Special Issue "Functional Materials for Healthcare"

A special issue of Journal of Functional Biomaterials (ISSN 2079-4983).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 October 2017)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Francesco Puoci

Dipartimento di Scienze Farmaceutiche, Università della Calabria, Edificio Polifunzionale, Arcavacata di Rende (CS) 87036, Italy
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Interests: molecularly imprinted polymers; functional materials for biomedical applications
Guest Editor
Dr. Maria Rosaria Plutino

Institute for the Study of Nanostructured Materials, ISMN – CNR, Palermo, c/o Department of ChiBioFarAm, University of Messina, Viale F. Stagno d’Alcontres 31, Vill. S. Agata, 98166 Messina (Me), Italy
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Interests: transition metal complex; supramolecular assemblies; hybrid functional nanomaterials; nanocomposites coating synthesis
Guest Editor
Dr. Giuseppe Rosace

Department of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of Bergamo, Viale Marconi 5, 24044 Dalmine (Bg), Italy
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Interests: colloidal chemistry; synthesis and characterization of organic-inorganic hybrid materials; polymer surfaces functionalization
Guest Editor
Prof. Maria Stefania Sinicropi

Department of Pharmacy, Health and Nutritional Sciences, University of Calabria , 87036 Rende (CS) – Italy
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Interests: design, synthesis and biological evaluation of compounds with pharmaceutical interest

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Workshop: Functional Materials for Healthcare (Fun4Health; Rende, Italy: 6 April, 2017) hopes to be an opportunity for the presentation of innovative advances in the design and synthesis of functional materials with applications in healthcare areas. The biomaterials field is, indeed, one of the largest and fastest-growing multidisciplinary research areas, both in the scientific community and in industry. As a matter of fact, they are expected to open up new possibilities and applications in diagnostics, therapy, smart textiles, drug delivery, and tissue repair and regeneration. This Special Issue selects excellent papers and reviews from the forthcoming FUN4Health and is useful as a forum for communicating the latest findings and trends in the study of biomedical materials. The materials and topics of interest are broad and include many different aspects, including those covered by the keywords below.

Prof. Dr. Francesco Puoci
Dr. Giuseppe Rosace
Dr. Maria Rosaria Plutino
Prof. Maria Stefania Sinicropi
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Biomaterials
  • Functional nanomaterials
  • Smart systems
  • drug delivery
  • tissue regeneration
  • molecular imprinted polymers
  • controlled release
  • sol-gel technique
  • nanocomposite coating
  • pharmaceuticals

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Open AccessBrief Report Sujiaonori-Derived Algal Biomaterials Inhibit Allergic Reaction in Allergen-Sensitized RBL-2H3 Cell Line and Improve Skin Health in Humans
J. Funct. Biomater. 2017, 8(3), 37; doi:10.3390/jfb8030037
Received: 12 August 2017 / Revised: 25 August 2017 / Accepted: 28 August 2017 / Published: 29 August 2017
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Sujiaonori, a river alga growing in the Kochi prefecture, Japan, contains several bioactive compounds such as sulfated polysaccharides (ulvans), ω-3 fatty acids, and vitamins. Dietary intake of this alga-based supplement has been reported to increase circulatory adiponectin, a salutary hormone that is reported
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Sujiaonori, a river alga growing in the Kochi prefecture, Japan, contains several bioactive compounds such as sulfated polysaccharides (ulvans), ω-3 fatty acids, and vitamins. Dietary intake of this alga-based supplement has been reported to increase circulatory adiponectin, a salutary hormone that is reported to be associated with healthy longevity and prevents a number of cardiovascular and metabolic disorders. This report highlights the anti-allergic and skin health enhancing effects of Sujiaonori-derived ulvan (Tosalvan) and supplement, respectively. RBL-2H3 cell line was used to investigate the anti-allergic effect of algal SP through the evaluation of β-hexosaminidase activity. Algal sulfated polysaccharides or SP (Tosalvan, Yoshino SP) were extracted from powders of dried alga samples provided by local food manufacturers. Report on the effect of daily dietary intake of Sujiaonori-based supplement on skin health is part of a four-week clinical investigation that, in comparison with a supplement made of 70% corn starch powder and 30% spinach powder mixture (twice 3 g daily), explore the beneficial effects of Sujiaonori algal biomaterial (SBM; 3 g taken twice daily) on cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and skin health in a sample of Japanese women. Transepidermal water loss (TEWL) was the skin health marker used in this study and was measured with the use of a corneometer. Significant reduction of β-hexosaminidase activity was observed in Tosalvan and Yoshino SP-treated cells (vs. control; p < 0.05), whereas dietary intake of SBM markedly reduced TEWL level after four weeks of supplementation, as compared to baseline TEWL (p < 0.001). Additionally, SBM improved TEWL better than the control product (p < 0.001). Findings contained in this report suggest that Sujiaonori-derived Tosalvan and Yoshino SP have anti-allergic potential and that the dietary intake of SBM has a beneficial effect on skin health. Full article
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Open AccessCase Report Laxative Effects of Dietary Supplementation with Sujiaonori Algal Biomaterial in Japanese Adult Women with Functional Constipation: A Case Study
J. Funct. Biomater. 2017, 8(2), 15; doi:10.3390/jfb8020015
Received: 14 March 2017 / Revised: 7 May 2017 / Accepted: 11 May 2017 / Published: 15 May 2017
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Constipation is a gastrointestinal motility disorder that represents a major health problem in Japan. Approximately 26% of young Japanese adult women are reported to have this complaint. We report on the health effects of daily intake of Sujiaonori algal biomaterial (SBM) on constipation
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Constipation is a gastrointestinal motility disorder that represents a major health problem in Japan. Approximately 26% of young Japanese adult women are reported to have this complaint. We report on the health effects of daily intake of Sujiaonori algal biomaterial (SBM) on constipation on 12 Japanese adult women. Data are from a four-week dietary intervention study on the health effects of daily Sujiaonori supplementation on cardiovascular, skin, and gastrointestinal health in which 32 adult Japanese volunteers (age range: 20–54 years) participated. They underwent clinical and laboratory investigations, and completed two study questionnaires (the brief diet history questionnaire (BDHQ) and the current health questionnaire) before and after dietary intervention. Of the 12 women volunteers with functional constipation, there were six SBM-supplemented subjects who received 3 g of Sujiaonori powder twice daily during meal, whereas the six others (controls) were from the group of those who took 3 g of a power made of 70% corn starch and 30% Japanese spinach mixture. The analysis of data on daily nutrient intake showed no significant dietary changes for nutrients (minerals, proteins, fiber, fat) and calorie intake (except alcohol intake that was reduced) in both groups. In SBM group, a significant reduction of the proportion of women with constipation was observed (p < 0.001), whereas no significant change was noted within the control group (p > 0.05). When both groups were compared, SBM was more effective than the control product; 66.7% (4/6) of SBM-supplemented women had their constipation relieved, whereas only one control (16.7%) controls benefited from dietary intervention (p < 0.001). In addition, no adverse effect was reported in the SBM group, whereas two controls reported nausea at post-survey. These results suggest that Sujiaonori contains compounds that can improve gastrointestinal function and relieve constipation. Full article
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