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“Novel urethane post-polymerization curable shape memory polymers (SMPs) have been synthesized and characterized. Several series of linear, olefinic urethane polymers were made from 2-butene-1,4-diol, other saturated diols, and various aliphatic diisocyanates. These thermoplastics were melt-processed into desired geometries and thermally crosslinked at 200 degrees C or radiation crosslinked at 50 kGy. The SMPs were characterized by solvent swelling and extraction, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), tensile testing, and qualitative shape recovery analysis. Swelling and
DMA results provided concrete evidence of chemical crosslinking, and further characterization revealed that Doramapimod nmr the urethanes had outstanding mechanical properties. Key properties include tailorable transitions between 25 and 80 degrees C, tailorable rubbery moduli between 0.2 and 4.2 MPa, recoverable strains
approaching 100%, failure strains of over 500% at T(g), and qualitative shape recovery times of less than 12 s at body temperature (37 degrees C). Because of its outstanding SIS3 TGF-beta/Smad inhibitor thermo-mechanical properties, one polyurethane was selected for implementation in the design of a complex medical device. We believe that these new post-polymerization crosslinkable urethane SMPs are an industrially relevant class of highly processable shape memory materials. (C) 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci 121: 144-153, 2011″
“Objective. The objective
of this study was to investigate the prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA in saliva and its possible association with xerostomia and hyposalivation in patients with chronic hepatitis C.
Study design. One hundred and thirty-six patients with confirmed diagnosis of chronic hepatitis C were prospectively analyzed before HCV treatment. The prevalence of xerostomia and hyposalivation was clinically evaluated. HCV RNA AZD1390 ic50 was investigated in saliva samples by qualitative PCR test. Univariate and multivariate analyses were used to verify associations.
Results. Xerostomia was reported by 48 (35.3%) patients, whereas hyposalivation was observed in 26 (19.1%). HCV RNA was positive in the saliva of 53 (39.0%) patients. An association among HCV RNA-positive saliva with xerostomia or hyposalivation was not observed.
Conclusion. Our results demonstrate that the detection of HCV in saliva does not correlate with salivary flow or xerostomia in patients with chronic hepatitis C. (Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod 2010; 109: 851-856)”
“We have successfully prepared PVP/LiCoO2 nanofibers using an electrospinning route. These fibers were composed of very small crystalline grains uniformly linked with an average size. After annealing of the above precursor fibers at 700 degrees C for 12 h, LiCoO2 nanofibers with 95 nm in diameter were composed of crystalline nanoparticles were successfully obtained.