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Isabel Ortuño-Lizarán, Guillermo Vilariño-Feltrer, Cristina Martínez-Ramos, Manuel Monleón Pradas, Ana Vallés-Lluch
Hydrogels have widely been proposed lately as strategies for neural tissue regeneration, but there are still some issues to be solved before their efficient use in tissue engineering of trauma, stroke or the idiopathic degeneration of the nervous system. In a previous work of the authors a novel Schwann-cell structure with the shape of a hollow cylinder was obtained using a three-dimensional conduit based in crosslinked hyaluronic acid as template. This original engineered tissue of tightly joined Schwann cells obtained in a conduit lumen having 400 μm in diameter is a consequence of specific cell-material interactions...
October 24, 2016: Biofabrication
Zhe Wang, Fuwu Zhang, Zhantong Wang, Xiao Fu, Albert Jin, Bryant C Yung, Jing Fan, Xiangyu Yang, Gang Niu, Xiaoyuan Chen
Molecular design of biomaterials with unique features reca-pitulating nature's niche to influence biological activities has been a prolific area of investigation in chemistry and material science. The extracellular matrix (ECM) provides a wealth of bioactive molecules in supporting cell proliferation, migra-tion and differentiation. The well-patterned fibril and inter-twining architecture of the ECM profoundly influences cell behavior and development. Inspired by those features from the ECM, we attempted to integrate essential biological fac-tors from the ECM to design bioactive molecules to construct artificial self-supportive ECM mimics to advance stem cell culture...
October 24, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Kaixuan Ren, Haitao Cui, Qinghua Xu, Chaoliang He, Gao Li, Xuesi Chen
Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) possess vast potential for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. In this study, an injectable hydrogel comprising poly(L-glutamic acid)-graft-tyramine (PLG-g-TA) with tunable microenvironment was developed via enzyme-catalyzed crosslinking, and used as artificial extracellular matrix (ECM) to explore the behaviors of BMSCs during three dimensional (3D) culture. It was found that the mechanical property, porous structure as well as degradation process of the hydrogels could be tuned by changing the copolymer concentration...
October 24, 2016: Biomacromolecules
Etienne Borré, Stéphane Bellemin-Laponnaz, Matteo Mauro
A series of amphiphilic metallopolymers is described that features zinc(II) bis-terpyridine coordination nodes and a backbone with hydrophobic azoaryl moieties and hydrophilic phenylene-ethynylene units decorated with PEG brushes. Using such metallopolymers at very low concentration, stable, photo-responsive and self-healable hydrogels are obtained. UV irradiation of the gel allows modulation of the degree of hydrophobic π-π interactions between photo-isomerizable azoaryl units and polarity switch that overall induces a fast gel-to-sol transition...
October 24, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
J S Arora, J C Cremaldi, M K Holleran, T Ponnusamy, B Sunkara, J He, N S Pesika, V T John
The surface chemistry and topography govern the spreading of liquids on a solid. When an oil drop makes a contact angle, θ > 90° on a solid surface, the solid is termed as oleophobic. Adding roughness to an inherently oleophobic surface enhances its oil dewetting and can lead to superoleophobicity when θ > 150°. In this study, we introduce the concept of a two-tier hierarchical roughness on the surface of soft materials such as hydrogels by forming the patterned inverse replica of breath figure polymer films impregnated with nanoparticles...
October 24, 2016: Nanoscale
Han Yang, Amir Sheikhi, Theo G M van de Ven
A novel biopolymer-based aerogel was developed by freeze-drying a hydrogel, synthesized from crosslinking bifunctional hairy nanocrystalline cellulose and carboxymethylated chitosan through a Schiff base reaction. The nanocelluloses, bearing aldehyde and carboxylic acid groups, facilitated the crosslinking with chitosan through imine bond formation while providing negatively-charged functional groups, and chitosan was modified to accommodate carboxylic acid. The potential of this bio-aerogel in environmental remediation was examined in a model system comprising methylene blue, a cationic dye...
October 24, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Niloofar Eslahi, Marjan Abdorahim, Abdolreza Arash Simchi
Stimuli responsive hydrogels (SRHs) are attractive bio-scaffolds for tissue engineering. The structural similarity of SRHs to the extracellular matrix (ECM) of many tissues offers great advantages for a minimally invasive tissue repair. Among various potential applications of SRHs, cartilage regeneration has attracted significant attention. The repair of cartilage damage is challenging in orthopedics owing to its low repair capacity. Recent advances include development of injectable hydrogels to minimize invasive surgery with nanostructured features and rapid stimuli-responsive characteristics...
October 24, 2016: Biomacromolecules
Ken-Ichiro Kamei, Yoshie Koyama, Yumie Tokunaga, Yasumasa Mashimo, Momoko Yoshioka, Christopher Fockenberg, Rowland Mosbergen, Othmar Korn, Christine Wells, Yong Chen
Human pluripotent stem cells hold great promise for applications in drug discovery and regenerative medicine. Microfluidic technology is a promising approach for creating artificial microenvironments; however, although a proper 3D microenvironment is required to achieve robust control of cellular phenotypes, most current microfluidic devices provide only 2D cell culture and do not allow tuning of physical and chemical environmental cues simultaneously. Here, the authors report a 3D cellular microenvironment plate (3D-CEP), which consists of a microfluidic device filled with thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-β-poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogel (HG), which enables systematic tuning of both chemical and physical environmental cues as well as in situ cell monitoring...
October 24, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
Xueling Feng, Kaihuan Zhang, Peng Chen, Xiaofeng Sui, Mark A Hempenius, Bo Liedberg, G Julius Vancso
Highly swellable, dual-responsive hydrogels, consisting of thermo-responsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) and redox-responsive poly(ferrocenylsilane) (PFS) based poly(ionic liquid)s (PILs) are formed by photo-polymerization. PFS chains bearing cross-linkable vinylimidazolium (VIm) side groups are copolymerized with NIPAM in aqueous solutions under ultraviolet light (λ = 365 nm) in the presence of a photoinitiator. The PFS-PILs serve as a macro-cross-linker and also provide redox responsiveness. The swelling ratio, morphology, and lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of the hydrogels are studied as a function of the PNIPAM/PFS ratio...
October 24, 2016: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
Cong Wang, Yibo Gao, Xinghua Gao, Hua Wang, Jingxuan Tian, Li Wang, Bingpu Zhou, Ziran Ye, Jun Wan, Weijia Wen
A highly efficient photochromic hydrogel was successfully fabricated via casting precursor, which is based on amorphous tungsten oxide and poly (ethylene oxide)-block-poly (propylene oxide)-block-poly (ethylene oxide). Under simulated solar illumination, the hydrogel has a rapid and controlled temperature increasing ratio as its coloration degree. Localized electrons in the amorphous tungsten oxide play a vital role in absorption over a broad range of wavelengths from 400 nm to 1100 nm, encompassing the entire visible light and infrared regions in the solar spectrum...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Miriam Rothdiener, Miriam Hegemann, Tatiana Uynuk-Ool, Brandan Walters, Piruntha Papugy, Phong Nguyen, Valentin Claus, Tanja Seeger, Ulrich Stoeckle, Karen A Boehme, Wilhelm K Aicher, Jan P Stegemann, Melanie L Hart, Bodo Kurz, Gerd Klein, Bernd Rolauffs
Using matrix elasticity and cyclic stretch have been investigated for inducing mesenchymal stromal cell (MSC) differentiation towards the smooth muscle cell (SMC) lineage but not in combination. We hypothesized that combining lineage-specific stiffness with cyclic stretch would result in a significantly increased expression of SMC markers, compared to non-stretched controls. First, we generated dense collagen type I sheets by mechanically compressing collagen hydrogels. Atomic force microscopy revealed a nanoscale stiffness range known to support myogenic differentiation...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
C I Fiedler, E A Aisenbrey, J A Wahlquist, C M Heveran, V L Ferguson, S J Bryant, R R McLeod
Current hydrogels used for tissue engineering are limited to a single range of mechanical properties within the replicated tissue construct. We show that repeated in-swelling by a single hydrogel pre-cursor solution into an existing polymerized hydrogel followed by photo-exposure increases hydrogel mechanical properties. The process is demonstrated with a photo-clickable thiol-ene hydrogel using a biocompatible precursor solution of poly(ethylene glycol) dithiol and 8-arm poly(ethylene glycol) functionalized with norbornene...
October 24, 2016: Soft Matter
Jie Wang, Haijing Shen, Xiaoxia Hu, Yan Li, Zhihao Li, Jinfan Xu, Xiufeng Song, Haibo Zeng, Quan Yuan
For the water remediation techniques based on adsorption, the long-standing contradictories between selectivity and multiple adsorbability, as well as between affinity and recyclability, have put it on weak defense amid more and more severe environment crisis. Here, a pollutant-targeting hydrogel scavenger is reported for water remediation with both high selectivity and multiple adsorbability for several pollutants, and with strong affinity and good recyclability through rationally integrating the advantages of multiple functional materials...
March 2016: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
Yibo Gan, Sukai Li, Pei Li, Yuan Xu, Liyuan Wang, Chen Zhao, Bin Ouyang, Bing Tu, Chengmin Zhang, Lei Luo, Xiangdong Luo, Xiumei Mo, Qiang Zhou
Mesenchymal stem cell- (MSC-) based therapy is regarded as a potential tissue engineering strategy to achieve nucleus pulposus (NP) regeneration for the treatment of intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD). However, it is still a challenge to induce MSC differentiation in NP-like cells when MSCs are implanted into the NP. The purpose of this study was to construct poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) nanoparticles as carriers for TGF-β3 controlled release and establish a codelivery system of a dextran/gelatin hydrogel with the nanoparticles for long-term processing of discogenesis differentiation...
2016: Stem Cells International
Clara Morita-Imura, Yoshiro Imura, Takeshi Kawai
Amidoamine derivative C18AA forms a highly viscous oil-in-water (O/W) emulsion, called an "emulsion gel." Previously, it was showed that the viscosity sensitively changes with the C18AA concentration, temperature, pH changes, and salt addition. In this work, C18AA concentration in the continuous aqueous phase ([C18AA]w) was investigated at different compositions, and it was found that a threshold concentration value of 16.5 wt% was required to obtain a highly viscous emulsion gel below 45°C. C18AA formed micellar networks in the aqueous phase, and stimuli or additives increase the value of [C18AA]w, so that the C18AA micellar network could grow in the continuous aqueous phase...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Oleo Science
Makiya Nishikawa
Nucleic acids are biologically active materials, and chemically modified nucleic acids are now being used in nucleic acid drugs. DNA, one of the two types of nucleic acids, can also be used as a material to construct DNA-based delivery systems, such as DNA hydrogel, for therapeutic compounds. Use of chemically modified nucleic acids would greatly increase the therapeutic potency of such DNA-based delivery systems. However, attention should be paid to the differences in the physicochemical properties of natural and chemically modified nucleic acids...
October 23, 2016: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
Hugh S O'Neill, Caroline C Herron, Conn L Hastings, Roel Deckers, Adolfo Lopez Noriega, Helena M Kelly, Wim E Hennink, Ciarán O McDonnell, Fergal J O'Brien, Eduardo Ruiz-Hernández, Garry P Duffy
Lysolipid-based thermosensitive liposomes (LTSL) embedded in a chitosan-based thermoresponsive hydrogel matrix (denoted Lipogel) represents a novel approach for the spatiotemporal release of therapeutic agents. The entrapment of drug-loaded liposomes in an injectable hydrogel permits local liposome retention, thus providing a prolonged release in target tissues. Moreover, release can be controlled through the use of a minimally invasive external hyperthermic stimulus. Temporal control of release is particularly important for complex multi-step physiological processes, such as angiogenesis, in which different signals are required at different times in order to produce a robust vasculature...
October 20, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
Jingyu Yang, Xuening Chen, Tun Yuan, Xiao Yang, Yujiang Fan, Xingdong Zhang
In the latest decade, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have wildly considered as a source of seeded cells in tissue engineering, not only because of its multi-differentiation potentials, but also due to its immunoregulation ability. The main immunoregulatory features of MSCs could be divided into low self-immunogenicity and secretion of soluble factors. In this study, we explored how scaffold structures modulated the secretion of soluble immunoregulatory factors in MSCs under an allogeneic cartilage tissue engineering background...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Ling Zhang, Li Zheng, Hong S Fan, Xing D Zhang
This study was undertaken to explore the synergistic effect of scaffold materials and a cartilage-like environment on the chondrogenic differentiation of stem cells. Because stem cells encapsulated in a cartilage scaffold will be induced by scaffold molecules as well as permeable molecules from the surroundings, it is impossible to optimize a chondro-inducible scaffold without considering environmental sensitivity. How do we know if a designed scaffold will be sufficient prior to implantation? In this study, bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (bMSCs) were seeded in various scaffolds, including collagen hydrogel, collage/sodium alginate hydrogel, collagen sponge and silk fibroin sponge...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Muhammad Abdul Haq, Yunlan Su, Dujin Wang
Materials which adjust their properties in response to environmental factors such as temperature, pH and ionic strength are rapidly evolving and known as smart materials. Hydrogels formed by smart polymers have various applications. Among the smart polymers, thermoresponsive polymer poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)(PNIPAM) is very important because of its well defined structure and property specially its temperature response is closed to human body and can be finetuned as well. Mechanical properties are critical for the performance of stimuli responsive hydrogels in diverse applications...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
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