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Michael J Mitchell, Rakesh K Jain, Robert Langer
The principles of engineering and physics have been applied to oncology for nearly 50 years. Engineers and physical scientists have made contributions to all aspects of cancer biology, from quantitative understanding of tumour growth and progression to improved detection and treatment of cancer. Many early efforts focused on experimental and computational modelling of drug distribution, cell cycle kinetics and tumour growth dynamics. In the past decade, we have witnessed exponential growth at the interface of engineering, physics and oncology that has been fuelled by advances in fields including materials science, microfabrication, nanomedicine, microfluidics, imaging, and catalysed by new programmes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), Physical Sciences in Oncology, and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Alliance for Nanotechnology...
October 13, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cancer
Mahboobe Ghaedi, Andrew V Le, Go Hatachi, Arkadi Beloiartsev, Kevin Rocco, Amogh Sivarapatna, Julio J Mendez, Pavlina Baevova, Rachel N Dyal, Katie L Leiby, Eric S White, Laura E Niklason
Controls on the spatiotemporal extent of groundwater flooding are poorly understood, despite the long duration of groundwater flood events and distinct social and economic impacts. We developed a novel approach using statistical analysis of groundwater level hydrographs and impulse response functions (IRFs) and applied it to the 2013/14 Chalk groundwater flooding in the English Lowlands. We proposed a standardised index of groundwater flooding which we calculated for monthly groundwater levels for 26 boreholes in the Chalk...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Zhi Chen, Jingjing You, Xiao Liu, Simon Cooper, Christopher Hodge, Gerard Sutton, Jeremy Micah Crook, Gordon G Wallace
Corneal transplantation is an important surgical treatment for many common corneal diseases. However, a worldwide shortage of tissue from suitable corneal donors has meant that many people are not able to receive sight-restoring operations. In addition, rejection is a major cause of corneal transplant failure. Bioengineering corneal tissue has recently gained widespread attention. In order to facilitate corneal regeneration, a range of materials is currently being investigated. The ideal substrate requires sufficient tectonic durability, biocompatibility with cultured cellular elements, transparency, and perhaps biodegradability and clinical-compliance...
October 12, 2017: Biomedical Materials
Kentaro Kitano, Dana M Schwartz, Haiyang Zhou, Sarah E Gilpin, Gregory R Wojtkiewicz, Xi Ren, Cesar A Sommer, Amalia V Capilla, Douglas J Mathisen, Allan M Goldstein, Gustavo Mostoslavsky, Harald C Ott
Patients with short bowel syndrome lack sufficient functional intestine to sustain themselves with enteral intake alone. Transplantable vascularized bioengineered intestine could restore nutrient absorption. Here we report the engineering of humanized intestinal grafts by repopulating decellularized rat intestinal matrix with human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived intestinal epithelium and human endothelium. After 28 days of in vitro culture, hiPSC-derived progenitor cells differentiate into a monolayer of polarized intestinal epithelium...
October 10, 2017: Nature Communications
Wessam Hassanein, Arielle Cimeno, Avraham Werdesheim, Bryan Buckingham, Joshua Harrison, Mehmet C Uluer, Ali Khalifeh, Carlos Rivera-Pratts, Stephen Klepfer, Jhade D Woodall, Urmil Dhru, Elliot Bromberg, Dawn Parsell, Cinthia Drachenberg, Rolf N Barth, John C LaMattina
Organ scaffold bioengineering is currently limited by the inability to effectively repopulate the scaffold with appropriately distributed functional cells. We examined the feasibility of a decellularized liver scaffold to support the growth and function of multilineage allogenic cells derived from either adult or neonatal liver cells. Cell slurries from neonatal and adult rat livers containing hepatocytes, cholangiocytes, and endothelial cells were introduced into decellularized adult rat liver scaffolds via the bile duct...
October 10, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
Keesha E Erickson, James D Winkler, Danh Nyugen, Ryan T Gill, Anushree Chatterjee
Tolerance and resistance are complex biological phenotypes that are desirable bioengineering goals for those seeking to design industrial strains or prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance. Over decades of research, a wealth of information has been generated to attempt to decode a molecular basis for tolerance, but to fully achieve the goal of engineering tolerance, researchers must be able to easily learn from a variety of data sources. To this end, we here describe a resource designed to enable scrutiny of diverse tolerance phenotypes...
October 10, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
Jerome Robert, Emily B Button, Brian Yuen, Megan Gilmour, Kevin Kang, Arvin Bahrabadi, Sophie Stukas, Wenchen Zhao, Iva Kulic, Cheryl L Wellington
Amyloid plaques, consisting of deposited beta-amyloid (Aβ), are a neuropathological hallmark of Alzheimer's Disease (AD). Cerebral vessels play a major role in AD, as Aβ is cleared from the brain by pathways involving the cerebrovasculature, most AD patients have cerebrovascular amyloid (cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA), and cardiovascular risk factors increase dementia risk. Here we present a notable advance in vascular tissue engineering by generating the first functional 3-dimensioinal model of CAA in bioengineered human vessels...
October 10, 2017: ELife
Ling Hong, Jun-Li Liu, Samira Z Midoun, Philip C Miller
The unicellular green alga Dunaliella salina is well adapted to salt stress and contains compounds (including β-carotene and vitamins) with potential commercial value. A large transcriptome database of D. salina during the adjustment, exponential and stationary growth phases was generated using a high throughput sequencing platform. We characterized the metabolic processes in D. salina with a focus on valuable metabolites, with the aim of manipulating D. salina to achieve greater economic value in large-scale production through a bioengineering strategy...
2017: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B
J Gauthier, I Yakoub-Agha
Progress in our understanding of basic immunology along with the advent of bioengineering technologies have made possible the production of human T-cells expressing Chimeric Antigen Receptors (CAR T-cells). These CAR T-cells are designed to target specific antigens presented by cancer cells. Once CARs are bound to these antigens, CAR T-cells get activated and can initiate potent anti-tumor effects. We will here overview the bioengineering advances which made possible the clinical application of CAR T-cell therapy...
October 5, 2017: Current Research in Translational Medicine
Gregory J MacNeill, Sahar Mehrpouyan, Mark A A Minow, Jenelle A Patterson, Ian J Tetlow, Michael J Emes, Christine Raines
Starch commands a central role in the carbon budget of the majority of plants on earth, and its biological role changes during development and in response to the environment. Throughout the life of a plant, starch plays a dual role in carbon allocation, acting as both a source, releasing carbon reserves in leaves for growth and development, and as a sink, either as a dedicated starch store in its own right (in seeds and tubers), or as a temporary reserve of carbon contributing to sink strength, in organs such as flowers, fruits, and developing non-starchy seeds...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
Marta P Ruiz, Albert C Aragones, Nuria Camarero, J G Vilhena, Maria Ortega, Linda Angela Zotti, Ruben Perez, Juan Carlos Cuevas, Pau Gorostiza, Ismael Díez-Pérez
Bioelectronics moves towards designing nanoscale electronic platforms that allow in vivo determinations. Such devices require interfacing complex biomolecular moieties as the sensing units to an electronic platform for signal transduction. Inevitably, a systematic design goes through a bottom-up understanding of the structurally related electrical signatures of the biomolecular circuit, which will ultimately lead us to tailor its electrical properties. Toward this aim, we show here the first example of bioengineered charge transport in a single-protein electrical contact...
October 5, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Xinghong Dai, Lily Wu, Ren Sun, Z Hong Zhou
Human adenoviruses (Ad) are dsDNA viruses associated with infectious diseases, yet better known as tools for gene delivery and oncolytic anti-cancer therapy. Atomic structures of Ad provide the basis for the development of antivirals and for engineering efforts towards more effective applications. Since 2010, atomic models of human Ad5 have been independently derived from photographic film cryoEM and X-ray crystallography, but discrepancies exist concerning the assignment of cement proteins IIIa, VIII and IX...
October 4, 2017: Journal of Virology
Alexey A Shvets, Anatoly B Kolomeisky
The ability to precisely edit and modify a genome opens endless opportunities to investigate fundamental properties of living systems as well as to advance various medical techniques and bioengineering applications. This possibility is now close to reality due to a recent discovery of the adaptive bacterial immune system, which is based on clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-associated proteins (Cas) that utilize RNA to find and cut the double-stranded DNA molecules at specific locations...
October 3, 2017: Biophysical Journal
Elena V Solovieva, Alexander Yu Fedotov, Vasily E Mamonov, Vladimir S Komlev, Andrey A Panteleyev
In search for a new pro-angiogenic scaffold material suitable for skin bioengineering and grafting therapy, we have fabricated a number of composite sodium alginate (AG) - fibrinogen (FG) sponge scaffolds using the freeze-drying approach. Thrombin was added to drive FG/fibrin conversion, while ε-aminocapronic acid (εAc) was used as antifibrinolytic component. The slow rates of scaffold biodegradation were achieved by using Ca2+ and Mg2+ cations as cross-linking agents. The novel thrombin-modified AG-FG scaffolds with highly interconnected porous structure were evaluated using scanning electron microscopy, tensile testing and pycnometric analysis...
October 3, 2017: Biomedical Materials
Anirban Sen Gupta
In blood, the primary role of RBCs is to transport oxygen via highly regulated mechanisms involving hemoglobin (Hb). Hb is a tetrameric porphyrin protein comprising of two α- and two β-polypeptide chains, each containing an iron-containing heme group capable of binding one oxygen molecule. In military as well as civilian traumatic exsanguinating hemorrhage, rapid loss of RBCs can lead to sub-optimal tissue oxygenation and subsequent morbidity and mortality. In such cases, transfusion of whole blood or RBCs can significantly improve survival...
September 29, 2017: Shock
Wilhelm W Chen, Monica S Tjin, Alvin W C Chua, Seng Teik Lee, Chor Yong Tay, Eileen Fong
Bioengineered extracellular matrix (ECM) mimetic materials have tunable properties and can be engineered to elicit desirable cellular responses for wound repair and tissue regeneration. By incorporating relevant cell-instructive domains, bioengineered ECM mimics can be designed to provide well-defined ECM-specific cues to influence cell motility and differentiation. More importantly, bioengineered ECM surfaces are ideal platforms for studying cell-material interactions without the need to genetically alter the cells...
October 10, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Marko Gröger, Julia Dinger, Michael Kiehntopf, Frank T Peters, Ursula Rauen, Alexander S Mosig
The liver is a central organ in the metabolization of nutrition, endogenous and exogenous substances, and xenobiotic drugs. The emerging organ-on-chip technology has paved the way to model essential liver functions as well as certain aspects of liver disease in vitro in liver-on-chip models. However, a broader use of this technology in biomedical research is limited by a lack of protocols that enable the short-term preservation of preassembled liver-on-chip models for stocking or delivery to researchers outside the bioengineering community...
September 27, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
Manajit Hayer-Hartl
Ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco) mediates the fixation of atmospheric CO2 in photosynthesis by catalyzing the carboxylation of the 5-carbon sugar ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate (RuBP). Despite its pivotal role, Rubisco is an inefficient enzyme and thus has been a key target for bioengineering. However, efforts to increase crop yields by Rubisco engineering remain unsuccessful, due in part to the complex machinery of molecular chaperones required for Rubisco biogenesis and metabolic repair...
September 27, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
Eike Müller, Tilo Pompe, Uwe Freudenberg, Carsten Werner
Array-format cell-culture carriers providing tunable matrix cues are instrumental in current cell biology and bioengineering. A new solvent-assisted demolding approach for the fabrication of microcavity arrays with very small feature sizes down to single-cell level (3 µm) of very soft biohybrid glycosaminoglycan-poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels (down to a shear modulus of 1 kPa) is reported. It is further shown that independent additional options of localized conjugation of adhesion ligand peptides, presentation of growth factors through complexation to gel-based glycosaminoglycans, and secondary gel deposition for 3D cell embedding enable a versatile customization of the hydrogel microcavity arrays for cell culture studies...
September 28, 2017: Advanced Materials
Bin Yan, Jun Huang, Linbo Han, Lu Gong, Lin Li, Jacob N Israelachvili, Hongbo Zeng
Biological tissues can accurately differentiate external mechanical stresses and actively select suitable strategies (e.g., reversible strain-stiffening, self-healing) to sustain or restore their integrity and related functionalities as required. Synthetic materials that can imitate the characteristics of biological tissues have a wide range of engineering and bioengineering applications. However, no success has been demonstrated to realize such strain-stiffening behavior in synthetic networks, particularly using flexible polymers, which has remained a great challenge...
October 2, 2017: ACS Nano
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