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Amniotic tissue graft

C Randall Harrell, Valentin Djonov, Crissy Fellabaum, Vladislav Volarevic
The standard sterilization method for most medical devices over the past 40 years involves gamma irradiation. During sterilization, gamma rays efficiently eliminate microorganisms from the medical devices and tissue allografts, but also significantly change molecular structure of irradiated products, particularly fragile biologics such as cytokines, chemokines and growth factors. Accordingly, gamma radiation significantly alters biomechanical properties of bone, tendon, tracheal, skin, amnion tissue grafts and micronized amniotic membrane injectable products...
2018: International Journal of Medical Sciences
Corey T Walker, Jakub Godzik, U Kumar Kakarla, Jay D Turner, Alexander C Whiting, Peter Nakaji
BACKGROUND: Tethering after spinal surgery is caused by adhesions that arise from intradural tissue manipulation. Microsurgical detethering is the only treatment for symptomatic patients, but retethering occurs commonly and no treatment is widely available to prevent this complication. OBJECTIVE: To apply human amniotic membrane (HAM) grafts, which are immune-privileged and known to possess antifibrogenic properties, in patients requiring microsurgical detethering...
February 22, 2018: Neurosurgery
Tzu-Cheng Sung, Hsing-Fen Li, Akon Higuchi, Qing-Dong Ling, Jia-Sin Yang, Yeh-Chia Tseng, Chih-Hsien Pan Pan, Abdullah A Alarfaj, Murugan A Munusamy, Suresh Kumar, Shih-Tien Hsu, Kadarkarai Murugan
The effect of physical cues, such as the stiffness of biomaterials on the proliferation and differentiation of stem cells, has been investigated by several researchers. However, most of these investigators have used polyacrylamide hydrogels for stem cell culture in their studies. Therefore, their results are controversial because those results might originate from the specific characteristics of the polyacrylamide and not from the physical cue (stiffness) of the biomaterials. Here, we describe a protocol for preparing hydrogels, which are not based on polyacrylamide, where various stem, cells including human embryonic stem (ES) cells and human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, can be cultured...
February 3, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Kanakamedala Anil Kumar, Muppalla Chakravarthy, Shalini Selvarajan, Theyagarajan Ramakrishnan, Geetha Ari
The chief goal of combination therapy using guided tissue regeneration along with bone grafts is to optimally and predictably regenerate the periodontal attachment apparatus. The evolution of regenerative therapy along with careful patient selection and treatment planning can have positive results even in cases which are not ideal. The present case report describes a tooth with a questionable prognosis treated successively by endodontic then periodontal therapy using an amniotic membrane along with a bone graft to treat an intrabony defect...
May 2017: Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology
Francesca Beretti, Manuela Zavatti, Francesca Casciaro, Giuseppina Comitini, Fabrizia Franchi, Veronica Barbieri, Giovanni B La Sala, Tullia Maraldi
It is widely accepted that the therapeutic potential of stem cells can be largely mediated by paracrine factors, also included into exosomes. Thus, stem cell-derived exosomes represent a major therapeutic option in regenerative medicine avoiding, if compared to stem cells graft, abnormal differentiation and tumor formation. Exosomes derived from mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) induce damaged tissue repair, and can also exert immunomodulatory effects on the differentiation, activation and function of different lymphocytes...
January 16, 2018: BioFactors
Jeffrey B Kennedy, Marissa B Larochelle, Michelle G Pedler, J Mark Petrash, Robert W Enzenauer
BACKGROUND: Amniotic membrane grafts (AMGs) are used, with mixed results, as a platform for ocular healing and to reduce pathologic scarring. This study evaluated wound tensile strength and histopathologic changes after strabismus surgery with AMGs in 20 New Zealand white rabbits. METHODS: All subjects underwent 4 mm inferior rectus hang-back recessions to both eyes. The right eyes served as controls. Ten left eyes (group 1) received processed dehydrated amniotic membrane allografts (Ambiodry2, IOP Inc, Costa Mesa, CA) and ten left eyes (group 2) received cryopreserved human amniotic membrane allografts (AmnioGraft, Bio-Tissue, Miami, FL) between the sclera and muscle insertion and between the muscle and repositioned conjunctiva...
February 2018: Journal of AAPOS: the Official Publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Giovanni Campagna, Matthew Adams, Li Wang, Sumitra Khandelwal, Zaina Al-Mohtaseb
PURPOSE: To evaluate the impact of race and ethnicity, surgical technique, and level of surgeon training on recurrence rates after primary pterygium excision. METHODS: A retrospective review of patients who underwent primary pterygium excision at our academic institution was performed. The surgical technique-conjunctival autografting (CAG) or amniotic membrane grafting (AMG)-was chosen at the attending surgeon's discretion, and all surgeries were performed by surgeons in training...
February 2018: Cornea
Kim N Nguyen, Samantha Bobba, Alexander Richardson, Mijeong Park, Stephanie L Watson, Denis Wakefield, Nick Di Girolamo
Limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD) is a complex blinding disease of the cornea, which cannot be treated with conventional corneal transplants. Instead, a stem cell (SC) graft is required to replenish the limbal epithelial stem cell (LESC) reservoir, which is ultimately responsible for regenerating the corneal epithelium. Current therapies utilize limbal tissue biopsies that harbor LESCs as well as tissue culture expanded cells. Typically, this tissue is placed on a scaffold that supports the formation of corneal epithelial cell sheets, which are then transferred to diseased eyes...
January 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Haithem A Farghali, Naglaa A AbdElKader, Marwa S Khattab, Huda O AbuBakr
BACKGROUND: Gastric mucosal defect could result from several causative factors including the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, Helicobacter pylori infection, gastrointestinal and spinal cord diseases, and neoplasia. This study was performed to achieve a novel simple, inexpensive, and effective surgical technique for the repair of gastric mucosal defect. METHODS: Six adult male mongrel dogs were divided into two groups (three dogs each). In the control positive group (C + ve), dogs were subjected to surgical induction of gastric mucosal defect and then treated using traditional medicinal treatment for such a condition...
October 18, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Lianna Ferrari Jorge, Julio C Francisco, Nelson Bergonse, Cristina Baena, Katherine Athayde T Carvalho, Eltyeb Abdelwahid, Jose Rocha Faria Neto, Luiz Felipe Pinho Moreira, Luiz Cesar Guarita-Souza
Surgical correction of tracheal stenosis is still a complex and challenging procedure. Acellular human amniotic membranes (AHAM) represent a promising biomaterial source for tissue regeneration. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether AHAM grafts improve tissue regeneration of the trachea in a rabbit model of tracheostomy. Twenty rabbits were randomized into 2 groups. Animals in the control group underwent surgical tracheostomy only, and animals in the AHAM group underwent surgical tracheostomy and received an AHAM graft that covered the defect site...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Katie C Mowry, Paul P Bonvallet, Susan L Bellis
BACKGROUND: Chronic and recalcitrant wounds present a significant therapeutic challenge. Amniotic tissues contain many regenerative cytokines, growth factors, and extracellular matrix molecules including proteoglycans, hyaluronic acid, and collagens I, III, and IV. Dehydrated amnion/chorion grafts are currently used to treat a variety of wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers and burns. OBJECTIVE: The investigators hypothesized that processing methodologies, dehydration, and hypothermic processing and storage of amniotic tissues would affect overall quality of wound healing; they compared dehydrated amnion/chorion (dHACM) grafts to a novel hypothermically stored amniotic membrane (HSAM) graft in a full-thickness rat wound model...
September 2017: Wounds: a Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice
G P Liao, Y Choi, K Vojnits, H Xue, K Aroom, F Meng, H Y Pan, R A Hetz, C J Corkins, T G Hughes, F Triolo, A Johnson, Kenneth J Moise, K P Lally, C S Cox, Y Li
Tissue engineering is an emerging strategy for repairing damaged tissues or organs. The current study explored using decellularized rat diaphragm scaffolds combined with human amniotic fluid-derived multipotent stromal cells (hAFMSC) to provide a scaffold, stem cell construct that would allow structural barrier function during tissue ingrowth/regeneration. We created an innovative cell infusion system that allowed hAFMSC to embed into scaffolds and then implanted the composite tissues into rats with surgically created left-sided diaphragmatic defects...
2017: Stem Cells International
Adriana M Rodriguez, Karen M Downs
Hypoblast/visceral endoderm assists in amniote nutrition, axial positioning and formation of the gut. Here, we provide evidence, currently limited to humans and non-human primates, that hypoblast is a purveyor of extraembryonic mesoderm in the mouse gastrula. Fate mapping a unique segment of axial extraembryonic visceral endoderm associated with the allantoic component of the primitive streak, and referred to as the "AX", revealed that visceral endoderm supplies the placentae with extraembryonic mesoderm. Exfoliation of the AX was dependent upon contact with the primitive streak, which modulated Hedgehog signaling...
September 5, 2017: Developmental Biology
Alfonso Vasquez-Perez, Mayank A Nanavaty
PURPOSE: To describe a modified allogenic simple limbal epithelial transplant (SLET) technique with large donor tissue explants followed by keratoplasty. METHODS: A 69-year-old with conjunctival melanoma on her left eye developed total limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD) after multiple cycles of topical mitomycin. She also had herpes stromal keratitis while on treatment with mitomycin. She underwent modified allogenic SLET with large donor limbal tissue explants glued on the cornea directly and the amniotic membrane placed over the limbal explants...
July 12, 2017: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
Alireza Azargoon, Babak Negahdari
Respiratory diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary hypertension and lung fibrosis, are yet a major challenge in the world and they result in irreversible structural lung damage. Lung transplantation as the only therapeutic option face some major challenges like graft rejection and cancer, arising as a result of immunosuppression. A low survival rate faced by lung transplantation patients is presently limited to approximately 5 years. Lungs shortage therefore calls for a mechanism that would increase the availability of suitable organs for transplantation...
July 4, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Björn O Bachmann, Stefan Schrader
For the replacement of corneal tissue, corneal grafts or amniotic membrane are still used as a standard material. Since this is biological tissue, there is only a limited standardization regarding preparation, tissue properties and behaviour after transplantation. In addition, there is a risk of disease transmission, and the availability of both human corneas and amniotic membrane is insufficient in many regions of the world, which is why alternative biomaterials have been explored for many years now. Among the natural biomaterials, materials based on collagen or keratin provide characteristics that make them good candidates for corneal tissue replacement...
June 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
D Greg Anderson, Victor Popov, Andrew L Raines, Julie O'Connell
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, randomized controlled trial. OBJECTIVE: To compare pain, physical/mental functional recovery and recurrent herniation for patients following lumbar microdiscectomy with and without the use of a cryopreserved amniotic tissue graft. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Although microdiscectomy procedures are routinely successful for patients with lumbar radiculopathy due to herniated disc disease, residual low back pain, and recurrent herniation remain unsolved clinical problems...
November 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
Dimitri Barski, Holger Gerullis, Thorsten Ecke, Gabriella Varga, Mihaly Boros, Isabel Pintelon, Jean-Pierre Timmermans, Thomas Otto
INTRODUCTION: New biological materials are needed for specific applications in reconstructive bowel surgery and for the prevention of adhesion formation. Amniotic membranes (AMs) are assumed to have a number of unique characteristics that enhance the ingrowth of the surrounding tissue. The aim of the present study was to provide proof of these qualities in a xenograft model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A multilayer human AM (HAM) was applied to repair defined colon wall defects in Sprague-Dawley rats (n = 18)...
May 1, 2017: Surgical Innovation
Pedro Coelho, Carlos Menezes, Pedro Rodrigues, Rita Gonçalves, Tiago Maio, Jorge Moreira, Paula Tenedório
PURPOSE: To report a case of pterygium surgery with conjunctival autograft followed by focal necrotizing scleritis due to foreign body entrapment in the scleral bed. CASE REPORT/RESULTS: This is a case report of a 76-years-old male patient who underwent nasal pterygium surgery and developed focal necrotizing scleritis secondary to foreign body entrapment under conjunctival autograft. One month following surgery, slit-lamp examination demonstrated a progressive thinning of the surgical area with focal inflammatory signs...
January 2017: Case Reports in Ophthalmology
Chen Chen, Shuxin Zheng, Xinke Zhang, Pengxiu Dai, Yongping Gao, Liangliang Nan, Yihua Zhang
The treatment options for patients with a urethral defect are limited by the availability of autologous tissues. We hypothesized that transplantation of decellularized human amniotic scaffolds (dHAS) seeded with allogeneic bone marrow mesenchymal cells (BMSCs) and/or endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) may serve as a promising repair strategy for long segment of circumferential urethral defect. To verify the hypothesis, with urinary catheterization, a 3-cm segment of whole urethra in 25 male mongrel dogs was excised and replaced by dHAS seeded with allogeneic BMSCs and/or EPCs...
August 22, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
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