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Selenite-substituted hydroxyapatite (Se-HA) with different Se/P ratios was synthesized by a co-precipitation method, using sodium selenite (Na2SeO3) as a Se source. Selenium has been incorporated into the hydroxyapatite lattice by partially replacing phosphate (PO4(3-)) groups with selenite (SeO3(2-)) groups. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier-transform(More)
Bacterial nanocellulose (BNC) was biosynthesized by Gluconacetobacter xylinus. The surface area, physicochemical structure and morphology of the materials were characterized. Here provides a method for an efficient production of uniform BNC, which is beneficial for the fast characterization and evaluation of BNC. In vitro cytotoxicity of the materials was(More)
In this study, we show that degradable particles of a hydrophobic polymer can effectively deliver drugs to tumors after i.v. administration. Free-standing nanoparticles with diameters of 100-300 nm were successfully fabricated from highly hydrophobic, biodegradable poly(omega-pentadecalactone-co-butylene-co-succinate) (PPBS) copolyesters. PPBS copolymers(More)
The encapsulation of hydrophilic drug in polymeric nanoparticles with high loading remains a challenge due to the rapid penetration of the drug to the external aqueous phase. In order to improve the encapsulation efficiency of daunorubicin (DNR) in poly(D,L-lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) and poly(D,L-lactic acid) (PDLLA) nanoparticles, we fabricated a(More)
Biocompatible tissue-borne crystalline nanoparticles releasing anticancer therapeutic inorganic elements are intriguing therapeutics holding the promise for both tissue repair and cancer therapy. However, how the therapeutic inorganic elements released from the lattice of such nanoparticles induce tumor inhibition remains unclear. Here we use selenium-doped(More)
Hydroxyapatite (HA) doped with trace elements has attracted much attention recently owing to its excellent biological functions. Herein, we use a facile co-precipitation method to incorporate selenium into HA by adding sodium selenite during synthesis. The obtained selenium-substituted HA products are needle-like nanoparticles which have  size and(More)
Element-substituted hydroxyapatite (HA) based nanocomposites have become a promising therapeutic material for improving bone defect repair. Selenium substituted HA nanoparticles can both induce apoptosis of bone tumor cells and enhance osteointegration. However, the effect of selenite ions on the proteins in combination with the HA nanoparticles remains to(More)
The self-assembly of apatite and proteins is a critical process to induce the formation of the bones and teeth in vertebrates. Although hierarchical structures and biomineralization mechanisms of the mineralized tissues have been intensively studied, most researches focus on the self-assembly biomimetic route using one single-molecular template, while the(More)
Heparinized biomaterials exhibit great anticoagulant properties. However, they promote proliferation of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and therefore cause infection within the bloodstream upon implantation in vivo. In the present study, an interesting dual-functional composite with anticoagulant and antibacterial properties based on heparinized silk(More)
Selenite-doped bone mineral nanoparticles can retard the growth of osteosarcoma in a nude mice model, through sustained release of selenite ions. The selenite ions released from the nanoparticles through a degradation-mediated fashion inhibit tumor metastasis. Blood routine analysis indicates that selenite ions can also improve the functions of liver,(More)