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Acta Biomaterialia

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941654/soft-tissue-fillers-for-adipose-tissue-regeneration-from-hydrogel-development-toward-clinical-applications
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I Van Nieuwenhove, L Tytgat, M Ryx, P Blondeel, F Stillaert, H Thienpont, H Ottevaere, P Dubruel, S Van Vlierberghe
There is a clear and urgent clinical need to develop soft tissue fillers that outperform the materials currently used for adipose tissue reconstruction. Recently, extensive research has been performed within this field of adipose tissue engineering as the commercially available products and the currently existing techniques are concomitant with several disadvantages. Commercial products are highly expensive and associated with an imposing need for repeated injections. Lipofilling or free fat transfer has an unpredictable outcome with respect to cell survivalandpotential resorption of the fat grafts...
September 20, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941653/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-study-of-the-application-of-volvox-spheres-to-co-culture-vehicles-in-liver-tissue-engineering
#2
Siou Han Chang, Han Hsiang Huang, Pei Leun Kang, Yu Chian Wu, Ming-Huang Chang, Shyh Ming Kuo
Volvox sphere is a biomimetic concept of a natural Volvox, wherein a large outer sphere contains smaller inner spheres, which can encapsulate cells and provide a double-layer three-dimensional environment for culturing cells. This study simultaneously encapsulated rat mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and AML12 hepatocytes in volvox spheres and extensively evaluated the effects of various culturing modes on cell functions and fates. The results showed that compared with a static flask culture, MSCs encapsulated in volvox spheres differentiated into hepatocyte-like cells with a 2-fold increase in albumin (ALB) expression and a 2...
September 20, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941652/silk-scaffolds-in-bone-tissue-engineering-an-overview
#3
REVIEW
Promita Bhattacharjee, Banani Kundu, Deboki Naskar, Hae-Won Kim, Tapas K Maiti, Debasis Bhattacharya, Subhas C Kundu
Bone tissue plays multiple roles in our day-to-day functionality. The frequency of accidental bone damage and disorder is increasing worldwide. Moreover, as the world population continues to grow, the percentage of the elderly population continues to grow, which results in an increased number of bone degenerative diseases. This increased elderly population pushes the need for artificial bone implants that specifically employ biocompatible materials. A vast body of literature is available on the use of silk in bone tissue engineering...
September 20, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28939354/a-deep-learning-approach-to-estimate-chemically-treated-collagenous-tissue-nonlinear-anisotropic-stress-strain-responses-from-microscopy-images
#4
Liang Liang, Minliang Liu, Wei Sun
Biological collagenous tissues comprised of networks of collagen fibers are suitable for a broad spectrum of medical applications owing to their attractive mechanical properties. In this study, we developed a noninvasive approach to estimate collagenous tissue elastic properties directly from microscopy images using Machine Learning (ML) techniques. Glutaraldehyde-treated bovine pericardium (GLBP) tissue, widely used in the fabrication of bioprosthetic heart valves and vascular patches, was chosen to develop a representative application...
September 19, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927933/azopolymer-photopatterning-for-directional-control-of-angiogenesis
#5
Chiara Fedele, Maria De Gregorio, Paolo A Netti, Silvia Cavalli, Chiara Attanasio
Understanding cellular behavior in response to microenvironmental stimuli is central to tissue engineering. An increasing number of reports emphasize the high sensitivity of cells to the physical characteristics of the surrounding milieu and in particular, topographical cues. In this work, we investigated the influence of dynamic topographic signal presentation on sprout formation and the possibility to obtain a space-time control over sprouting directionality without growth factors, in order to investigate the contribution of just topography in the angiogenic process...
September 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927931/polyurethane-foam-scaffold-as-in-vitro-model-for-breast-cancer-bone-metastasis
#6
Valentina Angeloni, Nicola Contessi, Cinzia De Marco, Serena Bertoldi, Maria Cristina Tanzi, Maria Grazia Daidone, Silvia Farè
Breast cancer (BC) represents the most incident cancer case in women (29%), with high mortality rate. Bone metastasis occurs in 20-50% cases and, despite advances in BC research, the interactions between tumor cells and the metastatic microenvironment are still poorly understood. In vitro 3D models gained great interest in cancer research, thanks to the reproducibility, the 3D spatial cues and associated low costs, compared to in vivo and 2D in vitro models. In this study, we investigated the suitability of a poly-ether-urethane (PU) foam as 3D in vitro model to study the interactions between BC tumor-initiating cells and the bone microenvironment...
September 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927928/discerning-the-composition-of-penetratin-for-safe-penetration-from-cornea-to-retina
#7
Kuan Jiang, Xin Gao, Qing Shen, Changyou Zhan, Yanyu Zhang, Cao Xie, Gang Wei, Weiyue Lu
Delivery of biomacromolecules into the eye is greatly hindered by several protective barriers. The cell-penetrating peptide, penetratin, has been found to be an effective absorption enhancer for noninvasive intraocular gene delivery. To discern the composition of penetratin for safe penetration from cornea to retina, we designed a series of penetratin derivatives by varying the hydrophobicity and evaluated their potency for retina-targeted delivery. The hydrophilic amino acids of penetratin, excluding the conserved basic amino acid residues, were respectively replaced with tryptophan...
September 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923539/efficient-vegf-targeting-delivery-of-dox-using-bevacizumab-conjugated-sio2-ldh-for-anti-neuroblastoma-therapy
#8
Rongrong Zhu, Zhaoqi Wang, Peng Liang, Xiaolie He, Xizhen Zhuang, Ruiqi Huang, Mei Wang, Qigang Wang, Yechang Qian, Shilong Wang
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) plays an important role in angiogenesis and is highly expressed in carcinoma, which make it an important target for tumor targeting therapy. Neuroblastoma is the main cause for cancer-related death in children. Like most solid tumors, it is also accompanied with the overexpression of VEGF. Doxorubicin Hydrochloride (DOX), a typical chemotherapeutic agent, exhibits efficient anticancer activities for various cancers. However, DOX, without targeting ability, usually causes severe damage to normal tissues...
September 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923538/three-dimensional-nano-architected-scaffolds-with-tunable-stiffness-for-efficient-bone-tissue-growth
#9
Alessandro Maggi, Hanqing Li, Julia R Greer
The precise mechanisms that lead to orthopedic implant failure are not well understood; it is believed that the micromechanical environment at the bone-implant interface regulates structural stability of an implant. In this work, we seek to understand how the 3D mechanical environment of an implant affects bone formation during early osteointegration. We employed two-photon lithography (TPL) direct laser writing to fabricate 3-dimensional rigid polymer scaffolds with tetrakaidecahedral periodic geometry, herewith referred to as nanolattices, whose strut dimensions were on the same order as osteoblasts' focal adhesions (∼2μm) and pore sizes on the order of cell size, ∼10μm...
September 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927932/chitosan-doxycycline-hydrogel-an-mmp-inhibitor-sclerosing-embolizing-agent-as-a-new-approach-to-endoleak-prevention-and-treatment-after-endovascular-aneurysm-repair
#10
Fatemeh Zehtabi, Pompilia Ispas-Szabo, Djahida Djerir, Lojan Sivakumaran, Borhane Annabi, Gilles Soulez, Mircea Alexandru Mateescu, Sophie Lerouge
The success of endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms remains limited due to the development of endoleaks. Sac embolization has been proposed to manage endoleaks, but current embolizing materials are associated with frequent recurrence. An injectable agent that combines vascular occlusion and sclerosing properties has demonstrated promise for the treatment of endoleaks. Moreover, the inhibition of aneurysmal wall degradation via matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) may further prevent aneurysm progression...
September 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927930/biodegradable-and-adjustable-sol-gel-glass-based-hybrid-scaffolds-from-multi-armed-oligomeric-building-blocks
#11
Christian Kascholke, Stephan Hendrikx, Tobias Flath, Dzmitry Kuzmenka, Hans-Martin Dörfler, Dirk Schumann, Mathias Gressenbuch, F Peter Schulze, Michaela Schulz-Siegmund, Michael C Hacker
Biodegradability is a crucial characteristic to improve the clinical potential of sol-gel-derived glass materials. To this end, a set of degradable organic/inorganic class II hybrids from a tetraethoxysilane(TEOS)-derived silica sol and oligovalent cross-linker oligomers containing oligo(D,L-lactide) domains was developed and characterized. A series of 18 oligomers (Mn: 1100-3200 Da) with different degrees of ethoxylation and varying length of oligoester units was established and chemical composition was determined...
September 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927929/mechanical-characterization-of-structurally-porous-biomaterials-built-via-additive-manufacturing-experiments-predictive-models-and-design-maps-for-load-bearing-bone-replacement-implants
#12
D Melancon, Z S Bagheri, R B Johnston, L Liu, M Tanzer, D Pasini
Porous biomaterials can be additively manufactured with micro-architecture tailored to satisfy the stringent mechano-biological requirements imposed by bone replacement implants. In a previous investigation, we introduced structurally porous biomaterials, featuring strength five times stronger than commercially available porous materials, and confirmed their bone ingrowth capability in an in-vivo canine model. While encouraging, the manufactured biomaterials showed geometric mismatches between their internal porous architecture and that of its as-designed counterpart, as well as discrepancies between predicted and tested mechanical properties, issues not fully elucidated...
September 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919512/strontium-and-magnesium-ions-released-from-bioactive-titanium-metal-promote-early-bone-bonding-in-a-rabbit-implant-model
#13
Yaichiro Okuzu, Shunsuke Fujibayashi, Seiji Yamaguchi, Koji Yamamoto, Takayoshi Shimizu, Takashi Sono, Koji Goto, Bungo Otsuki, Tomiharu Matsushita, Tadashi Kokubo, Shuichi Matsuda
We have previously developed the "alkali and heat treatment" method to confer bioactivity (bone-bonding ability) to titanium metal (Ti). As strontium (Sr) and magnesium (Mg) ions reportedly promote osteoblastic cell proliferation and differentiation and accelerate bone formation, we improved this method to induce the release of Sr (Sr-Ti) or Mg (Mg-Ti) ions from Ti in a previous study. Here, we evaluated the bioactivity of these novel surface treatments, Sr-Ti and Mg-Ti. In vitro evaluation of cell viability, expression of integrin β1, β catenin, and cyclin D1, osteogenic gene expression, alkaline phosphatase activity, and extracellular mineralization using MC3T3-E1 cells revealed that Sr-Ti and Mg-Ti enhanced proliferation and osteogenic differentiation...
September 14, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919511/viscoelastic-properties-of-%C3%AE-keratin-fibers-in-hair
#14
Yang Yu, Wen Yang, Marc André Meyers
Considerable viscoelasticity and strain-rate sensitivity are a characteristic in α-keratin fibers, which can be considered a biopolymer. The understanding of viscoelasticity is an important part to the knowledge of the overall mechanical properties of these biological materials. Here, horse and human hairs are examined to analyze the sources of this response. The dynamic mechanical response of α-keratin fibers over a range of frequencies and temperatures is analyzed using a dynamic mechanical analyzer. The α-keratin fibers behave more elastically at higher frequencies while they become more viscous at higher temperatures...
September 14, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919510/magnesium-mg-based-interference-screws-developed-for-promoting-tendon-graft-incorporation-in-bone-tunnel-in-rabbits
#15
Jiali Wang, Jiankun Xu, Bin Song, Dick Hokiu Chow, Patrick Shu-Hang Yung, Ling Qin
How to enhance tendon graft incorporation into bone tunnels for achieving satisfactory healing outcomes in patients with anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) is one of the most challenging clinical problems in orthopaedic sports medicine. Several studies have recently reported the beneficial effects of Mg implants in bone fracture healing, indicating the use potential of Mg devices in promoting the tendon graft osteointegration. Here, we developed an innovative Mg-based interference screws for fixation of the tendon graft in rabbits underwent ACLR and investigated the biological role of Mg-based implants in the graft healing...
September 14, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919509/molecular-and-macro-scale-analysis-of-enzyme-crosslinked-silk-hydrogels-for-rational-biomaterial-design
#16
Meghan McGill, Jeannine M Coburn, Benjamin P Partlow, Xuan Mu, David L Kaplan
Silk fibroin-based hydrogels have exciting applications in tissue engineering and therapeutic molecule delivery; however, their utility is dependent on their diffusive properties. The present study describes a molecular and macro-scale investigation of enzymatically-crosslinked silk fibroin hydrogels, and demonstrates that these systems have tunable crosslink density and diffusivity. We developed a liquid chromatography tandem mass spectroscopy (LC-MS/MS) method to assess the quantity and order of covalent tyrosine crosslinks in the hydrogels...
September 14, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919508/pro-inflammatory-chitosan-poly-%C3%AE-glutamic-acid-nanoparticles-modulate-human-antigen-presenting-cells-phenotype-and-revert-their-pro-invasive-capacity
#17
Flávia Castro, Marta L Pinto, Andreia M Silva, Catarina L Pereira, Graciosa Q Teixeira, Maria Gomez-Lazaro, Susana G Santos, Mário A Barbosa, Raquel M Gonçalves, Maria J Oliveira
Anticancer immune responses depend on efficient presentation of tumor antigens and co-stimulatory signals provided by antigen-presenting cells (APCs). However, it is described that immature dendritic cells (DCs) and macrophages at the tumor site may have an immunosuppressive profile, which limits the activity of effector T cells and supports tumor progression. Therapeutic targeting of these innate immune cells, either aiming at their elimination or re-polarization towards an immunostimulatory profile, has been pointed as an attractive approach to control tumor progression...
September 14, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919507/tissue-engineered-magnetic-cell-sheet-patches-for-advanced-strategies-in-tendon-regeneration
#18
Ana I Gonçalves, Márcia T Rodrigues, Manuela E Gomes
Tendons are powerful 3D biomechanically structures combining a few cells in an intrincated and highly hierarchical niche environment. When tendon homeostasis is compromised, restoration of functionality upon injury is limited and requires alternatives to current augmentation or replacement strategies. Cell sheet technologies are a powerful tool for the fabrication of living extracellular-rich patches towards regeneration of tenotopic defects. Thus, we originally propose the development of magnetically responsive tenogenic patches through magnetic cell sheet (magCSs) technology that enable the remote control upon implantation of the tendon-mimicking constructs...
September 14, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917706/the-effects-of-needle-damage-on-annulus-fibrosus-micromechanics
#19
Claudio Vergari, Jessica C Mansfield, Daniel Chan, Andrew Clarke, Judith R Meakin, Peter C Winlove
Needle puncture of the intervertebral disc can initiate a mechanical and biochemical cascade leading to disc degeneration. Puncture's mechanical effects have been shown near the puncture site, mechanical effects should be observed far, relative to needle size, from the puncture site, given the disc-wide damage induced by the stab. The aim of this work was to quantify these far-field effects, and to observe the local structural damage provoked by the needle. Strips of cow tail annulus fibrosus underwent two consecutive mechanical loadings to 5% tensile strain; fifteen samples were punctured in a radial direction with a randomly assigned needle between the two loadings (needle gauges between 19 and 23)...
September 13, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917705/long-term-retention-of-ecm-hydrogel-after-implantation-into-a-sub-acute-stroke-cavity-reduces-lesion-volume
#20
Harmanvir Ghuman, Madeline Gerwig, Francesca J Nicholls, Jessie Liu, Julia Donnelly, Stephen F Badylak, Michel Modo
Salvaging or functional replacement of damaged tissue caused by stroke in the brain remains a major therapeutic challenge. In situ gelation and retention of a hydrogel bioscaffold composed of 8 mg/mL extracellular matrix (ECM) can induce a robust invasion of cells within 24 hours and potentially promote a structural remodeling to replace lost tissue. Herein, we demonstrate a long-term retention of ECM hydrogel within the lesion cavity. A decrease of approximately 32% of ECM volume is observed over 12 weeks...
September 13, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
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