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3D Printed Microfluidic Devices

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ISBN: 9783038974673 / 9783038974680 Year: Pages: 211 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-468-0 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: General and Civil Engineering
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3D printing has revolutionized the microfabrication prototyping workflow over the past few years. With the recent improvements in 3D printing technologies, highly complex microfluidic devices can be fabricated via single-step, rapid, and cost-effective protocols as a promising alternative to the time consuming, costly and sophisticated traditional cleanroom fabrication. Microfluidic devices have enabled a wide range of biochemical and clinical applications, such as cancer screening, micro-physiological system engineering, high-throughput drug testing, and point-of-care diagnostics. Using 3D printing fabrication technologies, alteration of the design features is significantly easier than traditional fabrication, enabling agile iterative design and facilitating rapid prototyping. This can make microfluidic technology more accessible to researchers in various fields and accelerates innovation in the field of microfluidics. Accordingly, this Special Issue seeks to showcase research papers, short communications, and review articles that focus on novel methodological developments in 3D printing and its use for various biochemical and biomedical applications.

Molecular mechanisms regulating cytotoxic lymphocyte development and function, and their associations to human diseases

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Book Series: Frontiers Research Topics ISSN: 16648714 ISBN: 9782889192793 Year: Pages: 163 DOI: 10.3389/978-2-88919-279-3 Language: English
Publisher: Frontiers Media SA
Subject: Allergy and Immunology --- Medicine (General)
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Cytotoxic lymphocytes, comprised of NK cells and cytotoxic T cells, play a pivotal role in immune defense. By directed release of perforin-containing lytic granules, NK and cytotoxic T cells can eradicate pathogen-infected, tumorigenic, and otherwise stressed cells. By the virtue of cytokine and chemokine secretion, they can influence other cells of the immune system. Through these processes, cytotoxic lymphocytes also contribute to the maintenance of immune homeostasis. In recent years, much progress has been made with respect to the mechanisms by which cytotoxic lymphocytes develop, differentiate, and exert their effector functions. In a clinical perspective, a wide variety of mutations impairing cytotoxic lymphocyte development and/or function have been associated with immunodeficiency and severe diseases in humans. Aberrant activity of cytotoxic T cells and/or NK cells has been linked to an increased susceptibility to viral infections, persistent inflammation, cancer and autoimmunity. In addition, lymphocyte cytotoxic activity may be harnessed therapeutically to target tumor cells in different adoptive cellular therapy regimes, or through the use of recombinant antibodies. Still, a number of questions remain in regards to how cytotoxic lymphocytes develop, their relationships and plasticity, as well as the mechanisms dictating target cell discrimination, lytic granule release and induction of target cell death. In this Research Topic we encourage submission of research articles, reviews, perspectives, or methods on cytotoxic lymphocyte development and function, their relation to the pathogenesis or treatment of different diseases, as well as comparison between similarities and/or differences in their effector functions. Considering the clinical significance of NK cells and cytotoxic T cells, we aim to provide a range of articles summarizing the current knowledge on the identification and elucidation of the mechanisms governing cytotoxic lymphocyte activity.

Bioactive Compounds from Marine-Derived Aspergillus, Penicillium, Talaromyces and Trichoderma Species

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ISBN: 9783038979807 / 9783038979814 Year: Pages: 134 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-981-4 Language: eng
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Subject: Science (General) --- Biology --- Microbiology
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The importance of bioactive natural compounds in pharmacology and other biotechnological fields has stimulated the scientific community to explore new environmental contexts and their associated microbial diversity. As the largest frontier in biological discovery, the sea represents a significant source of organisms producing novel secondary metabolites with interesting bioactivities. Of the available biological material, fungi have received increasing consideration, both due to their pervasive occurrence in varying habitats as well as their aptitude to develop symbiotic associations with higher organisms in numerous contexts. In many cases, fungal strains have been reported as the real producers of drugs originally extracted from marine plants and animals. Due to the constantly increasing number of marine-derived fungi yielding valuable bioactive products, it is now appropriate to present these findings to a recipient audience in a more organized form. This Special Issue of Marine Drugs, entitled “Bioactive Compounds from Marine-Derived Aspergillus, Penicillium, Talaromyces, and Trichoderma Species"" is specifically focused on a few genera of ascomycetous fungi which are widespread regarding marine contexts and are particularly inclined to establishing symbiotic relationships. For this project, we welcome submissions of full research papers, short notes, and review articles reporting the discovery and characterization of products showing antibiotic, antitumor, antiviral, insecticidal, antimalarial, antifouling, antioxidant, plant growth-promoting and/or resistance-inducing, as well as other less-exploited activities.

Marine Glycosides

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ISBN: 9783038979029 9783038979036 Year: Pages: 264 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-903-6 Language: eng
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Subject: Medicine (General) --- Therapeutics
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In recent years, there has been a steady increase in the publication of papers on the chemistry, biology, and potential clinical uses of marine glycosides. Indeed, more than half of the papers published in this field are less than a decade old. Glycosides have been isolated from species as diverse as algae, fungi, anthozoans, and echinoderms. Even fish of the genus Pardachirus produce glycosides, which they use as shark repellents.The major interest in these compounds as potential drugs stems from their broad spectrum of biological effects. They have been shown to have antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, immune modulatory, and anticancer effects. The anticancer effects of marine glycosides include cell cycle suppression, the induction of apoptosis, and the inhibition of migration, invasion, and metastasis, as well as antiangiogenesis. Marine glycosides influence membrane permeability and have been shown to influence membrane transport at the molecular level through effects on transport carriers and pumps, as well as effects on ligand-gated and voltage-gated channels. Various marine glycosides have been shown to activate sphingomyelinase and ceramide synthesis, to inhibit topoisomerase activity, receptor tyrosine kinase activity, and multidrug resistance protein activity, and to antagonize eicosanoid receptors.This Special Issue covers the entire scope of marine organism-derived glycosides that are of potential value as pharmaceutical agents or leads. These include, but are not limited to, tetracyclic triterpene glycosides, other triterpene glycosides, steroid glycosides, and glycosides of non-isoprenoid aglycones.

Silver Nano/microparticles: Modification and Applications

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ISBN: 9783039211777 / 9783039211784 Year: Pages: 206 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-178-4 Language: eng
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Technology (General) --- General and Civil Engineering
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Nano/micro-size particles are widely applied in various fields. Among the various particles, silver particles are considered among the most prominent nanomaterials in the biomedical and industrial sectors because of their favorable physical, chemical, and biological characteristics. Thus, numerous studies have been conducted to evaluate their properties and utilize them in various applications, such as diagnostics, anti-bacterial and anti-cancer therapeutics, and optoelectronics. The properties of silver particles are strongly influenced by their size, morphological shape, and surface characteristics, which can be modified by diverse synthetic methods, reducing agents, and stabilizers. This Special Issue provides a range of original contributions detailing the synthesis, modification, properties, and applications of silver materials. Nine outstanding papers describing examples of the most recent advances in silver nano/microparticles are included. Silver nano/micro-size particles have many potential advantages as next-generation materials in various areas, including nanomedicine. This Special Issue might be helpful to understand the value of silver particles in the biomedical and industrial fields

Isolation and Structure Elucidation of Bioactive Compounds (Dedicated to the memory of the late Professor Charles D. Hufford)

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ISBN: 9783038977803 9783038977810 Year: Pages: 276 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-781-0 Language: eng
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Science (General) --- Chemistry (General)
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We are very pleased to introduce the Book Version of our Special Issue in Molecules dedicated to the memory of the late Professor Dr. Charles D. Hufford. The issue has been a huge success, with 22 full-length peer-reviewed papers and a tribute by Professor Alice M.Clark. Authors, reviewers, and collaborators from many countries across the worldhave contributed to this endeavour, and we are truly grateful to all. This Special Issue isrepresentative of the broad impact that “Charlie” had on the field of bioactive naturalproducts. This Special Issue comprises papers from Professor Hufford’s former students,colleagues, and collaborators throughout the world who have utilized a wide array ofstate-of-the-art techniques to examine diverse natural sources to isolate and identify avariety of natural products with a wide spectrum of biological activities, including somenew microbial transformations and insights into bioactive molecules. Many new bioactive compounds are described and reported here for the first time. Bioactivities reportedinclude cytotoxicity, antimicrobial activity, anti-inflammatory activity, antileishmanialactivity, antitrypanosomal activity, antimalarial activity, analgesic activity, and beneficialliver activities, just to name a few. This Special Issue will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on the field of bioactive natural products, as exemplified by the career of Dr. Hufford.Lastly, without the timely and outstanding contributions from all of you, this Special Issue would not have been possible. We thank you all very much for your contributions and your time devoted to this Special Issue in memory of a special person. Finally, we express ourgratitude and thanks to the journal Molecules and their excellent team of expert reviewers for giving us the support and opportunity to make this Special Issue a huge success!

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fusidic acid --- Cunninghamella echinulata --- C-26-oxidation --- C-27-oxidation --- Morus alba L. --- aldose reductase inhibitor --- neuroprotective agent --- natural products --- Mitracarpus scaber Zucc. --- pentalogin --- anti-inflammatory --- MS/MS --- Il-8 --- Crinum amabile --- augustine N-oxide --- buphanisine N-oxide --- biological activities --- Cryptococcus neoformans --- cryptococcosis --- HepG2 --- Prosopis glandulosa --- prosopilosidine --- amphotericin B --- fluconazole --- resveratrol --- dietary supplement --- gastro-resistant --- microparticles --- obesity --- HPLC --- Jatropha pelargoniifolia --- alkaloids --- flavonoids --- coumarinolignans --- diterpenes --- anti-inflammatory --- analgesic --- antipyretic --- Cochlospermum vitifolium --- Cochlospermaceae --- flavonoids --- lignans --- aromatic compounds --- carotenoids --- sterols --- liver activity --- Arthrinium sp. --- chromone --- polyketide --- antioxidant activity --- Rubiaceae --- jenipapo --- HPLC-ESI-IT-MS/MS --- flavonoids glycosides --- Baccharis --- antimalarial activity --- antitrypanosomal activity --- insecticidal activity --- GC/MS --- DNA barcoding --- microscopy --- antibacterial --- channel catfish --- columnaris disease --- Flavobacterium columnare --- stilbenes --- muscadine --- pyranoanthocyanin --- anti-leishmanial activity --- Leishmania donovani --- maleimides --- cytotoxicity --- SAR --- phlorogluciniol --- acylphloroglucinol --- anti-inflammatory --- iNOS --- NF-?B --- endophytic fungi --- sesterterpene --- cytotoxic activity --- pancreatic cancer --- Stevia rebaudiana --- diterpene glycosides --- rebaudioside A isomers --- 13(S)-hydroxyatisenoic acid derivative --- iso-stevioside X-ray structure --- Litsea cubeba --- cytotoxicity --- isolation and elucidation --- lignans --- antimicrobial resistance --- multi-drug resistant (MDR) --- methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) --- Zingiber monatnum --- terpenes --- (E)-8(17),12-labdadiene-15,16-dial --- zerumbol --- microbial transformation --- hop prenylflavanone --- isoxanthohumol --- cardiomyogenesis --- factor VII --- factor X --- inflammation --- thrombosis --- vasculogenesis --- herbal medicine --- n/a --- Nemania --- Xylariaceae --- Torreya taxifolia --- plant pathogenic and endophytic fungi --- cytochalasins --- malaria --- cytotoxicity --- phytotoxicity --- acacetin 7-methyl ether --- acacetin --- monoamine oxidase-A --- monoamine oxidase-B --- molecular docking --- molecular dynamics --- neurological disorder --- Turnera diffusa

Lignans

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ISBN: 9783038979081 / 9783038979098 Year: Pages: 384 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-909-8 Language: eng
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Science (General) --- Chemistry (General) --- Organic Chemistry
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Lignans are a class of natural products found mainly in plants. They have a wide variety of structures and exhibit a range of potent biological activities. Lignans are also well-known components of a number of widely eaten foods and are frequently studied for their dietary impact. Owing to these factors, lignans have been extensively studied by scientists from a large number of disciplines. This collection of research and review articles describes topics ranging in scope from the recent isolation and structural elucidation of new lignans, strategies towards the chemical synthesis of lignans, assessment of their biological activities and potential for further therapeutic development. Research showing the impact of lignans in the food and agricultural industries is also presented.

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lignans --- chemometrics --- neolignans --- flavonolignans --- chemical space --- drug-like --- Lespedeza cuneata --- lignan glycoside --- flavonoid glycoside --- cytotoxicity --- adipocyte and osteoblast differentiation --- Bursera --- Burseraceae --- lignans --- lignan --- molecular dynamics --- intermolecular interactions --- graph theory --- lignans --- heilaohu --- tujia ethnomedicine --- chemical characterization --- cytotoxicity --- antioxidant --- cultivar --- environment --- flax --- flavonol --- genetic --- hydroxycinnamic acid --- lignan --- seed --- aryldihydronaphthalene lignan --- arylnaphthalene lignan --- oxidation --- synthesis --- lignans --- dibenzyl butyrolactones --- anti-proliferative --- acyl-Claisen --- stereoselective synthesis --- Schisandra rubriflora --- Schisandra chinensis --- red-flowered Chinese magnolia vine --- Chinese magnolia vine --- lignans --- phytochemical analysis --- UHPLC-MS/MS --- anti-inflammatory activity --- LOX --- COX --- sPLA2 --- lignans --- neolignans --- Lauraceae --- chemical components --- chemical structures --- dietary lignans --- national databases --- food groups --- dietary intake --- harmonized databases --- lignans --- in silico studies --- podophyllotoxin --- antibacterial activity --- acetylcholinesterase inhibitors --- antioxidant activity --- cytotoxicity --- natural products --- total synthesis --- lignan --- Bursera fagaroides --- podophyllotoxin-type lignans --- cell cycle --- cell migration --- epiboly --- microtubules --- F-actin --- cancer --- lignans --- animal health --- cattle --- enterolignan --- human health --- pharmacokinetic --- ruminant --- secoisolariciresinol diglucoside --- Lignan --- bitterness --- taste-active compound --- quantification --- oak ageing --- lignans --- norlignans --- 9-norlignans --- semisynthesis --- hydroxymatairesinol --- bioactivity --- lignans --- oxidation --- lignans --- diet --- antioxidants --- health promotion --- chronic diseases --- Schisandrae Chinensis Fructus --- wild --- cultivated --- multiple bioactive components --- simultaneous quantitation

Smart Nanovesicles for Drug Targeting and Delivery

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ISBN: 9783038978947 / 9783038978954 Year: Pages: 198 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-895-4 Language: eng
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Medicine (General) --- Therapeutics
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Nanovesicles are highly-promising systems for the delivery and/or targeting of drugs, biomolecules and contrast agents. Despite the fact that initial studies in this area were performed on phospholipid vesicles, there is an ever-increasing interest in the use of other molecules to obtain smart vesicular carriers focusing on strategies for targeted delivery. These systems can be obtained using newly synthesized smart molecules, or by intelligent design of opportune carriers to achieve specific delivery to the site of action.

Biological Efficacy of Natural and Chemically Modified Products against Oral Inflammatory Lesions

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ISBN: 9783038979920 / 9783038979937 Year: Pages: 212 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-993-7 Language: eng
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Medicine (General) --- Therapeutics
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Oral health is general health. If the oral cavity is kept healthy, the whole body is always healthy. Bacteria in the oral cavity do not stay in the oral cavity, but rather they travel throughout the body and can induce various diseases. Periodontal pathogens are involved in tooth loss. The number of remaining teeth decreases with age. People with more residual teeth can bite food well and live longer with lower incidence of dementia. There are many viruses in the oral cavity that also cause various diseases. Bacteria and viruses induce and aggravate inflammation, and therefore should be removed from the oral cavity. In the natural world, there are are many as yet undiscovered antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory substances. These natural substances, as well as chemically modified derivatives, help our oral health and lead us to more fulfilling, high quality lives. This Special Issue, entitled “Biological Efficacy of Natural and Chemically Modified Products against Oral Inflammatory Lesions”, was written by specialists from a diverse variety of fields. It serves to provide readers with up-to-date information on incidence rates in each age group, etiology and treatment of stomatitis, and to investigate the application of such treatments as oral care and cosmetic materials.

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metabolomics --- oral cell --- benzaldehyde --- eugenol --- inflammation --- cytotoxicity --- stomatitis --- recurrent aphthous stomatitis --- oral lichen planus --- CCN2 --- glucocorticoids --- alkaloids --- anti-human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) --- antiviral --- natural product --- human virus --- inflammatory disease --- stomatitis --- periodontitis --- anti-osteoclast activity --- cepharanthin --- herbal medicine --- natural product --- arachidonic acid cascade --- allergic rhinitis --- mice --- quercetin --- thioredoxin --- nasal epithelial cell --- production --- increase --- in vitro --- in vivo --- nutritionally variant streptococci --- antimicrobial susceptibilities --- oral microbiota --- infective endocarditis --- kampo formula --- traditional Japanese herbal medicine --- stomatitis --- mucositis --- Hangeshashinto --- polyphenol --- chromone --- lignin-carbohydrate complex --- alkaline extract --- Kampo medicine --- glucosyltransferase --- angiotensin II blocker --- QSAR analysis --- oral diseases --- dental application --- Chinese herbal remedies --- stomatitis --- periodontitis --- Kampo --- traditional medicine --- Jixueteng --- Juzentaihoto --- technical terms --- gargle --- tongue diagnosis --- mastic --- pathogenic factors --- quantitative structure-activity relationship --- machine learning --- random forest --- natural products --- tumour-specificity --- Kampo medicine --- constituent plant extract --- stomatitis --- oral inflammation --- quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) analysis --- metabolomics

Tribological Performance of Artificial Joints

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ISBN: 9783039210787 / 9783039210794 Year: Pages: 178 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-079-4 Language: eng
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Subject: Medicine (General) --- Surgery
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Joint replacement is a very successful medical treatment. However, the survivorship of the implants could be adversely affected due to the loss of materials in the form of particles or ions as the bearing surfaces articulate against earch other. The consequent tissue and immune response to the wear products, remain one of the key factors of their failure. Tribology has been defined as the science and technology of interacting surfaces in relative motion and all related wear products (e.g., particles, ions, etc.). Over the last few decades, in an attempt to understand and improve joint replacement technology, the tribological performance of several material combinations have been studied experimentally and assessed clinically. In addition, research has focused on the biological effects and long term consequences of wear products. Improvements have been made in manufacturing processes, precision engineering capabilities, device designs and materials properties in order to minimize wear and friction and maximize component longevity in vivo.

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