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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544472/engineering-muscle-cell-alignment-through-3d-bioprinting
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Pamela Mozetic, Sara Maria Giannitelli, Manuele Gori, Marcella Trombetta, Alberto Rainer
Processing of hydrogels represents a main challenge for the prospective application of additive manufacturing (AM) to soft tissue engineering. Furthermore, direct manufacturing of tissue precursors with a cell density similar to native tissues has the potential to overcome the extensive in vitro culture required for conventional cell-seeded scaffolds seeking to fabricate constructs with tailored structural and functional properties. In this work, we present a simple AM methodology that exploits the thermoresponsive behavior of a block copolymer (Pluronic®) as a means to obtain good shape retention at physiological conditions and to induce cellular alignment...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543172/nanoparticles-as-new-tools-for-inhibition-of-cancer-angiogenesis
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REVIEW
Nasser Hashemi Goradel, Farshid Ghiyami Hoor, Samira Jahangiri, Babak Negahdari, Amirhossein Sahebkar, Aria Masoudifar, Hamed Mirzaei
Angiogenesis is known as one of the hallmarks of cancer. Multiple lines evidence indicated that vascular endothelium growth factor (VEGF) is a key player in the progression of angiogenesis and exerts its functions via interaction with tyrosine kinase receptors (TKRs). These receptors could trigger a variety of cascades that lead to the supply of oxygen and nutrients to tumor cells and survival of these cells. With respect to pivotal role of angiogenesis in the tumor growth and survival, finding new therapeutic approaches via targeting angiogenesis could open a new horizon in cancer therapy...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539887/biomaterials-for-local-controlled-drug-delivery-to-the-injured-spinal-cord
#3
REVIEW
Alexis M Ziemba, Ryan J Gilbert
Affecting approximately 17,000 new people each year, spinal cord injury (SCI) is a devastating injury that leads to permanent paraplegia or tetraplegia. Current pharmacological approaches are limited in their ability to ameliorate this injury pathophysiology, as many are not delivered locally, for a sustained duration, or at the correct injury time point. With this review, we aim to communicate the importance of combinatorial biomaterial and pharmacological approaches that target certain aspects of the dynamically changing pathophysiology of SCI...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539658/functional-compressive-mechanics-and-tissue-biocompatibility-of-an-injectable-sf-pu-hydrogel-for-nucleus-pulposus-replacement
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Jingen Hu, Yang Lu, Ling Cai, Kwabena Gyabaah Owusu-Ansah, Gewen Xu, Feilong Han, Junjie Bao, Xiangjin Lin, Yiping Huang
In spinal degenerative disease, an injectable liquid hydrogel can fill in defect entirely, lessen the danger of implant relocation and following loss of disc height, minimizing the operative trauma. Here, we propose an injectable in-situ chemically cross-linked hydrogel by a two-component reaction of liquid silk fibroin with liquid polyurethane at physiological temperature conditions. Confined compression tests and fatigue tests were reported to assess physical properties of the hydrogel. Impact of different diameter on the biomechanical behaviours was tested to evaluate the clinical potentiality of the hydrogel for replacing nucleus pulposus...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537502/suitability-of-different-natural-and-synthetic-biomaterials-for-dental-pulp-tissue-engineering
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Kerstin M Galler, Ferdinand Brandl, Susanne Kirchhof, Matthias Widbiller, Andreas Eidt, Wolfgang Buchalla, Achim Goepferich, Gottfried Schmalz
Dental pulp tissue engineering is possible after insertion of pulpal stem cells combined with a scaffold into empty root canals. Commonly used biomaterials are collagen or poly(lactic) acid, which are either difficult to modify or to insert into such a narrow space. New hydrogel scaffolds with bioactive, specifically tailored functions could optimize the conditions to engineer dental pulp. Different synthetic and natural hydrogels were tested for their suitability to engineer dental pulp. Two functionalized modifications of polyethylene glycol were developed in this study and compared to a self-assembling peptide as well as to collagen and fibrin...
May 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532902/adipose-derived-delivery-vehicle-for-encapsulated-adipogenic-factors
#6
Christopher M Mahoney, Arta Kelmindi-Doko, Malik J Snowden, J Peter Rubin, Kacey G Marra
Hydrogels derived from adipose tissue extracellular matrix (AdECM) have shown potential in the ability to generate new adipose tissue in vivo. To further enhance adipogenesis, a composite adipose derived delivery system (CADDS) containing single- and double-walled dexamethasone encapsulated microspheres (SW and DW Dex MS) has been developed. Previously, our laboratory has published the use of Dex MS as an additive to enhance adipogenesis and angiogenesis in adipose tissue grafts. In the current work, AdECM and CADDS are extensively characterized, in addition to conducting in vitro cell culture analysis...
May 19, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532900/combinatorial-screening-of-3d-biomaterial-properties-that-promote-myofibrogenesis-for-mesenchymal-stromal-cell-based-heart-valve-tissue-engineering
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Jenna Usprech, David A Romero, Cristina H Amon, Craig A Simmons
The physical and chemical properties of a biomaterial integrate with soluble cues in the cell microenvironment to direct cell fate and function. Predictable biomaterial-based control of integrated cell responses has been investigated with two-dimensional (2D) screening platforms, but integrated responses in 3D have largely not been explored systematically. To address this need, we developed a screening platform using polyethylene glycol norbornene (PEG-NB) as a model biomaterial with which the polymer wt% (to control elastic modulus) and adhesion peptide types (RGD, DGEA, YIGSR) and densities could be controlled independently and combinatorially in arrays of 3D hydrogels...
May 19, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532899/nanodiamond-based-injectable-hydrogel-for-sustained-growth-factor-release-preparation-characterization-and-in-vitro-analysis
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Settimio Pacelli, Francisca Acosta, Aparna R Chakravarti, Saheli G Samanta, Jonathan Whitlow, Saman Modaresi, Rafeeq P H Ahmed, Johnson Rajasingh, Arghya Paul
Nanodiamonds (NDs) represent an emerging class of carbon nanomaterials that possess favorable physical and chemical properties to be used as multifunctional carriers for a variety of bioactive molecules. Here we report the synthesis and characterization of a new injectable ND-based nanocomposite hydrogel which facilitates a controlled release of therapeutic molecules for regenerative applications. In particular, we have formulated a thermosensitive hydrogel using gelatin, chitosan and NDs that provides a sustained release of exogenous human vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) for wound healing applications...
May 19, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532009/exploring-recent-developments-to-improve-antioxidant-anti-inflammatory-and-antimicrobial-efficacy-of-curcumin-a-review-of-new-trends-and-future-perspectives
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REVIEW
Zahid Hussain, Hnin Ei Thu, Muhammad Wahab Amjad, Fahad Hussain, Tarek A Ahmed, Shahzeb Khan
Curcumin derivatives have been well-documented due to their natural antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activities. Curcuminoids have also gained widespread recognition due to their wide range of other activities which include anti-infective, anti-mutagenic, anticancer, anti-coagulant, antiarthrititc, and wound healing potential. Despite of having a wide range of activities, the inherent physicochemical characteristics (poor water solubility, low bioavailability, chemical instability, photodegradation, rapid metabolism and short half-life) of curcumin derivatives limit their pharmaceutical significance...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531992/boronate-functionalized-hydrogel-as-a-novel-biosensing-interface-for-the-glycated-hemoglobin-a1c-hba1c-based-on-the-competitive-binding-with-signaling-glycoprotein
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Yong Duk Han, Ka Ram Kim, Yoo Min Park, Seung Yeon Song, Yong Ju Yang, Kangsun Lee, Yunhee Ku, Hyun C Yoon
According to recent increases in public healthcare costs associated with diabetes mellitus, the development of new glycemic monitoring techniques based on the biosensing of glycated hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), a promising long-term glycemic biomarker, has become a major challenge. In the development of HbA1c biosensors for point-of-care applications, the selection of an effective biorecognition layer that provides a high reaction yield and specificity toward HbA1c is regarded as the most significant issue. To address this, we developed a novel HbA1c biosensing interfacial material by the integration of boronate hydrogel with glass fiber membrane...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530539/preparation-optimization-and-physicochemical-characterization-of-aripiprazole-loaded-nano-porous-in-situ-forming-implant
#11
Ashkan Hedayati, Sina Ghafurzadeh Yazdi, Pouya Dehghankelishadi, Nika Bahari Javan, Hamid Akbari, Farid A Dorkoosh
BACKGROUND: Multiple applications of antipsychotic agents are the main obstacle upon treatment of schizophrenia. Due to behavioral abnormalities, low compliance is observed in the most of psychotic patients. Designing of new drug delivery systems to overcome compliance problem seems to be necessary. In situ forming implants are a suitable choice for delivery of antipsychotic agents due to easy administration process and sustained release kinetics. OBJECTIVE: In this study, a novel poly(hydroxybutyrate-co-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) based nano-porous in situ implant system is developed for delivery of aripiprazole...
May 22, 2017: Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530207/fabrication-of-biomimetic-bone-grafts-with-multi-material-3d-printing
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Nicholas Sears, Prachi Dhavalikar, Michael Whitely, Elizabeth Cosgriff-Hernandez
Extrusion deposition is a versatile method for the 3D printing of biomaterials such as hydrogels, ceramics, and suspensions. Recently, a new class of emulsion inks were developed that can be used to create tunable, hierarchically porous materials with a cure-on-dispense method. Propylene fumarate dimethacrylate (PFDMA) was selected to fabricate bone grafts using this technology due to its established biocompatibility, osteoconductivity, and good compressive properties. Scaffolds fabricated from PFDMA emulsion inks displayed compressive modulus and yield strength of approximately 15 and 1 MPa, respectively...
May 22, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530133/efficacy-of-a-self-assembling-peptide-hydrogel-spg-178-gel-for-bone-regeneration-and-three-dimensional-osteogenic-induction-of-dental-pulp-stem-cells
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Jun Tsukamoto, Keiko Naruse, Yusuke Nagai, Shuhei Kan, Nobuhisa Nakamura, Masaki Hata, Maiko Omi, Tatsuhide Hayashi, Tatsushi Kawai, Tatsuaki Matsubara
The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of a self-assembling peptide hydrogel as a scaffold for bone regeneration. We used a neutral and injectable self-assembling peptide hydrogel, SPG-178-Gel. Bone defects (5 mm in diameter) in rat calvarial bones were filled with a mixture of alpha-modified Eagle's medium and the peptide hydrogel. Three weeks after surgery, soft X-ray and micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) images of the gel-treated bones showed new bone formations in the periphery and in central areas of the defects...
May 20, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526887/increased-stem-cells-delivered-using-a-silk-gel-scaffold-complex-for-enhanced-bone-regeneration
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Xun Ding, Guangzheng Yang, Wenjie Zhang, Guanglong Li, Shuxian Lin, David L Kaplan, Xinquan Jiang
The low in vivo survival rate of scaffold-seeded cells is still a challenge in stem cell-based bone regeneration. This study seeks to use a silk hydrogel to deliver more stem cells into a bone defect area and prolong the viability of these cells after implantation. Rat bone marrow stem cells were mingled with silk hydrogels at the concentrations of 1.0 × 10(5)/mL, 1.0 × 10(6)/mL and 1.0 × 10(7)/mL before gelation, added dropwise to a silk scaffold and applied to a rat calvarial defect. A cell tracing experiment was included to observe the preservation of cell viability and function...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526628/heparin-based-hydrogels-induce-human-renal-tubulogenesis-in-vitro
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Heather M Weber, Mikhail V Tsurkan, Valentina Magno, Uwe Freudenberg, Carsten Werner
Dialysis or kidney transplantation is the only therapeutic option for end stage renal disease. Accordingly, there is a large unmet clinical need for new causative therapeutic treatments. Obtaining robust models that mimic the complex nature of the human kidney is a critical step in the development of new therapeutic strategies. Here we establish a synthetic in vitro human renal tubulogenesis model based on a tunable glycosaminoglycan-hydrogel platform. In this system, renal tubulogenesis can be modulated by the adjustment of hydrogel mechanics and degradability, growth factor signaling, and the presence of insoluble adhesion cues, potentially providing new insights for regenerative therapy...
May 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526343/tannin-immobilized-cellulose-hydrogel-fabricated-by-a-homogeneous-reaction-as-a-potential-adsorbent-for-removing-cationic-organic-dye-from-aqueous-solution
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Ying Pei, Shan Chu, Yue Chen, Zhidong Li, Jin Zhao, Shuqi Liu, Xingjun Wu, Jie Liu, Xuejing Zheng, Keyong Tang
Tannin-immobilized cellulose (CT) hydrogels were successfully fabricated by homogeneous immobilization and crosslinking reaction via a simple method. The structures and properties of hydrogels were characterized by SEM and mechanical test. Methlyene Blue (MB) was selected as a cationic dye model, and the adsorption ability of CT hydrogel was evaluated. Tannins immobilized acted as adsorbent sites which combined MB by electrostatic attraction, resulting in the attractive adsorption ability of CT hydrogel. Adsorption kinetics could be better described by the pseudo-second-order model, and the absorption behaviors were in agreement with a Langmuir isotherm...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526271/an-in-vitro-urinary-catheterization-model-that-approximates-clinical-conditions-for-evaluation-of-innovations-to-prevent-catheter-associated-urinary-tract-infections
#17
R Y R Chua, K Lim, S S J Leong, P A Tambyah, B Ho
BACKGROUND: Catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) account for about 25% of nosocomial infections globally and often result in increased morbidity and healthcare costs. An added concern is the presence of microbial biofilms which are major reservoirs of bacteria, especially antibiotic resistant bacteria, in catheters. Since the practice of the closed drainage system, innovations to combat CAUTI have not produced significant improvements in clinical outcomes. The lack of a robust laboratory platform to test new CAUTI preventive strategies may impede development of novel technologies...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524144/-new-approaches-to-the-treatment-of-keratoconjunctivitis-sicca
#18
T N Safonova, O V Gladkova, I A Novikov, V I Boev, A A Fedorov
A new method has been developed for the treatment of severe forms of keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) that involves the use of an original cyclosporine A (CyA) saturated soft contact lens (SCL) together with preservative-free artificial tears therapy. AIM: to evaluate the effectiveness of the newly developed treatment for KCS based on the use of medical SCL saturated with 0.05% CyA. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The patients (43 men, 60 eyes) with severe KCS were divided into 2 groups...
2017: Vestnik Oftalmologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523744/bioinspired-ultratough-hydrogel-with-fast-recovery-self-healing-injectability-and-cytocompatibility
#19
Sara Azevedo, Ana M S Costa, Amanda Andersen, Insung S Choi, Henrik Birkedal, João F Mano
Inspired by the mussel byssus adhesiveness, a highly hydrated polymeric structure is designed to combine, for the first time, a set of interesting features for load-bearing purposes. These characteristics include: i) a compressive strength and stiffness in the MPa range, ii) toughness and the ability to recover it upon successive cyclic loading, iii) the ability to quickly self-heal upon rupture, iv) the possibility of administration through minimally invasive techniques, such as by injection, v) the swelling ratio being adjusted to space-filling applications, and vi) cytocompatibility...
May 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521219/antifouling-zwitterionic-hydrogel-coating-improves-hemocompatibility-of-activated-carbon-hemoadsorbent
#20
Nana Cai, Qingsi Li, Jiamin Zhang, Tong Xu, Weiqiang Zhao, Jing Yang, Lei Zhang
Activated carbon has been widely used in hemoperfusion treatments. However, its performance has been significantly compromised by their poor hemocompatibility. In this work, we developed a novel antifouling adsorbent based on zwitterionic poly-carboxybetaine (PCB) hydrogel and powdered activated carbon (PAC) to improve hemocompatibility. We found this new adsorbent (PCB-PAC) was highly stable with negligible leakage of activated carbon debris. It could efficiently resist protein adsorption and avoid any hemolysis effect...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
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