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Sarah E Motta, Emanuela S Fioretta, Petra E Dijkman, Valentina Lintas, Luc Behr, Simon P Hoerstrup, Maximilian Y Emmert
Tissue-engineered heart valves with self-repair and regeneration properties may overcome the problem of long-term degeneration of currently used artificial prostheses. The aim of this study was the development and in vivo proof-of-concept of next-generation off-the-shelf tissue-engineered sinus valve (TESV) for transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement (TPVR). Transcatheter implantation of off-the-shelf TESVs was performed in a translational sheep model for up to 16 weeks. Transapical delivery of TESVs was successful and showed good acute and short-term performance (up to 8 weeks), which then worsened over time most likely due to a non-optimized in vitro valve design...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research
Chao Sang, Spandan Maiti, Ronald Fortunato, Julia Kofler, Anne M Robertson
Although uniaxial tensile testing is commonly used to evaluate failure properties of vascular tissue, there is no established protocol for specimen shape or gripping method. Large percentages of specimens are reported to fail near the clamp and can potentially confound the studies, or, if discarded will result in sample waste. The objective of this study is to identify sample geometry and clamping conditions that can achieve consistent failure in the mid-region of small arterial specimens, even for vessels from older individuals...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
Chien-Liang Fang, Yiwei Wang, Kevin H-Y Tsai, Hsin-I Chang
The dermis of human skin contains large numbers of fibroblasts that are responsible for the production of the extracellular matrix (ECM) that supporting skin integrity, elasticity and wound healing. Previously, an in vivo study demonstrated that dermal fibroblasts siting in the lower dermis are capable to convert into skin adipose layer and hence fibroblast lipogenesis may vary the structure and elasticity of dermis. In the present study, Hs68 human dermal fibroblasts were utilized as an in vitro model to study the lipogenesis via using adipogenic differentiation medium (ADM)...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Davoud Mozhdehi, Kelli M Luginbuhl, Joseph R Simon, Michael Dzuricky, Rüdiger Berger, H Samet Varol, Fred C Huang, Kristen L Buehne, Nicholas R Mayne, Isaac Weitzhandler, Mischa Bonn, Sapun H Parekh, Ashutosh Chilkoti
Post-translational modification of proteins is a strategy widely used in biological systems. It expands the diversity of the proteome and allows for tailoring of both the function and localization of proteins within cells as well as the material properties of structural proteins and matrices. Despite their ubiquity in biology, with a few exceptions, the potential of post-translational modifications in biomaterials synthesis has remained largely untapped. As a proof of concept to demonstrate the feasibility of creating a genetically encoded biohybrid material through post-translational modification, we report here the generation of a family of three stimulus-responsive hybrid materials-fatty-acid-modified elastin-like polypeptides-using a one-pot recombinant expression and post-translational lipidation methodology...
March 19, 2018: Nature Chemistry
Hwi Don Lee, Jun Geun Shin, Hoon Hyun, Bong-Ahn Yu, Tae Joong Eom
Tendons are tough, flexible, and ubiquitous tissues that connect muscle to bone. Tendon injuries are a common musculoskeletal injury, which affect 7% of all patients and are involved in up to 50% of sports-related injuries in the United States. Various imaging modalities are used to evaluate tendons, and both magnetic resonance imaging and sonography are used clinically to evaluate tendons with non-invasive and non-ionizing radiation. However, these modalities cannot provide 3-dimensional (3D) structural images and are limited by angle dependency...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Caslin A Gilroy, Stefan Roberts, Ashutosh Chilkoti
Fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) is under investigation as a type 2 diabetes protein drug, but its efficacy is impeded by rapid in vivo clearance and by costly production methods. To improve the protein's therapeutic utility, we recombinantly expressed FGF21 as a fusion with an elastin-like polypeptide (ELP), a peptide polymer that exhibits reversible thermal phase behavior. Below a critical temperature, ELPs exist as miscible unimers, while above, they associate into a coacervate. The thermal responsiveness of ELPs is retained upon fusion to proteins, which has notable consequences for the production and in vivo delivery of FGF21...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
J Carlos Rodríguez-Cabello, I González de Torre, A Ibañez-Fonzeca, M Alonso
Wound healing is a complex process that, in healthy tissues, starts immediately after the injury. Even though it is a natural well-orchestrated process, large trauma wounds, or injuries caused by acids or other chemicals, usually produce a non-elastic deformed tissue that not only have biological reduced properties but a clear aesthetic effect. One of the main drawbacks of the scaffolds used for wound dressing is the lack of elasticity, driving to non-elastic and contracted tissues. In the last decades, elastin based materials have gained in importance as biomaterials for tissue engineering applications due to their good cyto- and bio-compatibility, their ease handling and design, production and modification...
March 15, 2018: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
Vaideesh Parasaram, Nasim Nosoudi, Aniqa Chowdhury, Naren Vyavahare
mphysema is characterized by degradation of lung alveoli that leads to poor airflow in lungs. Irreversible elastic fiber degradation by matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and reactive oxygen species (ROS) activity leads to loss of elasticity and drives the progression of this disease. We investigated if a polyphenol, pentagalloyl glucose (PGG) can increase elastin production in pulmonary fibroblasts. We also studied the effect of PGG treatment in reducing MMP activity and ROS levels in cells. We exposed rat pulmonary fibroblasts to two different types of inflammatory environments i...
March 14, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Beyza Gökçinar-Yagci, Nilgün Yersal, Petek Korkusuz, Betül Çelebi-Saltik
Small-diameter vascular grafts are needed for the treatment of coronary artery diseases in the case of limited accessibility of the autologous vessels. Synthetic scaffolds have many disadvantages so in recent years vascular constructs (VCs) made from cellularized natural scaffolds was seen to be very promising but number of studies comprising this area is very limited. In our study, our aim is to generate fully natural triple-layered VC that constitutes all the layers of blood vessel with vascular cells. CD146+ perivascular cells (PCs) were isolated from human umbilical cord vein (HUCV) and differentiated into smooth muscle cells (SMCs) and fibroblasts...
March 14, 2018: Microvascular Research
Wataru Uchida, Yuji Narita, Aika Yamawaki-Ogata, Yoshiyuki Tokuda, Masato Mutsuga, Kazuro Lee Fujimoto, Tomonobu Abe, Hideki Oshima, Akihiko Usui
OBJECTIVE: The pathogenesis of aortic aneurysm (AA) is associated with chronic inflammation in the aortic wall with increased levels of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). Clarithromycin (CAM) has been reported to suppresses MMP activity. In this study, we investigated whether CAM could prevent the formation and rupture of AA. METHODS: Male apolipoprotein E-deficient mice (28-30 weeks of age) were infused with angiotensin II for 28 days. CAM (100 mg/kg/d) or saline (as a control) was administered orally to the mice every day (CAM group, n = 13; control group, n = 13)...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Junjing Su, Charmilie C Logan, Alun D Hughes, Kim H Parker, Niti M Dhutia, Carl Christian Danielsen, Ulf Simonsen
Arterial stiffness and wave reflection are important components of the ventricular afterload. Therefore, we aimed to assess the arterial wave characteristics and mechanical properties of the proximal pulmonary arteries (PAs) in the hypoxic pulmonary hypertensive rat model. After 21 days in normoxic or hypoxic chambers (24 animals in each group), the animals underwent transthoracic echocardiography and pulmonary artery catheterization with a dual-tipped pressure and Doppler flow sensor wire. Wave intensity analysis (WIA) was performed...
March 16, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Andrew J Olsen, Priya Katyal, Jennifer S Haghpanah, Matthew B Kubilius, Ruipeng Li, Nicole L Schnabel, Sean C O'Neill, Yao Wang, Min Dai, Navjot Singh, Raymond S Tu, Jin Kim Montclare
Recombinant methods have been used to engineer artificial protein triblock polymers comprised of two different self-assembling domains (SADs) bearing one elastin (E) flanked by two cartilage oligomeric matrix protein coiled-coil (C) domains to generate CEC. To understand how the two C domains improve small molecule recognition and the mechanical integrity of CEC, we have constructed CL44AECL44A, which bears an impaired CL44A domain that is unstructured as a negative control. The CEC triblock polymer demonstrates increased small molecule binding and ideal elastic behavior for hydrogel formation...
March 15, 2018: Biomacromolecules
Jaime L Bernstein, Benjamin P Cohen, Alexandra Lin, Alice Harper, Lawrence J Bonassar, Jason A Spector
PURPOSE: The significant shortcomings associated with current autologous reconstructive options for auricular deformities have inspired great interest in a tissue engineering solution. A major obstacle in the engineering of human auricular cartilage is the availability of sufficient autologous human chondrocytes. A clinically obtainable amount of auricular cartilage tissue (ie, 1 g) only yields approximately 10 million cells, where 25 times this amount is needed for the fabrication of a full-scale pediatric ear...
March 13, 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Michael Gold, Anneke Andriessen, Alexandros Bader, Red Alinsod, Elizabeth Shane French, Nathan Guerette, Yegor Kolodchenko, Michael Krychman, Susan Murrmann, Julene Samuels
INTRODUCTION: The use of energy-based devices for the treatment of vaginal laxity, orgasmic dysfunction, and stress incontinence, such as minimally ablative fractional laser and radiofrequency, is gaining momentum. This review aims to answer clinical questions on the application of energy-based devices for feminine genital rejuvenation. METHODS: The target group includes physicians involved in esthetic medicine and feminine genital rejuvenation. A literature review was conducted on technologies in use for feminine rejuvenation to explore their safety, efficacy, tolerability, patient satisfaction, and clinical usability...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
Raphaël Coscas, Sebastien Dupont, Sacha Mussot, Liliane Louedec, Harry Etienne, Marion Morvan, Gilles Chiocchia, Ziad Massy, Marie-Paule Jacob, Jean-Baptiste Michel
BACKGROUND: Recent evidence suggests that adaptive immunity develops during abdominal aortic aneurysm evolution. Uncertainties remain about the antigens implicated and their role in inducing rupture. Because antigens from the extracellular matrix (ECM) have been suspected, the aim of this experimental study was to characterize the role of adaptive immunity directed against antigens from the aortic ECM. METHODS: In a first step, an experimental model of abdominal aortic aneurysm rupture based on adaptive immunity against the ECM was developed and characterized...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Lobat Tayebi, Morteza Rasoulianboroujeni, Keyvan Moharamzadeh, Thafar K D Almela, Zhanfeng Cui, Hua Ye
Three-dimensional (3D) printing is currently being intensely studied for a diverse set of applications, including the development of bioengineered tissues, as well as the production of functional biomedical materials and devices for dental and orthopedic applications. The aim of this study was to develop and characterize a 3D-printed hybrid construct that can be potentially suitable for guided tissue regeneration (GTR). For this purpose, the rheology analyses have been performed on different bioinks and a specific solution comprising 8% gelatin, 2% elastin and 0...
March 1, 2018: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Hugo Alberto Rojas, Karla Simone da Silva Fernandes, Mariana Rodrigues Ottone, Kênia Cristina S Fonseca de Magalhães, Lucas Alverne Albuquerque, Julio Leonardo Barbosa Pereira, Gerival Vieira Júnior, José Lopes Sousa-Filho, Bruno Silva Costa, Valéria Cristina Sandrim, Marcos Dellaretti, Renata Toscano Simões
BACKGROUND: Intracranial aneurysms are arterial anomalies affecting 2% to 3% of the general population in the world and these ruptures are associated with a high mortality. Some risk factors, such as age, gender, smoking, alcohol, hypertension and familial history are associated with the number of aneurysms and their size. In addition, inflammatory processes within the blood vessels of the brain can activate matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9), which degrades various components of the extracellular matrix, such as elastin...
March 5, 2018: Clinical Biochemistry
Shasha Yang, Sili Wei, Yun Mao, Hanxue Zheng, Juantao Feng, Jihong Cui, Xin Xie, Fulin Chen, Honmgmin Li
BACKGROUND: Safe and effective hemostatic materials are important for reducing mortality resulting from excessive hemorrhage. In this work, new biomaterials with hemostatic effects were created by fusing the gene coding for RADA-16, a self-assembling peptide with the sequence RADARADARADARADA, to the 3'-end of the open reading frame (ORF) encoding elastin-like polypeptides through gene recombination. RESULTS: The fusion proteins, termed 36R, 60R and 96R, were solubly over-expressed in Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3) based on genetic manipulation of the high-efficiency prokaryotic expression vector pET28a (+) and bacterial transformation...
March 7, 2018: BMC Biotechnology
Lu Han, Lu Dai, Yuan-Fei Zhao, Hai-Yang Li, Ou Liu, Feng Lan, Wen-Jian Jiang, Hong-Jia Zhang
Acute aortic dissection is one of the most lethal cardiovascular disease. The major histopathological feature of AAD is medial degradation, especially breakdown of elastin and collagen. However, the underlying mechanism remains a mystery. Platelets expressed CD40 Ligand (CD40L) is recently recognised as a key effector of cardiovascular disease development through its pro-inflammatory effect. To clarify the role of CD40L in AAD, we examined level of CD40L in human blood serum samples and found that it is significantly higher in AAD patients compared with healthy subjects (26...
March 4, 2018: Aging
Natalie Gaio, Alice Martino, Zacharie Toth, J Tracy Watson, Daemeon Nicolaou, Sarah McBride-Gagyi
The Masquelet technique is a surgical procedure to regenerate segmental bone defects. The two-phase treatment relies on the production of a vascularized foreign-body membrane to support bone grafts over three times larger than the traditional maximum. Historically, the procedure has always utilized a bone cement spacer to evoke membrane production. However, membrane formation can easily be effected by implant surface properties such as material and topology. This study sought to determine if the membrane's mechanical or barrier properties are affected by changing the spacer material to titanium or roughening the surface finish...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Biomechanics
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