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Composite tissue transplantation

Nidal Farhan Al Deek, Donald H Lalonde
Fu-Chan Wei is a world-renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He is clearly one of the most influential and innovative surgeons in the history of plastic surgery. The Taiwanese legend is the innovator of the osteoseptocutaneous fibula flap, which revolutionized the reconstruction of composite bone and soft tissue defects in the jaw and extremities. He has pioneered several perforator flaps, including the free style variety. He has taken toe-to-hand microsurgical transplantation to a whole new level. He is not only recognized for his surgical skills and clinical innovations, but also for his vision, leadership, and teaching...
September 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
Bowen Gao, Qingxiong Yu, Feng Xie, Lingling Sheng, Xiyuan Mao, Qingfeng Li, Hainan Zhu
BACKGROUND: Conventional reconstructive methods fail to achieve satisfactory results in total eyelid defect cases. Vascularized composite tissue allotransplantation might provide both good appearance and function for these patients. The structure of the eyelid is exceptional because it simultaneously consists of skin, connective tissue, the striated muscle, fiber structure, aponeuroses, and mucosa. Thus, before clinical application of eyelid allotransplantation, more experiments are needed to clarify the impact of ischemia, immunal suppressive agents, and deinnervation effects on these sophisticated structures...
October 13, 2016: Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
M Clerc, J Prothet, T Rimmelé
Composite tissue allotransplantation (CTA) is a complex procedure requiring a multidisciplinary collaboration between surgeons, anesthetists, and transplantation specialists. We will describe the perioperative management of a bilateral forearm allograft performed at our facility. A 40-year-old man who lost both forearms was registered on the transplant waiting list; a suitable graft was available 11months later. Anesthesia required planning for vascular access, hemodynamic monitoring, fluid therapy management and prevention of deep vein thrombosis...
June 2016: Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation
Siddharth Shanbhag, Kamal Mustafa, Nikolaos Pandis, Jens R Nyengaard, Andreas Stavropoulos
The regenerative potential of tissue engineered bone constructs may be enhanced by in vitro co-culture and in vivo co-transplantation of vasculogenic and osteogenic (progenitor) cells. The objective of this study was to systematically review the literature to answer the focused question: in animal models, does co-transplantation of osteogenic and vasculogenic cells enhance bone regeneration in craniofacial defects, compared to solely osteogenic cell-seeded constructs? Following PRISMA guidelines, electronic databases were searched for controlled animal studies reporting co-transplantation of endothelial cells (EC) with mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) or osteoblasts (OB) in craniofacial critical-size bone defect (CSD) models...
October 12, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews
Carla Cunha, Catarina R Almeida, Maria Inês Almeida, Andreia M Silva, Maria Molinos, Sofia Lamas, Catarina L Pereira, Graciosa Q Teixeira, António T Monteiro, Susana G Santos, Raquel M Gonçalves, Mário A Barbosa
: : Cell therapies for intervertebral disc (IVD) regeneration presently rely on transplantation of IVD cells or stem cells directly to the lesion site. Still, the harsh IVD environment, with low irrigation and high mechanical stress, challenges cell administration and survival. In this study, we addressed systemic transplantation of allogeneic bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) intravenously into a rat IVD lesion model, exploring tissue regeneration via cell signaling to the lesion site...
October 11, 2016: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
Brian Y Chan, Kara G Gill, Susan L Rebsamen, Jie C Nguyen
The bone marrow is one of the largest organs in the body and is visible in every magnetic resonance (MR) imaging study. It is composed of a combination of hematopoietic red marrow and fatty yellow marrow, and its composition changes throughout life in response to normal maturation (red to yellow conversion) and stress (yellow to red reconversion). MR imaging is highly sensitive for detection of altered marrow signal intensity, and the T1-weighted spin-echo sequence provides the most robust contrast between yellow marrow and disease...
October 2016: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Rachelle N Palchesko, James L Funderburgh, Adam W Feinberg
Basement membranes are protein-rich extracellular matrices (ECM) that are essential for epithelial and endothelial tissue structure and function. Aging and disease cause changes in the physical properties and ECM composition of basement membranes, which has spurred research to develop methods to repair and/or regenerate these tissues. An area of critical clinical need is the cornea, where failure of the endothelium leads to stromal edema and vision loss. Here, an engineered basement membrane (EBM) is developed that consists of a dense layer of collagen IV and/or laminin ≈5-10 nm thick, created using surface-initiated assembly, conformally attached to a collagen I film...
October 10, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
Nanying Li, Juqing Song, Guanglin Zhu, Xiaoyu Li, Lei Liu, Xuetao Shi, Yingjun Wang
As always, the clinical therapy of critical size bone defects caused by trauma, tumor removal surgery or congenital malformation is facing great challenges. Currently, various approaches including autograft, allograft and cell-biomaterial composite based tissue-engineering strategies have been implemented to reconstruct injured bone. However, due to damage during the transplantation processes or design negligence of the bionic scaffolds, these methods expose vulnerabilities without the assistance of periosteum, a bilayer membrane on the outer surface of the bone...
October 18, 2016: Biomaterials Science
Joris A van Dongen, Hieronymus P Stevens, Mojtaba Parvizi, Berend van der Lei, Martin C Harmsen
Autologous adipose tissue transplantation is clinically used to reduce dermal scarring and to restore volume loss. The therapeutic benefit on tissue damage more likely depends on the stromal vascular fraction of adipose tissue than on the adipocyte fraction. This stromal vascular fraction can be obtained by dissociation of adipose tissue, either enzymatically or mechanical. Enzymatic dissociation procedures are time-consuming and expensive. Therefore, we developed a new inexpensive mechanical dissociation procedure to obtain the stromal vascular fraction from adipose tissue in a time sparing way, which is directly available for therapeutic injection...
September 26, 2016: Wound Repair and Regeneration
Daniel J Leong, Hui B Sun
Tendon injuries are common and present a clinical challenge because they often respond poorly to treatment and require prolonged rehabilitation. Current treatments often do not completely repair or regenerate the injured or diseased tendon to its native composition, structure, and mechanical properties. Stem cell-based therapies have brought new hope for tissue repair and regeneration, including that for tendon rupture and tendinopathy. Despite tremendous effort and progress, the success of stem cell-based studies on tendon repair and regeneration has mainly been limited to preclinical studies with few clinical applications...
October 5, 2016: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
V Spagnuolo, F Figlioli, F De Nicola, F Capozzi, S Giordano
In recent decades, mosses have been used as native species or as transplants in monitoring a wide range of pollutants from inorganic (i.e. metals and metalloids) to organic contaminants (mainly polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons-PAHs). To implement the use of mosses as biomonitors of PAHs, one important issue is the study of the interactions between these compounds and moss tissues. In this study we investigated the mode of phenanthrene uptake in four moss species (Amblystegium humile, Plagiomnium affine, Hypnum cupressiforme and a clone of Sphagnum palustre) and its movements from air to plant surface and within the biomonitors, using fluorescent and confocal microscopy...
September 29, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Genevieve M Crane, Mark A Samols, Laura A Morsberger, Raluca Yonescu, Michele L Thiess, Denise A S Batista, Yi Ning, Kathleen H Burns, Milena Vuica-Ross, Michael J Borowitz, Christopher D Gocke, Richard F Ambinder, Amy S Duffield
Tumor-associated inflammatory cells in classical Hodgkin lymphoma (CHL) typically outnumber the neoplastic Hodgkin/Reed-Sternberg (H/RS) cells. The composition of the inflammatory infiltrate, particularly the fraction of macrophages, has been associated with clinical behavior. Emerging work from animal models demonstrates that most tissue macrophages are maintained by a process of self-renewal under physiologic circumstances and certain inflammatory states, but the contribution from circulating monocytes may be increased in some disease states...
2016: PloS One
May Griffith, Mohammad M Islam, Joel Edin, Georgia Papapavlou, Oleksiy Buznyk, Hirak K Patra
Biomaterials are now being used or evaluated clinically as implants to supplement the severe shortage of available human donor organs. To date, however, such implants have mainly been developed as scaffolds to promote the regeneration of failing organs due to old age or congenital malformations. In the real world, however, infection or immunological issues often compromise patients. For example, bacterial and viral infections can result in uncontrolled immunopathological damage and lead to organ failure. Hence, there is a need for biomaterials and implants that not only promote regeneration but also address issues that are specific to compromised patients, such as infection and inflammation...
2016: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
Anwarul Hasan, Ahmad Khattab, Mohammad Ariful Islam, Khaled Abou Hweij, Joya Zeitouny, Renae Waters, Malek Sayegh, Md Monowar Hossain, Arghya Paul
Cardiac tissue damage due to myocardial infarction (MI) is one of the leading causes of mortality worldwide. The available treatments of MI include pharmaceutical therapy, medical device implants, and organ transplants, all of which have severe limitations including high invasiveness, scarcity of donor organs, thrombosis or stenosis of devices, immune rejection, and prolonged hospitalization time. Injectable hydrogels have emerged as a promising solution for in situ cardiac tissue repair in infarcted hearts after MI...
November 2015: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
Wioletta Lech, Anna Figiel-Dabrowska, Anna Sarnowska, Katarzyna Drela, Patrycja Obtulowicz, Bartlomiej Henryk Noszczyk, Leonora Buzanska, Krystyna Domanska-Janik
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) exhibit enormous heterogeneity which can modify their regenerative properties and therefore influence therapeutic effectiveness as well as safety of these cells transplantation. In addition the high phenotypic plasticity of MSC population makes it enormously sensitive to any changes in environmental properties including fluctuation in oxygen concentration. We have shown here that lowering oxygen level far below air atmosphere has a beneficial impact on various parameters characteristic for umbilical cord Wharton Jelly- (WJ-) MSC and adipose tissue- (AD-) derived MSC cultures...
2016: Stem Cells International
Marlies Meisel, Toufic Mayassi, Hannah Fehlner-Peach, Jason C Koval, Sarah L O'Brien, Reinhard Hinterleitner, Kathryn Lesko, Sangman Kim, Romain Bouziat, Li Chen, Christopher R Weber, Sarkis K Mazmanian, Bana Jabri, Dionysios A Antonopoulos
Dysbiosis resulting in gut-microbiome alterations with reduced butyrate production are thought to disrupt intestinal immune homeostasis and promote complex immune disorders. However, whether and how dysbiosis develops before the onset of overt pathology remains poorly defined. Interleukin-15 (IL-15) is upregulated in distressed tissue and its overexpression is thought to predispose susceptible individuals to and have a role in the pathogenesis of celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Although the immunological roles of IL-15 have been largely studied, its potential impact on the microbiota remains unexplored...
September 20, 2016: ISME Journal
Yiwei Wang, Dan Huang, Kai-Yuan Chen, Min Cui, Weihuan Wang, Xiaoran Huang, Amad Awadellah, Qing Li, Ann Friedman, William W Xin, Luca Di Martino, Fabio Cominelli, Alex Miron, Ricky Chan, James Fox, Yan Xu, Xiling Shen, Mathew F Kalady, Sanford Markowitz, Ivan Maillard, John B Lowe, Wei Xin, Lan Zhou
BACKGROUND & AIMS: De novo synthesis of GDP-fucose, a substrate for fucosylglycans, requires sequential reactions mediated by GDP-mannose 4,6-dehydratase (GMDS) and GDP-4-keto-6-deoxymannose 3,5-epimerase-4-reductase (FX or TSTA3). GMDS deletions and mutations are found in 6%-13% of colorectal cancers; these mostly affect ascending and transverse colon. We investigated whether lack of fucosylation consequent to loss of GDP-fucose synthesis contributes to colon carcinogenesis. METHODS: FX deficiency and GMDS deletion produce the same biochemical phenotype of GDP-fucose deficiency...
September 14, 2016: Gastroenterology
Araceli Muñoz-Garach, Cristina Diaz-Perdigones, Francisco J Tinahones
In recent years, many studies have related gut microbiome to development of highly prevalent diseases such as type 2 diabetes and obesity. Obesity itself is associated to changes in the composition of gut microbiome, with a trend to an overgrowth of microorganisms more efficiently obtaining energy from diet. There are several mechanisms that relate microbiota to the onset of insulin resistance and diabetes, including changes in bowel permeability, endotoxemia, interaction with bile acids, changes in the proportion of brown adipose tissue, and effects associated to use of drugs like metformin...
September 12, 2016: Endocrinología y Nutrición: órgano de la Sociedad Española de Endocrinología y Nutrición
Stefan G Tullius, Bohdan Pomahac, Heung Bae Kim, Matthew J Carty, Simon G Talbot, Helen M Nelson, Francis L Delmonico
We report on the to date largest recovery of 11 organs from a single deceased donor with the transplantation of face, bilateral upper extremities, heart, 1 lung, liver (split for 2 recipients), kidneys, pancreas, and intestine. Although logistically challenging, this case demonstrates the feasibility and safety of the recovery of multiple thoracic and abdominal organs with multiple vascular composite allotransplants and tissues. Our experience of 8 additional successful multiple vascular composite allotransplants, thoracic, and abdominal organ recoveries suggests that such procedures are readily accomplishable from the same deceased donor...
October 2016: Transplantation
Linqing Li, Jeanna M Stiadle, Hang K Lau, Aidan B Zerdoum, Xinqiao Jia, Susan L Thibeault, Kristi L Kiick
Vocal folds are soft laryngeal connective tissues with distinct layered structures and complex multicomponent matrix compositions that endow phonatory and respiratory functions. This delicate tissue is easily damaged by various environmental factors and pathological conditions, altering vocal biomechanics and causing debilitating vocal disorders that detrimentally affect the daily lives of suffering individuals. Modern techniques and advanced knowledge of regenerative medicine have led to a deeper understanding of the microstructure, microphysiology, and micropathophysiology of vocal fold tissues...
November 2016: Biomaterials
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