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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231508/regulating-dynamic-signaling-between-hematopoietic-stem-cells-and-niche-cells-via-a-hydrogel-matrix
#1
Bhushan P Mahadik, Narayanan A K Bharadwaj, Randy H Ewoldt, Brendan A C Harley
Hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) reside in unique bone marrow niches and are influenced by signals from surrounding cells, the extracellular matrix (ECM), ECM-bound or diffusible biomolecules. Here we describe the use of a three-dimensional hydrogel to alter the balance of HSC-generated autocrine feedback and paracrine signals generated by co-cultured niche-associated cells. We report shifts in HSC proliferation rate and fate specification in the presence of lineage positive (Lin(+)) niche cells. Hydrogels promoting autocrine feedback enhanced expansion of early hematopoietic progenitors while paracrine signals from Lin(+) cells increased myeloid differentiation...
February 14, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230931/spatially-assembled-bilayer-cell-sheets-of-stem-cells-and-endothelial-cells-using-thermosensitive-hydrogels-for-therapeutic-angiogenesis
#2
Indong Jun, Taufiq Ahmad, Seongwoo Bak, Joong-Yup Lee, Eun Mi Kim, Jinkyu Lee, Yu Bin Lee, Hongsoo Jeong, Hojeong Jeon, Heungsoo Shin
Although the coculture of multiple cell types has been widely employed in regenerative medicine, in vivo transplantation of cocultured cells while maintaining the hierarchical structure remains challenging. Here, a spatially assembled bilayer cell sheet of human mesenchymal stem cells and human umbilical vein endothelial cells on a thermally expandable hydrogel containing fibronectin is prepared and its effect on in vitro proangiogenic functions and in vivo ischemic injury is investigated. The expansion of hydrogels in response to a temperature change from 37 to 4 °C allows rapid harvest and delivery of the bilayer cell sheet to two different targets (an in vitro model glass surface and in vivo tissue)...
February 23, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230077/cartilage-like-electrostatic-stiffening-of-responsive-cryogel-scaffolds
#3
G S Offeddu, I Mela, P Jeggle, R M Henderson, S K Smoukov, M L Oyen
Cartilage is a structural tissue with unique mechanical properties deriving from its electrically-charged porous structure. Traditional three-dimensional environments for the culture of cells fail to display the complex physical response displayed by the natural tissue. In this work, the reproduction of the charged environment found in cartilage is achieved using polyelectrolyte hydrogels based on polyvinyl alcohol and polyacrylic acid. The mechanical response and morphology of microporous physically-crosslinked cryogels are compared to those of heat-treated chemical gels made from the same polymers, as a result of pH-dependent swelling...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229956/development-of-a-thermosensitive-hama-containing-bio-ink-for-the-fabrication-of-composite-cartilage-repair-constructs
#4
Vivian Hilda Maria Mouser, Anna Abbadessa, Riccardo Levato, Wim Hennink, Tina Vermonden, Debby Gawlitta, Jos Malda
Fine-tuning of bio-ink composition and material processing parameters is crucial for the development of biomechanically relevant cartilage constructs. This study aims to design and develop cartilage constructs with tunable internal architectures and relevant mechanical properties. More specifically, the potential of methacrylated hyaluronic acid (HAMA) added to thermosensitive hydrogels composed of methacrylated poly[N-(2-hydroxypropyl)methacrylamide mono/dilactate] (pHPMA-lac)/polyethylene glycol (PEG) triblock copolymers, to optimize cartilage-like tissue formation by embedded chondrocytes, and enhance printability was explored...
February 23, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229423/patient-derived-and-intraoperatively-formed-biomaterial-for-tissue-engineering
#5
Shalmli U Joshi, Rares O Barbu, Melissa Carr-Reynolds, Brian Barnes, Syam P Nukavarapu
In this chapter, we introduce a completely intraoperative procedure for obtaining a patient-derived biomaterial in cell therapy and tissue engineering applications. An automated device for processing human peripheral-blood ensures a reproducible method for retrieving the patient's cellular-rich as well as cellular-poor plasma. By substituting calcium for animal-derived thrombin, we engineer a completely autologous hydrogel that eliminates the risk of disease transmission and lowers FDA regulation hurdles. Through this chapter, we will discuss a bedside protocol developed to prepare a patient-derived hydrogel...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228933/vascularization-and-innervation-of-slits-within-polydimethylsiloxane-sheets-in-the-subcutaneous-space-of-athymic-nude-mice
#6
Rachel E Gurlin, Mark T Keating, Shiri Li, Jonathan Rt Lakey, Sébastien de Feraudy, Bhupinder S Shergill, Elliot L Botvinick
Success of cell therapy in avascular sites will depend on providing sufficient blood supply to transplanted tissues. A popular strategy of providing blood supply is to embed cells within a functionalized hydrogel implanted within the host to stimulate neovascularization. However, hydrogel systems are not always amenable for removal post-transplantation; thus, it may be advantageous to implant a device that contains cells while also providing access to the circulation so retrieval is possible. Here we investigate one instance of providing access to a vessel network, a thin sheet with through-cut slits, and determine if it can be vascularized from autologous materials...
January 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228859/dynamics-and-interactions-of-ibuprofen-in-cyclodextrin-nanosponges-by-solid-state-nmr-spectroscopy
#7
Monica Ferro, Franca Castiglione, Nadia Pastori, Carlo Punta, Lucio Melone, Walter Panzeri, Barbara Rossi, Francesco Trotta, Andrea Mele
Two different formulations of cyclodextrin nanosponges (CDNS), obtained by polycondensation of β-cyclodextrin with ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid dianhydride (EDTAn), were treated with aqueous solutions of ibuprofen sodium salt (IbuNa) affording hydrogels that, after lyophilisation, gave two solid CDNS-drug formulations. (1)H fast MAS NMR and (13)C CP-MAS NMR spectra showed that IbuNa was converted in situ into its acidic and dimeric form (IbuH) after freeze-drying. (13)C CP-MAS NMR spectra also indicated that the structure of the nanosponge did not undergo changes upon drug loading compared to the unloaded system...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227804/novel-dry-electrodes-for-recording-electrodermal-activity
#8
Hugo F Posada-Quintero, Ryan Rood, Yeonsik Noh, Ken Burnham, John Pennace, Ki H Chon, Hugo F Posada-Quintero, Ryan Rood, Yeonsik Noh, Ken Burnham, John Pennace, Ki H Chon, Ryan Rood, John Pennace, Ki H Chon, Hugo F Posada-Quintero, Ken Burnham, Yeonsik Noh
Novel carbon/salt adhesive (CSA) electrodes have been found suitable for collecting electrodermal activity (EDA) signals. Ag/AgCl electrodes are considered the standard for collecting EDA signals, because it highly avoids electrodes' polarization. Ag is an expensive commodity. Furthermore, a hydrogel layer is needed for the Ag/AgCl electrodes to collect EDA signals. Adding hydrogel to the electrodes is a cumbersome process. Aforementioned circumstances highlight the need for a more accessible media to collect these signals, allowing EDA use to spread...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227438/poly-n-isopropylacrylamide-hydrogel-based-shape-adjustable-polyimide-films-triggered-by-near-human-body-temperature
#9
Huanqing Cui, Xuemin Du, Juan Wang, Tianhong Tang, Tianzhun Wu, Huanqing Cui, Xuemin Du, Juan Wang, Tianhong Tang, Tianzhun Wu, Huanqing Cui, Tianzhun Wu, Xuemin Du, Tianhong Tang, Juan Wang
Hydrogel-based shape-adjustable films were successfully fabricated via grafting poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) onto one side of polyimide (PI) films. The prepared PI-g-PNIPAM films exhibited rapid, reversible, and repeatable bending/unbending property by heating to near-human-body temperature (37 °C) or cooling to 25 °C. The excellent property of PI-g-PNIPAM films resulted from a lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of PNIPAM at about 32 °C. Varying the thickness of PNIPAM hydrogel layer regulated the thermo-responsive shape bending degree and response speed of PI-g-PNIPAM films...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227435/gelatin-methacrylamide-hydrogel-with-graphene-nanoplatelets-for-neural-cell-laden-3d-bioprinting
#10
Wei Zhu, Brent T Harris, Lijie Grace Zhang, Wei Zhu, Brent T Harris, Lijie Grace Zhang, Wei Zhu, Brent T Harris, Lijie Grace Zhang
Nervous system is extremely complex which leads to rare regrowth of nerves once injury or disease occurs. Advanced 3D bioprinting strategy, which could simultaneously deposit biocompatible materials, cells and supporting components in a layer-by-layer manner, may be a promising solution to address neural damages. Here we presented a printable nano-bioink composed of gelatin methacrylamide (GelMA), neural stem cells, and bioactive graphene nanoplatelets to target nerve tissue regeneration in the assist of stereolithography based 3D bioprinting technique...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227291/development-of-a-head-phantom-and-measurement-setup-for-lightning-effects
#11
Rene Machts, Alexander Hunold, Carsten Leu, Jens Haueisen, Michael Rock, Rene Machts, Alexander Hunold, Carsten Leu, Jens Haueisen, Michael Rock, Alexander Hunold, Carsten Leu, Jens Haueisen, Michael Rock, Rene Machts
Direct lightning strikes to human heads lead to various effects ranging from Lichtenberg figures, over loss of consciousness to death. The evolution of the induced current distribution in the head is of great interest to understand the effect mechanisms. This work describes a technique to model a simplified head-phantom to investigate effects during direct lightning strike. The head-phantom geometry, conductive and dielectric parameters were chosen similar to that of a human head. Three layers (brain, skull, and scalp) were created for the phantom using agarose hydrogel doped with sodium chloride and carbon...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226936/electrosynthesis-of-magnetoresponsive-microrobot-for-targeted-drug-delivery-using-calcium-alginate
#12
Chengzhi Hu, Katharina Riederer, Michael Klemmer, Salvador Pane, Bradley J Nelson, Chengzhi Hu, Katharina Riederer, Michael Klemmer, Salvador Pane, Bradley J Nelson, Salvador Pane, Katharina Riederer, Bradley J Nelson, Michael Klemmer, Chengzhi Hu
Targeted drug delivery systems deliver drugs precisely to a specific targeted site inside the body, and can also release the drugs with controlled kinetics to prolong the efficacy of single dose administration. The advantageous properties of hydrogels make them attractive for use in the area of drug delivery. Calcium alginate is a pH sensitive hydrogel stable in acidic media and soluble in basic media. This enables the hydrogel to absorb and release aqueous solutions at certain ranges of pH values. By absorbing an aqueous solution containing a drug, an active drug release can be triggered at a specified range of pH value...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226934/self-folding-hydrogel-bilayer-for-enhanced-drug-loading-encapsulation-and-transport
#13
Hen-Wei Huang, Andrew J Petruska, Mahmut Selman Sakar, Maria Skoura, Franziska Ullrich, Qi Zhangm, Salvador Pane, Bradley J Nelson, Hen-Wei Huang, Andrew J Petruska, Mahmut Selman Sakar, Maria Skoura, Franziska Ullrich, Qi Zhangm, Salvador Pane, Bradley J Nelson, Hen-Wei Huang, Franziska Ullrich, Bradley J Nelson, Maria Skoura, Mahmut Selman Sakar, Salvador Pane, Andrew J Petruska
Hydrogel-based robotic microdevices are currently investigated for minimally invasive medical procedures. Hydrogels are especially suited to targeted drug delivery applications as they are able to carry several times more drug solution than its dry weight. A major drawback of these system is that drug release takes place before reaching the targeted area in the body. We introduce a strategy based on a self-folding bilayer to prevent release during transportation without hindering the drug loading efficiency of the hydrogel...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226540/micro-tube-mass-production-device-for-microbial-culture
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K Fujimoto, M Ogawa, K Higashi, N Miki, K Fujimoto, M Ogawa, K Higashi, N Miki, K Higashi, K Fujimoto, M Ogawa, N Miki
This paper describes mass production system of micro-tubes for microbial culture in an open environment. Microbes are used in many fields, such as food, medicine, environmental and energy. We proposed a microbe culture system using hydrogel micro-tubes, which can protect the target microbes inside from competitive microbes outside of the tubes while allow oxygen and nutrition to diffuse through. The hydrogel micro-tubes can be produced by a microfluidic device, which can precisely control the flow and therefore, the tube geometry...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226459/a-simple-method-for-micropatterning-nanofibrous-hydrogel-film
#15
K Higashi, N Miki, K Higashi, N Miki, K Higashi, N Miki
This paper propose a new fabrication process for micropatterning a nanofibrous thin film made of bacterial cellulose(BC). BC is a hydrogel produced by specific bacteria and composed of pure cellulosic nanoflbers exhibiting 3D network structure. Such nanofibrous structure is found to be appropriate for adhesion of anchorage-dependent cells. Furthermore, BC shows high biocompatibility and mechanical toughness. Thus, the microfabrication technique for BC broadens potentials for applications. In this study, we report a new method for micropatterning BC film with feature resolution comparable with photolithography technology...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226456/hydrogel-reinforced-polypyrrole-electroactuator
#16
Yongchen Wang, Bingxi Yan, Yu Wu, Liang Guo, Yongchen Wang, Bingxi Yan, Yu Wu, Liang Guo, Yongchen Wang, Liang Guo, Bingxi Yan, Yu Wu
Robust electroactuators that are lightweight, power-efficient and capable of generating high forces at a low actuation voltage are of great demand in the design of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) for biomedical applications. In this work, electroactive composite films of alginate hydrogel and polypyrrole/polyethylene glycol (PPy/PEG) are synthesized and characterized as actuators for driving an implantable insulin micropump. A porous and flexible alginate hydrogel back layer is used to mechanically reinforce the PPy/PEG film by enhancing the actuator's resistance to its generated tension but without increase of its overall rigidness...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225603/reversible-lifting-of-surface-supported-lipid-bilayers-with-a-membrane-spanning-non-ionic-triblock-copolymer
#17
Steven C Hayden, Ann Junghans, Jaroslaw Majewski, Millicent Anne Firestone
Neutron reflectometry was used to monitor structural variations in surface supported DMPC bilayers induced by the addition of Triton X-100, a surfactant commonly used to aid solubilization of membrane proteins, and the co-addition of a membrane spanning non-ionic amphiphilic triblock copolymer, (PEO117-PPO47-PEO117, Pluronic F98). Surfactant addition causes slight compression of the bilayer thickness and the creation of a distinct EO layer that increases the hydrophilic layer proximal to the supporting substrate (i...
February 22, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225583/microfluidic-encapsulation-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-for-articular-cartilage-tissue-regeneration
#18
Fanyi Li, Vinh X Truong, Helmut Thissen, Jessica Frith, John S Forsythe
Stem cell injections for the treatment of articular cartilage damage are a promising approach to achieve tissue regeneration. However, this method is encumbered by high cell apoptosis rates, low retention in the cartilage lesion and inefficient chondrogenesis. Here, we have used a facile, very low cost-based microfluidic technique to create visible light-cured hydrogel microparticles composed of gelatin norbornene (GelNB) and a polyethylene glycol (PEG) crosslinker. In addition, we have demonstrated that the process enables the rapid in situ micro-encapsulation of human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hBMSCs) under biocompatible microfluidic-processing conditions for long-term maintenance...
February 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225294/role-of-rock-isoforms-in-regulation-of-stiffness-induced-myofibroblast-differentiation-in-lung-fibrosis
#19
Su S Htwe, Byung H Cha, Kan Yue, Ali Khademhosseini, Alan J Knox, Amir M Ghaemmaghami
Fibrosis is a major cause of progressive organ dysfunction in several chronic pulmonary diseases. Rho associated coiled-coil forming kinase (ROCK) has shown to be involved in myofibroblast differentiation driven by altered matrix stiffness in fibrotic state. There are two known ROCK isoforms in human, ROCK1 (ROKβ) and ROCK2 (ROKα), but specific role of each isoform in myofibroblast differentiation in lung fibrosis remains unknown. To study this, we developed a Gelatin methacryloyl (GelMA) hydrogel based culture system with different stiffness levels relevant to healthy and fibrotic lungs...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225256/analysis-and-control-of-chain-mobility-in-protein-hydrogels
#20
Peter B Rapp, Ahmad K Omar, Jeff J Shen, Maren E Buck, Zhen-Gang Wang, David A Tirrell
Coiled-coil domains can direct the assembly of protein block copolymers into physically crosslinked, viscoelastic hydrogels. Here we describe the use of fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) to probe chain mobility in reversible hydrogels assembled from engineered proteins bearing terminal coiled-coil domains. We show that chain mobility can be related to the underlying dynamics of the coiled-coil domains by application of a 3-state "hopping" model of chain migration. We further show that genetic programming allows the effective mobility of network chains to be varied 500-fold through modest changes in protein sequence...
February 22, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
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