMs) were prepared from lab-made neutral starch-based microspheres using a cationic adsorbent, namely 3-chloro-2-hydroxypropyltrimethyl ammonium chloride, as the cationic etherifying agent. Detection by scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and laser diffraction techniques revealed that CSMs had coarse surfaces with good sphericity and dispersibility. Differential thermal analysis showed the lower thermostability of the CSMs' main chains. Furthermore, scores of experiments confirmed that CSMs are capable of absorption to N-(phosphonomethyl) iminodiacetic acid (PMIDA), a type of anionic substance, which is the intermediate to the preparation of glyphosate, maximally up to 95.24 mg/g. Compared with the Freundlich isotherm model, the Langmuir isotherm model can better describe the absorption process. The kinetic study showed that the pseudo-second-order model demonstrated a better correlation of the experimental data in contrast with the pseudo-first-order model. It can be therefore concluded that the rate-limiting step was the chemical absorption rather than the mass transport.

  2. PRODUCTION OF CLARITHROMYCIN LOADED CHITOSAN MICROSPHERES BY SPRAY DRYING: AN OPTIMIZATION STUDY

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    Duygu ALTIOK

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori is one of the most common patogens in the world. Although the microorganism is susceptible to many antimicrobial agents, the eradication rate is very low due to poor permeability of the antibiotics across the mucus layer, poor stability of the drug in the acidic pH of the gastric fluid, short residence time of antibiotic in the stomach and development of resistance to antimicrobial agents. The main purpose of this study was to optimize the spray drying process for the production of chitosan based microspheres loaded with clarithromycin resulting the stomach-specific delivery system to increase the gastric residence time, to allow better antibiotic penetration through the gastric mucus layer and to act locally at the infectious site. The optimum conditions and the significance of some parameters (inlet air temperature, drug concentration and feed flow rate on spray drying efficiency and properties of clarithromycin loaded microspheres in terms of the water activity and morphology were determined by Central Composite Design (CCD and Response Surface Methodology (RSM.

  3. Technical aspects of radioembolization with 90Y microspheres.

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    Salem, Riad; Lewandowski, Robert J; Sato, Kent T; Atassi, Bassel; Ryu, Robert K; Ibrahim, Saad; Nemcek, Albert A; Omary, Reed A; Madoff, David C; Murthy, Ravi

    2007-03-01

    Embolotherapy with radioactive microspheres, radioembolization, is gaining clinical acceptance as a therapeutic option for patients with liver malignancies. Knowledge of the anatomic variants in the mesenteric system is critical to safely administer this therapy. The purpose of this review is to provide a thorough discussion and detailed presentation of the technical aspects of radioembolization specifically as it pertains to the implantation devices. Normal vascular anatomy, commonly encountered variants, and factors involved in changes to regional perfusion in the presence of liver tumors are discussed. In addition, the basic principles described in this manuscript apply to all liver-directed transarterial therapies, such as chemoembolization and/or drug-eluting microspheres.

  4. Modified composite microspheres of hydroxyapatite and poly(lactide-co-glycolide) as an injectable scaffold

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    Hu, Xixue [BNLMS, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); CAS Key Laboratory for Biomedical Effects of Nanomaterials and Nanosafety, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing 100190 (China); Shen, Hong, E-mail: shenhong516@iccas.ac.cn [BNLMS, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Yang, Fei [BNLMS, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Liang, Xinjie [CAS Key Laboratory for Biomedical Effects of Nanomaterials and Nanosafety, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing 100190 (China); Wang, Shenguo, E-mail: wangsg@iccas.ac.cn [BNLMS, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Wu, Decheng, E-mail: dcwu@iccas.ac.cn [BNLMS, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China)

    2014-02-15

    The compound of hydroxyapatite-poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (HA-PLGA) was prepared by ionic bond between HA and PLGA. HA-PLGA was more stable than the simple physical blend of hydroxyapatite and poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (HA/PLGA). The surface of HA-PLGA microsphere fabricated by an emulsion–solvent evaporation method was rougher than that of HA/PLGA microspheres. Moreover, surface HA content of HA-PLGA microspheres was more than that of HA/PLGA microspheres. In vitro mouse OCT-1 osteoblast-like cell culture results showed that the HA-PLGA microspheres clearly promoted osteoblast attachment, proliferation and alkaline phosphatase activity. It was considered that surface rich HA component and rough surface of HA-PLGA microsphere enhanced cell growth and differentiation. The good cell affinity of the HA-PLGA microspheres indicated that they could be used as an injectable scaffold for bone tissue engineering.

  5. Production of monodisperse silica gel microspheres for bioencapsulation by extrusion into an oil cross-flow.

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    Benson, Joey J; Wackett, Lawrence P; Aksan, Alptekin

    2016-06-29

    Silica gel microspheres are ideal materials for bioencapsulation due to their mechanical properties, biocompatibility, and stability. Encapsulated cells are isolated from the environment and protected from predators, changes in pH, and osmotic stress. However methods for the production of silica gel microspheres suitable for bioencapsulation are not well established. This paper describes a method for the production of monodisperse silicon alkoxide cross-linked silica nanoparticle (SNP) gel microspheres for bioencapsulation in which silica gel precursor is extruded from a needle into a cross-flowing stream of mineral oil. Microspheres produced ranged from 1.3 to 2.9 mm in diameter with coefficients of variation ranging from 2 to 6%. Microsphere size was mainly controlled by the flowrate of the cross-flowing oil and smaller microspheres generally had larger coefficients of variation. The method described in this paper can be optimised to produce silica gel microspheres with a diverse range of compositions and properties.

  6. Facile fabrication of various zinc-nickel citrate microspheres and their transformation to ZnO-NiO hybrid microspheres with excellent lithium storage properties

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    Xie, Qingshui; Ma, Yating; Zeng, Deqian; Wang, Laisen; Yue, Guanghui; Peng, Dong-Liang

    2015-02-01

    Zinc-nickel citrate microspheres are prepared by a simple aging process of zinc citrate solid microspheres in nickel nitrate solution. As the concentration of nickel nitrate solution increases, the morphology of the produced zinc-nickel citrate evolves from solid, yolk-shell to hollow microspheres. The formation mechanism of different zinc-nickel citrate microspheres is discussed. After annealing treatment of the corresponding zinc-nickel citrate microspheres in air, three different ZnO-NiO hybrid architectures including solid, yolk-shell and hollow microspheres can be successfully fabricated. When applied as the anode materials for lithium ion batteries, ZnO-NiO hybrid yolk-shell microspheres demonstrate the best electrochemical properties than solid and hollow counterparts. After 200th cycles, ZnO-NiO hybrid yolk-shell microspheres deliver a high reversible capacity of 1176 mA h g-1. The unique yolk-shell configuration, the synergetic effect between ZnO and NiO and the catalytic effect of metal Ni generated by the reduction of NiO during discharging process are responsible for the excellent lithium storage properties of ZnO-NiO hybrid yolk-shell microspheres.

  7. Surface modification of cyclomatrix polyphosphazene microsphere by thiol-ene chemistry and lectin recognition

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    Chen, Chen; Zhu, Xue-yan; Gao, Qiao-ling; Fang, Fei; Huang, Xiao-jun, E-mail: hxjzxh@zju.edu.cn

    2016-11-30

    Graphical abstract: A new synthetic route leading to polyphosphazene cyclomatrix microsphere with various functional groups has achieved via thiol-ene click modification. Herein, hexacholorocyclophosphazene (HCCP) crosslinked with bisphenol-S and 4,4′-diallyl bisphenol-S to generate broadly dispersed microspheres. Thiol-ene modification under UV irradiation not only presented high efficiency and flexibility for post-functionalization, but also imposed no harm on global morphology and crosslinked skeleton of such microspheres. - Highlights: • Functional polyphosphazene microspheres with high chemical flexibility were synthesized by thiol-ene modification. • Polyphosphazene microspheres possessed high thermal stability. • Glycosylated polyphosphazene microspheres showed affinity to lectin Con-A, which inferred potential application in biomedicine. - Abstract: A new synthetic route leading to functional polyphosphazene cyclomatrix microsphere has been developed via thiol-ene click modification. Hexacholorocyclophosphazene (HCCP) was crosslinked with both bisphenol-S and 4,4′-diallyl bisphenol-S to obtain vinyl polyphosphazene microspheres (VPZM) in order to ensure high crosslinking degree and introduce vinyl moieties. Compared to the microspheres obtained by HCCP and bisphenol-S, the size of VPZM was broadly dispersed from 400 nm to 1.40 μm. Thiol-ene click reactions were carried out to attach functional groups, such as glucosyl, carboxyl, ester and dodecyl groups onto polyphosphazene microspheres, which demonstrated no change in morphology and size after modification. Solid state NMR (SSNMR) and Fourier transform infrared spectoscopy (FT-IR) results showed that the vinyl moieties were introduced in the period of crosslinking and functionalization was also successful via click reactions. Moreover, the microspheres presented a little difference in thermal properties after modification. Concanavalin A (Con-A) fluorescent adsorption was also observed for

  8. Fabrication of polystyrene hollow microspheres as laser fusion ...

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    Centre for Advanced Technology (CAT), Indore 452 013, India. MS received 26 June 2001; revised 7 December 2001. Abstract. Inertial confinement fusion, frequently referred to as ICF, inertial fusion, or laser fu- sion, is a means of producing energy by imploding small hollow microspheres containing thermo- nuclear fusion ...

  9. Method for forming microspheres for encapsulation of nuclear waste

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    Angelini, Peter; Caputo, Anthony J.; Hutchens, Richard E.; Lackey, Walter J.; Stinton, David P.

    1984-01-01

    Microspheres for nuclear waste storage are formed by gelling droplets containing the waste in a gelation fluid, transferring the gelled droplets to a furnace without the washing step previously used, and heating the unwashed gelled droplets in the furnace under temperature or humidity conditions that result in a substantially linear rate of removal of volatile components therefrom.

  10. An all-fiber coupled multicolor microspherical light source

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    O'Shea, Danny G.; Ward, Jonathan M.; Shortt, Brian J.; Chormaic, Sile Nic

    2007-01-01

    We present results on the realization of an all-taper coupled, multicolor microspherical light source fabricated,from the erbium-doped fluoride glass ZBLALiP. Whispering gallery mode lasing at 1555 nm and fluorescent emissions from the ultraviolet to the infrared (IR) have been observed. A tapered

  11. Development of activity standard for 90Y microspheres

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    Mo, L

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available 90Y is a therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals used in the treatment of liver cancer following implantation via a catheter in the hepatic artery, 90Y microspheres are embolised in the microvasculature of liver cancer where they irradiate the tumour by a...

  12. Improved antireflection coated microspheres for biological applications of optical tweezers

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    Ferro, Valentina; Sonnberger, Aaron; Abdosamadi, Mohammad K.; McDonald, Craig; Schäffer, Erik; McGloin, David

    2016-09-01

    The success of optical tweezers in cellular biology1 is in part due to the wide range of forces that can be applied, from femto- to hundreds of pico-Newtons; nevertheless extending the range of applicable forces to the nanoNewton regime opens access to a new set of phenomena that currently lie beyond optical manipulation. A successful approach to overcome the conventional limits on trapping forces involves the optimization of the trapped probes. Jannasch et al.2 demonstrated that an anti-reflective shell of nanoporous titanium dioxide (aTiO2, nshell = 1.75) on a core particle made out of titanium dioxide in the anatase phase (cTiO2, ncore = 2.3) results in trappable microspheres capable to reach forces above 1 nN. Here we present how the technique can be further improved by coating the high refractive index microspheres with an additional anti-reflective shell made out of silica (SiO2). This external shell not only improves the trap stability for microspheres of different sizes, but also enables the use of functionalization techniques already established for commercial silica beads in biological experiments. We are also investigating the use of these new microspheres as probes to measure adhesion forces between intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1) and lymphocyte function-associated antigen 1 (LFA-1) in effector T-Cells and will present preliminary results comparing standard and high-index beads.

  13. Lacidipine encapsulated gastroretentive microspheres prepared by chemical denaturation for pylorospasm.

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    Sultana, S; Bhavna; Iqbal, Z; Panda, B P; Talegaonkar, S; Bhatnagar, A; Ahmad, F J

    2009-08-01

    The purpose of this research work was to formulate and systematically evaluate in vitro performance of mucoadhesive microspheres of lacidipine for treatment of pylorospasm. Lacidipine microspheres containing chitosan were prepared by chemical denaturation using glutaraldehyde as a cross-linking agent. The microspheres were evaluated for physical characteristics such as particle size, particle shape and surface morphology by scanning electron microscopy, drug entrapment efficiency and in vitro mucoadhesion. Results of preliminary trials indicated that the polymer concentration, cross-linking agent and stirring speed had a noticeable effect on size and surface morphology. A central composite design was employed to study the effect of independent variables, polymer concentration (X(1)), volume of glutaraldehyde (X(2)), stirring speed (X(3)) and cross-linking time (X(4)) on dependent variables, drug entrapment efficiency and percentage mucoadhesion. The entrapment efficiency varied from 14-40.82% depending upon the polymer concentration, volume of cross-linker and stirring speed. All batches of microspheres exhibited good mucoadhesive property (73-83%) in the in vitro wash-off test. It was observed that polymer concentration and glutaraldehyde volume had a more significant effect on the dependent variables. Maximum entrapment (36.53%) and mucoadhesion (81.33%) was predicted at 3.5% chitosan, 3 ml glutaraldehyde, 3000 rpm stirring speed and 75 min cross-linking time under optimized process condition. The selected formulation showed controlled release for more than 6 h. The release followed Higuchi kinetics via a Fickian diffusion.

  14. Preparation and Characterization of Colon-Specific Microspheres of ...

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    maximum by dissolving the layers of rough surface of polymer. The formulation F2 showed biphasic pattern i.e. initial fast release (as above. 50 % in only ½ h) called as burst effect, due to the large size of pores on the surface of microspheres and then sustained release due to smooth surface. The formulation F3 showed the.

  15. Remediation of coal mining wastewaters using chitosan microspheres

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    Geremias, R.; Pedrosa, R.C.; Benassi, J.C.; Favere, V.T.; Stolberg, J.; Menezes, C.T.B.; Laranjeira, M.C.M. [Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis (Brazil)

    2003-12-01

    This study aimed to evaluate the potential use of chitosan and chitosan/poly(vinylalcohol) microspheres incorporating tetrasulphonated copper (II) phthalocyanine (CTS / PVA / TCP) in the remediation of coal mining wastewaters. The process was monitored by toxicity tests both before and after adsorption treatments with chitosan and microspheres. Physicochemical parameters, including pH and trace-metal concentration, as well as bioindicators of water pollution were used to that end. Wastewater samples collected from drainage of underground coal mines, decantation pools, and contaminated rivers were scrutinized. Acute toxicity tests were performed using the Brine Shrimp Test (BST) in order to evaluate the remediation efficiency of different treatments. The results showed that the pH of treated wastewater samples were improved to values close to neutrality. Chitosan treatments were also effective in removing trace-metals. Pre-treatment with chitosan followed by microsphere treatment (CTS / PVA / TCP) was more effective in decreasing toxicity than the treatment using only chitosan. This was probably due to the elimination of pollutants other than trace-metals. Thus, the use of chitosan and microspheres is an adequate alternative towards remediation of water pollution from coal mining.

  16. Microfluidic pump based on arrays of rotating magnetic microspheres

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    van den Beld, Wesley Theodorus Eduardus; de Weerd, Eddy L; Abelmann, Leon; Bomer, Johan G.; van den Berg, Albert; Eijkel, Jan C.T.; Fujii, T.; Hibara, A.; Takeuchi, S.; Fukuba, T.

    2012-01-01

    We demonstrate a novel, flexible and biocompatible method to pump liquid through microchannels without the use of an external pump. The pumping principle is based on the rotation of superparamagnetic microspheres around permalloy disks, driven by an external in-plane rotating magnetic field. By

  17. Chitosan-Montmorillonite microspheres: A sustainable fertilizer delivery system.

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    dos Santos, Bruna Rodrigues; Bacalhau, Fabiana Britti; Pereira, Tamires dos Santos; Souza, Claudinei Fonseca; Faez, Roselena

    2015-08-20

    Controlled release fertilizers are efficient tools that increase the sustainability of agricultural practices. However, the biodegradability of the matrices and the determination of the release into soil still require some investigation. This paper describes the preparation of potassium-containing microspheres based on chitosan and montmorillonite clay and the in situ soil release. The chitosan-montmorillonite microspheres were prepared using a coagulation method and different proportions of montmorillonite. The structural, thermal and morphological properties as well the water swelling and fertilizer sorption capacity were evaluated. The best formulations were applied in soil, and the fertilizer release was monitored using time-domain reflectometry (TDR). Montmorillonite clay provides better sorption properties than the chitosan microspheres because of the rough and porous surface. Due to these properties, high levels of fertilizer were sorbed onto the material. ChMMT33-containing potassium shows two specific periods of fertilizer release: the first one lasted approximately three days and was assigned to the external fertilizer on the microspheres. The second was assigned to the internal fertilizer. TDR is an important and fast tool and was used to determine the fertilizer release and the ion movement in the soil. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Formulation and evaluation of matrix microspheres for simultaneous ...

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    Purpose: The objective of this study was to formulate and evaluate a matrix microsphere system for simultaneous delivery of two anti-asthmatic drugs Salbutamol sulphate and Theophylline which are often indicated for the management of asthma, their frequent dosing may reduce compliance, thus making a prolonged ...

  19. Porous metal oxide microspheres from ion exchange resin

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    Picart, S.; Parant, P.; Caisso, M.; Remy, E.; Mokhtari, H.; Jobelin, I.; Bayle, J. P.; Martin, C. L.; Blanchart, P.; Ayral, A.; Delahaye, T.

    2015-07-01

    This study is devoted to the synthesis and the characterization of porous metal oxide microsphere from metal loaded ion exchange resin. Their application concerns the fabrication of uranium-americium oxide pellets using the powder-free process called Calcined Resin Microsphere Pelletization (CRMP). Those mixed oxide ceramics are one of the materials envisaged for americium transmutation in sodium fast neutron reactors. The advantage of such microsphere precursor compared to classical oxide powder is the diminution of the risk of fine dissemination which can be critical for the handling of highly radioactive powders such as americium based oxides and the improvement of flowability for the filling of compaction chamber. Those millimetric oxide microspheres incorporating uranium and americium were synthesized and characterizations showed a very porous microstructure very brittle in nature which occurred to be adapted to shaping by compaction. Studies allowed to determine an optimal heat treatment with calcination temperature comprised between 700-800 °C and temperature rate lower than 2 °C/min. Oxide Precursors were die-pressed into pellets and then sintered under air to form regular ceramic pellets of 95% of theoretical density (TD) and of homogeneous microstructure. This study validated thus the scientific feasibility of the CRMP process to prepare bearing americium target in a powder free manner.

  20. PtNi nanoparticles embedded in porous silica microspheres as ...

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    Supported Pt-based alloy nanoparticles have attracted greater attention in catalysis due to their high activity, reduced cost, and easy recycling in chemical reactions. In this work, mesoporous SiO₂ microspheres were employed as support to immobilize PtNi alloy nanocatalysts with different mass ratios of Pt and Ni (1:0, 3:1, ...

  1. Albumin-heparin microspheres as carriers for cytostatic agents

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    Cremers, Harry; Feijen, Jan; Kwon, G.; Bae, Y.H.; Kim, S.W.; Noteborn, H.P.J.M.; Mcvie, J.G.

    1990-01-01

    Much work has been done on adriamycin-loaded albumin microspheres (Alb-MS) for chemoembolization [1–4], the rationale being that site-specific drug delivery may increase the therapeutic efficacy of the drug. Alb-Ms are being investigated because of their biocompatibility and because the degradation

  2. A microfluidic approach to assembling ordered microsphere arrays

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    Xu, W.; Sur, K.; Zeng, H.; Feinerman, A.; Kelso, D.; Ketterson, J. B.

    2008-07-01

    Hydrodynamic flow through an array of channels has been utilized to assemble microspheres on a flat surface. The channels, about 6 µm in lateral size, were etched through a 60 µm thick silicon wafer using deep reactive ion etching (DRIE). Droplets containing 6-8 µm fluorescent polystyrene microspheres were placed on the top side of the horizontally-oriented silicon wafer, while the bottom side was connected to a syringe that draws the fluid through the channels. In this way the microspheres are guided and secured at the inlets of the channels, and remain in place when the suction ceases. This technique, which combines favorable features such as high throughput, high resolution rate and reusability, can be a powerful platform for a new generation of protein microarrays. Antigens can be bound to the microspheres as 'targets', which can then be exposed to different fluorescence-tagged antibodies so that their binding can be confirmed. This system can also be used to study the functional roles of gene fragments and their relations to human diseases. The high throughput feature will make it possible to screen a large number of DNA fragments and identify the genetic basis of various diseases effectively.

  3. Floating microspheres as drug delivery system: newer approaches.

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    Jain, Sunil K; Agrawal, Govind P; Jain, Narendra K

    2008-07-01

    A controlled drug delivery system with prolonged residence time in the stomach can be of great practical importance for drugs with an absorption window in the upper small intestine. The main limitations are attributed to the inter- and intra-subject variability of gastro-intestinal (GI) transit time and the non-uniformity of drug absorption throughout the alimentary canal. Floating drug delivery systems (FDDSs) are expected to remain buoyant in a lasting way upon the gastric contents and consequently to enhance the bioavailability of drugs. The various buoyant preparations include hollow microspheres, granules, powders, tablets, capsules, pills and laminated films. Floating microspheres are specially gaining attention due to their wide applicability in the targeting of drugs to stomach. These floating microspheres have the advantage that they remain buoyant and distributed uniformly over the gastric fluid to avoid the vagaries of gastric emptying and release the drug for prolonged period of time. A major drawback of low-density floating drug delivery systems is that their performance is strongly dependent upon the gastric emptying process of stomach. Multiparticulate low-density particles can successfully prolong the gastric retention time of drugs. This article is a review of two important approaches utilized to prepare and improve the performance of floating microspheres.

  4. Processing and Characterization of Sol-Gel Cerium Oxide Microspheres

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    McClure, Zachary D. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Padilla Cintron, Cristina [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)

    2016-09-27

    Of interest to space exploration and power generation, Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs) can provide long-term power to remote electronic systems without the need for refueling or replacement. Plutonium-238 (Pu-238) remains one of the more promising materials for thermoelectric power generation due to its high power density, long half-life, and low gamma emissions. Traditional methods for processing Pu-238 include ball milling irregular precipitated powders before pressing and sintering into a dense pellet. The resulting submicron particulates of Pu-238 quickly accumulate and contaminate glove boxes. An alternative and dust-free method for Pu-238 processing is internal gelation via sol-gel techniques. Sol-gel methodology creates monodisperse and uniform microspheres that can be packed and pressed into a pellet. For this study cerium oxide microspheres were produced as a surrogate to Pu-238. The similar electronic orbitals between cerium and plutonium make cerium an ideal choice for non-radioactive work. Before the microspheres can be sintered and pressed they must be washed to remove the processing oil and any unreacted substituents. An investigation was performed on the washing step to find an appropriate wash solution that reduced waste and flammable risk. Cerium oxide microspheres were processed, washed, and characterized to determine the effectiveness of the new wash solution.

  5. Hydrogel microspheres from biodegradable polymers as drug delivery systems

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

  6. Development and Evaluation of Floating Microspheres of Curcumin

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    vitro floatability and ... methane, 1:1) as per the composition in. Table 1 ... to bulk density. Evaluation of angle of repose. The angle of repose of the microspheres, which measures the resistance to particle flow, was determined by the fixed funnel.

  7. Synthesis and catalytic performance of SiO2@Ni and hollow Ni microspheres

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    Liu, Xin; Liu, Yanhua; Shi, Xueting; Yu, Zhengyang; Feng, Libang

    2016-11-01

    Nickel (Ni) catalyst has been widely used in catalytic reducing reactions such as catalytic hydrogenation of organic compounds and catalytic reduction of organic dyes. However, the catalytic efficiency of pure Ni is low. In order to improve the catalytic performance, Ni nanoparticle-loaded microspheres can be developed. In this study, we have prepared Ni nanoparticle-loaded microspheres (SiO2@Ni) and hollow Ni microspheres using two-step method. SiO2@Ni microspheres with raspberry-like morphology and core-shell structure are synthesized successfully using SiO2 microsphere as a template and Ni2+ ions are adsorbed onto SiO2 surfaces via electrostatic interaction and then reduced and deposited on surfaces of SiO2 microspheres. Next, the SiO2 cores are removed by NaOH etching and the hollow Ni microspheres are prepared. The NaOH etching time does no have much influence on the crystal structure, shape, and surface morphology of SiO2@Ni; however, it can change the phase composition evidently. The hollow Ni microspheres are obtained when the NaOH etching time reaches 10 h and above. The as-synthesized SiO2@Ni microspheres exhibit much higher catalytic performance than the hollow Ni microspheres and pure Ni nanoparticles in the catalytic reduction of methylene blue. Meanwhile, the SiO2@Ni catalyst has high stability and hence it can be recycled for reuse.

  8. Ti(IV) carrying polydopamine-coated, monodisperse-porous SiO2 microspheres with stable magnetic properties for highly selective enrichment of phosphopeptides.

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    Salimi, Kouroush; Usta, Duygu Deniz; Çelikbıçak, Ömür; Pinar, Asli; Salih, Bekir; Tuncel, Ali

    2017-05-01

    A marked decrease in the saturation magnetization by the formation of functional shells around the magnetic core is an important disadvantage of magnetic core-shell nanoparticles. Another drawback of Ti(IV)-functionalized immobilized metal affinity chromatography (IMAC) sorbents is the acidic character of the binding medium used for Ti4+ attachment onto composite magnetic nanoparticles, which causes an additional decrease in the saturation magnetization owing to the chemical interaction between the acidic moiety and the magnetic core. An IMAC sorbent in the form of magnetic microspheres with superior and stable magnetic properties with respect to magnetic core-shell nanoparticles was designed for phosphopeptide enrichment. Magnetic, monodisperse-porous silica microspheres (MagSiO2) 6μm in size were synthesized by a new staged-shape template hydrolysis-condensation protocol. A porous-silica shell layer was generated around the microspheres to protect the magnetic core from the acidic medium during Ti4+ attachment (MagSiO2@SiO2). The MagSiO2@SiO2 microspheres were coated with a polydopamine shell (MagSiO2@SiO2@PDA) and Ti4+ was attached onto the composite microspheres (MagSiO2@SiO2@PDA@Ti(IV)). Formation of the PDA layer and Ti4+ attachment did not cause any significant decrease in the saturation magnetization. The platform exhibited excellent performance for phosphopeptide enrichment from the digests of phosphorylated proteins. Selectivity was investigated by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry. The detection limit for phosphopeptide enrichment by the MagSiO2@SiO2@PDA@Ti(IV) microspheres from the tryptic digests of β-casein was 50 fmol/mL. Usability of the proposed magnetic sorbent with complex biological samples was demonstrated by successful enrichment of four phosphopeptides from human serum. The proposed sorbent showed stable performance over five repeated uses. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Mechanistic analysis of triamcinolone acetonide release from PLGA microspheres as a function of varying in vitro release conditions.

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    Doty, Amy C; Zhang, Ying; Weinstein, David G; Wang, Yan; Choi, Stephanie; Qu, Wen; Mittal, Sachin; Schwendeman, Steven P

    2017-04-01

    In vitro tests for controlled release PLGA microspheres in their current state often do not accurately predict in vivo performance of these products during formulation development. Here, we introduce a new mechanistic and multi-phase approach to more clearly understand in vitro-in vivo relationships, and describe the first "in vitro phase" with the model drug, triamcinolone acetonide (Tr-A). Two microsphere formulations encapsulating Tr-A were prepared from PLGAs of different molecular weights and end-capping (18kDa acid-capped and 54kDa ester-capped). In vitro release kinetics and the evidence for controlling mechanisms (i.e., erosion, diffusion, and water-mediated processes) were studied in four release media: PBST pH 7.4 (standard condition), PBST pH 6.5, PBS+1.0% triethyl citrate (TC), and HBST pH 7.4. The release mechanism in PBST was primarily polymer erosion-controlled as indicated by the similarity of release and mass loss kinetics. Release from the low MW PLGA was accelerated at low pH due to increased rate of hydrolysis and in the presence of the plasticizer TC due to slightly increased hydrolysis and much higher diffusion in the polymer matrix. TC also increased release from the high MW PLGA due to increased hydrolysis, erosion, and diffusion. This work demonstrates how in vitro conditions can be manipulated to change not only rates of drug release from PLGA microspheres but also the mechanism(s) by which release occurs. Follow-on studies in the next phases of this approach will utilize these results to compare the mechanistic data of the Tr-A/PLGA microsphere formulations developed here after recovery of microspheres in vivo. This new approach based on measuring mechanistic indicators of release in vitro and in vivo has the potential to design better, more predictive in vitro release tests for these formulations and potentially lead to mechanism-based in vitro-in vivo correlations. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  10. Application of room-temperature ionic liquids in preparation of highly porous polymer membranes and microspheres

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    Kim, Seung Hoi [Dept. of Chemistry, Dankook University, Cheonan (Korea, Republic of); Seo, Jae Won; Shin, Ueon Sang [Dept. of Nanobiomedical Science and BK21 PlUS NBM Global Research Center for Regenerative Medicine, Dankook University, Cheonan (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-02-15

    Polylactic acid (PLA) and polycaprolactone (PCL) devices with diverse morphologies, such as particulate structure, porous structures, and microspheres, were prepared using imidazolium- or ammonium-based room-temperature ionic liquids [bmim]X or [toma]X (X = NTf{sub 2} , PF{sub 6} , OTf, BF{sub 4} , Cl). Their morphological transformations could be induced by diverse approaches, including the changes of polymer type, the cationic or counter-anionic change of ionic liquid, the concentration change of ionic liquid, as well as the type and the quantity change of organic solvent. The results are likely to provide useful information for the production of diverse devices (or scaffolds) with particulate or porous structure and beads with various sizes and surface morphologies in fields such as biomedical tissue engineering, drug delivery, gas storage and separation, heterogeneous catalysis, and polymer gel electrolytes.

  11. Collagen-based porous scaffolds containing PLGA microspheres for controlled kartogenin release in cartilage tissue engineering.

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    Sun, Xiaomin; Wang, Jianhua; Wang, Yingying; Zhang, Qiqing

    2017-11-06

    A scaffold composed of different collagen (COL)/chitosan (CS)/hyaluronic acid sodium (HAS) salt ratios was evaluated by determining porosity, swelling, loss rate in hot water, mechanical property, and cell proliferation to obtain optimum conditions for manufacturing porous scaffolds. Results showed that the optimal ratio of COL/CS/HAS salt porous scaffold was 1:1:0.1. High swelling and loss rate of scaffolds/microspheres (MPs) could lead to high diffusion rate of MPs from the scaffolds, causing an increase in the kartogenin (KGN) release. The porous scaffolds at optimum conditions had a maximum amount of KGN release. Results of in vitro fluorescence staining and cell proliferation suggested that scaffolds/MPs had good biocompatibility and the capability to promote bone marrow stromal cell proliferation, cartilage tissue regeneration, and integration between the repaired and surrounding cartilages. Therefore, this composite could be a promising material for cartilage repair and regeneration, which could be effective in the knee osteoarthritis treatment.

  12. Ultrahigh volumetric capacitance and cyclic stability of fluorine and nitrogen co-doped carbon microspheres

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    Zhou, Junshuang; Lian, Jie; Hou, Li; Zhang, Junchuan; Gou, Huiyang; Xia, Meirong; Zhao, Yufeng; Strobel, Timothy A.; Tao, Lu; Gao, Faming

    2015-09-01

    Highly porous nanostructures with large surface areas are typically employed for electrical double-layer capacitors to improve gravimetric energy storage capacity; however, high surface area carbon-based electrodes result in poor volumetric capacitance because of the low packing density of porous materials. Here, we demonstrate ultrahigh volumetric capacitance of 521 F cm-3 in aqueous electrolytes for non-porous carbon microsphere electrodes co-doped with fluorine and nitrogen synthesized by low-temperature solvothermal route, rivaling expensive RuO2 or MnO2 pseudo-capacitors. The new electrodes also exhibit excellent cyclic stability without capacitance loss after 10,000 cycles in both acidic and basic electrolytes at a high charge current of 5 A g-1. This work provides a new approach for designing high-performance electrodes with exceptional volumetric capacitance with high mass loadings and charge rates for long-lived electrochemical energy storage systems.

  13. Novel smart chiral magnetic microspheres for enantioselective adsorption of tryptophan enantiomers

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    Guo, Lian-Di; Song, Ya-Ya; Yu, Hai-Rong; Pan, Li-Ting; Cheng, Chang-Jing

    2017-06-01

    Multifunctional microspheres simultaneously possessing chirality, magnetism and thermosensitivity show great potentials in direct enantiomeric separation. Herein we report a novel type of smart chiral magnetic microspheres with core/shell/shell structures (Fe3O4@SiO2@PNCD) and its application in enantioselective adsorption of tryptophan (Trp) enantiomers. The prepared Fe3O4@SiO2@PNCD are composed of a Fe3O4 nanoparticle core, an acidic-resistant SiO2 middle shell and a thermosensitive microgel functional shell (PNCD). The PNCD plays an important role in the enantioselective adsorption of Trp enantiomers. The β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) molecules on the PNCD act as smart receptors or chiral selectors, and can selectively recognize and bind L-Trp enantiomers into their cavities by forming host-guest inclusion complexes. The poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) chains on the PNCD serve as microenvironmental adjustors for the association constants of β-CD/L-Trp complexes. The fabricated Fe3O4@SiO2@PNCD demonstrate fascinating temperature-responsive chiral recognition and adsorption selectivity toward Trp enantiomers. Most importantly, the desorption of Trp enantiomers and the regeneration of the Fe3O4@SiO2@PNCD can be easily achieved via simply changing the operation temperature. Moreover, the regenerated Fe3O4@SiO2@PNCD can be readily recovered from the amino acids enantiomeric solution under an external magnetic field for reuse. The present study provides a novel strategy for the direct enantioselective adsorption and separation of various enantiomeric compounds.

  14. Simulation Model of Microsphere Distribution for Selective Internal Radiation Therapy Agrees With Observations

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    Högberg, Jonas, E-mail: jonas.hogberg@radfys.gu.se [Department of Radiation Physics, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg (Sweden); Rizell, Magnus [Department of Surgery, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg (Sweden); Hultborn, Ragnar; Svensson, Johanna [Department of Oncology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg (Sweden); Henrikson, Olof [Department of Radiology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg (Sweden); Mölne, Johan [Department of Pathology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg (Sweden); Gjertsson, Peter [Department of Clinical Physiology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg (Sweden); Bernhardt, Peter [Department of Radiation Physics, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg (Sweden); Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg (Sweden)

    2016-10-01

    Purpose: To perform a detailed analysis of microsphere distribution in biopsy material from a patient treated with {sup 90}Y-labeled resin spheres and characterize microsphere distribution in the hepatic artery tree, and to construct a novel dichotomous bifurcation model for microsphere deposits and evaluate its accuracy in simulating the observed microsphere deposits. Methods and Materials: Our virtual model consisted of arteries that successively branched into 2 new generations of arteries at 20 nodes. The artery diameter exponentially decreased from the lowest generation to the highest generation. Three variable parameters were optimized to obtain concordance between simulations and measure microsphere distributions: an artery coefficient of variation (ACV) for the diameter of all artery generations and the microsphere flow distribution at the nodes; a hepatic tree distribution volume (HDV) for the artery tree; and an artery diameter reduction (ADR) parameter. The model was tested against previously measured activity concentrations in 84 biopsies from the liver of 1 patient. In 16 of 84 biopsies, the microsphere distribution regarding cluster size and localization in the artery tree was determined via light microscopy of 30-μm sections (mean concentration, 14 microspheres/mg; distributions divided into 3 groups with mean microsphere concentrations of 4.6, 14, and 28 microspheres/mg). Results: Single spheres and small clusters were observed in terminal arterioles, whereas large clusters, up to 450 microspheres, were observed in larger arterioles. For 14 microspheres/mg, the optimized parameter values were ACV=0.35, HDV = 50 cm{sup 3}, and ADR=6 μm. For 4.6 microspheres/mg, ACV and ADR decreased to 0.26 and 0 μm, respectively, whereas HDV increased to 130 cm{sup 3}. The opposite trend was observed for 28 microspheres/mg: ACV = 0.49, HDV = 20 cm{sup 3}, and ADR = 8 μm. Conclusion: Simulations and measurements reveal that microsphere clusters are

  15. Mesoporous metal oxide microsphere electrode compositions and their methods of making

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    Parans Paranthaman, Mariappan; Bi, Zhonghe; Bridges, Craig A; Brown, Gilbert M

    2014-12-16

    Compositions and methods of making are provided for treated mesoporous metal oxide microspheres electrodes. The compositions comprise (a) microspheres with an average diameter between 200 nanometers (nm) and 10 micrometers (.mu.m); (b) mesopores on the surface and interior of the microspheres, wherein the mesopores have an average diameter between 1 nm and 50 nm and the microspheres have a surface area between 50 m.sup.2/g and 500 m.sup.2/g, and wherein the composition has an electrical conductivity of at least 1.times.10.sup.-7 S/cm at 25.degree. C. and 60 MPa. The methods of making comprise forming a mesoporous metal oxide microsphere composition and treating the mesoporous metal oxide microspheres by at least one method selected from the group consisting of: (i) annealing in a reducing atmosphere, (ii) doping with an aliovalent element, and (iii) coating with a coating composition.

  16. Preparation and evaluation of glyceryl monooleate-coated hollow-bioadhesive microspheres for gastroretentive drug delivery.

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    Liu, Yuanfen; Zhang, Jianjun; Gao, Yuan; Zhu, Jiabi

    2011-07-15

    The purpose of this study was to produce hollow and bioadhesive microspheres to lengthen drug retention time in the stomach. In these microspheres, ethylcellulose was used as the matrix, Eudragit EPO was employed to modulate the release rate, and glyceryl monooleate (GMO) was the bioadhesive polymer in situ. The morphological characteristics of the microspheres were defined using scanning electron microscopy. The in vitro release test showed that the release rate of drug from the microspheres was pH-dependent, and was not influenced by the GMO coating film. The prepared microspheres demonstrated strong mucoadhesive properties with good buoyancy both in vitro and in vivo. Pharmacokinetic analysis indicated that the elimination half-life time of the hollow-bioadhesive microspheres was prolonged, and that the elimination rate was decreased. In conclusion, the hollow-bioadhesive synergic drug delivery system may be advantageous in the treatment of stomach diseases. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Aerogel microspheres from natural cellulose nanofibrils and their application as cell culture scaffold.

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    Cai, Hongli; Sharma, Sudhir; Liu, Wenying; Mu, Wei; Liu, Wei; Zhang, Xiaodan; Deng, Yulin

    2014-07-14

    We demonstrated that ultralight pure natural aerogel microspheres can be fabricated using cellulose nanofibrials (CNF) directly. Experimentally, the CNF aqueous gel droplets, produced by spraying and atomizing through a steel nozzle, were collected into liquid nitrogen for instant freezing followed by freeze-drying. The aerogel microspheres are highly porous with bulk density as low as 0.0018 g cm(-3). The pore size of the cellulose aeogel microspheres ranges from nano- to macrometers. The unique ultralight and high porous structure ensured high moisture (~90 g g(-1)) and water uptake capacity (~100 g g(-1)) of the aerogel microspheres. Covalent cross-linking between the native nanofibrils and cross-linkers made the aerogel microspheres very stable even in a harsh environment. The present study also confirmed this kind of aerogel microspheres from native cellulose fibers can be used as cell culture scaffold.

  18. Microspheres of poly({epsilon}-caprolactone) loaded Holmium-165: morphology and thermal degradation behavior

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    Geraldes, Adriana Napoleao; Miyamoto, Douglas Massao; Lira, Raphael Arivar de; Osso Junior, Joao Alberto; Nascimento, Nanci; Azevedo, Mariangela de Burgos M. de [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    Polycaprolactone (PCL), being one of the most important biocompatible and biodegradable aliphatic polyester, provides many potential biomedical. The preparation of biodegradable materials, polymer-based microspheres, is being developed by our group and the goal is to prepare and label with Ho-165 different polymer-based microspheres. The use of radionuclide-loaded microspheres is a promising treatment of liver malignancies. PCL microspheres can be loaded with holmium acetylacetonate (HoAcAc). PCL and PCL/HoAcAc microspheres were prepared by an emulsion solvent extraction/evaporation technique. The PCL/ HoAcAc microspheres were irradiated in a nuclear reactor IEA-R1 at IPEN/CNEN-SP to radionuclide activation. Gamma irradiation was performed at 25 and 50 kGy doses. The microspheres were evaluated by differential scanning calorimetry analysis (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TG), Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and con focal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM). In the CLSM images were observed emission in 488 nm characteristic of holmium. The SEM surface image of PCL/HoAcAc microspheres showed more roughness than PCL microspheres. TG of PCL/HoAcAc microspheres showed a substantial weight loss above 200 degree C, indicating decomposition of HoAcAc. The residual weight indicates the presence of Ho{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Gamma irradiation at 25 and 50 kGy doses had no effect on the PCL/HoAcAc microspheres, which indicates that the chemical composition of the microspheres had not change. (author)

  19. POE-PEG-POE triblock copolymeric microspheres containing protein. I. Preparation and characterization.

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    Yang, Y Y; Wan, J P; Chung, T S; Pallathadka, P K; Ng, S; Heller, J

    2001-07-10

    Poly(ortho ester) (POE)-poly (ethylene glycol) (PEG) triblock copolymers (POE-PEG-POE) with different PEG contents were synthesised as carriers for controlled protein delivery. POE-PEG-POE microspheres containing bovine serum albumin (BSA) were prepared using a double-emulsion (water-in-oil-in-water) process. In this first paper of a two-part series, we report the fundamentals of the fabrication and characterization of POE-PEG-POE microspheres. Because the triblock copolymer is more hydrophilic than neat poly(ortho ester), the triblock copolymer yields a more stable first emulsion (water-in-oil) and a greater BSA encapsulation efficiency (90% vs. 30%). No BSA is found on POE-PEG-POE microsphere surfaces measured by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, while uniform BSA distributions are observed within the microspheres by confocal microscopy. SEM pictures show that an increase in PEG content results in microspheres with a denser cross-section because of a more stable first emulsion and better affinity between the copolymer and water. POE-PEG(20%)-POE suffers significant swelling during the fabrication process and yields the biggest microspheres. However, the POE-PEG(30%)-POE microspheres are much smaller since the dissolution loss of POE-PEG(30%)-POE in the external water phase may be much higher than that of POE-PEG(20%)-POE. The salt concentration in the external water phase significantly affects the morphology of the resultant microspheres. Microspheres with a dense wall are produced when using pure water as the external water phase. Polymer concentration has less impact on BSA encapsulation efficiency but has a considerable effect on microsphere size and morphology. Increasing the concentration of the polyvinyl alcohol emulsifier does not cause an obvious decrease in microsphere size. However, increased BSA loading results in bigger microspheres.

  20. EVALUATION OF ANTI-INFLAMMATORY AND ANTI-ARTHRITIC ACTIVITIES OF FLOATING MICROSPHERES OF HERBAL DRUG

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    Kapil Kumar; Rai, A. K.

    2012-01-01

    The aim of the present studies was to prepare and evaluate floating microspheres of curcumin for anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic effect. Floating microsphere were prepared using hydroxyl propyl methylcellulose (HPMC), ethyl cellulose (EC), polyvinyl pyrrolidone K30 (PVPK30), eudragit RS 100 polymer in different ratio and dichloromethane and heavy liquid paraffin as solvent by emulsion solvent diffusion method. The floating microspheres were evaluated for flow properties based on paramet...

  1. Release of proteins via ion exchange from albumin-heparin microspheres

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    Kwon, Glen S.; Bae, You Han; Cremers, H.F.M.; Cremers, Harry; Feijen, Jan; Kim, Sung Wan

    1992-01-01

    Albumin-heparin and albumin microspheres were prepared as ion exchange gels for the controlled release of positively charged polypeptides and proteins. The adsorption isotherms of chicken egg and human lysozyme, as model proteins, on microspheres were obtained. An adsorption isotherm of chicken egg lysozyme on albumin-heparin microspheres was linear until saturation was abruptly reached, The adsorption isotherms of human lysozyme at low and high ionic strength were typical of adsorption isoth...

  2. Development of Floating-Mucoadhesive Microsphere for Site Specific Release of Metronidazole

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    Md. Lutful Amin; Tajnin Ahmed; Md. Abdul Mannan

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of this study was to develop and evaluate metronidazole loadedfloating-mucoadhesive microsphere for sustained drug release at the gastric mucosa.Methods: Alginate gastroretentive microspheres containing metronidazole were preparedby ionic gelation method using sodium bicarbonate as gas forming agent, guar gum asmucoadhesive polymer, and Eudragit L100 as drug release modifier. Carbopol was used forincreasing the bead strength. The microspheres were characterized by scannin...

  3. Ultralow-threshold neodymium-doped microsphere lasers on a silicon chip

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    Ding, Yang; Fan, Huibo; Zhang, Xun; Jiang, Xiaoshun; Xiao, Min

    2017-07-01

    We demonstrate ultralow-threshold neodymium-doped silica microsphere lasers on a silicon chip with lasing wavelengths of 900 nm and 1060 nm. Neodymium-doped microsphere cavities are fabricated with a series of doping concentrations using silica sol-gel films. Experimentally, we observe single-mode lasing emissions from the high-Q microsphere cavities with a threshold of as low as 1.2 μW.

  4. A general approach to mesoporous metal oxide microspheres loaded with noble metal nanoparticles

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    Jin, Zhao

    2012-04-26

    Catalytic microspheres: A general approach is demonstrated for the facile preparation of mesoporous metal oxide microspheres loaded with noble metal nanoparticles (see TEM image in the picture). Among 18 oxide/noble metal catalysts, TiO 2/0.1 mol Pd microspheres showed the highest turnover frequency in NaBH 4 reduction of 4-nitrophenol (see picture). Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  5. Preparation and evaluation of waxes/fat microspheres loaded with lithium carbonate for controlled release

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    Gowda D.; Shivakumar H

    2007-01-01

    To minimize the unwanted toxic effects of anti maniac drug lithium carbonate by kinetic control of drug release, it was entrapped into gastro resistant, biodegradable, waxes and fat such as beeswax, cetostearyl alcohol, spermaceti and cetylalcohol microspheres using meltable emulsified dispersion cooling induced solidification technique utilizing a wetting agent. Solid, discrete, reproducible free flowing microspheres were obtained. The yield of the microspheres was up to 90.0%. More t...

  6. Synthesis of low-cost porous ceramic microspheres from waste gangue for dye adsorption

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    Shu Yan; Yiming Pan; Lu Wang; Jingjing Liu; Zaijuan Zhang; Wenlong Huo; Jinlong Yang; Yong Huang

    2017-01-01

    .... Effects of calcination temperature on phase and microstructure evolution, specific surface area, pore structure, and dye adsorption mechanism of the microspheres were investigated systematically...

  7. Preparation of PLLA/bpV(pic) microspheres and their effect on nerve cells.

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    Lin, Qiang; Chen, Hai-yun; Li, Hao-shen; Cai, Yang-ting

    2014-02-01

    In this study, we prepared PLLA/bpV(pic) microspheres, a bpV(pic) controlled release system and examined their ability to protect nerve cells and promote axonal growth. PLLA microspheres were prepared by employing the o/w single emulsification-evaporation technique. Neural stem cells and dorsal root ganglia were divided into 3 groups in terms of the treatment they received: a routine medium group (cultured in DMEM), a PLLA microsphere group (DMEM containing PLLA microspheres alone) and a PLLA/bpV(pic) group [DMEM containing PLLA/bpV(pic) microspheres]. The effects of PLLA/bpV(pic) microspheres were evaluated by the live-dead test and measurement of axonal length. Our results showed that PLLA/bpV(pic) granulation rate was (88.2±5.6)%; particle size was (16.8±3.1)%, drug loading was (4.05±0.3)%; encapsulation efficiency was (48.5±1.8)%. The release time lasted for 30 days. In PLLA/bpV(pic) microsphere group, the cell survival rate was (95.2 ±4.77)%, and the length of dorsal root ganglion (DRG) was 718±95 μm, which were all significantly greater than those in ordinary routine medium group and PLLA microsphere group. This preliminary test results showed the PLLA/bpV(pic) microspheres were successfully prepared and they could promote the survival and growth of neural cells in DRG.

  8. ZnO microspheres-reduced graphene oxide nanocomposite for photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue dye

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    Qin, Jiaqian, E-mail: jiaqian.q@chula.ac.th [Metallurgy and Materials Science Research Institute, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330 (Thailand); Zhang, Xinyu, E-mail: xyzhang@ysu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Yang, Chengwu; Cao, Meng; Ma, Mingzhen; Liu, Riping [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China)

    2017-01-15

    Highlights: • ZnO microspheres-rGO nanocomposites were prepared via a solution method. • ZnO microspheres anchored on the rGO sheets is observed using SEM and TEM. • The obtained nanocomposites exhibit good photocatalytic degradation of MB under UV light irradiation. - Abstract: In this work, ZnO microspheres-reduced graphene oxide (rGO) nanocomposites were synthesized via a simple solution method and used for the photodegradation of methylene blue (MB) dye from water under UV light. The SEM and TEM observations demonstrate that the microsphere morphologies of the ZnO microspheres-rGO nanocomposite is composed of ZnO microspheres anchored on rGO sheets, confirming the formation of ZnO microspheres-rGO composites. Raman spectra and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy reveal that both of the reduction of GO tight contact between ZnO and rGO are achieved during the high temperature calcination process. During the photocatalytic test, in comparison with ZnO microspheres and P25 TiO2, the ZnO microspheres-rGO nanocomposite shows improved photodegradation of MB dye, because the rGO sheets could reduce the charge recombination in electron-transfer processes. According to the scavenger experiments, the possible MB degradation mechanism is contributed mainly to the generation of active species induced by the photogenerated holes (h{sup +}) and superoxide radicals (·O{sub 2}{sup −}).

  9. Egg albumin microspheres containing paracetamol for oral administration. II. In vivo investigation.

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    Torrado, J J; Illum, L; Cadorniga, R; Davis, S S

    1990-01-01

    Egg albumin microspheres containing paracetamol for oral administration were prepared and their in vivo characteristics evaluated. The egg albumin microspheres were able to improve the organoleptic characteristics of paracetamol formulations. The pharmacokinetic characteristics of three different formulations of paracetamol were evaluated in six volunteers. The formulations administered orally were: (1) Paracetamol granulated with lactose (reference), (2) Egg albumin microspheres and (3) Egg albumin microspheres coated with polymethacrylate. The pharmacokinetic characteristics for formulations 1 and 2 were similar but formulation 3 gave significant differences (p less than 0.05) in Ka, Cmax and tmax. No significant differences in relative bioavailability were observed.

  10. Preparation of quantum dots encoded microspheres by electrospray for the detection of biomolecules.

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    Sun, Lei; Yu, Xiaofang; Sun, Mingda; Wang, Hengguo; Xu, Shufei; Dixon, John D; Wang, Y Andrew; Li, Yaoxian; Yang, Qingbiao; Xu, Xiaoyi

    2011-06-01

    In this paper, a novel method based on the electrospray technique has been developed for preparation of quantum dot (QD)-encoded microspheres for the fist time. By electrospraying the mixture of polymer solution and quantum dots solution (single-color QDs or multi-color QDs), it is accessible to obtain a series of composite microspheres containing the functional nanoparticle. Poly(styrene-acrylate) was utilized as the electrospray polymer materials in order to obtain the microsphere modified with carboxyl group on the surface. Moreover, to test the performance of the QD-encoded microsphere in bioapplication, it is carried out that immunofluorescence analysis between antigens of mouse IgG immobilized on the functional microsphere and FITC labeled antibodies of goat-anti-mouse IgG in experiment. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of QD-encoded microspheres prepared by electrospray technology. This technology can carry out the one-pot preparation of different color QD-encoded microspheres with multiple intensities. This technology could be also suitable for encapsulating other optical nanocrystals and magnetic nanoparticles for obtaining multifunctional microspheres. All of the results in this paper show that the fluorescence beads made by electrospray technique can be well applied in multiplex analysis. These works provide a good foundation to accelerate application of preparing microspheres by electrospray technique in practice. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Development of Bioadhesive Microspheres for Oral Bioavailability Enhancement of Berberine Hydrochloride

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    Ye Zhang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to innovatively prepare chitosan-coated alginate/gelatin BBH loaded microspheres and evaluate their pharmaceutical characteristics and pharmacokinetics. The bioadhesive microspheres were prepared using an emulsification technique. Three batches of microspheres were formed and their stability was evaluated. BBH loaded microspheres were almost spherical with shallow elevation on surfaces. The mean particle size of microspheres was 368.2 μm, drug loading was 3.59±0.01%, and in situ bioadhesion percentage was 91.23%±8.2% and they achieved a sustained release with 71.29% for 8 hours in vitro. Pharmacokinetic studies in rats indicated that the bioavailability of BBH microspheres was enhanced about 1.5-fold as compared with commercial tablets. BBH microspheres exhibited a sustained-release profile over 48 h. Thus, chitosan-coated alginate/gelatin BBH loaded microspheres which combined the advantages of alginate/gelatin microspheres and chitosan may be used as a sustained delivery system for BBH to treat duodenal and benign gastric ulcers.

  12. INVESTIGATION OF DRUG RELEASE FROM BIODEGRADABLE PLG MICROSPHERES: EXPERIMENT AND THEORY

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    ANDREWS, MALCOLM J. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; BERCHANE, NADER S. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; CARSON, KENNETH H. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; RICE-FICHT, ALLISON C. [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2007-01-30

    Piroxicam containing PLG microspheres having different size distributions were fabricated, and in vitro release kinetics were determined for each preparation. Based on the experimental results, a suitable mathematical theory has been developed that incorporates the effect of microsphere size distribution and polymer degradation on drug release. We show from in vitro release experiments that microsphere size has a significant effect on drug release rate. The initial release rate decreased with an increase in microsphere size. In addition, the release profile changed from first order to concave-upward (sigmoidal) as the system size was increased. The mathematical model gave a good fit to the experimental release data.

  13. Porous yolk-shell microspheres as N-doped carbon matrix for motivating the oxygen reduction activity of oxygen evolution oriented materials

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    Zhou, Jinqiu; Wang, Mengfan; Qian, Tao; Liu, Sisi; Cao, Xuecheng; Yang, Tingzhou; Yang, Ruizhi; Yan, Chenglin

    2017-09-01

    It is highly challenging to explore high-performance bi-functional oxygen electrode catalysts for their practical application in next-generation energy storage and conversion devices. In this work, we synthesize hierarchical N-doped carbon microspheres with porous yolk-shell structure (NCYS) as a metal-free electrocatalyst toward efficient oxygen reduction through a template-free route. The enhanced oxygen reduction performances in both alkaline and acid media profit well from the porous yolk-shell structure as well as abundant nitrogen functional groups. Furthermore, such yolk-shell microspheres can be used as precursor materials to motivate the oxygen reduction activity of oxygen evolution oriented materials to obtain a desirable bi-functional electrocatalyst. To verify its practical utility, Zn-air battery tests are conducted and exhibit satisfactory performance, indicating that this constructed concept for preparation of bi-functional catalyst will afford a promising strategy for exploring novel metal-air battery electrocatalysts.

  14. Facile and one-pot solution synthesis of several kinds of 3D hierarchical flower-like α-Bi2O3 microspheres

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    Wang, Yajun; Li, Zexue; Yu, Haiyang; Feng, Changgen

    2016-09-01

    Several kinds of three-dimensional (3D) hierarchical constructed flower-like α-Bi2O3 microspheres were prepared successfully via a simple solution precipitation synthesis at 95∘C and ambient atmospheric pressure in 1h. The synthesis process was operated in ethanol-water system as solvent with the assistance of glycerin and oleic acid as capping agents. These flower-like α-Bi2O3 architectures with diameter of several micrometers were 3D self-assembled from nanorods or nanocubes step by step. By adjusting the concentration of the capping agents, various flower-like α-Bi2O3 microspheres were obtained. The formation of the flower-like superstructures was attributed to the modification of nucleation and growth kinetics, and the guidance of self-assembly approach by capping agents. The formation mechanism of these microstructures was discussed briefly.

  15. Highly regenerable mussel-inspired Fe₃O₄@polydopamine-Ag core-shell microspheres as catalyst and adsorbent for methylene blue removal.

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    Xie, Yijun; Yan, Bin; Xu, Haolan; Chen, Jian; Liu, Qingxia; Deng, Yonghong; Zeng, Hongbo

    2014-06-11

    We report a facile method to synthesize Fe3O4@polydopamine (PDA)-Ag core-shell microspheres. Ag nanoparticles (NPs) are deposited on PDA surfaces via in situ reduction by mussel-inspired PDA layers. High catalytic activity and fast adsorption of a model dye methylene blue (MB) at different pH values are achieved mainly due to the presence of monodisperse Ag NPs and electrostatic interactions between PDA and MB. The as-prepared Fe3O4@PDA-Ag microspheres also show high cyclic stability (>27 cycles), good acid stability, and fast regeneration ability, which can be achieved efficiently within several minutes by using NaBH4 as the desorption agent, showing great potentials in a wide range of applications.

  16. Investigation of Expandable Polymeric Microspheres for Packaging Applications

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    2012-06-06

    printing inks , internally pressurized tennis balls, and foaming cable compounds. Microspheres were compounded into high density polyethylene...microspheres), printing  inks   (60‐80%), and tennis balls  and foaming cable filling compounds (over 99%) [2].  According to a literature search, polymer...Density  (g/cm³)  0.96  0.90  Oxygen  Permeability   (cc/m²)  1550‐3100  2325‐3100  Water Vapor  Permeability   (gm/m²)  4.65‐7.75  3.10‐7.75    2.1.2

  17. Magnetic poly(glycidyl methacrylate) microspheres for protein capture

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    Koubková, Jana; Müller, P.; Hlídková, Helena; Plichta, Zdeněk; Proks, Vladimír; Vojtěšek, B.; Horák, Daniel

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 31, č. 5 (2014), s. 482-491 ISSN 1871-6784 R&D Projects: GA ČR GCP207/12/J013; GA MŠk 7E12053 EU Projects: European Commission(XE) 246513 - NADINE Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : glycidyl methacrylate * microspheres * protein p53 Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 2.898, year: 2014

  18. Asymmetrical two-atom entanglement in a coated microsphere

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    Burlak, G.N. [Center for Research on Engineering and Applied Sciences, Autonomous State University of Morelos, Cuernavaca, Mor. 62210 (Mexico)]. E-mail: gburlak@uaem.mx; Klimov, A.B. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Guadalajara, Revolucion 1500, Guadalajara, Jalisco, 44420 (Mexico)]. E-mail: klimov@cencar.udg.mx

    2006-12-25

    We study evolution of entanglement of two two-level atoms placed inside a multilayered microsphere. We show that due to inhomogeneity of the optical field modes this entanglement essentially depends on the atomic positions (asymmetrical entanglement) and also on the detuning between the atomic transitions and field frequencies. The robust and complete entanglement can be achieved even in the resonant case when the atoms have different effective coupling constants, and it can be extended in time if the detuning is large enough.

  19. MAGNETIC MICROSPHERES AS A TARGETED DRUG DELIVERY SYSTEM : A REVIEW

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    TARUN PATEL; SHAILESH SONI; BHAUMIK THAKAR; VIKRAM PANDYA; PRAFUL BHARADIA

    2012-01-01

    The in-vivo targeting of tumors with magnetic microspheres is currently realized through the applicationof external non-uniform magnetic fields generated by rare-earth permanent magnets or electromagnets.This technique can be applied to magnetically targeted cancer therapy, magnetic embolization therapywith magnetic particles that contain anticancer agent, such as chemotherapeutic drugs or therapeuticradioisotopes. Drug targeting is one way of local or regional antitumor treatment. Magnetical...

  20. pH-Sensitive Mebeverine Microspheres for Colon Delivery

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    Dandagi P; Mastiholimath V; Gadad A; Kulkarni A; Konnur B

    2009-01-01

    Mebeverine hydrochloride is known to suffer from extensive first pass effect. In an attempt to improve its oral bioavailability and possibility to restrict its absorption only to the colon, mebeverine microspheres were prepared by emulsion solvent evaporation method. Four formulations were prepared with varying drug and polymer ratio. These formulations were subjected to various evaluation parameters like percent practical yield, entrapment efficiency, particle size, in vitro drug release, in...

  1. Computational Intelligence Modeling of the Macromolecules Release from PLGA Microspheres-Focus on Feature Selection.

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    Hossam M Zawbaa

    Full Text Available Poly-lactide-co-glycolide (PLGA is a copolymer of lactic and glycolic acid. Drug release from PLGA microspheres depends not only on polymer properties but also on drug type, particle size, morphology of microspheres, release conditions, etc. Selecting a subset of relevant properties for PLGA is a challenging machine learning task as there are over three hundred features to consider. In this work, we formulate the selection of critical attributes for PLGA as a multiobjective optimization problem with the aim of minimizing the error of predicting the dissolution profile while reducing the number of attributes selected. Four bio-inspired optimization algorithms: antlion optimization, binary version of antlion optimization, grey wolf optimization, and social spider optimization are used to select the optimal feature set for predicting the dissolution profile of PLGA. Besides these, LASSO algorithm is also used for comparisons. Selection of crucial variables is performed under the assumption that both predictability and model simplicity are of equal importance to the final result. During the feature selection process, a set of input variables is employed to find minimum generalization error across different predictive models and their settings/architectures. The methodology is evaluated using predictive modeling for which various tools are chosen, such as Cubist, random forests, artificial neural networks (monotonic MLP, deep learning MLP, multivariate adaptive regression splines, classification and regression tree, and hybrid systems of fuzzy logic and evolutionary computations (fugeR. The experimental results are compared with the results reported by Szlȩk. We obtain a normalized root mean square error (NRMSE of 15.97% versus 15.4%, and the number of selected input features is smaller, nine versus eleven.

  2. Computational Intelligence Modeling of the Macromolecules Release from PLGA Microspheres-Focus on Feature Selection.

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    Zawbaa, Hossam M; Szlȩk, Jakub; Grosan, Crina; Jachowicz, Renata; Mendyk, Aleksander

    2016-01-01

    Poly-lactide-co-glycolide (PLGA) is a copolymer of lactic and glycolic acid. Drug release from PLGA microspheres depends not only on polymer properties but also on drug type, particle size, morphology of microspheres, release conditions, etc. Selecting a subset of relevant properties for PLGA is a challenging machine learning task as there are over three hundred features to consider. In this work, we formulate the selection of critical attributes for PLGA as a multiobjective optimization problem with the aim of minimizing the error of predicting the dissolution profile while reducing the number of attributes selected. Four bio-inspired optimization algorithms: antlion optimization, binary version of antlion optimization, grey wolf optimization, and social spider optimization are used to select the optimal feature set for predicting the dissolution profile of PLGA. Besides these, LASSO algorithm is also used for comparisons. Selection of crucial variables is performed under the assumption that both predictability and model simplicity are of equal importance to the final result. During the feature selection process, a set of input variables is employed to find minimum generalization error across different predictive models and their settings/architectures. The methodology is evaluated using predictive modeling for which various tools are chosen, such as Cubist, random forests, artificial neural networks (monotonic MLP, deep learning MLP), multivariate adaptive regression splines, classification and regression tree, and hybrid systems of fuzzy logic and evolutionary computations (fugeR). The experimental results are compared with the results reported by Szlȩk. We obtain a normalized root mean square error (NRMSE) of 15.97% versus 15.4%, and the number of selected input features is smaller, nine versus eleven.

  3. Multiplex detection of plant pathogens using a microsphere immunoassay technology.

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    Ratthaphol Charlermroj

    Full Text Available Plant pathogens are a serious problem for seed export, plant disease control and plant quarantine. Rapid and accurate screening tests are urgently required to protect and prevent plant diseases spreading worldwide. A novel multiplex detection method was developed based on microsphere immunoassays to simultaneously detect four important plant pathogens: a fruit blotch bacterium Acidovorax avenae subsp. citrulli (Aac, chilli vein-banding mottle virus (CVbMV, potyvirus, watermelon silver mottle virus (WSMoV, tospovirus serogroup IV and melon yellow spot virus (MYSV, tospovirus. An antibody for each plant pathogen was linked on a fluorescence-coded magnetic microsphere set which was used to capture corresponding pathogen. The presence of pathogens was detected by R-phycoerythrin (RPE-labeled antibodies specific to the pathogens. The assay conditions were optimized by identifying appropriate antibody pairs, blocking buffer, concentration of RPE-labeled antibodies and assay time. Once conditions were optimized, the assay was able to detect all four plant pathogens precisely and accurately with substantially higher sensitivity than enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA when spiked in buffer and in healthy watermelon leaf extract. The assay time of the microsphere immunoassay (1 hour was much shorter than that of ELISA (4 hours. This system was also shown to be capable of detecting the pathogens in naturally infected plant samples and is a major advancement in plant pathogen detection.

  4. Magnetic microspheres as magical novel drug delivery system: A review

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    Satinder Kakar

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Magnetic microspheres hold great promise for reaching the goal of controlled and site specific drug delivery. Magnetic microspheres as an alternative to traditional radiation methods which uses highly penetrating radiations that is absorbed throughout the body. Its use is limited by toxicity and side effects. Now days, several targeted treatment systems including magnetic field, electric field, ultrasound, temperature, UV light and mechanical force are being used in many disease treatments (e.g. cancer, nerve damage, heart and artery, anti-diabetic, eye and other medical treatments. Among them, the magnetic targeted drug delivery system is one of the most attractive and promising strategy for delivering the drug to the specified site. Magnetically controlled drug targeting is one of the various possible ways of drug targeting. This technology is based on binding establish anticancer drug with ferrofluid that concentrate the drug in the area of interest (tumor site by means of magnetic fields. There has been keen interest in the development of a magnetically target drug delivery system. These drug delivery systems aim to deliver the drug at a rate directed by the needs of the body during the period of treatment, and target the activity entity to the site of action. Magnetic microspheres were developed to overcome two major problems encountered in drug targeting namely: RES clearance and target site specificity.

  5. Mucoadhesive microspheres: A novel approach to increase gastroretention

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    Alka Lohani

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study is to review the advantages of mucoadhesive microspheres, mechanisms, and theories involved in mucoadhesion, factors that affect the mucoadhesion and polymers in mucoadhesive drug delivery systems. Gastroretentive drug delivery systems are those which are retained in the stomach for a longer period of time and thereby improve the bioavailability of drugs. Mucoadhesion is a topic of current interest in the design of drug delivery systems. Mucoadhesion is currently explained by six theories: electronic, adsorption, wetting, mechanical, diffusion, and fracture. Microspheres constitute an important part of these particulate drug delivery systems by virtue of their small size and efficient carrier capacity, but coupling of bioadhesive properties to these microspheres has additional advantages such as prolong residence time of the dosage form at the site of absorption and intimate contact of the dosage form with the underline absorption surface contributed to improved therapeutic performance of the drug or improved bioavailability of drug, reduced dosing frequency, and improved patience compliance.

  6. pH-Sensitive Mebeverine Microspheres for Colon Delivery.

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    Dandagi, P M; Mastiholimath, V S; Gadad, A P; Kulkarni, A R; Konnur, B K

    2009-07-01

    Mebeverine hydrochloride is known to suffer from extensive first pass effect. In an attempt to improve its oral bioavailability and possibility to restrict its absorption only to the colon, mebeverine microspheres were prepared by emulsion solvent evaporation method. Four formulations were prepared with varying drug and polymer ratio. These formulations were subjected to various evaluation parameters like percent practical yield, entrapment efficiency, particle size, in vitro drug release, in vivo activity. Practical yield of the microspheres was up to 89.59% with encapsulation efficiency up to 79.4%. Scanning electron microscopy confirmed that the microsphere structures were smooth, spherical, and discrete and the particles were of the size range 200 to 300 mum. In vitro release of the drug showed biphasic release pattern with non-Fickian diffusion release in 12 h. On the basis of drug content, particle size, in vitro release and in vivo studies, formulation F-3 was found to be optimal. Antiirritable bowel syndrome activity was performed in colorectal distention in rat, which is a model for constipation-induced irritable bowel syndrome. The formulations F-2 and F-3 showed significant effect in fecal output when compared to the control as well as the marketed preparation in the constipation-induced irritable bowel syndrome in rats.

  7. Power output and efficiency of beta-emitting microspheres

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    Cheneler, David; Ward, Michael

    2015-01-01

    Current standard methods to calculate the dose of radiation emitted during medical applications by beta-minus emitting microspheres rely on an over-simplistic formalism. This formalism is a function of the average activity of the radioisotope used and the physiological dimensions of the patient only. It neglects the variation in energy of the emitted beta particle due to self-attenuation, or self-absorption, effects related to the finite size of the sphere. Here it is assumed the sphere is comprised of a pure radioisotope with beta particles being emitted isotropically throughout the material. The full initial possible kinetic energy distribution of a beta particle is taken into account as well as the energy losses due to scattering by other atoms in the microsphere and bremsstrahlung radiation. By combining Longmire's theory of the mean forward range of charged particles and the Rayleigh distribution to take into account the statistical nature of scattering and energy straggling, the linear attenuation, or self-absorption, coefficient for beta-emitting radioisotopes has been deduced. By analogy with gamma radiation transport in spheres, this result was used to calculate the rate of energy emitted by a beta-emitting microsphere and its efficiency. Comparisons to standard point dose kernel formulations generated using Monte Carlo data show the efficacy of the proposed method. Yttrium-90 is used as a specific example throughout, as a medically significant radioisotope, frequently used in radiation therapy for treating cancer.

  8. Development of in vitro-in vivo correlation of parenteral naltrexone loaded polymeric microspheres.

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    Andhariya, Janki V; Shen, Jie; Choi, Stephanie; Wang, Yan; Zou, Yuan; Burgess, Diane J

    2017-06-10

    Establishment of in vitro-in vivo correlations (IVIVCs) for parenteral polymeric microspheres has been very challenging, due to their complex multiphase release characteristics (which is affected by the nature of the drug) as well as the lack of compendial in vitro release testing methods. Previously, a Level A correlation has been established and validated for polymeric microspheres containing risperidone (a practically water insoluble small molecule drug). The objectives of the present study were: 1) to investigate whether a Level A IVIVC can be established for polymeric microspheres containing another small molecule drug with different solubility profiles compared to risperidone; and 2) to determine whether release characteristic differences (bi-phasic vs tri-phasic) between microspheres can affect the development and predictability of IVIVCs. Naltrexone was chosen as the model drug. Three compositionally equivalent formulations of naltrexone microspheres with different release characteristics were prepared using different manufacturing processes. The critical physicochemical properties (such as drug loading, particle size, porosity, and morphology) as well as the in vitro release characteristics of the prepared naltrexone microspheres and the reference-listed drug (Vivitrol®) were determined. The pharmacokinetics of the naltrexone microspheres were investigated using a rabbit model. The obtained pharmacokinetic profiles were deconvoluted using the Loo-Riegelman method, and compared with the in vitro release profiles of the naltrexone microspheres obtained using USP apparatus 4. Level A IVIVCs were established and validated for predictability. The results demonstrated that the developed USP 4 method was capable of detecting manufacturing process related performance changes, and most importantly, predicting the in vivo performance of naltrexone microspheres in the investigated animal model. A critical difference between naltrexone and risperidone loaded

  9. Mobilization of microspheres from a fractured soil during intermittent infiltration events

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    Mohanty, Sanjay; Bulicek, Mark; Metge, David W.; Harvey, Ronald W.; Ryan, Joseph N.; Boehm, Alexandria B.

    2015-01-01

    Pathogens or biocolloids mobilized in the vadose zone may consequently contaminate groundwater. We found that microspheres were mobilized from a fractured soil during intermittent rainfall and the mobilization was greater when the microsphere size was larger and when the soil had greater water permeability.The vadose zone filters pathogenic microbes from infiltrating water and consequently protects the groundwater from possible contamination. In some cases, however, the deposited microbes may be mobilized during rainfall and migrate into the groundwater. We examined the mobilization of microspheres, surrogates for microbes, in an intact core of a fractured soil by intermittent simulated rainfall. Fluorescent polystyrene microspheres of two sizes (0.5 and 1.8 mm) and Br− were first applied to the core to deposit the microspheres, and then the core was subjected to three intermittent infiltration events to mobilize the deposited microspheres. Collecting effluent samples through a 19-port sampler at the base of the core, we found that water flowed through only five ports, and the flow rates varied among the ports by a factor of 12. These results suggest that flow paths leading to the ports had different permeabilities, partly due to macropores. Although 40 to 69% of injected microspheres were retained in the core during their application, 12 to 30% of the retained microspheres were mobilized during three intermittent infiltration events. The extent of microsphere mobilization was greater in flow paths with greater permeability, which indicates that macropores could enhance colloid mobilization during intermittent infiltration events. In all ports, the 1.8-mm microspheres were mobilized to a greater extent than the 0.5-mm microspheres, suggesting that larger colloids are more likely to mobilize. These results are useful in assessing the potential of pathogen mobilization and colloid-facilitated transport of contaminants in the subsurface under natural infiltration

  10. Sustained delivery of rhBMP-2 via PLGA microspheres: cranial bone regeneration without heterotopic ossification or craniosynostosis

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    Wink, Jason D.; Gerety, Patrick A.; Sherif, Rami D.; Lim, Youngshin; A.Clarke, Nadya; Rajapakse, Chamith S.; Nah, Hyun-Duck; Taylor, Jesse A.

    2014-01-01

    Background Commercially available recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein 2 (rhBMP2) has demonstrated efficacy in bone regeneration, but not without significant side effects. In this study, we utilize rhBMP2 encapsulated in PLGA microspheres (PLGA-rhBMP2) placed in a rabbit cranial defect model to test whether low-dose, sustained, delivery can effectively induce bone regeneration. Methods rhBMP2 was encapsulated in 15% poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid), using a double emulsion, solvent extraction/evaporation technique, and its release kinetics and bioactivity were tested. Two critical-size defects (10mm) were created in the calvarium of New Zealand White rabbits (5-7 mos of age, M/F) and filled with a collagen scaffold containing one of four groups: 1) no implant, 2) collagen scaffold only, 3) PLGA-rhBMP2(0.1ug/implant), or 4) free rhBMP2 (0.1ug/implant). After 6 weeks, the rabbits were sacrificed and defects were analyzed by μCT, histology, and finite element analysis. Results RhBMP2 delivered via bioactive PLGA microspheres resulted in higher volumes and surface area coverage of new bone than an equal dose of free rhBMP2 by μCT and histology (p=0.025, 0.025). FEA indicated that the mechanical competence using the regional elastic modulus did not differ with rhBMP2 exposure (p=0.70). PLGA-rhBMP2 did not demonstrate heterotopic ossification, craniosynostosis, or seroma formation. Conclusions Sustained delivery via PLGA microspheres can significantly reduce the rhBMP2 dose required for de novo bone formation. Optimization of the delivery system may be a key to reduce the risk for recently reported rhBMP2 related adverse effects. Level of Evidence Animal Study PMID:24622573

  11. From Single Microparticles to Microfluidic Emulsification: Fundamental Properties (Solubility, Density, Phase Separation from Micropipette Manipulation of Solvent, Drug and Polymer Microspheres

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    Koji Kinoshita

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available The micropipette manipulation technique is capable of making fundamental single particle measurements and analyses. This information is critical for establishing processing parameters in systems such as microfluidics and homogenization. To demonstrate what can be achieved at the single particle level, the micropipette technique was used to form and characterize the encapsulation of Ibuprofen (Ibp into poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA microspheres from dichloromethane (DCM solutions, measuring the loading capacity and solubility limits of Ibp in typical PLGA microspheres. Formed in phosphate buffered saline (PBS, pH 7.4, Ibp/PLGA/DCM microdroplets were uniformly solidified into Ibp/PLGA microparticles up to drug loadings (DL of 41%. However, at DL 50 wt% and above, microparticles showed a phase separated pattern. Working with single microparticles, we also estimated the dissolution time of pure Ibp microspheres in the buffer or in detergent micelle solutions, as a function of the microsphere size and compare that to calculated dissolution times using the Epstein-Plesset (EP model. Single, pure Ibp microparticles precipitated as liquid phase microdroplets that then gradually dissolved into the surrounding PBS medium. Analyzing the dissolution profiles of Ibp over time, a diffusion coefficient of 5.5 ± 0.2 × 10−6 cm2/s was obtained by using the EP model, which was in excellent agreement with the literature. Finally, solubilization of Ibp into sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS micelles was directly visualized microscopically for the first time by the micropipette technique, showing that such micellization could increase the solubility of Ibp from 4 to 80 mM at 100 mM SDS. We also introduce a particular microfluidic device that has recently been used to make PLGA microspheres, showing the importance of optimizing the flow parameters. Using this device, perfectly smooth and size-homogeneous microparticles were formed for flow rates of 0.167 mL/h for

  12. Titania coated hollow glass microspheres for environmental applications

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    Koopman, Mark C.

    The potential applicability of titania coated hollow glass microspheres (HGMs) to the photocatalytic degradation of microbiological and organic chemical water pollutants could have dramatic positive effects on improving the quality of industrial wastewaters that empty into rivers and streams, as well as potential use in economically improving the quality of drinking water. Heterogeneous photocatalysis using titania has been extensively studied since the 1990's because of its non-toxic nature, its high quantum yield of electrons and photo-holes, and its ability to use ambient solar radiation as a power source. Although titania embodies extraordinarily attractive properties for a range of environmental applications, a viable substrate or method of using the material effectively has not been recognized. HGMs are particularly attractive as a support for titania because of their low density and high surface area to volume ratio, but details of how they react to imposed loading, wear, and impact have not been addressed, nor have materials engineering analyses that could maximize their utility been made. In this study we have examined the microstructure, morphology and micro-compression properties of two types of titania coated hollow microspheres, a commercially produced HGM and cenospheres, a derivative of fly ash. Comparisons of uncoated and titania coated hollow microspheres showed improved failure loads and facture energies for the titania coated materials over the uncoated hollow microspheres. Also, the relationship between failure load and hollow microsphere diameter was characterized and the function employed to explain part of the gain in average failure load for the HGMs. Microscopic examination of titania coated HGMs that were subjected to various turbulent conditions, as well as intentional fracture, indicated good interfacial integrity, which supports the viability of both types of HGMs for potential applications. The photocatalytic reactivity of the titania

  13. On-Chip Facile Preparation of Monodisperse Resorcinol Formaldehyde (RF Resin Microspheres

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    Jianmei Wang

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available Monodisperse resorcinol formaldehyde resin (RF microspheres are an important polymeric material because of their rich surface functional group and uniform structural characteristics and have been increasingly applied as an electrode material, catalyst support, absorbent, and carbon microsphere precursor. The polymerization conditions, such as the gelation/solidification temperature and the residence time, can largely influence the physical properties and the formation of the 3D polymeric network of the RF microspheres as well as the carbon microspheres. However, few studies have reported on the complexity of the gelation and solidification processes of resol. In this work, we developed a new RF microsphere preparation device that contains three units: a droplet generation unit, a curing unit, and a collection unit. In this system, we controlled the gelation and solidification processes of the resol and observed its curing behavior, which helped us to uncover the curing mechanism of resol. Finally, we obtained the optimized polymerization parameters, obtaining uniform RF microspheres with a variation coefficient of 4.94%. The prepared porous RF microspheres presented a high absorption ability, reaching ~90% at 10 min. Thus, our method demonstrated the practicality of on-chip monodisperse microspheres synthesis. The product was useful in drug delivery and adsorbing large poisonous molecules.

  14. Preparation of porous LaFeO{sub 3} microspheres and their gas-sensing property

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    Xiao, Hongxia; Xue, Cheng; Song, Peng, E-mail: mse_songp@ujn.edu.cn; Li, Jia; Wang, Qi

    2015-05-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Porous LaFeO{sub 3} microspheres have been successfully synthesized by a convenient and effective hydrothermal method. • The synthesis method has the advantages of controllable fabrication, simple equipment and no additional template. • The mechanism for the formation of porous LaFeO{sub 3} microspheres has been explained in accordance with the Ostwald ripening process. • The as-prepared porous LaFeO{sub 3} microspheres exhibited potential applications in monitoring acetone gas. - Abstract: Porous micro-/nanostructures are of great interest in many current and emerging areas of technology. In this paper, porous microspheres composed of LaFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles were prepared by a convenient and effective method. The obtained microspheres have been structurally characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), which confirms the single crystalline orthorhombic structure. By using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), it can be seen that porous LaFeO{sub 3} microspheres with rough surface were assembled from a large amount of interconnected nanoparticles. And transmission electron microscopy (TEM) image has also confirmed their porous feature. A subsequent plausible formation mechanism of porous LaFeO{sub 3} microspheres has been explained in accordance with the Ostwald ripening process. Moreover, gas sensing investigation showed that the sensor based on porous LaFeO{sub 3} microspheres exhibited potential applications in monitoring acetone gas due to their unique morphology and porous structure.

  15. Size matters: effects of PLGA-microsphere size in injectable CPC/PLGA on bone formation

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    Liao, H.; Lanao, R.P.; Beucken, J.J.J.P van den; Zhou, N.; Both, S.K.; Wolke, J.G.C.; Jansen, J.A.

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of PLGA microsphere dimensions on bone formation after injection of calcium phosphate cement (CPC)/PLGA in a guinea pig tibial intramedullarly model. To this end, injectable CPC/PLGA formulations were prepared using PLGA microspheres with either a

  16. Stereolithography fabrication and characterization of syntactic foams containing hollow glass microspheres

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    Roques-Carmes, T; Gigante, A; Corbel, S [Departement de Chimie Physique des Reactions, Nancy-Universite 1 (France); Marchal, Ph [Centre de Genie Chimique des Milieux Rheologiquement Complexes, Nancy-Universite (France)

    2009-04-30

    This review presents the stereolithography fabrication of epoxy and acrylate syntactic foams based on hollow glass microspheres. Physicochemical analysis has been performed on the fabricated 3D syntactic foam items containing different amounts of microspheres. The surface free energies, light transmittance, density of the syntactic foams were investigated. Criteria for the choice of a polymeric binder are discussed.

  17. ADRIAMYCIN-LOADED ALBUMIN-HEPARIN CONJUGATE MICROSPHERES FOR INTRAPERITONEAL CHEMOTHERAPY

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    CREMERS, HFM; SEYMOUR, LW; LAM, K; LOS, G; KWON, G; BAE, YH; KIM, SW; FEIJEN, J

    1994-01-01

    Adriamycin-loaded albumin-heparin conjugate microspheres (ADR-AHCMS) were evaluated as possible intraperitoneal (i.p.) delivery systems for site-specific cytotoxic action. The biocompatibility of the microspheres after intraperitoneal injection was tested first. 1 day after i.p. administration of

  18. Adriamycin-loaded albumin-heparin conjugate microspheres for intraperitoneal chemotherapy

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    Cremers, Harry; Cremers, H.F.M.; Seymour, L.W.; Lam, K.; Los, G.; van Vugt, M.; Kwon, G.; Bae, Y.H.; Kim, S.W.; Feijen, Jan

    1994-01-01

    Adriamycin-loaded albumin-heparin conjugate microspheres (ADR-AHCMS) were evaluated as possible intraperitoneal (i.p.) delivery systems for site-specific cytotoxic action. The biocompatibility of the microspheres after intraperitoneal injection was tested first. 1 day after i.p. administration of

  19. Effects of formulation variables on Nifedipine microspheres prepared by solvent evaporation technique

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    "Dinarvand R

    2001-07-01

    Full Text Available Preparation and characterization of nifedipine microspheres using ethylcellulose as matrix polymer is described. Nifedipine microspheres were prepared by solvent evaporation technique. The influence of different parameters such as the effect of the concentration of internal and external phases, the amount of drug and the rate of stirring of the medium on the size distribution of microspheres were studied. The effect of drug/polymer ratio and mean particle size on the drug release pattern were also evaluated. Drug release from nifedipine microspheres was studied in a medium, which simulated the change in pH of the pathway of the microspheres from stomach to intestine. It was found that with increase in the concentration of the internal phase, the size of microspheres became larger. Increasing the amount of polyvinyl alcohol in the external phase reduced the size of microspheres. Dissolution was found to be inversely related to the pH, in a way that drug release decreased at higher pH: Drug release from microspheres with small mean particle size was faster than those with large mesh particle size and followed Higuchi model of kinetics.

  20. Laser surface micro-/nano-structuring by a simple transportable micro-sphere lens array

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    Sedao, X.; Derrien, T.J.Y.; Romer, G.W.R.B.E.; Pathiraj, B.; Huis in 't Veld, A.J.

    2012-01-01

    A micro-sphere array optic was employed for laser surface micro-structuring. This array optic consists of a hexagonally close-packed monolayer of silica micro-spheres. It was organized through a self-assembly process and held together on a glass support, without using any adhesives. The array

  1. Release of proteins via ion exchange from albumin-heparin microspheres

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    Kwon, Glen S.; Bae, You Han; Cremers, H.F.M.; Cremers, Harry; Feijen, Jan; Kim, Sung Wan

    1992-01-01

    Albumin-heparin and albumin microspheres were prepared as ion exchange gels for the controlled release of positively charged polypeptides and proteins. The adsorption isotherms of chicken egg and human lysozyme, as model proteins, on microspheres were obtained. An adsorption isotherm of chicken egg

  2. Spatial refractive index sensor using whispering gallery modes in an optically trapped microsphere

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    Zijlstra, P.; Zijlstra, Peter; van der Molen, K.L.; Mosk, Allard

    2007-01-01

    The authors propose the use of an optically trapped, dye doped polystyrene microsphere for spatial probing of the refractive index at any position in a fluid. Using the dye embedded in the microsphere as an internal broadband excitation source the authors eliminated the need for a tunable excitation

  3. Kinetics of piroxicam release from low-methylated pectin/zein hydrogel microspheres

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    The kinetics of a model drug (piroxicam) release from pectin/zein hydrogel microspheres was studied under conditions simulating the gastrointestinal tract. It is established that the rate-limiting step in the release mechanism is drug diffusion out of the microspheres rather than its dissolution. ...

  4. Preparation and Comparative Bioavailability Studies of Indomethacin-Loaded Cetyl Alcohol Microspheres

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    N. Vishal Gupta

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of the present study was to compare the in vitro release and to find out whether the bioavailability of a 75 mg indomethacin capsule (Microcid SR was equivalent to optimized formulation (indomethacin-loaded cetyl alcohol microspheres. Indomethacin-loaded cetyl alcohol microspheres were prepared by meltable emulsified cooling-induced technique. Surface morphology of microspheres has been evaluated using scanning electron microscopy. A single dose, randomized, complete cross over study of IM microspheres was carried out on 10 healthy male and female Albino sheep’s under fasting conditions. The plasma was separated and the concentrations of the drug were determined by HPLC-UV method. Plasma indomethacin concentrations and other pharmacokinetic parameters obtained were statistically analyzed. The SEM images revealed the spherical shape of fat microspheres, and more than 98.0% of the isolated microspheres were in the size range 12–32 μm. DSC, FTIR spectroscopy and stability studies indicated that the drug after encapsulation with fat microspheres was stable and compatible. Both formulations were found to be bioequivalent as evidenced by in vivo studies. Based on this study, it can be concluded that cetyl alcohol microspheres and Microcid SR capsule are bioequivalent in terms of the rate and extent of absorption.

  5. Effects of gamma-irradiation on PLGA microspheres loaded with thienorphine.

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    Yang, Yang; Gao, Yongliang; Mei, Xingguo

    2011-09-01

    Ionizing radiation can be used as a drug sterilization technique, provided that the drug itself is not modified and that no toxic products are produced; moreover, if the irradiated product is a drug delivery system, its drug release characteristics must not be significantly altered by radiation. The aim of this work was to study the effects of sterilization by ionizing radiation on PLGA microspheres, containing thienorphine. Thienorphine PLGA microspheres were prepared by the O/W solvent evaporation method and characterized by HPLC, SEM and laser particle size analysis. Our experimental results showed that gamma-rays did not alter the drug content, and did not modify the kinetics of drug release from microspheres. Moreover, no significant changes in the shape and in the size distribution of microspheres were found after irradiation. In conclusion, the sterilization method is adequate because microspheres not underwent any change after exposition to gamma-irradiation.

  6. Development of poly-l-lysine-coated calcium-alginate microspheres encapsulating fluorescein-labeled dextrans

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    Charron, Luc; Harmer, Andrea; Lilge, Lothar

    2005-09-01

    A technique to produce fluorescent cell phantom standards based on calcium alginate microspheres with encapsulated fluorescein-labeled dextrans is presented. An electrostatic ionotropic gelation method is used to create the microspheres which are then exposed to an encapsulation method using poly-l-lysine to trap the dextrans inside. Both procedures were examined in detail to find the optimal parameters producing cell phantoms meeting our requirements. Size distributions favoring 10-20 microns microspheres were obtained by varying the high voltage and needle size parameters. Typical size distributions of the samples were centered at 150 μm diameter. Neither the molecular weight nor the charge of the dextrans had a significant effect on their retention in the microspheres, though anionic dextrans were chosen to help in future capillary electrophoresis work. Increasing the exposure time of the microspheres to the poly-l-lysine solution decreased the leakage rates of fluorescein-labeled dextrans.

  7. Invertase immobilization by adsorption on polymer microspheres studied by radioiodination technique

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    Queiroz, Alvaro A.A. de [Universidade Federal de Itajuba, MG (Brazil). Inst. de Ciencias Exatas. Dept. de Fisica e Quimica]. E-mail: alencar@unifei.edu.br; Pontin, Luiz F. [Universidade Federal de Itajuba, MG (Brazil). Inst. de Ciencias Exatas. Dept. de Matematica e Computacao]. E-mail: pontin@unifei.edu.br; Higa, Olga Z.; Ribela, Maria Tereza C.P. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Lab. de Biologia Molecular]. E-mail: ozahiga@ipen.br; Tomotani, Ester J.; Vitolo, Michele [Sao Paulo Univ., SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Ciencias Farmaceuticas. Dept. de Tecnologia Bioquimico-Farmaceutica]. E-mail: michenzi@usp.br

    2005-07-01

    In this paper, we report the study of the diffusion behavior of invertase onto polystyrene-divinylbenzene (PS-DVB) microspheres. To detect the surface concentration of protein adsorbed on the microspheres, the chloramine-T method was used to label invertase and has been applied to the study of protein sorption properties on the microspheres. The sorption isotherms and the diffusion coefficient (D{sub f}) were computed from experimental results and the concentration of bound invertase was determined in terms of the Fick's law. The Hill equation was applied to the data and the binding capacity of the microspheres were estimated. The results of adsorption show that the radiolabelling invertase method are efficacious at the protein surface concentration detection and can be used to investigate the enzyme immobilization by sorption properties of polymer microspheres. (author)

  8. Hollow carbonated hydroxyapatite microspheres with mesoporous structure: hydrothermal fabrication and drug delivery property.

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    Guo, Ya-Jun; Wang, Ying-Ying; Chen, Ting; Wei, Yi-Ting; Chu, Lian-Feng; Guo, Ya-Ping

    2013-08-01

    Hollow carbonated hydroxyapatite microspheres with mesoporous structure (HCHAs) have been fabricated by using calcium carbonated microspheres as sacrificial templates according to the following routes: (i) the in situ deposit of carbonated hydroxyapatite on the surfaces of CaCO3 microspheres by hydrothermal method and (ii) the removal of CaCO3 by chemical etching. The HCHAs consist of a hollow core and a mesoporous shell. Interestingly, the shell of the microspheres is constructed by carbonated hydroxyapatite nanoplates as building blocks. Moreover, these nanoplates are composed of many smaller nanoparticles with different crystal orientations, and the mesopores exist among these nanoparticles. The HCHAs exhibit the high drug-loading capacity and sustained drug release property, suggesting that the hierarchically porous microspheres have great potentials for bone-implantable drug-delivery applications. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Formulation and evalution of montelukast sodium - chitosan based spray dried microspheres for pulmonary drug delivery.

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    Panchal, Rushi; Patel, Harsha; Patel, Vishnu; Joshi, Pratik; Parikh, Ankit

    2012-03-01

    The objective of present work was to prepare microspheres of montelukast sodium using a natural polymer- chitosan by spray drying method by using glutaraldehyde as a cross linking agent. The microspheres were characterized for size, shape, dissolution, swelling and mucoadhesion. It was observed that, all microspheres were spherical in shape with narrow size distribution. Microspheres had mean particle size of 7-12 μm, with % encapsulation efficiency of 78-86%. The % yield was 32-49% and drug load was 48-53%. With the increase in proportion of chitosan in formulation mucoadhesive strength was increase and also increased in particle size of microspheres. As the drug:polymer ratio increase drug loading was increase and % encapsulation efficiency was also increase.

  10. Synthesis of poly(vinyl acetate-methyl methacrylate) copolymer microspheres using suspension polymerization.

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    Islam, Md Shahidul; Yeum, Jeong Hyun; Das, Ajoy Kumar

    2012-02-15

    Poly(vinyl acetate-methyl methacrylate) (VAc-MMA) copolymer microspheres were prepared using suspension polymerization at low temperature initiated with 2,2'-azobis(2,4-dimethyl valeronitrile) (ADMVN). The poly(VAc-MMA) copolymer microspheres can be used over a large area where homopolymers, polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) and methyl methacrylate (PMMA) microspheres are capable of being put to use. The prepared microspheres were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). Obtained copolymer microspheres which have 200 μm average diameter and higher thermal stability than those of homopolymer. Crown Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Preparation of porous LaFeO3 microspheres and their gas-sensing property

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    Xiao, Hongxia; Xue, Cheng; Song, Peng; Li, Jia; Wang, Qi

    2015-05-01

    Porous micro-/nanostructures are of great interest in many current and emerging areas of technology. In this paper, porous microspheres composed of LaFeO3 nanoparticles were prepared by a convenient and effective method. The obtained microspheres have been structurally characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), which confirms the single crystalline orthorhombic structure. By using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), it can be seen that porous LaFeO3 microspheres with rough surface were assembled from a large amount of interconnected nanoparticles. And transmission electron microscopy (TEM) image has also confirmed their porous feature. A subsequent plausible formation mechanism of porous LaFeO3 microspheres has been explained in accordance with the Ostwald ripening process. Moreover, gas sensing investigation showed that the sensor based on porous LaFeO3 microspheres exhibited potential applications in monitoring acetone gas due to their unique morphology and porous structure.

  12. Formulation and evalution of montelukast sodium - chitosan based spray dried microspheres for pulmonary drug delivery

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    Rushi Panchal

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of present work was to prepare microspheres of montelukast sodium using a natural polymer- chitosan by spray drying method by using glutaraldehyde as a cross linking agent. The microspheres were characterized for size, shape, dissolution, swelling and mucoadhesion. It was observed that, all microspheres were spherical in shape with narrow size distribution. Microspheres had mean particle size of 7-12 μm, with % encapsulation efficiency of 78-86%. The % yield was 32-49% and drug load was 48-53%. With the increase in proportion of chitosan in formulation mucoadhesive strength was increase and also increased in particle size of microspheres. As the drug:polymer ratio increase drug loading was increase and % encapsulation efficiency was also increase.

  13. A morphology, porosity and surface conductive layer optimized MnCo2O4 microsphere for compatible superior Li(+) ion/air rechargeable battery electrode materials.

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    Yun, Young Jun; Kim, Jin Kyu; Ju, Ji Young; Unithrattil, Sanjith; Lee, Sun Sook; Kang, Yongku; Jung, Ha-Kyun; Park, Jin-Seong; Im, Won Bin; Choi, Sungho

    2016-03-28

    Uniform surface conductive layers with porous morphology-conserved MnCo2O4 microspheres are successfully synthesized, and their electrochemical performances are thoroughly investigated. It is found that the microwave-assisted hydrothermally grown MnCo2O4 using citric acid as the carbon source shows a maximum Li(+) ion lithiation/delithiation capacity of 501 mA h g(-1) at 500 mA g(-1) with stable capacity retention. Besides, the given microsphere compounds are effectively activated as air cathode catalysts in Li-O2 batteries with reduced charge overpotentials and improved cycling performance. We believe that such an affordable enhanced performance results from the appropriate quasi-hollow nature of MnCo2O4 microspheres, which can effectively mitigate the large volume change of electrodes during Li(+) migration and/or enhance the surface transport of the LiOx species in Li-air batteries. Thus, the rationally designed porous media for the improved Li(+) electrochemical reaction highlight the importance of the 3D macropores, the high specific area and uniformly overcoated conductive layer for the promising Li(+) redox reaction platforms.

  14. Preparation and crystallization of hollow α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} microspheres following the gas-bubble template method

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    Valladares, L. de los Santos, E-mail: ld301@cam.ac.uk [Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, J.J Thomson Av., Cambridge, CB3 0HE (United Kingdom); León Félix, L. [Laboratorio de Cerámicos y Nanomateriales, Facultad de Ciencias Físicas, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Ap. Postal 14-0149, Lima (Peru); Laboratory of Magnetic Characterization, Instituto de Física, Universidade de Brasília, DF 70910-900, Brasilia (Brazil); Espinoza Suarez, S.M.; Bustamante Dominguez, A.G. [Laboratorio de Cerámicos y Nanomateriales, Facultad de Ciencias Físicas, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Ap. Postal 14-0149, Lima (Peru); Mitrelias, T.; Holmes, S. [Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, J.J Thomson Av., Cambridge, CB3 0HE (United Kingdom); Moreno, N.O. [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal de Sergipe, 49100-000, Sao Cristóvao, Sergipe (Brazil); Albino Aguiar, J. [Laboratório de Supercondutividade e Materiais Avançados, Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, 50670-901, Recife (Brazil); Barnes, C.H.W. [Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, J.J Thomson Av., Cambridge, CB3 0HE (United Kingdom)

    2016-02-01

    In this work we report the formation of hollow α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} (hematite) microspheres by the gas-bubble template method. This technique is simple and it does not require hard templates, surfactants, special conditions of atmosphere or complex steps. After reacting Fe(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}.9H{sub 2}O and citric acid in water by sol–gel, the precursor was annealed in air at different temperatures between 180 and 600 °C. Annealing at 550 and 600 °C generates bubbles on the melt which crystallize and oxidizes to form hematite hollow spheres after quenching. The morphology and crystal evolution are studied by means of X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. We found that after annealing at 250–400 °C, the sample consist of a mixture of magnetite, maghemite and hematite. Single hematite phase in the form of hollow microspheres is obtained after annealing at 550 and 600 °C. The crystallization and crystal size of the hematite shells increase with annealing temperature. A possible mechanism for hollow sphere formation is presented. - Highlights: • Formation of hollow hematite microspheres by the gas-bubble template method. • This technique does not require hard templates or special conditions of atmosphere. • Annealing promotes the transition magnetite to maghemite to hematite. • Crystallization of the hematite shells increase with annealing temperature.

  15. CuO/C microspheres as anode materials for lithium ion batteries

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    Huang, X.H., E-mail: drhuangxh@hotmail.com [Academy of Frontier Science, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing 210016 (China); School of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Taizhou University, Taizhou 318000 (China); Wang, C.B.; Zhang, S.Y. [Academy of Frontier Science, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing 210016 (China); Zhou, F., E-mail: fzhou@nuaa.edu.cn [Academy of Frontier Science, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing 210016 (China)

    2011-07-30

    Highlights: > CuO/C composite microspheres have been successfully prepared by calcining the CuCl{sub 2}/resorcinol-formaldehyde gel in argon atmosphere followed by a subsequent oxidation treatment using H{sub 2}O{sub 2} solution. > CuO particles disperse homogenously inside the carbon aerogel microspheres. > Carbon aerogel microspheres have the abilities of alleviating the pulverization, suppressing the aggregation, and enhancing the conductivity of the CuO particles. Therefore, CuO/C composite microspheres exhibit better electrochemical performance than that of pure CuO. - Abstract: CuO/C microspheres are prepared by calcining CuCl{sub 2}/resorcinol-formaldehyde (RF) gel in argon atmosphere followed by a subsequent oxidation process using H{sub 2}O{sub 2} solution. The microstructure and morphology of materials are characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transition electron microscopy (TEM). Carbon microspheres have an average diameter of about 2 {mu}m, and CuO particles with the sizes of 50-200 nm disperse in these microspheres. The electrochemical properties of CuO/C microspheres as anode materials for lithium ion batteries are investigated by galvanostatic discharge-charge and cyclic voltammetry (CV) tests. The results show that CuO/C microspheres deliver discharge and charge capacities of 470 and 440 mAh g{sup -1} after 50 cycles, and they also exhibit better rate capability than that of pure CuO. It is believed that the carbon microspheres play an important role in their electrochemical properties.

  16. Study of deep profile control and oil displacement technologies with nanoscale polymer microspheres.

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    Hua, Zhao; Lin, Meiqin; Dong, Zhaoxia; Li, Mingyuan; Zhang, Guiqing; Yang, Jie

    2014-06-15

    Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), dynamic lighting scattering (DLS) and HAAKE rheometer experiments were adopted to investigate the shape, size and rheological properties of nanoscale polymer microspheres. Moreover, nuclear-pore film filtration, sand packed tube displacement, core displacement, micro-visual model and capillary flow experiments were used to study the mechanisms of deep profile control and oil displacement of nanoscale polymer microspheres. The results demonstrated that the original shape of the nanoscale polymer microspheres were typically spherical, ranging in size from 30 to 60 nm. When the microspheres were dispersed in water, their size increased by 3-6 times due to swelling and a poly-dispersed system appeared; however, the spherical conformation remained. Within a certain range of shear rates, a 100-900 mg/L microsphere dispersed system exhibited shear thickening behaviour, making it favourable for increasing the flow resistance of a displacement fluid. These polymer microspheres dispersed systems exhibited effective plugging on a nuclear pore film with 0.4-μm pores with deep plugging in the core; these systems also tended to plug the high permeability layer and drive crude oil from the low permeability layer in parallel sand packed tubes. Cross-linked polymer microspheres could reduce water permeability because the microspheres adsorbed, accumulated and bridged in the pore-throat, and the adsorbed layers would be collapsed under the pressure, entering deep into the reservoir due to the good deformation properties of the microspheres. Meanwhile these microspheres would drive crude oil on and in the pores/throats while they are transported in porous media, achieving deep profile control and oil displacement with the ultimate purpose of improving oil recovery. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Preparation and characterization of uniform-sized chitosan microspheres containing insulin by membrane emulsification and a two-step solidification process.

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    Wang, Lian-Yan; Gu, Yong-Hong; Zhou, Qing-Zhu; Ma, Guang-Hui; Wan, Yin-Hua; Su, Zhi-Guo

    2006-07-01

    Chitosan microsphere has important application in controlled release of protein and peptide drug, because it shows excellent mucoadhesive and permeation enhancing effect across the biological surfaces. In the conventional preparation methods of chitosan microsphere, the W/O emulsion was usually prepared by mechanical stirring method, and then the droplets were solidified by glutaraldehyde. There existed limitation and shortage such as broad size distribution, de-activity of bio-drug and difficulty in drug release because protein and peptide drug have the same amino group as chitosan. In this study, we established a method to prepare uniform-sized microsphere, and solve above problems by combining a special membrane emulsification technique and a step-wise crosslinking method. That is, the chitosan/acetic acid aqueous solution was pressed through the uniform pores of a porous glass membrane into a paraffin/petroleum ether mixture containing PO-500 emulsifier, to form a W/O emulsion with uniform droplet size. Then, the uniform droplets were solidified by a two-step crosslinking method. At the first step, tripolyphosphate (TPP) solution was dropped gradually in the emulsion, TPP diffused into the droplet to crosslink chitosan by an ionic linkage, generating a microgel. At the second step, an adequate amount of glutaraldehyde was added. The solidification conditions of the two-step process were optimized by investigating the effects of solidification conditions on morphology of microspheres, encapsulation efficiency (EE), drug activity and release profile in vitro. The suitable preparative conditions were determined as follows: pH value of aqueous phase and TPP solution was 3.5-4.0, the molar ratio of amino group of chitosan to aldehyde group of glutaraldehyde was 1:1 and the crosslinking time of glutaraldehyde was 60 min.

  18. The Influence of Lyophilized EmuGel Silica Microspheres on the Physicomechanical Properties, In Vitro Bioactivity and Biodegradation of a Novel Ciprofloxacin-Loaded PCL/PAA Scaffold

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    Mostafa Mabrouk

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available A new composite poly(caprolactone (PCL and poly(acrylic acid (PAA (PCL:PAA 1:5 scaffold was synthesized via dispersion of PCL particles into a PAA network. Silica microspheres (Si (2–12 μm were then prepared by a lyophilized micro-emulsion/sol-gel (Emugel system using varying weight ratios. The model drug ciprofloxacin (CFX was used for in situ incorporation into the scaffold. The physicochemical and thermal integrity, morphology and porosity of the system was analyzed by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD, Attenuated Total Refelctance Fourier Transform Infrared (ATR-FTIR, Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC, SEM, surface area analysis and liquid displacement, respectively. The mechanical properties of the scaffold were measured by textural analysis and in vitro bioactivity, biodegradation and pH variations were evaluated by XRD, FTIR and SEM after immersion in Simulated Body Fluid (SBF. The in vitro and in vivo studies of the prepared scaffold were considered as future aspects for this study. CFX release was determined in phosphate buffer saline (PBS (pH 7.4; 37 °C. The incorporation of the Si microspheres and CFX into the scaffold was confirmed by XRD, FTIR, DSC and SEM, and the scaffold microstructure was dependent on the concentration of Si microspheres and the presence of CFX. The system displayed enhanced mechanical properties (4.5–14.73 MPa, in vitro bioactivity, biodegradation and controlled CFX release. Therefore, the PCL/PAA scaffolds loaded with Si microspheres and CFX with a porosity of up to 87% may be promising for bone tissue engineering.

  19. Design of sustained-release nitrendipine microspheres having solid dispersion structure by quasi-emulsion solvent diffusion method

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    Cui, Fude; Yang, Mingshi; Jiang, Yanyan

    2003-01-01

    that the particle size of microspheres was determined mainly by the agitation speed. The dissolution rate of nitrendipine from microspheres was enhanced significantly with increasing the amount of dispersing agents, and sustained by adding retarding agents. The release rate of microspheres could be controlled...... as amorphous state. The release profiles and content of the microspheres stored at a temperature of 40 degrees C and a relative humidity of 75% were unchanged during 3 months of accelerating condition of storage. And the relative bioavailability of the sustained-release microspheres compared with the Baypress...

  20. Delivery of bioactive lipids from composite microgel-microsphere injectable scaffolds enhances stem cell recruitment and skeletal repair.

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    Anusuya Das

    Full Text Available In this study, a microgel composed of chitosan and inorganic phosphates was used to deliver poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLAGA microspheres loaded with sphingolipid growth factor FTY720 to critical size cranial defects in Sprague Dawley rats. We show that sustained release of FTY720 from injected microspheres used alone or in combination with recombinant human bone morphogenic protein-2 (rhBMP2 improves defect vascularization and bone formation in the presence and absence of rhBMP2 as evaluated by quantitative microCT and histological measurements. Moreover, sustained delivery of FTY720 from PLAGA and local targeting of sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P receptors reduces CD45+ inflammatory cell infiltration, promotes endogenous recruitment of CD29+CD90+ bone progenitor cells and enhances the efficacy of rhBMP2 from chitosan microgels. Companion in vitro studies suggest that selective activation of sphingosine receptor subtype-3 (S1P3 via FTY720 treatment induces smad-1 phosphorylation in bone-marrow stromal cells. Additionally, FTY720 enhances stromal cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1 mediated chemotaxis of CD90+CD11B-CD45- bone progenitor cells in vitro after stimulation with rhBMP2. We believe that use of such small molecule delivery formulations to recruit endogenous bone progenitors may be an attractive alternative to exogenous cell-based therapy.

  1. [Synthesis and adsorption property of Cd(II) - 8-hydroxyquinoline molecularly imprinted polymer microspheres].

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    Yang, Chun-Yan; Chen, Fu-Bin; Zhao, Hui; Chang, Zi-Qiang; Zhang, Zhu-Jun

    2014-06-01

    Cd(II) ion could form a stable complex with 8-hydroxyquinoline (molar rate = 1 : 1) in ethanol solution as revealed by ultraviolet spectrum analysis. Based on this molar rate of Cd(II) ions and 8-hydroxyquinoline, Cd(II) ions imprinting polymer microspheres were synthesized by water-in-oil-in-water (W/O/W) emulsions polymerization, using metal Cd(II) ions as template, 8-hydroxyquinoline as ligand, methacrylic acid as functional monomer, ethylene acrylic acid methyl ester as cross-linker, and azodiisobutyronitrile as initiator in aqueous phase. The influences of the dosage of emulsifier, porogen and outer aqueous phase on the morphology and adsorption property of MIP were studied. The morphology of MIP was characterized by SEM which showed that the diameter of MIP was of micrometer grade and the shape was homogeneous under some operating conditions. The adsorption properties of MIP synthesized under different conditions were compared. The influences of solution pH, adsorption time, initial concentration and temperature on MIP adsorbed Cd(II) ions were assessed. The results showed that MIP showed fast kinetics for adsorption and desorption of Cd(II) ions. It was concluded that MIP could be employed as an effective material for the selective removal of Cd(II) ions from waste water.

  2. In vitro and in vivo evaluation of chemically modified degradable starch microspheres for topical haemostasis.

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    Björses, Katarina; Faxälv, Lars; Montan, Carl; Wildt-Persson, Katarina; Fyhr, Peter; Holst, Jan; Lindahl, Tomas L

    2011-06-01

    Degradable starch microspheres (DSMs) are starch chains cross-linked with epichlorhydrin, forming glycerol-ether links. DSMs have been used for many years for temporary vascular occlusion and drug delivery in treatment of malignancies. They are also approved and used for topical haemostasis by absorbing excess fluid from the blood and concentrating endogenous coagulation factors, thereby facilitating haemostasis. This mechanism of action is not sufficient for larger bleedings in current chemical formulations of DSMs, and modification of DSMs to trigger activation of platelets or coagulation would be required for use in such applications. Chemical modifications of DSMs with N-octenyl succinic anhydride, chloroacetic acid, acetic anhydride, diethylaminoethyl chloride and ellagic acid were performed and evaluated in vitro with thrombin generation and platelet adhesion tests, and in vivo using an experimental renal bleeding model in rat. DSMs modified to activate platelets in vitro were superior in haemostatic capacity in vivo. Further studies with non-toxic substances are warranted to confirm these results and develop the DSM as a more effective topical haemostatic agent. Copyright © 2011 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Fabrication of superhydrophobic surface of hierarchical ZnO thin films by using stearic acid

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    Wang, Yanfen; Li, Benxia; Xu, Chuyang

    2012-01-01

    Flower-like hierarchical ZnO microspheres were successfully synthesized by a simple, template-free, and low-temperature aqueous solution route. The morphology and microstructure of the ZnO microspheres were examined by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The bionic films with hydrophobicity were fabricated by the hierarchical ZnO microspheres modified by stearic acid. It was found that the hydrophobicity of the thin films was very sensitive to the added amount of stearic acid. The thin films modified with 8% stearic acid took on strong superhydrophobicity with a water contact angle (CA) almost to be 178° and weak adhersion. The remarkable superhydrophobicity could be attributed to the synergistic effect of micro/nano hierarchical structure of ZnO and low surface energy of stearic acid.

  4. Magnetic Ganoderma lucidum spore microspheres: A novel material to immobilize CotA multicopper oxidase for dye decolorization

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    Fan, Lili [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Wang, Yan, E-mail: wangy_msn@hit.edu.cn [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Zhao, Min [College of Life Science, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin 150040 (China); Song, Jinzhu [School of Life Science and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Wang, Jueyu; Jin, Zijing [College of Life Science, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin 150040 (China)

    2016-08-05

    Highlights: • Hollow microspheres were obtained from Ganoderma lucidum spores. • Novel magnetic microspheres were prepared by load hollow spore microspheres with Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles. • CotA multicopper oxidase was immobilized on the magnetic spore microspheres for indigo carmine decolorization. • The immobilized CotA displayed higher decolorization capability and reusability. - Abstract: In this study, hollow microspheres were obtained from Ganoderma lucidum spores. Then the hollow microspheres were loaded with Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles to prepare novel magnetic spore microspheres. TEM images and X-ray diffractometry demonstrated that the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were incorporated throughout the spore microsphere. CotA multicopper oxidase was chosen as biomacromolecule to study the loading ability of the magnetic spore microspheres. The combination of the CotA enzyme with the microsphere was observed by laser scanning confocal microscope. The loaded amount of CotA on the microspheres was 75 mg/g when the CotA concentration was 1.2 mg/mL and the activity recovery of the immobilized CotA was 81%. The magnetic microspheres loaded with CotA, which can be easily and quickly recovered by an external magnetic field, were used for dye decolorization. After 1 h decolorization, 99% of the indigo carmine has been removed by 10 mg microspheres. In addition, the immobilized CotA retained 75% of activity after 10 consecutive cycles, which indicated that the magnetic spore microspheres are good support material for immobilization of the enzyme.

  5. CTAB induced hierarchical bismuth microspheres for visible-light photocatalytic study.

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    Zhang, Fengnan; Zhao, Yan; Li, Yawen; Wu, Gongjuan; Zhao, Jingzhe

    2017-11-01

    Nanosheet constructed bismuth microspheres were prepared through an aqueous reduction approach in the presence of CTAB molecules, with initial formed BiOCl as the precursor and hydrazine hydrate as the reductant. The flower-like morphology and platelet units of BiOCl precursor determined the evolution of hierarchical Bi microspheres through a morphology-heredity process. Trisodium citrate was introduced to keep the Bi microspheres from oxidation, the high purity in composition are beneficial to eliminate the influence of bismuth oxides. Photocatalytic properties of the hierarchical Bi microspheres were investigated under visible-light irradiation by taking the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) dye and colorless bisphenol A (BPA) as probe reactions. 99.7% of RhB and 47.4% of BPA degradation in 3h indicate good photocatalytic property of the hierarchical Bi microspheres. Results of storing detection and recycled experiments revealed good structure stability and photocatalytic stability of the Bi microspheres, these properties are vital for practical applications of the materials. The formation mechanism of Bi microspheres and relative degradation mechanism are also proposed on the basis of experimental data. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Preparation and Characterization of Quaternized Chitosan Coated Alginate Microspheres for Blue Dextran Delivery

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    Kuo-Yu Chen

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available In this study, 2-[(Acryloyloxyethyl]trimethylammonium chloride was graft polymerized onto chitosan (CS to form quaternary ammonium CS (QAC by using ammonium persulfate as a redox initiator. Alginate (ALG microspheres loaded with a water-soluble macromolecular model drug, blue dextran (BD, were obtained by corporation of coaxial gas-flow method and ionic gelation process. CS and QAC were then coated on the surfaces of ALG microspheres to generate core/shell structured CS/ALG and QAC/ALG microspheres, respectively. The experiment result showed that QAC/ALG microspheres had a smaller particle size due to the stronger electrostatic interactions between QAC and ALG molecules. In vitro drug release studies at pH 7.4 and pH 9.0 exhibited that the release rate of BD was significantly decreased after ALG microspheres coating with CS and QAC. Moreover, ALG microspheres coated with QAC showed a prolonged release profile for BD at pH 9.0. Therefore, QAC/ALG microspheres may be a promising hydrophilic macromolecular drug carrier for a prolonged and sustained delivery.

  7. Fabrication of Magnetic-Antimicrobial-Fluorescent Multifunctional Hybrid Microspheres and Their Properties

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    Ling-Han Xiao

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Novel magnetic-antimicrobial-fluorescent multifunctional hybrid microspheres with well-defined nanostructure were synthesized by the aid of a poly(glycidyl methacrylate (PGMA template. The hybrid microspheres were fully characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR, X-ray diffraction (XRD and digital fluorescence microscope. The as-synthesized microspheres PGMA, amino-modified PGMA (NH2-PGMA and magnetic PGMA (M-PGMA have a spherical shape with a smooth surface and fine monodispersity. M-PGMA microspheres are super-paramagnetic, and their saturated magnetic field is 4.608 emu·g−1, which made M-PGMA efficiently separable from aqueous solution by an external magnetic field. After poly(haxemethylene guanidine hydrochloride (PHGH functionalization, the resultant microspheres exhibit excellent antibacterial performance against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. The fluorescence feature originating from the quantum dot CdTe endowed the hybrid microspheres with biological functions, such as targeted localization and biological monitoring functions. Combination of magnetism, antibiosis and fluorescence into one single hybrid microsphere opens up the possibility of the extensive study of multifunctional materials and widens the potential applications.

  8. Alginate/quaternized carboxymethyl chitosan/clay nanocomposite microspheres: preparation and drug-controlled release behavior.

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    Liu, Bo; Luo, Jiwen; Wang, Xiaoying; Lu, Junxiang; Deng, Hongbing; Sun, Runcang

    2013-01-01

    Drug-delivery systems, using natural drug carriers, have become increasingly important because of their nontoxicity and biodegradability. In this study, firstly, quaternized carboxymethyl chitosan (QCMC) was intercalated into the interlayer of organic montmorillonite (OMMT) to obtain the QCMC/OMMT nanocomposites, their structure, morphology, and thermal stability were investigated. Next, crosslinked alginate/QCMC/OMMT (AQCOM) microsphere was obtained by crosslinking with CaCl2, and the drug-controlled release behavior was evaluated with bovine serum albumin (BSA) as model drug. The results suggested that, carboxyl groups in alginate and QCMC crosslinked with Ca(2+), quaternary ammonium groups in QCMC or OMMT electrostatically interacted with carboxyl groups in alginate, and there was stable three-dimensional network in AQCOM microsphere. The swelling ratio of AQCOM microspheres decreased with the increase of OMMT content, the lowest one was only about 45% compared to the microsphere without OMMT of 197%. Besides, the in vitro release results for BSA indicated that the AQCOM microsphere displayed more excellent encapsulation and controlled release capacities than the microsphere without OMMT. The in vitro active cutaneous anaphylaxis test was carried out on Guinea pigs, which revealed that AQCOM microsphere did not cause anaphylaxis. Therefore, QCMC/OMMT nanocomposites from natural materials are considerably suitable to apply as drug-controlled release carriers.

  9. ZnO microspheres-reduced graphene oxide nanocomposite for photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue dye

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    Qin, Jiaqian; Zhang, Xinyu; Yang, Chengwu; Cao, Meng; Ma, Mingzhen; Liu, Riping

    2017-01-01

    In this work, ZnO microspheres-reduced graphene oxide (rGO) nanocomposites were synthesized via a simple solution method and used for the photodegradation of methylene blue (MB) dye from water under UV light. The SEM and TEM observations demonstrate that the microsphere morphologies of the ZnO microspheres-rGO nanocomposite is composed of ZnO microspheres anchored on rGO sheets, confirming the formation of ZnO microspheres-rGO composites. Raman spectra and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy reveal that both of the reduction of GO tight contact between ZnO and rGO are achieved during the high temperature calcination process. During the photocatalytic test, in comparison with ZnO microspheres and P25 TiO2, the ZnO microspheres-rGO nanocomposite shows improved photodegradation of MB dye, because the rGO sheets could reduce the charge recombination in electron-transfer processes. According to the scavenger experiments, the possible MB degradation mechanism is contributed mainly to the generation of active species induced by the photogenerated holes (h+) and superoxide radicals (rad O2-).

  10. Novel Self-Assembly-Induced Gelation for Nanofibrous Collagen/Hydroxyapatite Composite Microspheres

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    Jae-Won Choi

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available This study demonstrates the utility of the newly developed self-assembly-induced gelation technique for the synthesis of porous collagen/hydroxyapatite (HA composite microspheres with a nanofibrous structure. This new approach can produce microspheres of a uniform size using the droplets that form at the nozzle tip before gelation. These microspheres can have a highly nanofibrous structure due to the immersion of the droplets in a coagulation bath (water/acetone, in which the collagen aggregates in the solution can self-assemble into fibrils due to pH-dependent precipitation. Bioactive HA particles were incorporated into the collagen solutions, in order to enhance the bioactivity of the composite microspheres. The composite microspheres exhibited a well-defined spherical morphology and a uniform size for all levels of HA content (0 wt %, 10 wt %, 15 wt %, and 20 wt %. Collagen nanofibers—several tens of nanometers in size—were uniformly present throughout the microspheres and the HA particles were also well dispersed. The in vitro apatite-forming ability, assessed using the simulated body fluid (SBF solution, increased significantly with the incorporation of HA into the composite microspheres.

  11. Three dimensional distribution of surfactant in microspheres revealed by synchrotron radiation X-ray microcomputed tomography

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    Li Wu

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available This study investigated the formulation mechanism of microspheres via internal surfactant distribution. Eudragit L100 based microspheres loaded with bovine serum albumin were prepared by solid in oil in oil emulsion solvent evaporation method using acetone and liquid paraffin system containing sucrose stearate as a surfactant. The fabricated microspheres were evaluated for encapsulation efficiency, particle size, production yield, and in vitro release characteristics. The internal structures of microspheres were characterized using synchrotron radiation X-ray microcomputed tomography (SR-µCT. The enhanced contrast made the sucrose stearate distinguished from Eudragit to have its three dimensional (3D distribution. Results indicated that the content and concentration determined the state of sucrose stearate and had significant influences on the release kinetics of protein. The dispersity of sucrose stearate was the primary factor that controlled the structure of the microspheres and further affected the encapsulation efficiency, effective drug loading, as well as in vitro release behavior. In conclusion, the 3D internal distribution of surfactant in microspheres and its effects on protein release behaviors have been revealed for the first time. The highly resolved 3D architecture provides new evidence for the deep understanding of the microsphere formation mechanism.

  12. Biodegradable Chitosan-Based Ambroxol Hydrochloride Microspheres: Effect of Cross-Linking Agents

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    Gangurde, HH; Chavan, NV; Mundada, AS; Derle, DV; Tamizharasi, S

    2011-01-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate the influence of type of cross-linking method used on the properties of ambroxol hydrochloride microspheres such as encapsulation efficiency, particle size, and drug release. Microspheres were prepared by solvent evaporation technique using chitosan as a matrix-forming agent and cross-linked using formaldehyde and heat treatment. Morphological and physicochemical properties of microspheres were then investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffractometry (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) spectroscopy. The cross-linking of chitosan takes place at the free amino group because of formation of imine bond as evidenced by FTIR. The DSC, XRD, and FTIR analysis showed that chitosan microspheres cross linked by heating were superior in properties and performance as compared to the microspheres cross-linked using formaldehyde. SEM results revealed that heat-treated microspheres were spherical, discrete having smooth, and porous structure. The particle size and encapsulation efficiencies of the prepared chitosan microspheres ranged between 10.83–24.11 μm and 39.73μ80.56%, respectively. The drug release was extended up to 12 h, and the kinetics of the drug release was obeying Higuchi kinetic proving diffusion-controlled drug release. PMID:21607049

  13. Controlled Release of Lysozyme from Double-Walled Poly(Lactide-Co-Glycolide (PLGA Microspheres

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    Rezaul H. Ansary

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Double-walled microspheres based on poly(lactide-co-glycolide (PLGA are potential delivery systems for reducing a very high initial burst release of encapsulated protein and peptide drugs. In this study, double-walled microspheres made of glucose core, hydroxyl-terminated poly(lactide-co-glycolide (Glu-PLGA, and carboxyl-terminated PLGA were fabricated using a modified water-in-oil-in-oil-in-water (w1/o/o/w2 emulsion solvent evaporation technique for the controlled release of a model protein, lysozyme. Microspheres size, morphology, encapsulation efficiency, lysozyme in vitro release profiles, bioactivity, and structural integrity, were evaluated. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM images revealed that double-walled microspheres comprising of Glu-PLGA and PLGA with a mass ratio of 1:1 have a spherical shape and smooth surfaces. A statistically significant increase in the encapsulation efficiency (82.52% ± 3.28% was achieved when 1% (w/v polyvinyl alcohol (PVA and 2.5% (w/v trehalose were incorporated in the internal and external aqueous phase, respectively, during emulsification. Double-walled microspheres prepared together with excipients (PVA and trehalose showed a better control release of lysozyme. The released lysozyme was fully bioactive, and its structural integrity was slightly affected during microspheres fabrication and in vitro release studies. Therefore, double-walled microspheres made of Glu-PLGA and PLGA together with excipients (PVA and trehalose provide a controlled and sustained release for lysozyme.

  14. The potential of using biodegradable microspheres in retinal diseases and other intraocular pathologies.

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    Herrero-Vanrell, Rocío; Bravo-Osuna, Irene; Andrés-Guerrero, Vanessa; Vicario-de-la-Torre, Marta; Molina-Martínez, Irene Teresa

    2014-09-01

    Pathologies affecting the posterior segment of the eye are one of the major causes of blindness in developed countries and are becoming more prevalent due to the increase in society longevity. Successful therapy of diseases affecting the back of the eye requires effective concentrations of the active substance maintained during a long period of time in the intraocular target site. Treatment of vitreoretinal diseases often include repeated intravitreous injections that are associated with adverse effects. Local administration of biodegradable microspheres offers an excellent alternative to multiple administrations, as they are able to deliver the therapeutic molecule in a controlled fashion. Furthermore, injection of microparticles is performed without the need for surgical procedures. As most of the retinal diseases are multifactorial, microspheres result especially promising because they can be loaded with more than one active substance and complemented with the inclusion of additives with pharmacological properties. Personalized therapy can be easily achieved by changing the amount of administered microspheres. Contrary to non-biodegradable devices, biodegradable PLA and PLGA microspheres disappear from the site of administration after delivering the drug. Furthermore, microspheres prepared from these mentioned biomaterials are well tolerated after periocular and intravitreal injections in animals and humans. After injection, PLA and PLGA microspheres suffer aggregation behaving like an implant. Biodegradable microspheres are potential tools in regenerative medicine for retinal repair. According to the reported results, presumably a variety of microparticulate formulations for different ophthalmic therapeutic uses will be available in the clinical practice in the near future. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  15. Performance evaluation of bipolar and tripolar excitations during nozzle-jetting-based alginate microsphere fabrication

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    Herran, C. Leigh; Huang, Yong; Chai, Wenxuan

    2012-08-01

    Microspheres, small spherical (polymeric) particles with or without second phase materials embedded or encapsulated, are important for many biomedical applications such as drug delivery and organ printing. Scale-up fabrication with the ability to precisely control the microsphere size and morphology has always been of great manufacturing interest. The objective of this work is to experimentally study the performance differences of bipolar and tripolar excitation waveforms in using drop-on-demand (DOD)-based single nozzle jetting for alginate microsphere fabrication. The fabrication performance has been evaluated based on the formability of alginate microspheres as a function of materials properties (sodium alginate and calcium chloride concentrations) and operating conditions. The operating conditions for each excitation include voltage rise/fall times, dwell times and excitation voltage amplitudes. Overall, the bipolar excitation is more robust in making spherical, monodispersed alginate microspheres as good microspheres for its wide working range of material properties and operating conditions, especially during the fabrication of highly viscous materials such as the 2% sodium alginate solution. For both bipolar and tripolar excitations, the sodium alginate concentration and the voltage dwell times should be carefully selected to achieve good microsphere formability.

  16. Facile Synthesis of Mono-Dispersed Polystyrene (PS/Ag Composite Microspheres via Modified Chemical Reduction

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    Wen Zhu

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available A modified method based on in situ chemical reduction was developed to prepare mono-dispersed polystyrene/silver (PS/Ag composite microspheres. In this approach; mono-dispersed PS microspheres were synthesized through dispersion polymerization using poly-vinylpyrrolidone (PVP as a dispersant at first. Then, poly-dopamine (PDA was fabricated to functionally modify the surfaces of PS microspheres. With the addition of [Ag(NH32]+ to the PS dispersion, [Ag(NH32]+ complex ions were absorbed and reduced to silver nanoparticles on the surfaces of PS-PDA microspheres to form PS/Ag composite microspheres. PVP acted both as a solvent of the metallic precursor and as a reducing agent. PDA also acted both as a chemical protocol to immobilize the silver nanoparticles at the PS surface and as a reducing agent. Therefore, no additional reducing agents were needed. The resulting composite microspheres were characterized by TEM, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS, XRD, UV-Vis and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS. The results showed that Ag nanoparticles (NPs were homogeneously immobilized onto the PS microspheres’ surface in the presence of PDA and PVP. PS/Ag composite microspheres were well formed with a uniform and compact shell layer and were adjustable in terms of their optical property.

  17. Formulation of mucoadhesive microspheres of rosiglitazone maleate and its in vitro evaluation using ionotropic gelation technique

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    Akanksha Garud

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: The objective of the present study is to design and evaluate mucoadhesive microspheres for oral controlled release. Materials and Method: Rosiglitazone maleate microspheres with a coat consisting of alginate and a mucoadhesive polymer sodium carboxymethylcellulose, carbopol 934P and hydroxypropylmethylcellulose were prepared by an orifice-ionic gelation process. The microspheres were evaluated for FTIR studies, morphology, particle size, micromeritic properties, percentage entrapment efficiency, in-vitro wash-off test and in-vitro release studies. Results: The resulting microspheres were spherical and free flowing. The percent entrapment efficiency was 68.2 to 85.6%. The microspheres exhibited good mucoadhesive property in the in vitro wash-off test. Rosiglitazone release from these mucoadhesive microspheres was slow and extended over 12 h duration of time depending on the composition of coat. Conclusions: The prepared mucoadhesive microspheres are thus suitable for oral controlled release of Rosiglitazone maleate and thereby help in the management of type II diabetes mellitus.

  18. Modulation of Human Colostrum Phagocyte Activity by the Glycine-Adsorbed Polyethylene Glycol Microspheres

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    Paulo Celso Leventi Guimarães

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Colostrum is a secretion that contains immunologically active components, including immunocompetent cells and glycine, which has anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, and cytoprotective effects. The aim of this study was to evaluate the adsorption of glycine onto polyethylene glycol (PEG microspheres and to verify the immunomodulatory effect of this nanomaterial on human colostrum phagocytes. The PEG microspheres were evaluated by fluorescence microscopy. The effects of PEG microspheres with adsorbed glycine on viability, superoxide release, phagocytosis, microbicidal activity, and intracellular calcium release of mononuclear (MN and polymorphonuclear (PMN colostrum phagocytes were determined. Fluorescence microscopy analyses revealed that glycine was able to be adsorbed to the PEG microspheres. The PMN phagocytes exposed to glycine-PEG microspheres showed the highest superoxide levels. The phagocytes (both MN and PMN displayed increased microbicidal activity and intracellular calcium release in the presence of PEG microspheres with adsorbed glycine. These data suggest that the adsorption of PEG microspheres with adsorbed glycine was able to stimulate the colostrum phagocytes. This material may represent a possible alternative therapy for future clinical applications on patients with gastrointestinal infections.

  19. Investigation of plasmon properties of silver microsphere array demonstrated experimentally by tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy

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    Liu, Yanqi; Zhao, Lijiang; Li, Xinjuan; Zeng, Zhuo; Wang, Peijie; Zhang, Lisheng; Fang, Yan

    2018-01-01

    Due to high spatial resolution and extraordinarily high detection sensitivity of tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS), it has attracted more and more attention. However, the tip size and shape, and tip substrate distance have a large impact on the TERS enhancement properties. In this study, a silver microsphere array was prepared on a Polystyrene (PS) microsphere array by vacuum thermal evaporation. And the correlation between the properties of two-dimensional surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) mapping of rhodamine 6G (Rh6G) absorbed on the silver microsphere array and the polarization direction of the incident light was investigated. The effect of the location of the tip on the surface plasmon distribution of the silver microsphere array was also revealed in TERS. In addition, the surface electromagnetic field distribution of the silver microsphere array was simulated by three-dimensional finite-difference time domain (3D-FDTD) method. These results show that the distribution of 'hot spots' on the surface of the silver microsphere array has a dependency on the polarization direction of the incident laser. Moreover, with the introduction of the tip, the 'hot spot' on the surface of the silver microsphere array becomes much more localized and largely enhanced. These results obtained in this paper may have some significance for further studies on the surface plasmon resonance bio-sensing.

  20. Room-temperature attachment of PLGA microspheres to titanium surfaces for implant-based drug release

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    Xiao, Dongqin; Liu, Qing; Wang, Dongwei; Xie, Tao; Guo, Tailin; Duan, Ke; Weng, Jie

    2014-08-01

    Drug release from implant surfaces is an effective approach to impart biological activities, (e.g., antimicrobial and osteogenic properties) to bone implants. Coatings of polylactide-based polymer are a candidate for this purpose, but a continuous (fully covering) coating may be non-optimal for implant-bone fixation. This study reports a simple room-temperature method for attaching poly (lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) microspheres to titanium (Ti) surfaces. Microspheres were prepared with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) or polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) as the emulsifier. Microspheres were attached to Ti discs by pipetting as a suspension onto the surfaces followed by vacuum drying. After immersion in shaking water bath for 14 d, a substantial proportion of the microspheres remained attached to the discs. In contrast, if the vacuum-drying procedure was omitted, only a small fraction of the microspheres remained attached to the discs after immersion for only 5 min. Microspheres containing triclosan (a broad-spectrum antibiotic) were attached by porous-surfaced Ti discs. In vitro experiments showed that the microsphere-carrying discs were able to kill Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia Coli, and support the adhesion and growth of primary rat osteoblasts. This simple method may offer a flexible technique for bone implant-based drug release.

  1. Degradation behavior of theophylline/chitosan/β-cyclodextrin microspheres for pulmonary drug delivery

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    Li Wang

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available To evaluate the degradation behavior of theophylline/chitosan/β-cyclo-dextrin microspheres, we performed both in vitro study by putting the microspheres in phosphate buffered saline or in phosphate buffer saline with enzyme and in vivo study by implanting the microspheres into the back of male Sprague-Dawley rats. The results showed that microspheres were degraded in enzymatic hydrolysis and phosphate buffer saline, which were degraded faster in 0.2 mg/mL lysozyme than in phosphate buffer saline. The morphology of microspheres in phosphate buffer saline and enzyme solution developed rough surfaces, and showed irregular shape and pores after 8 weeks. The microspheres were degraded in vivo within 8 weeks with irregular, sheet, porous morphology, and the diameters were smaller than 5 μm. These results indicated that the theophylline/chitosan/β-cyclodextrin microspheres had a good degradation both in vitro and in vivo which can be used as a pulmonary drug delivery carrier.

  2. Microwave Irradiation Assisted Preparation of Chitosan Composite Microsphere for Dye Adsorption

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    Xiaoyu Chen

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Chitosan-activated carbon composite microspheres were prepared by emulsion cross-linking method and its adsorption properties for methyl orange were studied. Chitosan solution was mixed with activated carbon powder and then chitosan was cross-linked by epichlorohydrin under microwave irradiation. SEM photos show that the composite microspheres have diameters of 200–400 μm and activated carbon powder dispersed on the surface of composite microsphere. FTIR spectrum indicates chitosan is successfully cross-linked. Microwave irradiation can effectively shorten the cross-linking time. Composite microspheres have enhanced dye adsorption capacity for methyl orange compared to chitosan microspheres. Kinetic studies showed that the adsorption followed a pseudo-second-order model. Isotherm studies show that the isotherm adsorption equilibrium is better described by Freundlich isotherm. Regeneration results show that adsorption capacity of composite microsphere decreased about 5.51% after being reused for three times. These results indicated that chitosan-activated carbon composite microsphere has potential application in the removal of dye from wastewaters.

  3. Inhalable bioresponsive chitosan microspheres of doxorubicin and soluble curcumin augmented drug delivery in lung cancer cells.

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    Jyoti, Kiran; Pandey, Ravi Shankar; Kush, Preeti; Kaushik, Dinesh; Jain, Upendra Kumar; Madan, Jitender

    2017-05-01

    In present investigation, doxorubicin (Dox) and soluble curcumin (Cur-2-HP-β-CD-complex) combination was simultaneously loaded in inhalable bioresponsive chitosan microspheres (Dox/Cur-2-HP-β-CD-complex-elastin-CMs) bearing a substrate-stimuli, elastin. The mean particle size and mean aerodynamic diameter of inhalable bioresponsive microspheres displayed noteworthy differences after incorporation of elastin. Moreover, combination of Dox and soluble curcumin was molecularly dispersed in microspheres matrix as substantiated by a range of spectral techniques. Inhalable bioresponsive microspheres released astonishingly higher amount of Dox in presence of elastase enzyme at pH∼5.5 in comparison to pH∼7.4. However, the release of soluble curcumin from tailored bioresponsive microspheres in presence of elastase enzyme was independent of pH. Consistently, inhalable bioresponsive microspheres exhibited outstandingly lower IC 50 of 3.4-μM in comparison to 6.5-μM of inhalable drug loaded microspheres (Dox/Cur-2-HP-β-CD-complex-CMs) bearing no elastin, against A549, non-small cell lung cancer cells. The superior therapeutic profile of inhalable bioresponsive microspheres may be attributed to enhanced drug release and consequently augmented drug exposure to A549 cells expressing elastase enzyme. In this way, stimuli triggered drug release from tailored inhalable bioresponsive microspheres boosted the phenomena of apoptosis in A549 cells. In conclusion, Dox/Cur-2-HP-β-CD-complex-elastin-CMs warrant further in-vivo tumor regression study to prove its therapeutic efficacy. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Formulation and evaluation of microsphere based oro dispersible tablets of itopride hcl

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    Shah Sanjay

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The purpose of the present work is to mask the intensely bitter taste of Itopride HCl and to formulate an Oro dispersible tablet (ODT of the taste-masked drug by incorporation of microspheres in the tablets for use in specific populations viz. pediatrics, geriatrics and patients experiencing difficulty in swallowing. Methods With this objective in mind, microspheres loaded with Itopride HCl were prepared by solvent evaporation method using acetone as solvent for pH-sensitive polymer, Eudragit EPO and light liquid paraffin as the encapsulating medium. The prepared microspheres were characterized with regard to yield, drug content, flow properties, particle size and size distribution, surface features, in vitro drug release and taste. The ODTs so prepared from these microspheres were evaluated for hardness, thickness, weight variation, friability, disintegration time, drug content, wetting time, water absorption ratio, moisture uptake, in vitro dispersion, in vitro disintegration, in vitro drug release and stability. Results The average size of microspheres was found to be satisfactory in terms of the size and size distribution. Microspheres prepared were of a regular spherical shape. Comparison of the dissolution profiles of microspheres in different pH media showed that microspheres having drug: polymer ratio of 1:2 produced a retarding effect in simulated salivary fluid (pH 6.8 and were further used for formulation into ODTs after addition of suitable amounts of excipients such as superdisintegrant, diluent, sweetener and flavor of directly compressible grade. Conclusions Effective taste-masking was achieved for Itopride HCl by way of preparation of microspheres and ODTs of acceptable characteristics.

  5. Formulation and Evaluation of Microsphere Based Oro Dispersible Tablets of Itopride Hcl

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    S.S Agrawal

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Background The purpose of the present work is to mask the intensely bitter taste of Itopride HCl and to formulate an Oro dispersible tablet (ODT of the taste-masked drug by incorporation of microspheres in the tablets for use in specific populations viz. pediatrics, geriatrics and patients experiencing difficulty in swallowing.Methods:With this objective in mind, microspheres loaded with Itopride HCl were prepared by solvent evaporation method using acetone as solvent for pH-sensitive polymer, Eudragit EPO and light liquid paraffin as the encapsulating medium. The prepared microspheres were characterized with regard to yield, drug content, flow properties, particle size and size distribution, surface features, in vitro drug release and taste. The ODTs so prepared from these microspheres were evaluated for hardness, thickness, weight variation, friability, disintegration time, drug content, wetting time, water absorption ratio, moisture uptake, in vitro dispersion, in vitro disintegration, in vitro drug release and stability. Results:The average size of microspheres was found to be satisfactory in terms of the size and size distribution. Microspheres prepared were of a regular spherical shape. Comparison of the dissolution profiles of microspheres in different pH media showed that microspheres having drug: polymer ratio of 1:2 produced a retarding effect in simulated salivary fluid (pH 6.8 and were further used for formulation into ODTs after addition of suitable amounts of excipients such as superdisintegrant, diluent, sweetener and flavor of directly compressible grade. ConclusionsEffective taste-masking was achieved for Itopride HCl by way of preparation of microspheres and ODTs of acceptable characteristics.

  6. Formulation and evaluation of microsphere based oro dispersible tablets of itopride hcl.

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    Shah, Sanjay; Madan, Sarika; Agrawal, Ss

    2012-09-03

    The purpose of the present work is to mask the intensely bitter taste of Itopride HCl and to formulate an Oro dispersible tablet (ODT) of the taste-masked drug by incorporation of microspheres in the tablets for use in specific populations viz. pediatrics, geriatrics and patients experiencing difficulty in swallowing. With this objective in mind, microspheres loaded with Itopride HCl were prepared by solvent evaporation method using acetone as solvent for pH-sensitive polymer, Eudragit EPO and light liquid paraffin as the encapsulating medium. The prepared microspheres were characterized with regard to yield, drug content, flow properties, particle size and size distribution, surface features, in vitro drug release and taste. The ODTs so prepared from these microspheres were evaluated for hardness, thickness, weight variation, friability, disintegration time, drug content, wetting time, water absorption ratio, moisture uptake, in vitro dispersion, in vitro disintegration, in vitro drug release and stability. The average size of microspheres was found to be satisfactory in terms of the size and size distribution. Microspheres prepared were of a regular spherical shape. Comparison of the dissolution profiles of microspheres in different pH media showed that microspheres having drug: polymer ratio of 1:2 produced a retarding effect in simulated salivary fluid (pH 6.8) and were further used for formulation into ODTs after addition of suitable amounts of excipients such as superdisintegrant, diluent, sweetener and flavor of directly compressible grade. Effective taste-masking was achieved for Itopride HCl by way of preparation of microspheres and ODTs of acceptable characteristics.

  7. Simple Synthesis of Molybdenum Disulfide/Reduced Graphene Oxide Composite Hollow Microspheres as Supercapacitor Electrode Material

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    Wei Xiao

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available MoS2/RGO composite hollow microspheres were hydrothermally synthesized by using SiO2/GO microspheres as a template, which were obtained via the sonication-assisted interfacial self-assembly of tiny GO sheets on positively charged SiO2 microspheres. The structure, morphology, phase, and chemical composition of MoS2/RGO hollow microspheres were systematically investigated by a series of techniques such as FE-SEM, TEM, XRD, TGA, BET, and Raman characterizations, meanwhile, their electrochemical properties were carefully evaluated by CV, GCD, and EIS measurements. It was found that MoS2/RGO hollow microspheres possessed unique porous hollow architecture with high-level hierarchy and large specific surface area up to 63.7 m2·g−1. When used as supercapacitor electrode material, MoS2/RGO hollow microspheres delivered a maximum specific capacitance of 218.1 F·g−1 at the current density of 1 A·g−1, which was much higher than that of contrastive bare MoS2 microspheres developed in the present work and most of other reported MoS2-based materials. The enhancement of supercapacitive behaviors of MoS2/RGO hollow microspheres was likely due to the improved conductivity together with their distinct structure and morphology, which not only promoted the charge transport but also facilitated the electrolyte diffusion. Moreover, MoS2/RGO hollow microsphere electrode displayed satisfactory long-term stability with 91.8% retention of the initial capacitance after 1000 charge/discharge cycles at the current density of 3 A·g−1, showing excellent application potential.

  8. Simple Synthesis of Molybdenum Disulfide/Reduced Graphene Oxide Composite Hollow Microspheres as Supercapacitor Electrode Material.

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    Xiao, Wei; Zhou, Wenjie; Feng, Tong; Zhang, Yanhua; Liu, Hongdong; Tian, Liangliang

    2016-09-20

    MoS₂/RGO composite hollow microspheres were hydrothermally synthesized by using SiO₂/GO microspheres as a template, which were obtained via the sonication-assisted interfacial self-assembly of tiny GO sheets on positively charged SiO₂ microspheres. The structure, morphology, phase, and chemical composition of MoS₂/RGO hollow microspheres were systematically investigated by a series of techniques such as FE-SEM, TEM, XRD, TGA, BET, and Raman characterizations, meanwhile, their electrochemical properties were carefully evaluated by CV, GCD, and EIS measurements. It was found that MoS₂/RGO hollow microspheres possessed unique porous hollow architecture with high-level hierarchy and large specific surface area up to 63.7 m²·g-1. When used as supercapacitor electrode material, MoS₂/RGO hollow microspheres delivered a maximum specific capacitance of 218.1 F·g-1 at the current density of 1 A·g-1, which was much higher than that of contrastive bare MoS₂ microspheres developed in the present work and most of other reported MoS₂-based materials. The enhancement of supercapacitive behaviors of MoS₂/RGO hollow microspheres was likely due to the improved conductivity together with their distinct structure and morphology, which not only promoted the charge transport but also facilitated the electrolyte diffusion. Moreover, MoS₂/RGO hollow microsphere electrode displayed satisfactory long-term stability with 91.8% retention of the initial capacitance after 1000 charge/discharge cycles at the current density of 3 A·g-1, showing excellent application potential.

  9. Preparation oral levofloxacin colon-specific microspheres delivery: in vitro and in vivo studies.

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    Jin, Lei; Ding, Yicun; Feng, Mingli; Cao, Qin

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to prepare levofloxacin-loaded chitosan microspheres and to evaluate their in vitro and in vivo characteristics. Glutaraldehyde-crosslinked microspheres were prepared using a spray-drying method, and characterized in terms of the morphological examination, particle size distribution, entrapment efficiency, drug loading and in vitro release. Pharmacokinetics and colon biodistribution studies were used to evaluate that microspheres have more advantage than the conventional formulations. The surface morphology of the freeze-dried microspheres were smooth, discrete with a regular spherical to near-spherical shape. Size of the microspheres after freeze-drying was 4.96 ± 0.76 μm and well-distributed. The zeta potential of microspheres was -29.3 ± 2.1 mV. An average drug loading of 9.3 ± 0.4% and encapsulation efficiency of 81.1 ± 4.7% of levofloxacin microspheres were obtained with the optimized preparation parameters. The cumulative release rate of levofloxacin microspheres was followed by a sustained release and fitted for classic Higuchi kinetic model. In vivo studies showed that chitosan microspheres are thought to have the potential to maintain levofloxacin concentration within target ranges for a long time, decreasing side effects caused by concentration fluctuation, ensuring the efficiency of treatment and improving patient compliance by reducing dosing frequency. It also does not cause any harmful or toxic effect in colon and rectum as evaluated by histopathologic studies.

  10. Properties of dry masonry mixtures based on hollow aluminosilicate microspheres

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    Semenov Vyacheslav

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available At present, there is a steady increase in the volume of housing construction in the Russian Federation. The modern trends in the field of energy and resource saving determine the need of the use of efficient building materials that ensure the safety, comfort and minimum cost of housing construction. Among the materials, often used for erecting of fencing structures, it is possible to note effective small-piece elements (ceramic and light-weight concrete units, etc.. To ensure the solidity of such structures, it is necessary to use the masonry mortars whose properties correspond to those of the main wall material. The existing dry mixes for obtaining of such mortars are expensive and often do not meet the minimum physical-and-mechanical and exploitation requirements. The solution of this problem is the usage of the hollow ceramics (aluminosilicate microspheres as a filler for such mixes. The article presents the results of studies of the main physical-and-mechanical and exploitation characteristics of dry masonry mixes with hollow ceramics microspheres modified with various chemical additives. The effect of the compounding factors on the average density and strength of dry masonry mixes was studied. The compositions have been optimized by the methods of mathematical planning.

  11. Photographic assessment of tretinoin microsphere gel in moderate acne.

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    Feldman, Steven; Nighland, Marge

    2008-08-01

    True objective measures for assessing responsiveness to acne treatments are lacking. Photographic documentation can therefore be a valuable adjunct to treatment assessment. To photographically document the ability of tretinoin microsphere gel (TMG) 0.1% in improving facial acne. A standardized photographic technique was used to assess the efficacy and tolerability of TMG 0.1% applied once nightly for 12 weeks in an open-label trial involving 30 patients (Caucasian and Hispanic) ages 11 to 40 years with moderately severe facial acne. An assessment of frontal, left-sided, and right-sided color photographs at week 12 indicated that TMG 0.1% reduced total, noninflammatory, and inflammatory acne lesion counts by 47.8%, 53.5%, and 33.2%, respectively; and produced an "excellent/ good" investigator's global evaluation (4-point scale) treatment response in 63.6% of patients. Tretinoin microsphere gel 0.1% was well tolerated, and more than 63% of subjects did not exhibit cutaneous adverse effects at week 12. The standardized photographic technique proved to be a useful tool for documenting the efficacy of TMG 0.1% in consistently and significantly improving moderately severe facial acne over a 12-week treatment period.

  12. Biocompatibility of Bletilla striata Microspheres as a Novel Embolic Agent

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    ShiHua Luo

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We have prepared Chinese traditional herb Bletilla striata into microspheres as a novel embolic agent for decades. The aim of this study was to evaluate the biocompatibility of Bletilla striata microspheres (BSMs. After a thermal test of BSMs in vitro, the cell biocompatibility of BSMs was investigated in mouse fibroblasts and human umbilical vein endothelial cells using the methyl tetrazolium (MTT assay. In addition, blood biocompatibility was evaluated. In vivo intramuscular implantation and renal artery embolization in rabbits with BSMs were used to examine the inflammatory response. The experimental rabbits did not develop any fever symptoms after injection of BSMs, and BSMs exhibited no cytotoxicity in cultured mouse fibroblasts and human umbilical vein endothelial cells. Additionally, BSMs exhibited high compatibility with red blood cells and no hemolysis activity. Intramuscular implantation with BSMs resulted in a gradually lessened mild inflammatory reaction that disappeared after eight weeks. The occlusion of small renal vessels was associated with a mild perivascular inflammatory reaction without significant renal and liver function damage. In conclusion, we believe that BSMs exhibit high biocompatibility and are a promising embolic agent.

  13. Manufacture of poly(methyl methacrylate) microspheres using membrane emulsification.

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    Bux, Jaiyana; Manga, Mohamed S; Hunter, Timothy N; Biggs, Simon

    2016-07-28

    Accurate control of particle size at relatively narrow polydispersity remains a key challenge in the production of synthetic polymer particles at scale. A cross-flow membrane emulsification (XME) technique was used here in the preparation of poly(methyl methacrylate) microspheres at a 1-10 l h(-1) scale, to demonstrate its application for such a manufacturing challenge. XME technology has previously been shown to provide good control over emulsion droplet sizes with careful choice of the operating conditions. We demonstrate here that, for an appropriate formulation, equivalent control can be gained for a precursor emulsion in a batch suspension polymerization process. We report here the influence of key parameters on the emulsification process; we also demonstrate the close correlation in size between the precursor emulsion and the final polymer particles. Two types of polymer particle were produced in this work: a solid microsphere and an oil-filled matrix microcapsule.This article is part of the themed issue 'Soft interfacial materials: from fundamentals to formulation'. © 2016 The Author(s).

  14. Yttrium 90 microspheres for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma.

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    Memon, Khairuddin; Lewandowski, Robert J; Riaz, Ahsun; Salem, Riad

    2013-01-01

    Yttrium-90 microspheres are radioactive particles which are increasingly being employed for treating patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The procedure is called radioembolization. It involves the injection of micron-sized embolic particles loaded with a radioisotope by use of transarterial techniques. Because of the sensitivity of liver parenchyma and relative insensitivity of tumor, external radiation has played a limited role in treating HCC. (90)Y administered via arterial route directs the highly concentrated radiation to the tumor while healthy liver parenchyma is relatively spared due to its preferential blood supply from portal venous blood. This technique has proven useful for the majority of patients with HCC as most of them present in advanced stage, beyond potentially curative options (resection/liver transplantation). (90)Y microspheres can be used in downstaging large tumors to bring within transplantable criteria, in patients with portal venous thrombosis due to tumor invasion and as palliative therapy. There are two available devices for (90)Y administration; TheraSphere® (glass based) and SIR-Spheres® (resin based). The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. The incidence of complications is comparatively less and may include nausea, fatigue, abdominal pain, hepatic dysfunction, biliary injury, fibrosis, radiation pneumonitis, GI ulcers, and vascular injury; however, these can be avoided by meticulous pretreatment assessment, careful patient selection, and adequate dosimetry. This article explores the technical and clinical aspects of (90)Y radioembolization with keeping emphasis on patient selection, uses, and complications.

  15. Chitosan/kaolin composite porous microspheres with high hemostatic efficacy.

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    Sun, Xun; Tang, Zonghao; Pan, Meng; Wang, Zhengchao; Yang, Hongqin; Liu, Haiqing

    2017-12-01

    The hemostatic performance of chitosan was greatly improved by blending it with kaolin to fabricate porous composite microspheres (CSMS-K) through inverse emulsion method combining with thermally induced phase separation. The CSMS-K had high amount of interior and surface pores. The synergetic hemostatic competence of chitosan and kaolin components made the hemostatic efficacy of CSMS-K superior to chitosan porous microspheres (CSMS). The hemostatic time of CSMS-K3 in the rat tail amputation and liver laceration models was down to respective 120 and 99s from 183 and 134s of CSMS, and the blood loss of CSMS-K3 was respectively 65% and 36% of that of CSMS in the rat tail amputation and liver laceration models. The whole blood clotting kinetics proved that CSMS-K3 formed larger blood clots than CSMS and Celox within a same time period. Our results suggested that the CSMS-K is a potential quick pro-coagulant agent for traumatic hemorrhaging control. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Apparatus and process to enhance the uniform formation of hollow glass microspheres

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    Schumacher, Ray F

    2013-10-01

    A process and apparatus is provided for enhancing the formation of a uniform population of hollow glass microspheres. A burner head is used which directs incoming glass particles away from the cooler perimeter of the flame cone of the gas burner and distributes the glass particles in a uniform manner throughout the more evenly heated portions of the flame zone. As a result, as the glass particles are softened and expand by a released nucleating gas so as to form a hollow glass microsphere, the resulting hollow glass microspheres have a more uniform size and property distribution as a result of experiencing a more homogenous heat treatment process.

  17. Encapsulation of Liposomes within pH Responsive Microspheres for Oral Colonic Drug Delivery

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    M. J. Barea

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A novel liposome-in-microsphere (LIM formulation has been created comprising drug-loaded liposomes within pH responsive Eudragit S100 microspheres. The liposomes contained the model drug 5-ASA and were coated with chitosan in order to protect them during encapsulation within the microspheres and to improve site-specific release characteristics. In vitro drug release studies showed that LIMs prevented drug release within simulated stomach and small intestine conditions with subsequent drug release occurring in large intestine conditions. The formulation therefore has potential for oral colonic drug delivery.

  18. In Vitro and In Vivo Suppression of Cellular Activity by Guanidinoethyl Disulfide Released from Hydrogel Microspheres Composed of Partially Oxidized Hyaluronan and Gelatin

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    Weng, Lihui; Ivanova, Natalia D.; Zakhaleva, Julia; Chen, Weiliam

    2008-01-01

    This paper describes the preparation of oxidized hyaluronan crosslinked gelatin microspheres for drug delivery. Microspheres were prepared by a modified water-in-oil-emulsion crosslinking method, where 3-dimensional crosslinked hydrogel microspheres formed in the absence of any extraneous crosslinker. SEM analyses of the microspheres showed rough surfaces in their dried state with an average diameter of 90 µm. Lyophilization of fully-swollen microspheres revealed a highly porous structure. Guanidinoethyl disulfide (GED) was used as a model drug for incorporation into the microspheres; encapsulation of GED was confirmed by HPLC. There was an inverse correlation between the diameters of the microspheres with their GED loading. Macrophage was used as a model cell to evaluate the in vitro efficacy of GED release from the microspheres. The in vivo efficacy of the microspheres was further validated in a mouse full-thickness transcutaneous dermal wound model through suppression of cell infiltration. PMID:18678403

  19. 5-Fluorouracil incorporation into RNA of a rat liver adenocarcinoma after hepatic artery injection together with degradable starch microspheres

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    Teder, H.; Erichsen, C.; Christensson, P.I.; Joensson, P.E.S.; Stenram, U.

    1987-01-01

    The effect of degradable starch microspheres (DSM) on the cellular incorporation of 5-fluorouracil (FUra) was studied in rats with solitary liver tumors. /sup 3/H-labelled FUra (0.78 mg (6000 nmol)/kg b.wt.) was injected with saline or mixed with DSM, into the hepatic artery. Labelling of the acid soluble fraction (ASF), RNA and DNA of tumor, liver, bone marrow and small intestine was measured 60 minutes after injection. The DSM had no significant effect on the incorporation of FUra into the ASF or RNA, neither in tumor nor liver tissue. Regarding the tumor/normal tissue ratios of specific radioactivities, there was with DSM a higher tumor/liver and a higher tumor/bone marrow ratio in the ASF, indicating an increased tumour drug exposure with DSM. However, this was not accompanied by any significant increase in drug anabolism.

  20. Hydrothermal synthesis of hierarchical rose-like Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} microspheres with high photocatalytic activities under visible-light irradiation

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    He Jinyun, E-mail: hejinyun@glite.edu.cn [Sate Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Material Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070 (China); Key Laboratory of New Processing Technology for Nonferrous Metals and Materials, Ministry of Education, Guilin University of Technology, Guilin 541004 (China); Wang Weimin, E-mail: wangwm@hotmail.com [Sate Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Material Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070 (China); Long Fei; Zou Zhengguang [Key Laboratory of New Processing Technology for Nonferrous Metals and Materials, Ministry of Education, Guilin University of Technology, Guilin 541004 (China); Fu Zhengyi [Sate Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Material Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070 (China); Xu Zhe [Hubei Province Supervision and Testing Institute For Building Materials Product Quality, Wuhan 430071 (China)

    2012-07-25

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Rose-like Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} microspheres were synthesized through a hydrothermal route. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Thiourea and acetic acid were used as complexing agents. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The microspheres were constructed by many nanoflakes with nanocrystals on them. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The structure was formed through a hierarchical assembly process. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The photocatalyst showed excellent visible-light-driven photocatalytic performance. - Abstract: Hierarchical rose-like Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} photocatalyst was successfully synthesized through a simple hydrothermal route using thiourea and acetic acid as complexing agents. The as-synthesized product was determined as pure orthorhombic Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} based on the results of X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements. The photocatalyst had an average diameter of 2-3 {mu}m and it was constructed by many nanoflakes. The surfaces of these nanoflakes were coarse and had many nanocrystals on them. The hierarchical rose-like structure was formed through a typical hierarchical assembly process with the synergistic action of acetic acid and thiourea. The photocatalyst showed excellent visible-light-driven photocatalytic performance, it could decompose rhodamine B(RhB) within 50 min. This excellent performance resulted from its special microstructure and the relatively large surface area.

  1. Effects of crosslinking temperature and time on microstructure and stability of cassava starch microspheres.

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    Puncha-Arnon, Santhanee; Jiranuntakul, Wittawat; Uttapap, Dudsadee

    2015-12-10

    Starch microspheres (SMs) were prepared by a water-in-water emulsion-crosslinking technique at 4 °C and 30 °C for 1, 6, 12 and 24h; the SMs obtained were analyzed for crosslinking density, morphology, crystalline structure, and stability against temperature, pH, and α-amylase hydrolysis. The crosslinking degree at 30 °C was considerably higher than that at 4 °C. SMs prepared at 4 °C for less than 12h incubation had larger size and more porous structure as compared with those prepared at 30 °C, but the morphology became comparable (spherical shape with smooth surface and dense structure) after 24h incubation. All SMs samples displayed amorphous structure. Stability tests revealed that the SMs were very stable under acidic and mild basic pH; however, stability against α-amylase hydrolysis varied depending on incubation temperature and time. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. The Preparation of Capsaicin-Chitosan Microspheres (CCMS Enteric Coated Tablets

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    Jian Chen

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed to research the preparation and content determination of capsaicin-chitosan microspheres (CCMS enteric coated tablets. The core tablets were prepared with the method of wet granulation. Nine formulae were designed to determine the optimal formula of the core tablet. Eudragit L100 was used to prepare the CCMS enteric-coated tablets. The effect of enteric coated formulation variables such as content of talc (10%, 25% and 40%, plasticisers (TEC and DBS, dosage of plasticiser (10%, 20% and 30% and coating weight (2%, 3% and 5% were evaluated for drug release characteristics. The in vitro release was studied using 0.1 N HCl and pH 6.8 phosphate buffer. Enteric coated tablets without ruptures or swelling behaviour over 2 h in 0.1 N HCl indicated that these tablets showed acid resistance. The accumulated release rate in phosphate buffer (pH 6.8 revealed that the prepared tablets were able to sustain drug release into the intestine and a first-order release was obtained for capsaicin. This research is the first report of the preparation and content determination of CCMS enteric coated tablets. The sustained release behavior of enteric coated formulations in pH 6.8 phosphate buffer demonstrated that it would be a potential drug delivery platform for sustained delivery of gastric irritant drugs.

  3. Synthesis and Characterization of Molecular Imprinting Polymer Microspheres of Piperine: Extraction of Piperine from Spiked Urine

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    Rachel Marcella Roland

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP microspheres for Piperine were synthesized by precipitation polymerization with a noncovalent approach. In this research Piperine was used as a template, acrylic acid as a functional monomer, ethylene glycol dimethacrylate as a cross-linker, and 2,2′-azobisisobutyronitrile (AIBN as an initiator and acetonitrile as a solvent. The imprinted and nonimprinted polymer particles were characterized by using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM. The synthesized polymer particles were further evaluated for their rebinding efficiency by batch binding assay. The highly selected imprinted polymer for Piperine was MIP 3 with a composition (molar ratio of 0.5 : 3 : 8, template : monomer : cross-linker, respectively. The MIP 3 exhibits highest binding capacity (84.94% as compared to other imprinted and nonimprinted polymers. The extraction efficiency of highly selected imprinted polymer of Piperine from spiked urine was above 80%.

  4. Composite microsphere-functionalized scaffold for the controlled release of small molecules in tissue engineering

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    Laura Pandolfi

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Current tissue engineering strategies focus on restoring damaged tissue architectures using biologically active scaffolds. The ideal scaffold would mimic the extracellular matrix of any tissue of interest, promoting cell proliferation and de novo extracellular matrix deposition. A plethora of techniques have been evaluated to engineer scaffolds for the controlled and targeted release of bioactive molecules to provide a functional structure for tissue growth and remodeling, as well as enhance recruitment and proliferation of autologous cells within the implant. Recently, novel approaches using small molecules, instead of growth factors, have been exploited to regulate tissue regeneration. The use of small synthetic molecules could be very advantageous because of their stability, tunability, and low cost. Herein, we propose a chitosan–gelatin scaffold functionalized with composite microspheres consisting of mesoporous silicon microparticles and poly(dl-lactic-co-glycolic acid for the controlled release of sphingosine-1-phospate, a small molecule of interest. We characterized the platform with scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and confocal microscopy. Finally, the biocompatibility of this multiscale system was analyzed by culturing human mesenchymal stem cells onto the scaffold. The presented strategy establishes the basis of a versatile scaffold for the controlled release of small molecules and for culturing mesenchymal stem cells for regenerative medicine applications.

  5. Multifunctional microsphere formulation of fluorescent magnetic properties for drug delivery system

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    Kusrini, Eny; Prassanti, Riesna; Nurjaya, Dwi Marta; Gunawan, Cindy

    2017-02-01

    The microsphere formulations of Chit/TPP/Sm/Fe3O4/Rn were prepared by an ionic gelation technique, where Chit=chitosan, TPP=tripolyphosphate, Sm=samarium and Rn=ranitidine. Optimum of microsphere formulation exhibit magnetic and fluorescent properties with adsorption efficiency of ˜92% was obtained for Chit/TPP/Sm/Fe3O4/Rn with ratio 400:500:50:1:20. Fluorescence intensity of microsphere formulations increased with the cumulative amount release of ranitidine, so that the changing of fluorescence intensity at wavelength of 590 nm referring to the Sm3+ ion could be used as indicator in DDS. With the demonstration of sustained release from microsphere formulation, it allows to investigate the applications to other drugs.

  6. Development of alginate microspheres containing thyme essential oil using ionic gelation.

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    Benavides, Sergio; Cortés, Pablo; Parada, Javier; Franco, Wendy

    2016-08-01

    Essential oils are a good antimicrobial and antioxidant agent alternative in human or animal feed. However, their direct use has several disadvantages such as volatilization or oxidation. The development of essential oil microspheres may help to avoid these problems. The objective of the present research was to microencapsulate thyme essential oil by generating emulsions with different dispersion degrees. The emulsions were encapsulated in calcium-alginate microspheres by ionic gelation. The microspheres were evaluated regarding size, shape, encapsulation efficiency, loading capacity and antimicrobial properties. The results indicate that encapsulation efficiency and loading capacity are dependent on concentration and degree of dispersion. The best encapsulation conditions were obtained at 2% v/v of thyme essential oil with a high dispersion degree (18,000rpm/5min), which was achieved with an efficiency of 85%. Finally, the microspheres obtained showed significant antimicrobial effect, especially in gram-positive bacteria. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Controllable synthesis of self-assembly Co3O4 nanoflake microspheres for electrochemical performance

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    Liu, Fangyan; Zhang, Binbin; Su, Hai; Zhang, Haitao; Zhang, Lei; Yang, Weiqing

    2016-09-01

    Tuning the ratios of ethanol to water, self-assembling microspheres composed of Co3O4 nanoflakes are synthesized by the hydrothermal method. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images of as-grown samples obviously show that the dispersive multilayered structures gradually change into micro/nanobelts and cubic blocks structures, and then into the desired self-assembled microspheres with increasing ratios of ethanol to water. Also, all the x-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns evidently demonstrate that all obtained Co3O4 has cubic crystal structure. The corresponding synthesis mechanism is discussed in detail. More importantly, the unique self-assembling Co3O4 nanoflake microspheres have excellent electrochemical performance with large specific capacitance, good rate capability and excellent cycling performance, evidently presenting a potential capability of Co3O4 nanoflake microspheres to act as electrode materials for supercapacitors in sustainable power sources.

  8. Trapping of a microsphere pendulum through cavity-enhanced optical forces

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    Wu Yuqiang; Chormaic, Sile Nic [Physics Department, University College Cork, Cork (Ireland); M Ward, Jonathan [Photonics Centre, Tyndall National Institute, Prospect Row, Cork (Ireland); Minogin, Vladimir G, E-mail: yuqiang.wu@tyndall.i [Institute of Spectroscopy, Russian Academy of Sciences, 142190 Troitsk, Moscow Region (Russian Federation)

    2010-09-01

    Optical forces resulting from evanescently coupled microcavities can produce remarkable mechanical effects on micro- and nanoscale systems. Excitation of the symmetric and antisymmetric modes of the interacting whispering gallery modes (WGM) leads to significant attractive and repulsive forces. Here, we propose a method to spatially trap a microspherical resonator pendulum via the optical forces produced by two simultaneously excited WGMs of a photonic molecule, comprising two microspherical cavities. We discuss how the cavity-enhanced optical force generated in the photonic molecule can create an optomechanical potential of about 5 eV deep and 10 pm wide, which can be used to trap the pendulum at any given equilibrium position by a simple choice of laser frequencies. This result presents opportunities for very precise all-optical self-alignment of microsystems. Frequency splitting of a co-resonant mode from two similar-sized microspheres was observed experimentally and the mechanical characteristics of a microsphere pendulum were also studied.

  9. Low-threshold stimulated Brillouin scattering in high-Q whispering gallery mode tellurite microspheres.

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    Guo, Changlei; Che, Kaijun; Zhang, Pan; Wu, Jinshu; Huang, Yantang; Xu, Huiying; Cai, Zhiping

    2015-12-14

    We demonstrate the first observation of stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) in a high-Q whispering gallery mode tellurite microsphere. Tellurite glass with composition of 70TeO₂-20ZnO-5Na₂O-5La₂O₃ (molar ratio) was prepared in-house using a melt-quenching technique. Moreover, tellurite microspheres with Q in excess of 13 millions at 1550 nm were fabricated by melting tellurite microwires using a CO₂ laser. By pumping the tellurite microspheres with a tunable single frequency laser, SBS is further realized with a threshold as low as 0.58 mW. At last, the beat notes between the pump and the Stokes signals were measured, which indicated the Brillouin frequency shift is at the 8.2 GHz band for our tellurite glass. Our results could propel significant applications utilizing SBS by employing tellurite microspheres.

  10. In Planta Microsphere-Based Lateral Flow Leaf Biosensor in Maize

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    Wen, Jessica T; Castro, Carlos; Tsutsui, Hideaki

    2015-01-01

    .... Here, we report a new lateral flow detection technology directly integrated in a maize leaf, in which microspheres conjugated with analyte-specific capture antibodies are non-invasively injected...

  11. Copper adsorption on magnetite-loaded chitosan microspheres: A kinetic and equilibrium study

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    Podzus, P.E., E-mail: ppodzus@gmail.com [Grupo de Aplicaciones de Materiales Biocompatibles, Departamento de Quimica, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Paseo Colon 850, C1063ACV Buenos Aires (Argentina); Debandi, M.V. [Grupo de Aplicaciones de Materiales Biocompatibles, Departamento de Quimica, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Paseo Colon 850, C1063ACV Buenos Aires (Argentina); Daraio, M.E., E-mail: medit@fi.uba.ar [Grupo de Aplicaciones de Materiales Biocompatibles, Departamento de Quimica, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Paseo Colon 850, C1063ACV Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2012-08-15

    A composite of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles and the biopolymer chitosan, chemically crosslinked, was prepared as microspheres and used to adsorb copper ions, which were chosen as a model of contaminant metal in water. The adsorption of copper on the magnetic microspheres was studied in a batch process, with different aqueous solutions of Cu (II) at concentrations ranging from 40 to 1100 ppm. Kinetic and equilibrium aspects of the adsorption process were studied. The time-dependent Cu (II) adsorption data were well described by a pseudo-second-order kinetic model. It was found that the equilibrium data follow the Langmuir isotherm, with a maximum adsorption capacity of around 500 mg Cu/g chitosan. The used microspheres were removed and after desorption the material was able to be reused as an adsorbent. The prepared microspheres proved efficient in the removal of copper ions through an adsorption process whose kinetic and equilibrium characteristics were analyzed.

  12. Synthesis and electrochemical properties of {alpha}-MnO{sub 2} microspheres

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    Wang Hongen [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Zhengzhou Research Institute of CHALCO, Zhengzhou Research Institute of Light Metals, Zhengzhou 450041 (China); Qian Dong [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China)], E-mail: qiandong6@yahoo.com.cn

    2008-06-15

    We report the synthesis of {alpha}-MnO{sub 2} microspheres by a low-temperature hydrothermal method involving no templates or catalysts. The products were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Energy-dispersive X-ray spectrum (EDX), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectrum (FT-IR), and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET). The results show that the as-synthesized products are mainly composed of large quantities of {alpha}-MnO{sub 2} microspheres having a sea-urchin shape and a few microspheres constructed of small nanorods. Electrochemical characterization indicates that the resulting {alpha}-MnO{sub 2} microspheres display promising discharge properties than the commercial electrolytic manganese dioxides (EMD) when used as cathodes in alkaline Zn-MnO{sub 2} batteries.

  13. Chitosan microspheres applied for removal of oil from produced water in the oil industry

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    Izabel Cristina da Silva Grem

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The discharge of oily wastewaters in the environment is steadily increasing, causing serious damages. Among various treatment methods, adsorption is generally considered the most appropriate, since it can remove both organic and inorganic pollutants. Adsorption using low-cost alternative biopolymers for removal of contaminants from wastewater has been widely investigated. In this context, chitosan has been drawing particular attention because, among its many applications, it can be used in the treatment of aqueous effluents. In this study, microspheres were prepared by reticulation of chitosan with sodium triphosphate (STP and studied for the treatment of water containing crude oil. The microspheres were regular and had surface pores. These microspheres were packed in treatment columns and their ability to remove oil was measured with a fluorometer, by the difference in the oil concentration before and after passing through the column. The microspheres that presented porosity about 80 % were highly efficient in oil removal, with rates above 90%.

  14. Biodegradable Vaccine Microspheres for System and Mucosal Immunization Against Equine Encephalitis

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    Michalek, Suzanne

    2000-01-01

    The goals of the proposed studies are to show that pulse-release microsphere vaccines consisting of antigen and adjuvant is an effective and efficacious method for inducing protective immune responses...

  15. Biodegradable Vaccine Microspheres for Systemic and Mucosal Immunization Against Equine Encephalitis

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    Michalek, Suzanne

    1999-01-01

    The goals of the proposed studies are to show that pulse-release microsphere vaccines consisting of antigen and adjuvant is an effective and efficacious method for inducing protective immune responses...

  16. Properties and self-healing behavior of oil absorbent microspheres modified cement

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    Wang, Chunyu; Bu, Yuhuan; Zhao, Letian

    2017-09-01

    This paper concerns the properties and self-healing behavior of cement composites modified by oil absorbent microspheres with fumed silica shell. These microspheres, prepared by Pickering polymerization, possessed excellent properties, such as uniform particle size, good hydrophilicity and fine thermal stability. Furthermore, the effect of these microspheres on the properties of cement slurry was studied. The results showed that these microspheres had good compatibility with cement slurry, except for a slight effect on the consistency of cement slurry and the compressive strength of cement stone. At last, we derived the mathematical formulation of valid sealing for microcracks in self-healing cement, and measured sealing pressure under different filling conditions. The self-healing cement would guarantee the health, safety and high efficiency in the process of oil and gas production.

  17. Composition, morphology, properties of coal fly ash microspheres and their application for conditioning liquid radioactive waste

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    Anshits, N.N. [Institute of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, SB RAS (ICCT SB RAS), Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation)]. E-mail: anshits@icct.ru; Salanov, A.N.; Vereshchagina, T.A.; Kruchek, D.M.; Bajukov, O.A.; Tretyakov, A.A.; Revenko, Yu.A.; Anshits, A.G

    2006-07-01

    Using methods of the Moessbauer spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and thermodynamic analysis of phase formation in silicate multi-component melts, the detailed study of composition, morphology, and properties of fly ash microspheres resulting from combustion of three coals (Irsha-Borodinskii, Kuznetskii and Ekibastuzskii) was carried out. About 60 microspherical products with an iron content of 2-94 wt.% Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} were obtained. The ranges of microsphere composition, suitable for liquid radioactive waste solidification in the forms of iron phosphate (36-94 wt.% Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and aluminosilicate (2-20 wt.% Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) ceramics were determined. The possibility of producing porous materials and specific microspherical sorbents, based on coal fly ash cenospheres and their application for mobilisation of liquid radioactive waste solidification was demonstrated. (author)

  18. Microwave absorbing properties of hollow microspheres plated with magnetic metal films

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    Kim, Sun-Tae; Kim, Sung-Soo

    2014-05-01

    Conductive and magnetic microspheres are fabricated through the electroless plating of Co, Co-10%Fe, Ni, and Ni-15%Fe films on hollow microspheres (cenospheres), and their high frequency electromagnetic and microwave absorbing properties are investigated in the composite specimens. The electroless plating of the metal films is conducted using a two-step process of surface sensitizing and metal plating. For the microspheres coated with the Co and Co-10%Fe films, impedance matching is not satisfied at all frequencies due to the small values of magnetic loss and dielectric constant. For the Ni-plated microsphere composites, the dielectric constant is too high to satisfy the impedance matching, which results in a small value of microwave absorbance. For the Ni-15%Fe thin film composite with appropriate magnetic permeability and dielectric permittivity, the impedance matching is satisfied in the GHz frequency and a lower value of reflection loss is predicted.

  19. Magnetic poly(glycidyl methacrylate) microspheres containing maghemite prepared by emulsion polymerization

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    Pollert, E. [Institute of Physics AS CR, 162 53 Prague 6, Cukrovarnicka 10 (Czech Republic)]. E-mail: pollert@fzu.cb; Knizek, K. [Institute of Physics AS CR, 162 53 Prague 6, Cukrovarnicka 10 (Czech Republic); Marysko, M. [Institute of Physics AS CR, 162 53 Prague 6, Cukrovarnicka 10 (Czech Republic); Zaveta, K. [Institute of Physics AS CR, 162 53 Prague 6, Cukrovarnicka 10 (Czech Republic); Joint Laboratory of Moessbauer Spectroscopy, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, 180 00 Prague 8 (Czech Republic); Lancok, A. [Institute of Physics AS CR, 162 53 Prague 6, Cukrovarnicka 10 (Czech Republic); Joint Laboratory of Moessbauer Spectroscopy, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, 180 00 Prague 8 (Czech Republic); Bohacek, J. [Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, AS CR, 250 68 Rez (Czech Republic); Horak, D. [Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, AS CR, 162 06 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Babic, M. [Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, AS CR, 162 06 Prague 6 (Czech Republic)

    2006-11-15

    Magnetic poly(glycidyl methacrylate) (PGMA) microspheres were prepared by emulsion polymerization of glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) in the presence of (carboxymethyl)dextran (CM-dextran)-stabilized iron oxide colloid. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) microstructural studies revealed a spherical shape of the particles in 72-84 nm size range. Magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (< 10 nm) were partly inside the PGMA microspheres and partly adhering to the microsphere surface. X-ray phase analysis revealed spinel structure of the iron oxide particles. According to the Moessbauer spectra, iron oxide consisted mainly of the maghemite phase. Temperature evolution of the spectra completed by the magnetization measurements confirmed superparamagnetic behavior at room temperature and the transition to the ordered state at lower temperatures. As expected, saturated magnetization increased with increasing content of the maghemite phase in the magnetic PGMA microspheres.

  20. Angiogenic microspheres promote neural regeneration and motor function recovery after spinal cord injury in rats

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    Yu, Shukui; Yao, Shenglian; Wen, Yujun; Wang, Ying; Wang, Hao; Xu, Qunyuan

    2016-01-01

    This study examined sustained co-delivery of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), angiopoietin-1 and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) encapsulated in angiogenic microspheres. These spheres were delivered to sites of spinal cord contusion injury in rats, and their ability to induce vessel formation, neural regeneration and improve hindlimb motor function was assessed. At 2–8 weeks after spinal cord injury, ELISA-determined levels of VEGF, angiopoietin-1, and bFGF were significantly higher in spinal cord tissues in rats that received angiogenic microspheres than in those that received empty microspheres. Sites of injury in animals that received angiogenic microspheres also contained greater numbers of isolectin B4-binding vessels and cells positive for nestin or β III-tubulin (P spinal cord injury and markedly stimulate angiogenesis and neurogenesis, accelerating recovery of neurologic function. PMID:27641997

  1. Olive oil DNA fingerprinting by multiplex SNP genotyping on fluorescent microspheres.

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    Kalogianni, Despina P; Bazakos, Christos; Boutsika, Lemonia M; Targem, Mehdi Ben; Christopoulos, Theodore K; Kalaitzis, Panagiotis; Ioannou, Penelope C

    2015-04-01

    Olive oil cultivar verification is of primary importance for the competitiveness of the product and the protection of consumers and producers from fraudulence. Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) have emerged as excellent DNA markers for authenticity testing. This paper reports the first multiplex SNP genotyping assay for olive oil cultivar identification that is performed on a suspension of fluorescence-encoded microspheres. Up to 100 sets of microspheres, with unique "fluorescence signatures", are available. Allele discrimination was accomplished by primer extension reaction. The reaction products were captured via hybridization on the microspheres and analyzed, within seconds, by a flow cytometer. The "fluorescence signature" of each microsphere is assigned to a specific allele, whereas the signal from a reporter fluorophore denotes the presence of the allele. As a model, a panel of three SNPs was chosen that enabled identification of five common Greek olive cultivars (Adramytini, Chondrolia Chalkidikis, Kalamon, Koroneiki, and Valanolia).

  2. Highly Sensitive and Reproducible SERS Performance from Uniform Film Assembled by Magnetic Noble Metal Composite Microspheres.

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    Niu, Chunyu; Zou, Bingfang; Wang, Yongqiang; Cheng, Lin; Zheng, Haihong; Zhou, Shaomin

    2016-01-26

    To realize highly sensitive and reproducible SERS performance, a new route was put forward to construct uniform SERS film by using magnetic composite microspheres. In the experiment, monodisperse Fe3O4@SiO2@Ag microspheres with hierarchical surface were developed and used as building block of SERS substrate, which not only realized fast capturing analyte through dispersion and collection under external magnet but also could be built into uniform film through magnetically induced self-assembly. By using R6G as probe molecule, the as-obtained uniform film exhibited great improvement on SERS performance in both sensitivity and reproducibility when compared with nonuniform film, demonstrating the perfect integration of high sensitivity of hierarchal noble metal microspheres and high reproducibility of ordered microspheres array. Furthermore, the as-obtained product was used to detect pesticide thiram and also exhibited excellent SERS performance for trace detection.

  3. Design and Fabrication of Microspheres with Hierarchical Internal Structure for Tuning Battery Performance.

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    Nowack, Lea V; Bunjaku, Teutë; Wegner, Karsten; Pratsinis, Sotiris E; Luisier, Mathieu; Wood, Vanessa

    2015-06-01

    Microspheres with controlled nano- and macroporosity are fabricated by template-assisted spray drying. Increasing the porosity of the particle up to 20% improves the rate performance of the particles as shown experimentally and by electrochemical simulations of particle lithiation.

  4. Design and Fabrication of Microspheres with Hierarchical Internal Structure for Tuning Battery Performance

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    Nowack, Lea V.; Bunjaku, Teut?; Wegner, Karsten; Pratsinis, Sotiris E.; Luisier, Mathieu; Wood, Vanessa

    2015-01-01

    Microspheres with controlled nano? and macroporosity are fabricated by template?assisted spray drying. Increasing the porosity of the particle up to 20% improves the rate performance of the particles as shown experimentally and by electrochemical simulations of particle lithiation.

  5. Design and Fabrication of Microspheres with Hierarchical Internal Structure for Tuning Battery Performance

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    Novak Lea; Bunjaku Teute; Wenger Karsten; Pratsinis Sotiris; Luisier Mathieu; Wood Vanessa

    2015-01-01

    Microspheres with controlled nano and macroporosity are fabricated by template assisted spray drying. Increasing the porosity of the particle up to 20 improves the rate performance of the particles as shown experimentally and by electrochemical simulations of particle lithiation.

  6. Versatile microsphere attachment of GFP-labeled motors and other tagged proteins with preserved functionality

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    Michael Bugiel

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Microspheres are often used as handles for protein purification or force spectroscopy. For example, optical tweezers apply forces on trapped particles to which motor proteins are attached. However, even though many attachment strategies exist, procedures are often limited to a particular biomolecule and prone to non-specific protein or surface attachment. Such interactions may lead to loss of protein functionality or microsphere clustering. Here, we describe a versatile coupling procedure for GFP-tagged proteins via a polyethylene glycol linker preserving the functionality of the coupled proteins. The procedure combines well-established protocols, is highly reproducible, reliable, and can be used for a large variety of proteins. The coupling is efficient and can be tuned to the desired microsphere-to-protein ratio. Moreover, microspheres hardly cluster or adhere to surfaces. Furthermore, the procedure can be adapted to different tags providing flexibility and a promising attachment strategy for any tagged protein.

  7. BiOBr microspheres for photocatalytic degradation of an anionic dye

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    Mera, Adriana C.; Váldes, Héctor; Jamett, Fabiola J.; Meléndrez, M. F.

    2017-03-01

    BiOBr microspheres were obtained using a solvothermal synthesis route in the presence of ethylene glycol and KBr at 145 °C, for 18 h. BiOBr microspheres were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms analysis, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), and diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS). Additionally, the theoretical and experimental isoelectric points (IEP) of BiOBr nanostructured microspheres were determined, and pH's influence on the degradation of an anionic dye (methyl orange) under simulated solar radiation was analyzed. Results show that 97% of methyl orange is removed at pH 2 after 60 min of photocatalytic reaction. Finally, DRIFTS studies permit the proposal of a surface reaction mechanism of the photocatalytic oxidation of MO using BiOBr microspheres.

  8. Enhanced pharmacokinetics of omeprazole when formulated as gastroretentive microspheres along with piperine

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    Bindu Madhavi Boddupalli

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To investigate the formulation of gastroretentive microspheres of omeprazole along with piperine and estimate the pharmacokinetic parameters in comparison with omeprazole alone. Methods: In our present investigation, gastroretentive microspheres of omeprazole were prepared with the inclusion of piperine. Pharmacokinetic parameters like Cmax, Tmax and area under curve were estimated by administering the prepared microspheres to rabbits and the results were compared with omeprazole alone. Results: There was a significant increase in area under curve from 3.441依1.093 mg·h/mL to 14.422 依0.708 mg·h/mL along with an increase in Cmax. Conclusions: This clearly shows the increased absorption and decreased metabolism of omeprazole when administered along with piperine as gastroretentive microspheres.

  9. Development and characterization of mucoadhesive microspheres for nasal delivery of ketorolac.

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    Nagda, C D; Chotai, N P; Nagda, D C; Patel, S B; Patel, U L

    2011-04-01

    The objective of the present investigation was to prepare mucoadhesive microspheres of ketorolac for nasal administration by means of a solvent evaporation technique using carbopol (CP), polycarbophil (PL) and chitosan (CS) as mucoadhesive polymers. The prepared microspheres were characterized for morphology, swelling behavior, mucoadhesion, interaction studies, drug encapsulation efficiency, in vitro drug release, release kinetics, and ex vivo nasal cilio toxicity studies. The effects of various process variables on the particle size of the microspheres were investigated. Drug encapsulation efficiency and particle size of the microspheres ranged from 52-78% w/w and 14-46 microm respectively. Interaction studies revealed that there were no drug-polymer interactions. The in vitro release profiles showed prolonged-release of the drug. In vitro release data showed a good fit with the Higuchi model, and indicated Fickian diffusion. No severe damage was found to the integrity of nasal mucosa after ex vivo experiments.

  10. Fabrication of Cerium Oxide and Uranium Oxide Microspheres for Space Nuclear Power Applications

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    Jeffrey A. Katalenich; Michael R. Hartman; Robert C. O' Brien

    2013-02-01

    Cerium oxide and uranium oxide microspheres are being produced via an internal gelation sol-gel method to investigate alternative fabrication routes for space nuclear fuels. Depleted uranium and non-radioactive cerium are being utilized as surrogates for plutonium-238 (Pu-238) used in radioisotope thermoelectric generators and for enriched uranium required by nuclear thermal rockets. While current methods used to produce Pu-238 fuels at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) involve the generation of fine powders that pose a respiratory hazard and have a propensity to contaminate glove boxes, the sol-gel route allows for the generation of oxide microsphere fuels through an aqueous route. The sol-gel method does not generate fine powders and may require fewer processing steps than the LANL method with less operator handling. High-quality cerium dioxide microspheres have been fabricated in the desired size range and equipment is being prepared to establish a uranium dioxide microsphere production capability.

  11. Melatonin Nanoparticles Adsorbed to Polyethylene Glycol Microspheres as Activators of Human Colostrum Macrophages

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    Cristiane de Castro Pernet Hara

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The effectiveness of hormones associated with polymeric matrices has amplified the possibility of obtaining new drugs to activate the immune system. Melatonin has been reported as an important immunomodulatory agent that can improve many cell activation processes. It is possible that the association of melatonin with polymers could influence its effects on cellular function. Thus, this study verified the adsorption of the hormone melatonin to polyethylene glycol (PEG microspheres and analyzed its ability to modulate the functional activity of human colostrum phagocytes. Fluorescence microscopy and flow cytometry analyses revealed that melatonin was able to adsorb to the PEG microspheres. This system increased the release of superoxide and intracellular calcium. There was an increase of phagocytic and microbicidal activity by colostrum phagocytes when in the presence of melatonin adsorbed to PEG microspheres. The modified delivery of melatonin adsorbed to PEG microspheres may be an additional mechanism for its microbicidal activity and represents an important potential treatment for gastrointestinal infections of newborns.

  12. Coupling Light from a High-Q Microsphere Resonator Using a UV-induced Surface Grating

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    Ilchenko, V. S.; Starodubov, D. S.; Gorodetsky, M. L.; Maleki, L.; Feinberg, J.

    2000-01-01

    High-Q microspheres with whispering-gallery modes have very narrow resonances that can be used for fiber-optic filters, ultra-compact narrow-linewidth lasers and optical/microwave oscillators. Whispering-gallery modes were previously excited in microspheres using evanescent optical fields. The necessary phase synchronism was obtained by adjusting the incident angle of input light beam (prism coupler) or adjustment of the waveguide propagation constant (fiber taper coupler). For many applications, however, bulky near-field couplers are undesirable. They compromise the symmetry and generate stray fields. Also, the control of coupling is crucial for the performance of microsphere resonators: in analogy with radio frequency circuits, the loading Q-factor should be less than the intrinsic Q-factor, Q(sub L) less than or equal to Q(sub O). Ideally one should combine a stable coupling element and a resonator into a single microsphere component.

  13. Preparation of gastro-resistant pellets containing chitosan microspheres for improvement of oral didanosine bioavailability

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    Patrícia Severino

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this work was to introduce a new concept of coated pellets containing chitosan microspheres loaded with didadosine for oral administration, aiming at reducing the frequency of administration and improving the bioavailability by a suitable release profile. Chitosan microspheres were produced under fluidized bed, followed by extrusion and spheronization to obtain pellets with a mean diameter of about 1 mm. The pellets were then coated with Kollidon® VA64 and Kollicoat® MAE100P in water dispersion to depict a sustained release profile. Conventional hard gelatine capsules were loaded with these pellets and tested in vitro for their release profile of didadosine. Dissolution testing confirmed that chitosan microsphere pellets provides appropriate sustained release up to 2 h behavior for didanosine. Keywords: Didanosine, Pellets, Gastro-resistance, Coating, Microspheres, Chitosan

  14. Improved luminescence behavior of YVO4:Eu3+ hollow microspheres by Ca2+ doping

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    Jiu, Hongfang; Jiao, Hongqian; Zhang, Lixin; Jia, Wanbao; Huang, Changshui; Chang, Jianxia

    2015-07-01

    The YVO4:Eu3+/Ca2+ hollow microspheres were prepared via a urea-based homogeneous precipitation method in the presence of colloidal melamine formaldehyde resin (MF) microspheres as templates without heat treatment. Photoluminescence characteristics of YVO4:Eu3+ hollow microspheres are studied. X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and photoluminescence (PL) measurements were carried out to characterize their structural and luminescent properties. When compared with those of YVO4:Eu3+ hollow microsphere, the emissions of codoped sample with Ca2+ are greatly enhanced. The intensity of charge transfer absorption at 312 nm and its red emission have been greatly increased by codoping the Ca2+ ion into the YVO4:Eu3+ lattice.

  15. Alginate microspheres obtained by the spray drying technique as mucoadhesive carriers of ranitidine

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    Szekalska Marta

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The present study is aimed at formulation of alginate (ALG microspheres with ranitidine (RNT by the spray drying method. Obtained microspheres were characterized for particle size, surface morphology, entrapment efficiency, drug loading, in vitro drug release and zeta potential. Mucoadhesive properties were examined by a texture analyser and three types of adhesive layers - gelatine discs, mucin gel and porcine stomach mucosa. Microspheres showed a smooth surface with narrow particle size distribution and RNT loading of up to 70.9 %. All formulations possessed mucoadhesive properties and exhibited prolonged drug release according to the first-order kinetics. DSC reports showed that there was no interaction between RNT and ALG. Designed microspheres can be considered potential carriers of ranitidine with prolonged residence time in the stomach

  16. Optimization and Evaluation of Gastroretentive Ranitidine HCl Microspheres by Using Factorial Design with Improved Bioavailability and Mucosal Integrity in Ulcer Model.

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    Khattab, Abeer; Zaki, Nashwah

    2017-05-01

    The purpose of our investigation was to develop and optimize the drug entrapment efficiency and bioadhesion properties of mucoadhesive chitosan microspheres containing ranitidine HCl prepared by an ionotropic gelation method as a gastroretentive delivery system; thus, we improved their protective and therapeutic gastric effects in an ulcer model. A 3 × 2(2) full factorial design was adopted to study the effect of three different factors, i.e., the type of polymer at three levels (chitosan, chitosan/hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, and chitosan/methylcellulose), the type of solvent at two levels (acetic acid and lactic acid), and the type of chitosan at two levels (low molecular weight (LMW) and high molecular weight (HMW)). The studied responses were particle size, swelling index, drug entrapment efficiency, bioadhesion (as determined by wash-off and rinsing tests), and T 80% of drug release. Studies of the in vivo mucoadhesion and in vivo protective and healing effects of the optimized formula against gastric ulcers were carried out using albino rats (with induced gastric ulceration) and were compared to the effects of free ranitidine powder. A pharmacokinetic study in rabbits showed a significant, 2.1-fold increase in theAUC0-24of the ranitidine microspheres compared to free ranitidine after oral administration. The optimized formula showed higher drug entrapment efficiency and mucoadhesion properties and had more protective and healing effects on induced gastric ulcers in rats than ranitidine powder. In conclusion, the prolonged gastrointestinal residence time and the stability of the mucoadhesive microspheres of ranitidine as well as the synergistic healing effect of chitosan could contribute to increasing the potential of its anti-gastric ulcer activity.

  17. Preparation of hollow core/shell microspheres of hematite and its adsorption ability for samarium.

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    Yu, Sheng-Hui; Yao, Qi-Zhi; Zhou, Gen-Tao; Fu, Sheng-Quan

    2014-07-09

    Hollow core/shell hematite microspheres with diameter of ca. 1-2 μm have been successfully achieved by calcining the precursor composite microspheres of pyrite and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) in air. The synthesized products were characterized by a wide range of techniques including powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM (HRTEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) gas sorptometry. Temperature- and time-dependent experiments unveil that the precursor pyrite-PVP composite microspheres finally transform into hollow core/shell hematite microspheres in air through a multistep process including the oxidation and sulfation of pyrite, combustion of PVP occluded in the precursor, desulfation, aggregation, and fusion of nanosized hematite as well as mass transportation from the interior to the exterior of the microspheres. The formation of the hollow core/shell microspheres dominantly depends on the calcination temperature under current experimental conditions, and the aggregation of hematite nanocrystals and the core shrinking during the oxidation of pyrite are responsible for the formation of the hollow structures. Moreover, the adsorption ability of the hematite for Sm(III) was also tested. The results exhibit that the hematite microspheres have good adsorption activity for trivalent samarium, and that its adsorption capacity strongly depends on the pH of the solution, and the maximum adsorption capacity for Sm(III) is 14.48 mg/g at neutral pH. As samarium is a typical member of the lanthanide series, our results suggest that the hollow hematite microspheres have potential application in removal of rare earth elements (REEs) entering the water environment.

  18. In situ tuning of whispering gallery modes of levitated silica microspheres

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    Minowa, Yosuke; Toyota, Yusuke; Ashida, Masaaki

    2017-06-01

    We demonstrated the tuning of whispering gallery modes (WGMs) of a silica microsphere during optical levitation through the annealing process. We determined the annealing temperature from the power balance between the CO2 laser light heating and several cooling processes. Cooling caused by heat conduction through the surrounding air molecules is the dominant process. We achieved a blue shift of the WGMs as large as 1 \\%, which was observed in the white-light scattering spectrum from the levitated microsphere.

  19. Optical frequency conversion in silica-whispering-gallery-mode microspherical resonators.

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    Farnesi, D; Barucci, A; Righini, G C; Berneschi, S; Soria, S; Nunzi Conti, G

    2014-03-07

    High quality factor whispering-gallery-mode microresonators are ideally suited for nonlinear optical interactions. We analyze, experimentally and theoretically, a variety of χ((3)) nonlinear interactions in silica microspheres, consisting of third harmonic generation and Raman assisted third order sum-frequency generation in the visible. A tunable, room temperature, cw multicolor emission in silica microspherical whispering-gallery-mode microresonators has been achieved by controlling the cavity mode dispersion and exciting nonequatorial modes for efficient frequency conversion.

  20. Growth factor sequestration and enzyme-mediated release from genipin-crosslinked gelatin microspheres.

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    Turner, Paul A; Thiele, Jeffrey S; Stegemann, Jan P

    2017-11-01

    Controlled release of growth factors allows the efficient, localized, and temporally-optimized delivery of bioactive molecules to potentiate natural physiological processes. This concept has been applied to treatments for pathological states, including chronic degeneration, wound healing, and tissue regeneration. Peptide microspheres are particularly suited for this application because of their low cost, ease of manufacture, and interaction with natural remodeling processes active during healing. The present study characterizes gelatin microspheres for the entrapment and delivery of growth factors, with a focus on tailored protein affinity, loading capacity, and degradation-mediated release. Genipin crosslinking in PBS and CHES buffers produced average microsphere sizes ranging from 15 to 30 microns with population distributions ranging from about 15 to 60 microns. Microsphere formulations were chosen based on properties important for controlled transient and spatial delivery, including size, consistency, and stability. The microsphere charge affinity was found to be dependent on gelatin type, with type A (GelA) carriers consistently having a lower negative charge than equivalent type B (GelB) carriers. A higher degree of crosslinking, representative of primary amine consumption, resulted in a greater negative net charge. Gelatin type was found to be the strongest determinant of degradation, with GelA carriers degrading at higher rates versus similarly crosslinked GelB carriers. Growth factor release was shown to depend upon microsphere degradation by proteolytic enzymes, while microspheres in inert buffers showed long-term retention of growth factors. These studies illuminate fabrication and processing parameters that can be used to control spatial and temporal release of growth factors from gelatin-based microspheres.

  1. Microspheres for the Growth of Silicon Nanowires via Vapor-Liquid-Solid Mechanism

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    Arancha Gómez-Martínez

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Silicon nanowires have been synthesized by a simple process using a suitable support containing silica and carbon microspheres. Nanowires were grown by thermal chemical vapor deposition via a vapor-liquid-solid mechanism with only the substrate as silicon source. The curved surface of the microsized spheres allows arranging the gold catalyst as nanoparticles with appropriate dimensions to catalyze the growth of nanowires. The resulting material is composed of the microspheres with the silicon nanowires attached on their surface.

  2. Release of a Wound-healing Agent from PLGA Microspheres in a Thermosensitive Gel

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    2013-01-01

    release from microspheres incorporated in the gel was determined by UV spectrophotometry at 280 nm using an Eppendorf Biophotometer (Figure 2(b)). 2.2... spectrophotometry . Readings were obtained from samples determined in triplicates (mean ± standard errors). water ratio of the primary emulsion were prepared...microspheres for the delivery of DNA to human- derived macrophages and dendritic cells,” Journal of Controlled Release, vol. 76, no. 1-2, pp. 149–168

  3. Study on encapsulation of chlorine dioxide in gelatin microsphere for reducing release rate

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    Ci, Ying; Wang, Lin; Guo, YanChuan; Sun, Ruixue; Wang, Xijie; Li, Jinyou

    2015-01-01

    Objective: This study aims to explore the effects of encapsulation of chlorine dioxide in a hydrophilic biodegradable polymer gelatin to reduce its release rate. Methods: An emulsification-coacervation method was adopted. The characterizations of chlorine dioxide-gelatin microspheres were described. Using UV-vis spectrophotometer the λmax of chlorine dioxide was observed at 358 nm. The particle size and distribution of chlorine oxide-gelatin microspheres was measured by a dynamic light scatte...

  4. Mucoadhesive microspheres for gastroretentive delivery of acyclovir: in vitro and in vivo evaluation.

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    Dhaliwal, Sumeet; Jain, Subheet; Singh, Hardevinder P; Tiwary, A K

    2008-06-01

    The aim of the present investigation was to evaluate the potential use of mucoadhesive microspheres for gastroretentive delivery of acyclovir. Chitosan, thiolated chitosan, Carbopol 71G and Methocel K15M were used as mucoadhesive polymers. Microsphere formulations were prepared using emulsion-chemical crosslinking technique and evaluated in vitro, ex-vivo and in-vivo. Gelatin capsules containing drug powder showed complete dissolution (90.5 +/- 3.6%) in 1 h. The release of drug was prolonged to 12 h (78.8 +/- 3.9) when incorporated into mucoadhesive microspheres. The poor bioavailability of acyclovir is attributed to short retention of its dosage form at the absorption sites (in upper gastrointestinal tract to duodenum and jejunum). The results of mucoadhesion study showed better retention of thiolated chitosan microspheres (8.0 +/- 0.8 h) in duodenal and jejunum regions of intestine. The results of qualitative and quantitative GI distribution study also showed significant higher retention of mucoadhesive microspheres in upper GI tract. Pharmacokinetic study revealed that administration of mucoadhesive microspheres could maintain measurable plasma concentration of acyclovir through 24 h, as compared to 5 h after its administration in solution form. Thiolated chitosan microsphere showed superiority over the other formulations as observed with nearly 4.0-fold higher AUC(0-24) value (1,090 +/- 51 ng h/ml) in comparison to drug solution (281 +/- 28 ng h/ml). Overall, the result indicated prolonged delivery with significant improvement in oral bioavailability of acyclovir from mucoadhesive microspheres due to enhanced retention in the upper GI tract.

  5. Development of magnetoelectric CoFe2O4/poly(vinylidene fluoride) microspheres

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    R. Gonçalves; Martins, Pedro Libânio Abreu; Correia, D. M.; Sencadas, Vítor João Gomes Silva; J. L. Vilas; León, L. M.; Botelho, Gabriela; Lanceros-Méndez, S.

    2015-01-01

    Magnetoelectric microspheres based on piezoelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and magnetrostrictive CoFe2O4 (CFO), a novel morphology for polymer-based ME material, have been developed by an electrospray process. The CFO nanoparticles content in the (3-7 μm diameter) microspheres reaches values up to 27 wt.%, despite their concentration in the starting solution reaching values up to 70 wt.%. Additionally, the inclusion of magnetostrictive nanoparticles into the polymer spheres has no r...

  6. The Therapeutic Benefit of Allopurinol in the Treatment of Foreign Body Granulomas Caused by Polymethylmethacrylate Microspheres

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    Luisa Kelmer Côrtes de Barros Silveira

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Injectable polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA microspheres are nonbiodegradable and too large for macrophage phagocytosis. There are several complications possible to happen, like chronic nonspecific inflammatory reactions, lip stiffness, infection, and granulomas. The occurrence of granulomas can lead to a not aesthetic result, making some extreme changes in the patient’s life. The objective of this case report is to describe the successful treatment of foreign body granulomas caused by polymethylmethacrylate microspheres using allopurinol, an innovative therapy for this condition.

  7. Synthesis and photocatalytic properties of different SnO{sub 2} microspheres on graphene oxide sheets

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    Wei, Jia, E-mail: jojo.1125@hotmail.com [College of Science, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620 (China); Xue, Shaolin, E-mail: slxue@dhu.edu.cn [College of Science, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620 (China); Xie, Pei, E-mail: peipeixie@sina.com [College of Science, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620 (China); Zou, Rujia, E-mail: rujiazou@dhu.edu.cn [College of Science, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620 (China); State Key Laboratory for Modification of Chemical Fibers and Polymer Materials, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620 (China)

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    Highlights: • Different SnO{sub 2} microspheres were grown on GOs by hydrothermal method. • The morphology was influenced by volume ratio of ethanol and concentrations of precursor. • The shape of SnO{sub 2} microspheres looks like dandelion. • The photocatalytic property is strongly influenced by the SnO{sub 2} morphology on GOs. - Abstract: Different SnO{sub 2} microspheres like dandelions, silkworm cocoons and urchins have been synthesized on graphene oxide sheets (GOs) by hydrothermal method at 190 °C for 24 h. The morphologies, structures, chemical compositions and optical properties of the as-grown SnO{sub 2} microspheres on GOs (SMGs) were characterized by X-ray diffractometer (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS), Raman spectra and UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS) techniques. The results of XRD revealed that the as-grown SnO{sub 2} microspheres have tetragonal rutile structure. The results of Raman spectra, EDS, XRD, XPS and SEM showed that the SnO{sub 2} microspheres were grown on GOs and the average diameter of dandelion-like microsphere was about 1.5 μm. The formation mechanism of SnO{sub 2} microspheres grown on GOs was discussed. The photocatalytic activity of the SMGs composites was evaluated by photocatalytic degradation of Rhodamine B (Rh B) aqueous solution under visible light irradiation. The photocatalytic results showed that the dandelion-like SMGs exhibited a much better photocatalytic activity than those of smooth and rough SMGs.

  8. Preparation and Characterization of Zein and Zein-Chitosan Microspheres with Great Prospective of Application in Controlled Drug Release

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    Vinícius Müller

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Biomaterials applied as carriers for controlled drug delivery offer many advantages over the conventional systems. Among them, the increase of treatment effectiveness and also a significant reduction of toxicity, due to their biodegradability property, are some special features. In this work, microspheres based on the protein Zein (ZN and ZN associated to the natural polymer Chitosan (CHI were prepared and characterized. The microspheres of ZN and ZN/CHI were characterized by FT-IR spectroscopy and thermal analysis, and the morphology was analyzed by SEM images. The results confirmed the incorporation of CHI within the ZN-based microspheres. The morphological analysis showed that the CHI added increased the microspheres porosity when compared to the ZN microspheres. The chemical and physical characterization and the morphological analysis allow inferring that ZN/CHI microspheres are good candidates to act as a carrier for controlled drug release.

  9. A microfluidic approach to fabricate monodisperse hollow or porous poly(HEMA-MMA) microspheres using single emulsions as templates.

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    Zhang, Hao; Ju, Xiao-Jie; Xie, Rui; Cheng, Chang-Jing; Ren, Ping-Wei; Chu, Liang-Yin

    2009-08-01

    We have successfully developed a novel and simple method to controllably prepare monodisperse poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate-methyl methacrylate) (poly(HEMA-MMA)) microspheres with two distinct structures using single emulsions as templates. By employing a microfluidic emulsification approach to fabricate monomer-contained oil-in-water (O/W) emulsions as templates, and introducing proper initiators and different types of porogens, poly(HEMA-MMA) microspheres with hollow or porous structure are prepared in a controllable way. The shell thickness of hollow microspheres or the porosity of porous microspheres is controllably achieved by simply adjusting the porogen concentration. The prepared poly(HEMA-MMA) microspheres with controllable hollow or porous structures are favored for various potential applications. Furthermore, by using the simple preparation methodology proposed in this study, fabrication of monodisperse porous microspheres or hollow microcapsules with other materials can also be easily achieved.

  10. Formation of Tough Films by Evaporation of Water from Dispersions of Elastomer Microspheres Crosslinked with Rotaxane Supramolecules.

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    Hiroshige, Seina; Kureha, Takuma; Aoki, Daichi; Sawada, Jun; Aoki, Daisuke; Takata, Toshikazu; Suzuki, Daisuke

    2017-06-22

    Compared to rigid microspheres that consist, for example, of polystyrene or silica, soft and deformable elastomer microspheres can be used to generate colorless transparent films upon evaporating the solvent from microsphere-containing dispersions. To obtain tough films, a post-polymerization reaction to crosslink the microspheres is usually necessary, which requires extra additives during the drying process. This restriction renders this film-formation technology complex and rather unsuitable for applications in which impurities are undesirable. In the present study, it is demonstrated that tough elastomer microspheres that are crosslinked with rotaxanes can form tough bulk films upon evaporation of water from microsphere dispersions, so that post-polymerization reactions are not required. The results of this study should thus lead to new applications including coatings for biomaterials that need complete removal of all impurities from the materials prior to use. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. Production of cerium dioxide microspheres by an internal gelation sol–gel method

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    Katalenich, Jeffrey A.

    2017-03-27

    An internal gelation sol-gel technique was used to prepare cerium dioxide microspheres with uniform diameters near 100 µm. In this process, chilled aqueous solutions containing cerium, hexamethylenetetramine (HMTA), and urea are transformed into a solid gel by heat addition and are subsequently washed, dried, and sintered to produce pure cerium dioxide. Cerous nitrate and ceric ammonium nitrate solutions were compared for their usefulness in microsphere production. Gelation experiments were performed with both cerous nitrate and ceric ammonium nitrate to determine desirable concentrations of cerium, HMTA, and urea in feed solutions as well as the necessary quantity of ammonium hydroxide added to cerium solutions. Analysis of the pH before and after sample gelation was found to provide a quantitative metric for optimal parameter selection along with subjective evaluations of gel qualities. The time necessary for chilled solutions to gel upon inserting into a hot water bath was determined for samples with a variety of parameters and also used to determine desirable formulations for microsphere production. A technique for choosing the optimal mixture of ceric ammonium nitrate, HMTA, and urea was determined using gelation experiments and used to produce microspheres by dispersion of the feed solution into heated silicone oil. Gelled spheres were washed to remove excess reactants and reaction products before being dried and sintered. X-ray diffraction of air-dried microspheres, sintered microspheres, and commercial CeO2 powders indicated that air-dried and sintered spheres were pure CeO2.

  12. CO2 Biofixation of Actinobacillus succinogenes Through Novel Amine-Functionalized Polystyrene Microsphere Materials.

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    Zhu, Wenhao; Li, Qiang; Dai, Ning

    2017-02-01

    CO2-derived succinate production was enhanced by Actinobacillus succinogenes through polystyrene (PSt) microsphere materials for CO2 adsorption in bioreactor, and the adhesion forces between A. succinogenes bacteria and PSt materials were characterized. Synthesized uniformly sized and highly cross-linked PSt microspheres had high specific surface areas. After modification with amine functional groups, the novel amine-functionalized PSt microspheres exhibited a high adsorption capacity of 25.3 mg CO2/g materials. After addition with the functionalized microspheres into the culture broth, CO2 supply to the cells increased. Succinate production by A. succinogenes can be enhanced from 29.6 to 48.1 g L(-1). Moreover, the characterization of interaction forces between A. succinogenes cells and the microspheres indicated that the maximal adhesive force was about 250 pN. The amine-functionalized PSt microspheres can adsorb a large amount of CO2 and be employed for A. succinogenes anaerobic cultivation in bioreactor for high-efficiency production of CO2-derived succinate.

  13. Fabrication of chitosan microspheres using vanillin/TPP dual crosslinkers for protein antigens encapsulation.

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    Walke, Shilratna; Srivastava, Gopal; Nikalje, Milind; Doshi, Jignesh; Kumar, Rakesh; Ravetkar, Satish; Doshi, Pooja

    2015-09-05

    Microspheres were prepared from water soluble chitosan using dual vanillin/TPP crosslinkers. Placebo (C1), Bovine serum albumin (BSA) (C2), monovalent tetanus toxoid (TT) (C3) and divalent tetanus (TT) and diphtheria toxoids (DT) (C4) encapsulated microspheres were studied in terms of size (1-4 μm), encapsulation efficiency (75-80%), swelling and mucoadhesion (56-68%). FT-IR, TGA, XRD and SEM characterization of microspheres suggested specific interaction, more thermal stability, amorphous nature and rough surfaces of encapsulated microspheres. EDS confirmed the co-crosslinking and ninhydrin tests were showing higher crosslinking density. Zeta potential was 47.7 to 66.2 +mV indicating the potential stability of the colloidal system. Equilibrium adsorption isotherms described encapsulated microspheres followed the Langmuir isotherm model, suggesting monolayer adsorption of the mucin on microspheres. In-vitro release studies up to four weeks indicated zero order kinetics and obeyed swelling-controlled super case II transport release mechanism. Thus, the present study could be helpful in developing the multivalent oral vaccine. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. BMP2-loaded hollow hydroxyapatite microspheres exhibit enhanced osteoinduction and osteogenicity in large bone defects.

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    Xiong, Long; Zeng, Jianhua; Yao, Aihua; Tu, Qiquan; Li, Jingtang; Yan, Liang; Tang, Zhiming

    2015-01-01

    The regeneration of large bone defects is an osteoinductive, osteoconductive, and osteogenic process that often requires a bone graft for support. Limitations associated with naturally autogenic or allogenic bone grafts have demonstrated the need for synthetic substitutes. The present study investigates the feasibility of using novel hollow hydroxyapatite microspheres as an osteoconductive matrix and a carrier for controlled local delivery of bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP2), a potent osteogenic inducer of bone regeneration. Hollow hydroxyapatite microspheres (100±25 μm) with a core (60±18 μm) and a mesoporous shell (180±42 m(2)/g surface area) were prepared by a glass conversion technique and loaded with recombinant human BMP2 (1 μg/mg). There was a gentle burst release of BMP2 from microspheres into the surrounding phosphate-buffered saline in vitro within the initial 48 hours, and continued at a low rate for over 40 days. In comparison with hollow hydroxyapatite microspheres without BMP2 or soluble BMP2 without a carrier, BMP2-loaded hollow hydroxyapatite microspheres had a significantly enhanced capacity to reconstitute radial bone defects in rabbit, as shown by increased serum alkaline phosphatase; quick and complete new bone formation within 12 weeks; and great biomechanical flexural strength. These results indicate that BMP2-loaded hollow hydroxyapatite microspheres could be a potential new option for bone graft substitutes in bone regeneration.

  15. Novel polymeric ionic liquid microspheres with high exchange capacity for fast extraction of plasmid DNA.

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    Wang, Xiaofeng; Xing, Ligang; Shu, Yang; Chen, Xuwei; Wang, Jianhua

    2014-07-21

    A novel polymeric ionic liquid (PIL) microsphere, poly(1-vinyl-3-(2-methoxy-2-oxyl ethyl)imidazolium) hexafluorophosphate, is prepared via W/O emulsion polymerization. Rapid ion-exchange between the anionic moieties of PIL and DNA fragments is demonstrated facilitating the exchange equilibrium to be reached within 1 min. The PIL microspheres exhibit a high capacity of 190.7 μg mg(-1) for DNA adsorption. A fast DNA isolation protocol is thus developed with the PIL microspheres as solid phase adsorbent. It is feasible to facilitate DNA adsorption or stripping from the microspheres by simply regulating the concentration of salt. DNA adsorption is facilitated at low salt concentration, while higher concentration of salt entails DNA recovery from the microspheres. In practice, the retained DNA could be readily recovered with 1.0 mol L(-1) NaCl as stripping reagent, giving rise to a recovery of ca. 80.7%. The PIL microspheres are used for the adsorption/isolation of plasmid DNA from E. coli cell culture, demonstrating a superior adsorption performance with respect to that achieved by a commercial Plasmid Miniprep Kit. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Patient Selection and Activity Planning Guide for Selective Internal Radiotherapy With Yttrium-90 Resin Microspheres

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    Lau, Wan-Yee, E-mail: josephlau@surgery.cuhk.edu.hk [Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories (Hong Kong); Kennedy, Andrew S. [Wake Radiology Oncology, Cary, NC (United States); Department of Biomedical Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (United States); Kim, Yun Hwan [Department of Radiology, Anam Hospital, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Lai, Hee Kit [Nuclear Medicine and PET Centre, Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore (Singapore); Lee, Rheun-Chuan [Department of Radiology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Leung, Thomas W.T. [Comprehensive Oncology Centre, Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital (Hong Kong); Liu, Ching-Sheng [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Salem, Riad [Division of Interventional Radiology, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL (United States); Sangro, Bruno [Liver Unit, Clinica Universitaria de Navarra and Centro de Investigacion Biomedica en Red de Enfermedades Hepaticas y Digestivas, Pamplona (Spain); Shuter, Borys [Department of Diagnostic Imaging, National University Hospital, Singapore (Singapore); Wang, Shih-Chang [Parker-Hughes Professor of Diagnostic Radiology, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW (Australia)

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: Selective internal radiotherapy (SIRT) with yttrium-90 ({sup 90}Y) resin microspheres can improve the clinical outcomes for selected patients with inoperable liver cancer. This technique involves intra-arterial delivery of {beta}-emitting microspheres into hepatocellular carcinomas or liver metastases while sparing uninvolved structures. Its unique mode of action, including both {sup 90}Y brachytherapy and embolization of neoplastic microvasculature, necessitates activity planning methods specific to SIRT. Methods and Materials: A panel of clinicians experienced in {sup 90}Y resin microsphere SIRT was convened to integrate clinical experience with the published data to propose an activity planning pathway for radioembolization. Results: Accurate planning is essential to minimize potentially fatal sequelae such as radiation-induced liver disease while delivering tumoricidal {sup 90}Y activity. Planning methods have included empiric dosing according to degree of tumor involvement, empiric dosing adjusted for the body surface area, and partition model calculations using Medical Internal Radiation Dose principles. It has been recommended that at least two of these methods be compared when calculating the microsphere activity for each patient. Conclusions: Many factors inform {sup 90}Y resin microsphere SIRT activity planning, including the therapeutic intent, tissue and vasculature imaging, tumor and uninvolved liver characteristics, previous therapies, and localization of the microsphere infusion. The influence of each of these factors has been discussed.

  17. Depletion-Induced Encapsulation by Dumbbell-Shaped Patchy Colloids Stabilize Microspheres against Aggregation.

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    Wolters, Joost R; Verweij, Joanne E; Avvisati, Guido; Dijkstra, Marjolein; Kegel, Willem K

    2017-04-04

    In this paper, we demonstrate the stabilization of polystyrene microspheres by encapsulating them with dumbbell-shaped colloids with a sticky and a nonsticky lobe. Upon adding a depletant, an effective short ranged attraction is induced between the microspheres and the smaller, smooth lobes of the dumbbells, making those specifically sticky, whereas the interaction with the larger lobes of the dumbbells is considerably less attractive due to their rough surface, which reduces the overlap volume and leaves them nonsticky. The encapsulation of the microspheres by these rough-smooth patchy dumbbells is investigated using a combination of experiments and computer simulations, both resulting in partial coverage of the template particles. For larger microspheres, the depletion attraction is stronger, resulting in a larger fraction of dumbbells that are attached with both lobes to the surface of microspheres. We thus find a template curvature dependent orientation of the dumbbells. In the Monte Carlo simulations, the introduction of such a small, curvature dependent attraction between the rough lobes of the dumbbells resulted in an increased coverage. However, kinetic constraints imposed by the dumbbell geometry seem to prevent optimal packing of the dumbbells on the template particles under all investigated conditions in experiments and simulations. Despite the incomplete coverage, the encapsulation by dumbbell particles does prevent aggregation of the microspheres, thus acting as a colloid-sized steric stabilizer.

  18. Differences in Radiation Activity Between Glass and Resin 90Y Microspheres in Treating Unresectable Hepatic Cancer.

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    James, Trent; Hill, Jacqueline; Fahrbach, Thomas; Collins, Zachary

    2017-03-01

    The purpose of this study was to compare the difference in prescribed radiation activity between glass and resin yttrium-90 (Y) microspheres for radioembolization of unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) or liver metastases at a tertiary care teaching institution. The authors performed a retrospective analysis on 126 patients with primary HCC and hepatic metastatic disease from extrahepatic primary cancers who underwent radioembolization with glass or resin particles between 2008 and 2013 at their institution. Radiation activity estimates for prescribed treatments, as well as for the alternate embolization particles, were calculated using commonly employed formulae for both glass and resin particles for all treatments. A total of 217 treatments were performed on 126 patients, with 136 (62.7%) using glass particles and 81 (37.3%) using resin particles. Forty-six (36.5%) patients had metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC), 51 (40.5%) had primary HCC, while 11 (8.7%) had neuroendocrine carcinoma, and 18 (14.3%) had metastases from other primary tumors. The average prescribed activity was 2.66 GBq for glass treatments and 1.06 GBq for resin treatments across all cancer types. When the alternative treatment activity was calculated, activities were projected to decrease by an average of 1.52 GBq per treatment if resin microspheres were used instead of glass microspheres (-52.5%), while activities were projected to increase by an average of 1.57 GBq per treatment if glass microspheres were used instead of resin microspheres (148.9%; p glass microspheres.

  19. Study on encapsulation of chlorine dioxide in gelatin microsphere for reducing release rate.

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    Ci, Ying; Wang, Lin; Guo, Yanchuan; Sun, Ruixue; Wang, Xijie; Li, Jinyou

    2015-01-01

    This study aims to explore the effects of encapsulation of chlorine dioxide in a hydrophilic biodegradable polymer gelatin to reduce its release rate. An emulsification-coacervation method was adopted. The characterizations of chlorine dioxide-gelatin microspheres were described. Using UV-vis spectrophotometer the λmax of chlorine dioxide was observed at 358 nm. The particle size and distribution of chlorine oxide-gelatin microspheres was measured by a dynamic light scattering (DLS) method, the diameter was (1400~1900) nm. The entrapment of chlorine dioxide-gelatin microspheres was confirmed by IR. The surface morphology, size, and shape of chlorine dioxide-gelatin microspheres were analyzed using Scanning electron microscope (SEM). It showed that the encapsulated microspheres size was around 2000 nm with uniform distribution. The percentage entrapment of chlorine dioxide in the encapsulated samples was about 80~85%. A slow release study of chlorine dioxide from the encapsulated biopolymer (gelatin) in air was also carried out, which showed continuous release up to ten days. It can be concluded that it is possible to make a slow release formulation of ClO2 by entrapped in a hydrophilic biodegradable polymer gelatin. ClO2-gelatin microspheres can stable release low concentration ClO2 gas over an extended period.

  20. Graphene Aerogel Templated Fabrication of Phase Change Microspheres as Thermal Buffers in Microelectronic Devices.

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    Wang, Xuchun; Li, Guangyong; Hong, Guo; Guo, Qiang; Zhang, Xuetong

    2017-11-16

    Phase change materials, changing from solid to liquid and vice versa, are capable of storing and releasing a large amount of thermal energy during the phase change, and thus hold promise for numerous applications including thermal protection of electronic devices. Shaping these materials into microspheres for additional fascinating properties is efficient but challenging. In this regard, a novel phase change microsphere with the design for electrical-regulation and thermal storage/release properties was fabricated via the combination of monodispersed graphene aerogel microsphere (GAM) and phase change paraffin. A programmable method, i.e., coupling ink jetting-liquid marbling-supercritical drying (ILS) techniques, was demonstrated to produce monodispersed graphene aerogel microspheres (GAMs) with precise size-control. The resulting GAMs showed ultralow density, low electrical resistance, and high specific surface area with only ca. 5% diameter variation coefficient, and exhibited promising performance in smart switches. The phase change microspheres were obtained by capillary filling of phase change paraffin inside the GAMs and exhibited excellent properties, such as low electrical resistance, high latent heat, well sphericity, and thermal buffering. Assembling the phase change microsphere into the microcircuit, we found that this tiny device was quite sensitive and could respond to heat as low as 0.027 J.

  1. Processing-Size Correlations in the Preparation of Magnetic Alginate Microspheres Through Emulsification and Ionic Crosslinking.

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    Garcia, Andrew R; Lacko, Christopher; Snyder, Catherine; Bohórquez, Ana C; Schmidt, Christine E; Rinaldi, Carlos

    2017-09-20

    Magnetic alginate microspheres are biocompatible due to their alginate matrix, and motion-controllable by applied magnetic fields due to their magnetic character. Therefore, they have the potential of being used as vessels to a broad variety of materials, including drugs and therapeutic agents, facilitating entry to biological systems in a relatively non-invasive manner. Here, magnetic alginate microspheres were prepared through an emulsification and ionic cross-linking process, where a mixture of alginate and iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles was initially dispersed in a continuous phase, followed by gelation of this dispersed phase into microspheres by cross-linking the dispersion with calcium ions. The resulting magnetic alginate microspheres were found to be superparamagnetic and to respond to applie