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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106508/gelma-encapsulated-hdpscs-and-huvecs-for-dental-pulp-regeneration
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A Khayat, N Monteiro, E E Smith, S Pagni, W Zhang, A Khademhosseini, P C Yelick
Pulpal revascularization is commonly used in the dental clinic to obtain apical closure of immature permanent teeth with thin dentinal walls. Although sometimes successful, stimulating bleeding from the periapical area of the tooth can be challenging and in turn may deleteriously affect tooth root maturation. Our objective here was to define reliable methods to regenerate pulp-like tissues in tooth root segments (RSs). G1 RSs were injected with human dental pulp stem cells (hDPSCs) and human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) encapsulated in 5% gelatin methacrylate (GelMA) hydrogel...
February 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098316/a-family-of-mechanically-adaptive-supramolecular-graphene-oxide-poly-ethylenimine-hydrogels-from-aqueous-assembly
#2
Chao Wang, Yipin Duan, Nicole S Zacharia, Bryan D Vogt
Composite hydrogels containing graphene oxide (GO) offer advantageous mechanical properties, but tuning these properties generally requires the synthesis of new hydrogels or if the hydrogel is thermally responsive, utilization of a chemistry determined temperature window. Here, we demonstrate a simple route to generate a family of GO-based hydrogels from aqueous solution based assembly of GO with polycationic poly(ethylenimine), PEI, without any secondary chemical crosslinking. Tuning the ratio of GO : PEI during the assembly produces a family of hydrogels that responds to mechanical compression by irreversibly altering their equilibrium water content and mechanical properties in a controllable manner...
January 18, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093364/fabrication-of-nanofibrous-electrospun-scaffolds-from-a-heterogeneous-library-of-co-and-self-assembling-peptides
#3
Mahboubeh Maleki, Antonino Natalello, Raffaele Pugliese, Fabrizio Gelain
: Self-assembling (SAPs) and co-assembling peptides (CAPs) are driving increasing enthusiasm as synthetic but biologically inspired biomaterials amenable of easy functionalization for regenerative medicine. On the other hand, electrospinning (ES) is a versatile technique useful for tailoring the nanostructures of various biomaterials into scaffolds resembling the extracellular matrices found in organs and tissues. The synergistic merging of these two approaches is a long-awaited advance in nanomedicine that has not been deeply documented so far...
January 13, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088667/cell-laden-hydrogels-for-osteochondral-and-cartilage-tissue-engineering
#4
REVIEW
Jingzhou Yang, Yu Shrike Zhang, Kan Yue, Ali Khademhosseini
: Despite tremendous advances in the field of regenerative medicine, it still remains challenging to repair the osteochondral interface and full-thickness articular cartilage defects. This inefficiency largely originates from the lack of appropriate tissue engineered artificial matrices that can replace the damaged regions and promote tissue regeneration. Hydrogels are emerging as a promising class of biomaterials for both soft and hard tissue regeneration. Many critical properties of hydrogels, such as mechanical stiffness, elasticity, water content, bioactivity, and degradation, can be rationally designed and conveniently tuned by proper selection of the material and chemistry...
January 11, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080026/ionic-strength-responsive-sulfonated-polystyrene-opals
#5
Luca Nucara, Vincenzo Piazza, Francesco Greco, Valentina Robbiano, Valentina Cappello, Mauro Gemmi, Franco Cacialli, Virgilio Mattoli
Stimuli-responsive photonic crystals (PCs) represent an intriguing class of smart materials very promising for sensing applications. Here, selective ionic strength responsive polymeric PCs are reported. They are easily fabricated by partial sulfonation of polystyrene opals, without using toxic or expensive monomers and etching steps. The color of the resulting hydrogel-like ordered structures can be continuously shifted over the entire visible range (405-760 nm) by changing the content of ions over an extremely wide range of concentration (from about 70 M to 4 M)...
January 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079358/cellulose-nanofibril-aerogels-synergistic-improvement-of-hydrophobicity-strength-and-thermal-stability-via-cross-linking-with-diisocyanate
#6
Feng Jiang, You-Lo Hsieh
A facile gelation cross-linking approach was devised to fabricate meso- and macroporous cellulose nanofibril (CNF) aerogels with multiple improved properties. CNF hydrogels made using a freezing-thawing method with a 94 kPa modulus were solvent exchanged with acetone and then cross-linked with methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) to produce aerogels with significantly improved compressive properties that follow a power law increment against aerogel density with impressive 1.69, 2.49, and 1.43 scaling factors for Young's modulus, yield stress, and ultimate stress, respectively...
January 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077265/a-smart-aminoglycoside-hydrogel-with-tunable-gel-degradation-on-demand-drug-release-and-high-antibacterial-activity
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Jingjing Hu, Yanchun Quan, Yuping Lai, Zhao Zheng, Zhiqi Hu, Xinyu Wang, Tianjiao Dai, Qiang Zhang, Yiyun Cheng
Aminoglycosides are a family of critically important antibiotics for the treatment of serious infections including multidrug-resistant pathogens. However, clinical use of aminoglycoside antibiotics is compromised by bacterial biofilm formation at subinhibitory concentrations or adverse side effects such as ototoxicity and nephrotoxicity at high antibiotic doses. Preparation of aminoglycoside formulation that allows on-demand drug delivery is a solution to this sticky issue. Here, we designed a new type of aminoglycoside hydrogels by cross-linking oxidized polysaccharides such as dextran, carboxymethyl cellulose, alginate, and chondroitin using aminoglycosides as cross-linkers...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077032/iodine-responsive-poly-hema-pvp-hydrogel-for-self-regulating-burst-free-extended-release
#8
Jinku Xu, Peili Zhao, Yongchun Zhang
Swollen hydrogels with extended iodine release kinetics is highly desirable for burn and scald treatment. In this paper semi-interpenetrating poly(HEMA-PVP) hydrogels were prepared by radical polymerization followed by thermo-treatment to crosslink its PVP component. Incorporation of PVP component endows the hydrogels responsive to loaded iodine undergoing a reversible shrunken/swollen volume transition. This resulted in a self-regulating iodine release model, in which shrunken hydrogel at high iodine loading decreased drug diffusion thereby reducing burst release,, and then gradually swollen hydrogel as drug release ensures rapid release of dissociated drug from strong affinity sites on hydrogel backbone, achieving a burst-free extended release...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075559/one-component-supramolecular-filament-hydrogels-as-theranostic-label-free-magnetic-resonance-imaging-agents
#9
Lye Lin Lock, Yuguo Li, Xinpei Mao, Hanwei Chen, Verena Staedtke, Renyuan Bai, Wang Ma, Ran Lin, Yi Li, Guanshu Liu, Honggang Cui
Gadolinium (Gd)-based compounds and materials are the most commonly used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents in the clinic; however, safety concerns associated with their toxicities in the free ionic form have promoted the development of new generations of metal-free contrast agents. Here we report a supramolecular strategy to convert an FDA-approved anticancer drug, Pemetrexed (Pem), to a molecular hydrogelator with inherent chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) MRI signals. The rationally designed drug-peptide conjugate can spontaneously associate into filamentous assemblies under physiological conditions and consequently form theranostic supramolecular hydrogels for injectable delivery...
January 11, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074837/two-layer-elastographic-3-d-traction-force-microscopy
#10
Begoña Álvarez-González, Shun Zhang, Manuel Gómez-González, Ruedi Meili, Richard A Firtel, Juan C Lasheras, Juan C Del Álamo
Cellular traction force microscopy (TFM) requires knowledge of the mechanical properties of the substratum where the cells adhere to calculate cell-generated forces from measurements of substratum deformation. Polymer-based hydrogels are broadly used for TFM due to their linearly elastic behavior in the range of measured deformations. However, the calculated stresses, particularly their spatial patterns, can be highly sensitive to the substratum's Poisson's ratio. We present two-layer elastographic TFM (2LETFM), a method that allows for simultaneously measuring the Poisson's ratio of the substratum while also determining the cell-generated forces...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071851/preprogramming-complex-hydrogel-responses-using-enzymatic-reaction-networks
#11
Sjoerd G J Postma, Ilia N Vialshin, Casper Y Gerritsen, Min Bao, Wilhelm T S Huck
The creation of adaptive matter is heavily inspired by biological systems. However, it remains challenging to design complex material responses that are governed by reaction networks, which lie at the heart of cellular complexity. The main reason for this slow progress is the lack of a general strategy to integrate reaction networks with materials. Herein we use a systematic approach to preprogram the response of a hydrogel to a trigger, in this case the enzyme trypsin, which activates a reaction network embedded within the hydrogel...
January 10, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070846/development-of-a-convenient-in-vitro-gel-diffusion-model-for-predicting-the-in-vivo-performance-of-subcutaneous-parenteral-formulations-of-large-and-small-molecules
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Dennis H Leung, Yash Kapoor, Candice Alleyne, Erika Walsh, Andrew Leithead, Bahanu Habulihaz, Gino M Salituro, Annette Bak, Timothy Rhodes
Parenteral delivery remains a compelling drug delivery route for both large- and small-molecule drugs and can bypass issues encountered with oral absorption. For injectable drug products, there is a strong patient preference for subcutaneous administration due to its convenience over intravenous infusion. However, in subcutaneous injection, in contrast to intravenous administration, the formulation is in contact with an extracellular matrix environment that behaves more like a gel than a fluid. This can impact the expected performance of a formulation...
January 9, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070774/restoring-fertility-with-cryopreserved-prepubertal-testicular-tissue-perspectives-with-hydrogel-encapsulation-nanotechnology-and-bioengineered-scaffolds
#13
Maxime Vermeulen, Jonathan Poels, Francesca de Michele, Anne des Rieux, Christine Wyns
New and improved oncological therapies are now able to cure more than 80% of cancer-affected children in Europe. However, such treatments are gonadotoxic and result in fertility issues, especially in boys who are not able to provide a sperm sample before starting chemo/radiotherapy because of their prepubertal state. For these boys, cryopreservation of immature testicular tissue (ITT) is the only available option, aiming to preserve spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs). Both slow-freezing and vitrification have been investigated to this end and are now applied in a clinical setting for SSC cryopreservation...
January 9, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069512/minocycline-enhances-the-mesenchymal-stromal-stem-cell-pro-healing-phenotype-in-triple-antimicrobial-loaded-hydrogels
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Alberto Daniel Guerra, Warren E Rose, Peiman Hematti, W John Kao
: Mesenchymal stromal/stem cells (MSCs) have demonstrated pro-healing properties including an anti-inflammatory cytokine profile and the promotion of angiogenesis via expression of growth factors in pre-clinical models. MSCs encapsulated in poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEGdA) and thiolated gelatin poly(ethylene glycol) (Gel-PEG-Cys) crosslinked hydrogels have led to controlled cellular presentation at wound sites with favorable wound healing outcomes. However, the therapeutic potential of MSC-loaded hydrogels may be limited by non-specific protein adsorption on the delivery matrix that could facilitate the initial adhesion of microorganisms and subsequent virulent biofilm formation...
January 6, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069506/one-step-fabrication-of-hydrogel-microcapsules-with-hollow-core-for-assembly-and-cultivation-of-hepatocyte-spheroids
#15
Christian Siltanen, Michaela Diakataou, Jeremy Lowen, Amranul Haque, Ali Rahimian, Gulnaz Stybayeva, Alexander Revzin
: 3D hepatic microtissues can serve as valuable liver analogues for cell-based therapies and for hepatotoxicity screening during preclinical drug development. However, hepatocytes rapidly dedifferentiate in vitro, and typically require 3D cultures systems or co-cultures for phenotype rescue. In this work we present a novel microencapsulation strategy, utilizing coaxial flow-focusing droplet microfluidics to fabricate microcapsules with liquid core and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) shell...
January 6, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068609/dual-peptide-presenting-hydrogels-for-controlling-the-phenotype-of-pc12-cells
#16
Jae Won Lee, Kuen Yong Lee
Controlling the cell-matrix interaction is a critical factor in the design and fabrication of tissue engineering scaffolds. A particular peptide sequence, Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD peptide), is often used as an adhesion ligand in the engineering of different types of tissues. While in some cases this has been adequate, the use of multiple ligands may be required for the successful engineering of some tissue types. We hypothesized that hydrogels presenting both the RGD peptide and the YIGSR peptide (Tyr-Ile-Gly-Ser-Arg) could successfully regulate the phenotype of PC12 cells, thereby providing a new platform for effective tissue engineering applications...
January 3, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068391/a-biologically-inspired-symmetric-bidirectional-switch
#17
Kahye Song, Shyr-Shea Chang, Marcus Roper, Hyejeong Kim, Sang Joon Lee
Stimuli-sensitive hydrogels have been intensively studied because of their potential applications in drug delivery, cell culture, and actuator design. Although hydrogels with directed unidirectional response, i.e. capable of bending actuated by different chemical components reaction in response to several stimuli including water and electric fields, these hydrogels are capable of being actuated in one direction only by the stimulus. By contrast the challenge of building a device that is capable of responding to the same cue (in this case a temperature gradient) to bend in either direction remains unmet...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067245/effect-of-hierarchically-aligned-fibrin-hydrogel-in-regeneration-of-spinal-cord-injury-demonstrated-by-tractography-a-pilot-study
#18
Zhenxia Zhang, Shenglian Yao, Sheng Xie, Xiumei Wang, Feiyan Chang, Jie Luo, Jingming Wang, Jun Fu
Some studies have reported that scaffold or cell-based transplantation may improve functional recovery following SCI, but no imaging information regarding regeneration has been provided to date. This study used tractography to show the regenerating process induced by a new biomaterial-aligned fibrin hydrogel (AFG). A total of eight canines subjected to SCI procedures were assigned to the control or the AFG group. AFG was implanted into the SCI lesion immediately after injury in 5 canines. A follow-up was performed at 12 weeks to evaluate the therapeutic effect including the hindlimb functional recovery, anisotropy and continuity of fibers on tractography...
January 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064054/chemoenzyamtic-synthesis-and-self-assembling-gelation-behavior-of-amylose-grafted-poly-%C3%AE-glutamic-acid
#19
Takuya Shouji, Kazuya Yamamoto, Jun-Ichi Kadokawa
In this study, we investigated chmemoenzymatic synthesis of amylose-grafted poly(γ-glutamic acid) (PGA) as a new artificial saccharide-peptide conjugate composed of two biological macromolecules. Maltooligosaccharide as a primer of enzymatic polymerization by phosphorylase catalysis was first introduced on the PGA main chain by the condensation reaction using the condensing agent in NaOH aq. Thermostable phosphorylase-catalyzed enzymatic polymerization of α-d-glucose 1-phosphate (G-1-P) as a monomer was then performed from the primer chain ends of the product to obtain amylose-grafted PGAs, which formed hydrogels in reaction media depending on the G-1-P/primer feed ratios...
January 5, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064043/conductive-hydrogel-composed-of-1-3-5-benzenetricarboxylic-acid-and-fe-3-used-as-enhanced-electrochemical-immunosensing-substrate-for-tumor-biomarker
#20
Huiqiang Wang, Hongliang Han, Zhanfang Ma
In this work, a new conductive hydrogel was prepared by a simple cross-linking coordination method using 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylic acid as the ligand and Fe(3+) as the metal ion. The hydrogel film was formed on a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) by a drop coating method, which can dramatically facilitate the transport of electrons. A sensitive label-free electrochemical immunosensor was fabricated following electrodeposition of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) on a hydrogel film and immobilization of an antibody. Neuron-specific enolase (NSE), a lung cancer biomarker, was used as the model analyte to be detected...
December 30, 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
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