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Maggie S Chen, Yue Zhang, Liangfang Zhang
A biomimetic micro/nanodevice is 3D bioprinted using polyethylene glycol (PEG) hydrogel as the supporting platform, along with the red blood cell (RBC) membrane-coated nanoparticles (RBC-NPs) encapsulated in the hydrogel as the detoxification mechanism. RBC-NPs are prepared through a nanoprecipitation and coating method and then mixed into the poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEGDA) monomer solution for 3D bioprinting through photopolymerization. This resulting detoxification device is engineered with multiple inner channels for the RBC-NPs to nonspecifically soak up the various toxins flowing through the channels...
September 20, 2017: Nanoscale
Naomi Claire Paxton, Willi Smolan, Thomas Böck, Ferry P W Melchels, Juergen Groll, Tomasz Juengst
The development and formulation of printable inks for extrusion-based 3D bioprinting has been a major challenge in the field of biofabrication. Inks, often polymer solutions with the addition of crosslinking to form hydrogels, must not only display adequate mechanical properties for the chosen application, but also show high biocompatibility as well as printability. Here we describe a reproducible two-step method for the assessment of the printability of inks for bioprinting, focussing firstly on screening ink formulations to assess fibre formation and the ability to form 3D constructs before presenting a method for the rheological evaluation of inks to characterise the yield point, shear thinning and recovery behaviour...
September 20, 2017: Biofabrication
Nongping Zhong, Xia Zhao
Three-dimensional (3D) printing is a promising technology that can use a patient's image data to create complex and personalized constructs precisely. It has made great progress over the past few decades and has been widely used in medicine including medical modeling, surgical planning, medical education and training, prosthesis and implants. Three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting is a powerful tool that has the potential to fabricate bioengineered constructs of the desired shape layer-by-layer using computer-aided deposition of living cells and biomaterials...
September 19, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Liciane Sabadin Bertol, Rodrigo Schabbach, Luis Alberto Loureiro Dos Santos
The development of 3D printing hardware, software and materials has enabled the production of bone substitute scaffolds for tissue engineering. Calcium phosphates cements, such as those based on α-tricalcium phosphate (α-TCP), have recognized properties of osteoinductivity, osteoconductivity and resorbability and can be used to 3D print scaffolds to support and induce tissue formation and be replaced by natural bone. At present, however, the mechanical properties found for 3D printed bone scaffolds are only satisfactory for non-load bearing applications...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
Simone Stichler, Thomas Böck, Naomi Claire Paxton, Sarah Bertlein, Riccardo Levato, Verena Schill, Willi Smolan, Jos Malda, Joerg Tessmar, Torsten Blunk, Juergen Groll
This study investigates the use of allyl-functionalized poly(glycidol)s (P(AGE-co-G)) as cytocompatible cross-linker for thiol-functionalized hyaluronic acid (HA-SH) and the optimization of this hybrid hydrogel as bioink for 3D bioprinting. Chemical cross-linking of gels with 10 wt.% overall polymer concentration was achieved by UV-induced radical thiol-ene coupling between the thiol and allyl groups. Addition of unmodified high molecular weight HA (1.36 MDa) allowed tuning of the rheology for extrusion based bioprinting...
September 14, 2017: Biofabrication
Felix Krujatz, Anja Lode, Julia Seidel, Thomas Bley, Michael Gelinsky, Juliane Steingroewer
The diversity and complexity of biotechnological applications are constantly increasing, with ever expanding ranges of production hosts, cultivation conditions and measurement tasks. Consequently, many analytical and cultivation systems for biotechnology and bioprocess engineering, such as microfluidic devices or bioreactors, are tailor-made to precisely satisfy the requirements of specific measurements or cultivation tasks. Additive manufacturing (AM) technologies offer the possibility of fabricating tailor-made 3D laboratory equipment directly from CAD designs with previously inaccessible levels of freedom in terms of structural complexity...
September 7, 2017: New Biotechnology
Greeshma Thrivikraman, Avathamsa Athirasala, Chelsea Twohig, Sunil Kumar Boda, Luiz E Bertassoni
Functional reconstruction of craniofacial defects is a major clinical challenge in craniofacial sciences. The advent of biomaterials is a potential alternative to standard autologous/allogenic grafting procedures to achieve clinically successful bone regeneration. This article discusses various classes of biomaterials currently used in craniofacial reconstruction. Also reviewed are clinical applications of biomaterials as delivery agents for sustained release of stem cells, genes, and growth factors. Recent promising advancements in 3D printing and bioprinting techniques that seem to be promising for future clinical treatments for craniofacial reconstruction are covered...
October 2017: Dental Clinics of North America
Joseph Park, Isaac Wetzel, Didier Dréau, Hansang Cho
"Engineered human organs" hold promises for predicting the effectiveness and accuracy of drug responses while reducing cost, time, and failure rates in clinical trials. Multiorgan human models utilize many aspects of currently available technologies including self-organized spherical 3D human organoids, microfabricated 3D human organ chips, and 3D bioprinted human organ constructs to mimic key structural and functional properties of human organs. They enable precise control of multicellular activities, extracellular matrix (ECM) compositions, spatial distributions of cells, architectural organizations of ECM, and environmental cues...
September 8, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
Agnese Gugliandolo, Francesca Diomede, Paolo Cardelli, Alessia Bramanti, Domenico Scionti, Placido Bramanti, Oriana Trubiani, Emanuela Mazzon
The combined approach of Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and scaffolds has been proposed as a potential therapeutic tool for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. Indeed, even if MSCs can promote neuronal regeneration, replacing lost neurons or secreting neurotrophic factors, many limitations still exist for their application in regenerative medicine, including the low survival and differentiation rate. The scaffolds, by mimicking the endogenous microenvironment, have shown to promote cell survival, proliferation and differentiation...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
Pawan Noel, Ruben Muñoz, George W Rogers, Andrew Neilson, Daniel D Von Hoff, Haiyong Han
Many cancer types, including pancreatic cancer, have a dense fibrotic stroma that plays an important role in tumor progression and invasion. Activated cancer associated fibroblasts are a key component of the tumor stroma that interact with cancer cells and support their growth and survival. Models that recapitulate the interaction of cancer cells and activated fibroblasts are important tools for studying the stromal biology and for development of antitumor agents. Here, a method is described for the rapid generation of robust 3-dimensional (3D) spheroid co-culture of pancreatic cancer cells and activated pancreatic fibroblasts that can be used for subsequent biological studies...
August 23, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Waeljumah Aljohani, Muhammad Wajid Ullah, Xianglin Zhang, Guang Yang
Bioprinting of three-dimensional constructs mimicking natural-like extracellular matrix has revolutionized biomedical technology. Bioprinting technology circumvents various discrepancies associated with current tissue engineering strategies by providing an automated and advanced platform to fabricate various biomaterials through precise deposition of cells and polymers in a premeditated fashion. However, few obstacles associated with development of 3D scaffolds including varied properties of polymers used and viability, controlled distribution, and vascularization, etc...
September 8, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Solange Massa, Mahmoud Ahmed Sakr, Jungmok Seo, Praveen Bandaru, Andrea Arneri, Simone Bersini, Elaheh Zare-Eelanjegh, Elmira Jalilian, Byung-Hyun Cha, Silvia Antona, Alessandro Enrico, Yuan Gao, Shabir Hassan, Juan Pablo Acevedo, Mehmet R Dokmeci, Yu Shrike Zhang, Ali Khademhosseini, Su Ryon Shin
To develop biomimetic three-dimensional (3D) tissue constructs for drug screening and biological studies, engineered blood vessels should be integrated into the constructs to mimic the drug administration process in vivo. The development of perfusable vascularized 3D tissue constructs for studying the drug administration process through an engineered endothelial layer remains an area of intensive research. Here, we report the development of a simple 3D vascularized liver tissue model to study drug toxicity through the incorporation of an engineered endothelial layer...
July 2017: Biomicrofluidics
Lan Li, Fei Yu, Jianping Shi, Sheng Shen, Huajian Teng, Jiquan Yang, Xingsong Wang, Qing Jiang
Three-dimensional (3D) printing is a rapidly emerging technology that promises to transform tissue engineering into a commercially successful biomedical industry. However, the use of robotic bioprinters alone is not sufficient for disease treatment. This study aimed to report the combined application of 3D scanning and 3D printing for treating bone and cartilage defects. Three different kinds of defect models were created to mimic three orthopedic diseases: large segmental defects of long bones, free-form fracture of femoral condyle, and International Cartilage Repair Society grade IV chondral lesion...
August 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
Peyman Gholami, Mohammad Ali Ahmadi-Pajouh, Nabiollah Abolftahi, Ghassan Hamarneh, Mohammad Kayvanrad
To provide a proof-of-concept tool for segmenting chronic wounds and transmitting the results as instructions and coordinates to a bioprinter robot and thus facilitate the treatment of chronic wounds.
August 23, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
Julia Seidel, Tilman Ahlfeld, Max Adolph, Sibylle Kümmritz, Juliane Steingroewer, Felix Krujatz, Thomas Bley, Michael Gelinsky, Anja Lode
Plant cell cultures produce active agents for pharmaceuticals, food and cosmetics. However, up to now process control for plant cell suspension cultures is challenging. A positive impact of cell immobilization, such as encapsulation in hydrogel beads, on secondary metabolites production has been reported for several plant species. The aim of this work was to develop a method for bioprinting of plant cells in order to allow fabrication of free-formed three-dimensional matrices with defined internal pore architecture for in depth characterization of immobilization conditions, cell agglomeration and interactions...
August 24, 2017: Biofabrication
Ashley N Leberfinger, Dino J Ravnic, Aman Dhawan, Ibrahim T Ozbolat
Bioprinting is a quickly progressing technology, which holds the potential to generate replacement tissues and organs. Stem cells offer several advantages over differentiated cells for use as starting materials, including the potential for autologous tissue and differentiation into multiple cell lines. The three most commonly used stem cells are embryonic, induced pluripotent, and adult stem cells. Cells are combined with various natural and synthetic materials to form bioinks, which are used to fabricate scaffold-based or scaffold-free constructs...
August 24, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
Carmen C Piras, Susana Fernández-Prieto, Wim M De Borggraeve
3D bioprinting is a new developing technology with lots of promise in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Being biocompatible, biodegradable, renewable and cost-effective, cellulosic nanomaterials have recently captured the attention of researchers due to their applicability as inks for 3D bioprinting. Although a number of cellulose-based bioinks have been reported, the potential of cellulose nanofibrils and nanocrystals has not been fully explored yet. This minireview aims at highlighting the use of nanocellulosic materials for 3D bioprinting as an emerging, promising, new research field...
August 22, 2017: Biomaterials Science
Yu Shrike Zhang, Qingmeng Pi, Anne Metje van Genderen
Engineering vascularized tissue constructs and organoids has been historically challenging. Here we describe a novel method based on microfluidic bioprinting to generate a scaffold with multilayer interlacing hydrogel microfibers. To achieve smooth bioprinting, a core-sheath microfluidic printhead containing a composite bioink formulation extruded from the core flow and the crosslinking solution carried by the sheath flow, was designed and fitted onto the bioprinter. By blending gelatin methacryloyl (GelMA) with alginate, a polysaccharide that undergoes instantaneous ionic crosslinking in the presence of select divalent ions, followed by a secondary photocrosslinking of the GelMA component to achieve permanent stabilization, a microfibrous scaffold could be obtained using this bioprinting strategy...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Franziska Kreimendahl, Marius Köpf, Anja Lena Thiebes, Daniela F Duarte Campos, Andreas Blaeser, Thomas Schmitz-Rode, Christian Apel, Stefan Jockenhoevel, Horst Fischer
3D bioprinting is a promising technology for manufacturing cell-laden tissue engineered constructs. Larger tissue substitutes, however, require a vascularized network to ensure nutrition supply. Therefore, tailored bioinks combining 3D printability and cell-induced vascularization are needed. We hypothesize that tailored hydrogel blends made of agarose-type I collagen and agarose-fibrinogen are 3D printable and will allow the formation of capillary-like structures by human umbilical vein endothelial cells and human dermal fibroblasts...
August 21, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
Geunseon Ahn, Kyung-Hyun Min, Changhwan Kim, Jeong-Seok Lee, Donggu Kang, Joo-Yun Won, Dong-Woo Cho, Jun-Young Kim, Songwan Jin, Won-Soo Yun, Jin-Hyung Shim
Three-dimensional (3D) cell printing systems allow the controlled and precise deposition of multiple cells in 3D constructs. Hydrogel materials have been used extensively as printable bioinks owing to their ability to safely encapsulate living cells. However, hydrogel-based bioinks have drawbacks for cell printing, e.g. inappropriate crosslinking and liquid-like rheological properties, which hinder precise 3D shaping. Therefore, in this study, we investigated the influence of various factors (e.g. bioink concentration, viscosity, and extent of crosslinking) on cell printing and established a new 3D cell printing system equipped with heating modules for the precise stacking of decellularized extracellular matrix (dECM)-based 3D cell-laden constructs...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
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