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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454236/stingel-controlled-release-of-a-cyclic-dinucleotide-for-enhanced-cancer-immunotherapy
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David G Leach, Neeraja Dharmaraj, Stacey L Piotrowski, Tania L Lopez-Silva, Yu L Lei, Andrew G Sikora, Simon Young, Jeffrey D Hartgerink
Recent advancements in the field of immunotherapy have yielded encouraging results for the treatment of advanced cancers. Cyclic dinucleotides (CDNs) are a powerful new class of immunotherapy drugs known as STING (Stimulator of Interferon Genes) agonists, currently in clinical trials. However, previous studies of CDNs in murine cancer models have required multiple injections, and improve survival only in relatively nonaggressive tumor models. Therefore, we sought to improve the efficacy of CDN immunotherapy by developing a novel biomaterial we call "STINGel...
February 6, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454158/polyisocyanopeptide-hydrogels-a-novel-thermo-responsive-hydrogel-supporting-pre-vascularization-and-the-development-of-organotypic-structures
#2
Jakub Zimoch, Joan Simó Padial, Agnes S Klar, Queralt Vallmajo-Martin, Martin Meuli, Thomas Biedermann, Christopher J Wilson, Alan Rowan, Ernst Reichmann
Molecular and mechanical interactions with the 3D extracellular matrix are essential for cell functions such as survival, proliferation, migration, and differentiation. Thermo-responsive biomimetic polyisocyanopeptide (PIC) hydrogels are promising new candidates for 3D cell, tissue, and organ cultures. This is a synthetic, thermo-responsive and stress-stiffening material synthesized via polymerization of the corresponding monomers using a nickel perchlorate as a catalyst. It can be tailored to meet various demands of cells by modulating its stiffness and through the decoration of the polymer with short GRGDS peptides using copper free click chemistry...
February 14, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453807/tunable-poly-methacrylic-acid-co-acrylamide-nanoparticles-through-inverse-emulsion-polymerization
#3
Justin X Zhong, John R Clegg, Eric W Ander, Nicholas A Peppas
Environmentally responsive biomaterials have played key roles in the design of biosensors and drug delivery vehicles. Their physical response to external stimuli, such as temperature or pH, can transduce a signal or trigger the release of a drug. In this work, we designed a robust, highly tunable, pH responsive nanoscale hydrogel system. We present the design and characterization of poly((methacrylic acid) - co - acrylamide) hydrogel nanoparticles, crosslinked with methylenebisacrylamide, through inverse emulsion polymerization...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453454/a-microvascularized-tumor-mimetic-platform-for-assessing-anti-cancer-drug-efficacy
#4
Shantanu Pradhan, Ashley M Smith, Charles J Garson, Iman Hassani, Wen J Seeto, Kapil Pant, Robert D Arnold, Balabhaskar Prabhakarpandian, Elizabeth A Lipke
Assessment of anti-cancer drug efficacy in in vitro three-dimensional (3D) bioengineered cancer models provides important contextual and relevant information towards pre-clinical translation of potential drug candidates. However, currently established models fail to sufficiently recapitulate complex tumor heterogeneity. Here we present a chip-based tumor-mimetic platform incorporating a 3D in vitro breast cancer model with a tumor-mimetic microvascular network, replicating the pathophysiological architecture of native vascularized breast tumors...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452946/time-responsive-osteogenic-niche-of-stem-cells-a-sequentially-triggered-dual-peptide-loaded-alginate-hybrid-system-for-promoting-cell-activity-and-osteo-differentiation
#5
Zuyuan Luo, Siqi Zhang, Jijia Pan, Rui Shi, Hao Liu, Yalin Lyu, Xiao Han, Yan Li, Yue Yang, Zhixiu Xu, Yi Sui, En Luo, Yuanyuan Zhang, Shicheng Wei
The efficacy of stem cell-based bone tissue engineering has been hampered by cell death and limited fate control. A smart cell culture system with the capability of sequentially delivering multiple factors in specific growth stages, like the mechanism of the natural extracellular matrix modulating tissue formation, is attractive for enhancing cell activity and controlling cell fate. Here, a bone forming peptide-1 (BFP-1)-laden mesoporous silica nanoparticles (pep@MSNs) incorporated adhesion peptide, containing the arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (RGD) domain, modified alginate hydrogel (RA) system (pep@MSNs-RA) was developed to promote the activity and stimulate osteo-differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) in sequence...
February 10, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452913/photo-immobilized-egf-chemical-gradients-differentially-impact-breast-cancer-cell-invasion-and-drug-response-in-defined-3d-hydrogels
#6
Stephanie A Fisher, Roger Y Tam, Ana Fokina, M Mohsen Mahmoodi, Mark D Distefano, Molly S Shoichet
Breast cancer cell invasion is influenced by growth factor concentration gradients in the tumor microenvironment. However, studying the influence of growth factor gradients on breast cancer cell invasion is challenging due to both the complexities of in vivo models and the difficulties in recapitulating the tumor microenvironment with defined gradients using in vitro models. A defined hyaluronic acid (HA)-based hydrogel crosslinked with matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) cleavable peptides and modified with multiphoton labile nitrodibenzofuran (NDBF) was synthesized to photochemically immobilize epidermal growth factor (EGF) gradients...
February 13, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452287/dental-pulp-stem-cell-derived-chondrogenic-cells-demonstrate-differential-cell-motility-in-type-i-and-type-ii-collagen-hydrogels
#7
Li Yao, Nikol Flynn
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Advances in the development of biomaterials and stem cell therapy provide a promising approach to regenerating degenerated discs. The normal nucleus pulposus (NP) cells exhibit the similar phenotype as chondrocytes. Because dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs) can be differentiated into chondrogenic cells, the DPSCs and DPSCs-derived chondrogenic cells encapsulated in type I and type II collagen hydrogels can potentially be transplanted into degenerated nucleus pulposus (NP) to repair damaged tissue...
February 13, 2018: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452274/control-of-thiol-maleimide-reaction-kinetics-in-peg-hydrogel-networks
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Lauren E Jansen, Lenny J Negrón-Piñeiro, Sualyneth Galarza, Shelly R Peyton
Michael-type addition reactions are widely used to polymerize biocompatible hydrogels. The thiol-maleimide modality achieves the highest macromer coupling efficiency of the reported Michael-type pairs, but the resulting hydrogel networks are heterogeneous, because polymerization is faster than the individual components can be manually mixed. The reactivity of the thiol dictates the overall reaction speed, which can be slowed in organic solvents and acidic buffers. Since these modifications also reduce the biocompatibility of resulting hydrogels, we investigated a series of biocompatible buffers and crosslinkers to decelerate gelation while maintaining high cell viability...
February 13, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452273/3d-bioprinted-functional-and-contractile-cardiac-tissue-constructs
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Zhan Wang, Sang Jin Lee, Heng-Jie Cheng, James J Yoo, Anthony Atala
Bioengineering of a functional cardiac tissue composed of primary cardiomyocytes has great potential for myocardial regeneration and in vitro tissue modeling. However, its applications remain limited because the cardiac tissue is a highly organized structure with unique physiologic, biomechanical, and electrical properties. In this study, we undertook a proof-of-concept study to develop a contractile cardiac tissue with cellular organization, uniformity, and scalability by using three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting strategy...
February 13, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452238/human-adipose-tissue-derived-stromal-cells-in-combination-with-exogenous-stimuli-facilitate-three-dimensional-network-formation-of-human-endothelial-cells-derived-from-various-sources
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Dominique Manikowski, Birgit Andrée, Esther Samper, Clémence Saint-Marc, Ruth Olmer, Peter Vogt, Sarah Strauß, Axel Haverich, Andres Hilfiker
In natural tissues, the nutrition of cells and removal of waste products is facilitated by a dense capillary network which is generated during development. This perfusion system is also indispensable for tissue formation in vitro. Nutrition depending solely on diffusion is not sufficient to generate tissues of clinically relevant dimensions, which is a core aim in tissue engineering research. In this study, the establishment of a vascular network was investigated in a self-assembling approach employing endothelial and mural cells...
February 13, 2018: Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452185/an-injectable-chitosan-chondroitin-sulfate-hydrogel-with-tunable-mechanical-properties-for-cell-therapy-tissue-engineering
#11
Yasaman Alinejad, Atma Adoungotchodo, Eve Hui, Fatemeh Zehtabi, Sophie Lerouge
Chitosan (CH) hydrogels with remarkable mechanical properties and rapid gelation rate were recently synthesized by combining sodium hydrogen carbonate (SHC) with another weak base, such as beta-glycerophosphate (BGP). To improve their biological responses, in the present study, chondroitin sulfate (CS) was added to these CH hydrogels. Hydrogel characteristics in terms of pH and osmolarity as well as rheological, mechanical, morphological and swelling properties were studied in the absence and presence of CS...
February 13, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452182/mussel-inspired-fabrication-of-konjac-glucomannan-microcrystalline-cellulose-intelligent-hydrogel-with-ph-responsive-sustained-release-behavior
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Lin Wang, Yu Du, Yi Yuan, Ruo-Jun Mu, Jingni Gong, Yongsheng Ni, Jie Pang, Chunhua Wu
Intelligent hydrogels are attractive biomaterials for various applications, however, fabricating a hydrogel with both adequate self-healing ability and mechanical properties remains a challenge. Herein, a series of novel intelligent konjac glucomannan (KGM)/microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) hydrogels were prepared vis the mussel-inspired chemistry. MCC was firstly functionalized by the oxidative polymerization of dopamine, and the intelligent hydrogels were obtained by mixing aqueous solutions of KGM and functionalized MCC (PDMCC)...
February 13, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451778/rapid-forming-and-self-healing-agarose-based-hydrogels-for-tissue-adhesives-and-potential-wound-dressings
#13
Zhuo Zhang, Xiaolin Wang, Yitong Wang, Jingcheng Hao
To meet the progressive requirements of advanced engineering materials with superior physicochemical performances, self-healing and injectable hydrogels (AD hydrogels) based on agarose with pH-response were prepared through dynamic covalent Schiff-base linkages by simply mixing nontoxic agarose-ethylenediamine conjugate (AG-NH2) and dialdehyde-functionalized polyethylene glycol (DF-PEG) solutions. The self-healing and injectable capabilities of the hydrogels without any external stimulus are ascribed to dynamic covalent Schiff-base linkages between the aldehyde groups of DF-PEG and amine groups on AG-NH2 backbone...
February 16, 2018: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451572/3d-printed-scaffolds-with-gradient-porosity-based-on-a-cellulose-nanocrystal-hydrogel
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Sahar Sultan, Aji P Mathew
3-Dimensional (3D) printing provides a unique methodology for the customization of biomedical scaffolds with respect to size, shape, pore structure and pore orientation useful for tissue repair and regeneration. 3D printing was used to fabricate fully bio-based porous scaffolds of a double crosslinked interpenetrating polymer network (IPN) from a hydrogel ink of sodium alginate and gelatin (SA/G) reinforced with cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs). CNCs provided favorable rheological properties required for 3D printing...
February 16, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451384/a-highly-elastic-biodegradable-single-network-hydrogel-for-cell-printing
#15
Cancan Xu, Wenhan Lee, Guohao Dai, Yi Hong
Cell printing is becoming a common technique to fabricate cellularized printed-scaffold for biomedical application. There are still significant challenges in soft tissue bioprinting using hydrogels which requires live cells inside the hydrogels. Moreover, the resilient mechanical properties from hydrogels are also required to mechanically mimic the native soft tissues. Herein, we developed a visible-light crosslinked, single-network, biodegradable hydrogel with high elasticity and flexibility for cell printing, which is different from previous highly elastic hydrogel with double-network and two-components...
February 16, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451128/signal-amplifying-nanoparticle-hydrogel-hybrid-microarray-biosensor-for-metal-enhanced-fluorescence-detection-of-organophosphorus-compounds
#16
Minsu Kim, Kangwon Lee, Ji Eon Kwon, Won Gun Koh
In this study, we developed an enzyme-based miniaturized fluorescence biosensor to detect paraoxon, one of the most well-known neurotoxic organophosphorus compounds (OPs). The biosensor was fabricated with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) hydrogel microarrays that entrapped acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and quantum dots (QDs) as fluorescence reporters. Metal-enhanced fluorescence (MEF) was utilized to amplify the fluorescence signal, which was achieved by decorating QDs on the surface of silica-coated silver nanoparticles (Ag@Silica)...
February 16, 2018: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451033/control-release-of-mitochondria-targeted-antioxidant-by-injectable-self-assembling-peptide-hydrogel-ameliorated-persistent-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-inflammation-after-acute-kidney-injury
#17
Meng Zhao, Yijie Zhou, Shuyun Liu, Lan Li, Younan Chen, Jingqiu Cheng, Yanrong Lu, Jingping Liu
Persistent mitochondrial injury occurs after acute kidney injury (AKI) and mitochondria-targeted antioxidant Mito-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-N-oxyl (TEMPO) (MT) has shown benefits for AKI, but its efficiency is limited by short half-life and side effect in vivo. Self-assembling peptide (SAP) hydrogel is a robust platform for drug delivery. This study aims to develop an SAP-based carrier to slow release MT for enhancing its long-term therapeutic potency on AKI. The KLD with aspartic acid (KLDD) was designed...
November 2018: Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450975/tropoelastin-implants-that-accelerate-wound-repair
#18
Suzanne M Mithieux, Behnaz Aghaei-Ghareh-Bolagh, Leping Yan, Kekini V Kuppan, Yiwei Wang, Francia Garces-Suarez, Zhe Li, Peter K Maitz, Elizabeth A Carter, Christina Limantoro, Wojciech Chrzanowski, David Cookson, Alan Riboldi-Tunnicliffe, Clair Baldock, Kosuke Ohgo, Kristin K Kumashiro, Glenn Edwards, Anthony S Weiss
A novel, pure, synthetic material is presented that promotes the repair of full-thickness skin wounds. The active component is tropoelastin and leverages its ability to promote new blood vessel formation and its cell recruiting properties to accelerate wound repair. Key to the technology is the use of a novel heat-based, stabilized form of human tropoelastin which allows for tunable resorption. This implantable material contributes a tailored insert that can be shaped to the wound bed, where it hydrates to form a conformable protein hydrogel...
February 16, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450972/how-to-construct-dna-hydrogels-for-environmental-applications-advanced-water-treatment-and-environmental-analysis
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Yingrong Wang, Yuan Zhu, Yi Hu, Guangming Zeng, Yi Zhang, Chang Zhang, Chongling Feng
With high binding affinity, porous structures, safety, green, programmability, etc., DNA hydrogels have gained increasing recognition in the environmental field, i.e., advanced treatment technology of water and analysis of specific pollutants. DNA hydrogels have been demonstrated as versatile potential adsorbents, immobilization carriers of bioactive molecules, catalysts, sensors, etc. Moreover, altering components or choosing appropriate functional DNA optimizes environment-oriented hydrogels. However, the lack of comprehensive information hinders the continued optimization...
February 16, 2018: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450926/macroscopic-adhesion-of-thermoreversible-abc-triblock-copolymer-based-hydrogels-via-boronic-acid-sugar-complexation
#20
Ryota Tamate, Kotomi Takahashi, Takeshi Ueki, Aya Mizutani Akimoto, Ryo Yoshida
Two complementary thermoreversible ABC triblock copolymers containing either phenylboronic acids with low pK a values or galactosyl groups in the hydrophilic B blocks are synthesized by sequential reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization and subsequent modification of the functional groups. Both ABC triblock copolymers undergo reversible sol-to-gel transitions upon temperature change and form physically cross-linked hydrogels under physiological conditions. Furthermore, the spontaneous adhesion of these thermoreversible hydrogels via the formation of boronic esters between the phenylboronic acid and galactosyl groups under physiological conditions is realized for the first time...
February 16, 2018: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
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