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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636048/supramolecular-surface-functionalization-via-catechols-for-the-improvement-of-cell-material-interactions
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S Spaans, P P K H Fransen, B D Ippel, D F A de Bont, H M Keizer, N A M Bax, C V C Bouten, P Y W Dankers
Optimization of cell-material interactions is crucial for the success of synthetic biomaterials in guiding tissue regeneration. To do so, catechol chemistry is often used to introduce adhesiveness into biomaterials. Here, a supramolecular approach based on ureido-pyrimidinone (UPy) modified polymers is combined with catechol chemistry in order to achieve improved cellular adhesion onto supramolecular biomaterials. UPy-modified hydrophobic polymers with non-cell adhesive properties are developed that can be bioactivated via a modular approach using UPy-modified catechols...
June 21, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635382/white-cell-and-platelet-content-affects-the-release-of-bioactive-factors-in-different-blood-derived-scaffolds
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S Cabaro, V D'Esposito, R Gasparro, F Borriello, F Granata, G Mosca, F Passaretti, J C Sammartino, F Riccitiello, F Beguinot, P Formisano, G Sammartino
Platelet-derived factors are biomaterials that might accelerate healing process in oral, maxillofacial, and several other applications. Release of specific factors by platelet concentrates is critical to achieving a successful outcome. Here, we have shown that platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) clots were beneficial sources of leukocytes, which may directly affect the release of chemokines and growth factors. When compared with the standard leukocyte-PRF (L-PRF), the experimental low-force modified procedure [defined as advanced-PRF (A-PRF)] entrapped the same content of viable leukocytes, released a similar amount of inflammatory cytokines, but secreted 3-, 1...
June 21, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634611/micro-and-nano-patterned-conductive-graphene-peg-hybrid-scaffolds-for-cardiac-tissue-engineering
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Alec S T Smith, Hyok Yoo, Hyunjung Yi, Eun Hyun Ahn, Justin H Lee, Guozheng Shao, Ekaterina Nagornyak, Michael A Laflamme, Charles E Murry, Deok-Ho Kim
A lack of electrical conductivity and structural organization in currently available biomaterial scaffolds limits their utility for generating physiologically representative models of functional cardiac tissue. Here we report on the development of scalable, graphene-functionalized topographies with anisotropic electrical conductivity for engineering the structural and functional phenotypes of macroscopic cardiac tissue constructs. Guided by anisotropic electroconductive and topographic cues, the tissue constructs displayed structural property enhancement in myofibrils and sarcomeres, and exhibited significant increases in the expression of cell-cell coupling and calcium handling proteins, as well as in action potential duration and peak calcium release...
June 21, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634532/cellularizing-hydrogel-based-scaffolds-to-repair-bone-tissue-how-to-create-a-physiologically-relevant-micro-environment
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Mathieu Maisani, Daniele Pezzoli, Olivier Chassande, Diego Mantovani
Tissue engineering is a promising alternative to autografts or allografts for the regeneration of large bone defects. Cell-free biomaterials with different degrees of sophistication can be used for several therapeutic indications, to stimulate bone repair by the host tissue. However, when osteoprogenitors are not available in the damaged tissue, exogenous cells with an osteoblast differentiation potential must be provided. These cells should have the capacity to colonize the defect and to participate in the building of new bone tissue...
January 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633977/vascular-endothelial-cell-mechanosensing-new-insights-gained-from-biomimetic-microfluidic-models
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REVIEW
Kelsey M Gray, Kimberly M Stroka
In vivo, cells of the vascular system are subjected to various mechanical stimuli and have demonstrated the ability to adapt their behavior via mechanotransduction. Recent advances in microfluidic and "on-chip" techniques have provided the technology to study these alterations in cell behavior. Contrary to traditional in vitro assays such as transwell plates and parallel plate flow chambers, these microfluidic devices (MFDs) provide the opportunity to integrate multiple mechanical cues (e.g. shear stress, confinement, substrate stiffness, vessel geometry and topography) with in situ quantification capabilities...
June 17, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633121/biomaterials-based-strategies-for-rotator-cuff-repair
#6
REVIEW
Song Zhao, Wei Su, Vishva Shah, Divia Hobson, Lara Yildirimer, Kelvin W K Yeung, Jinzhong Zhao, Wenguo Cui, Xin Zhao
Tearing of the rotator cuff commonly occurs as among one of the most frequently experienced tendon disorders. While treatment typically involves surgical repair, failure rates to achieve or sustain healing range from 20 to 90%. The insufficient capacity to recover damaged tendon to heal to the bone, especially at the enthesis, is primarily responsible for the failure rates reported. Various types of biomaterials with special structures have been developed to improve tendon-bone healing and tendon regeneration, and have received considerable attention for replacement, reconstruction, or reinforcement of tendon defects...
June 6, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633093/fracture-resistance-of-ceramic-and-polymer-based-occlusal-veneer-restorations
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Majed Al-Akhali, Mohamed Sad Chaar, Adham Elsayed, Abdulaziz Samran, Matthias Kern
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this in vitro study was to evaluate the influence of thermodynamic loading on the durability and fracture resistance behavior of occlusal veneers fabricated from different biomedical dental CAD/CAM materials. METHODS: The occlusal surfaces of 64 extracted premolars were prepared in the enamel layer and restored with occlusal veneers with a fissure/cusp thickness of 0.5/0.8mm made from four different dental CAD/CAM materials: group LD lithium disilicate (e...
June 13, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632140/thermal-stability-and-rheological-properties-of-the-non-stick-caf1-biomaterial
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Yakup Ulusu, Gema Dura, Helen Waller, Matthew Benning, David Fulton, Jeremy Lakey, Daniel Thomas Peters
The ability to culture cells in three dimensions has many applications, from drug discovery to wound healing. 3D cell culture methods often require appropriate scaffolds that mimic the cellular environments of different tissue types. The choice of material from which these scaffolds are made is of paramount importance, as its properties will define the manner in which cells interact with the scaffold. Caf1 is a protein polymer that is secreted from its host organism, Yersinia pestis, to enable escape from phagocytosis...
June 20, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631866/mg2-dependent-high-mechanical-anisotropy-of-three-way-junction-prna-revealed-by-single-molecule-force-spectroscopy
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Yang Sun, Weishuai Di, Yiran Li, Wenmao Huang, Xin Wang, Meng Qin, Wei Wang, Yi Cao
Mechanical anisotropy is ubiquitous in biological tissues but remains hard to be reproduced in synthetic biomaterials. Developing molecular building blocks with anisotropic mechanical response is the key towards engineering anisotropic biomaterials. Here we report that the three-way-junction- (3WJ-) pRNA, derived from φ29 DNA packaging motor, shows strong mechanical anisotropy upon Mg2+ binding. In the absence of Mg2+, 3WJ-pRNA is mechanically weak without noticeable mechanical anisotropy. While in the presence of Mg2+, the unfolding forces can differ by more than 4 folds along different pulling directions, ranging from ~47 pN to ~219 pN...
June 20, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631614/3d-printed-bioceramic-scaffolds-with-antibacterial-and-osteogenic-activity
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Yongliang Zhang, Dong Zhai, Mengchi Xu, Qingqiang Yao, Huiying Zhu, Jiang Chang, Chengtie Wu
Bacterial infection poses a significant risk with the wide application of bone graft materials. Designing bone grafts with good antibacterial performance and excellent bone-forming activity is of particular significance for bone tissue engineering. In our study, a 3D printing method was used to prepare β-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) bioceramic scaffolds. Silver (Ag) nanoparticles were uniformly dispersed on graphene oxide (GO) to form a homogeneous nanocomposite (named Ag@GO) with different Ag-to-graphene oxide mass ratios, with this being synthesized via the liquid chemical reduction approach...
June 20, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631533/u-can-a-prospective-longitudinal-collection-of-biomaterials-and-clinical-information-from-adult-cancer-patients-in-sweden
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Bengt Glimelius, Beatrice Melin, Gunilla Enblad, Irina Alafuzoff, Anna Beskow, Håkan Ahlström, Anna Bill-Axelson, Helgi Birgisson, Ove Björ, Per-Henrik Edqvist, Tony Hansson, Thomas Helleday, Per Hellman, Kerstin Henriksson, Göran Hesselager, Magnus Hultdin, Michael Häggman, Martin Höglund, Håkan Jonsson, Chatarina Larsson, Henrik Lindman, Ingrid Ljuslinder, Stephanie Mindus, Peter Nygren, Fredrik Pontén, Katrine Riklund, Richard Rosenquist, Fredrik Sandin, Jochen M Schwenk, Roger Stenling, Karin Stålberg, Peter Stålberg, Christer Sundström, Camilla Thellenberg Karlsson, Bengt Westermark, Anders Bergh, Lena Claesson-Welsh, Richard Palmqvist, Tobias Sjöblom
BACKGROUND: Progress in cancer biomarker discovery is dependent on access to high-quality biological materials and high-resolution clinical data from the same cases. To overcome current limitations, a systematic prospective longitudinal sampling of multidisciplinary clinical data, blood and tissue from cancer patients was therefore initiated in 2010 by Uppsala and Umeå Universities and involving their corresponding University Hospitals, which are referral centers for one third of the Swedish population...
June 20, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630926/vasculogenic-hydrogel-enhances-islet-survival-engraftment-and-function-in-leading-extrahepatic-sites
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Jessica D Weaver, Devon M Headen, Jahizreal Aquart, Christopher T Johnson, Lonnie D Shea, Haval Shirwan, Andrés J García
Islet transplantation is a promising alternative therapy for insulin-dependent patients, with the potential to eliminate life-threatening hypoglycemic episodes and secondary complications of long-term diabetes. However, widespread application of this therapy has been limited by inadequate graft function and longevity, in part due to the loss of up to 60% of the graft in the hostile intrahepatic transplant site. We report a proteolytically degradable synthetic hydrogel, functionalized with vasculogenic factors for localized delivery, engineered to deliver islet grafts to extrahepatic transplant sites via in situ gelation under physiological conditions...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630755/advances-in-hip-arthroplasty-surgery-what-is-justified
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Luigi Zagra
Total hip arthroplasty (THA) surgery has shown dramatic changes in terms of increased number of procedures and of technical development in recent years. It has been described as "the operation of the 20(th) century" for the excellent results, the high satisfaction of the patients and the improvement of the quality of life.A lot of variations have been introduced over the last few decades in THA especially in terms of indications (both in younger and older patients), techniques and devices (approaches, tissue preservation, biomaterials and industrial finishing), per-operative management (blood loss and pain control) and post-operative protocols (the so called "fast track" surgery)...
May 2017: EFORT open reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630679/molecular-interactions-of-amyloid-nanofibrils-with-biological-aggregation-modifiers-implications-for-cytotoxicity-mechanisms-and-biomaterial-design
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REVIEW
Durga Dharmadana, Nicholas P Reynolds, Charlotte E Conn, Céline Valéry
Amyloid nanofibrils are ubiquitous biological protein fibrous aggregates, with a wide range of either toxic or beneficial activities that are relevant to human disease and normal biology. Protein amyloid fibrillization occurs via nucleated polymerization, through non-covalent interactions. As such, protein nanofibril formation is based on a complex interplay between kinetic and thermodynamic factors. The process entails metastable oligomeric species and a highly thermodynamically favoured end state. The kinetics, and the reaction pathway itself, can be influenced by third party moieties, either molecules or surfaces...
August 6, 2017: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630630/roles-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-spinal-cord-injury
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REVIEW
Jing Qu, Huanxiang Zhang
Spinal cord injury (SCI) represents one of the most complicated and heterogeneous pathological processes of central nervous system (CNS) impairments, which is still beyond functional regeneration. Transplantation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) has been shown to promote the repair of the injured spinal cord tissues in animal models, and therefore, there is much interest in the clinical use of these cells. However, many questions which are essential to improve the therapy effects remain unanswered. For instance, the functional roles and related molecular regulatory mechanisms of MSCs in vivo are not yet completely determined...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630410/investigating-the-life-expectancy-and-proteolytic-degradation-of-engineered-skeletal-muscle-biological-machines
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Caroline Cvetkovic, Meghan C Ferrall-Fairbanks, Eunkyung Ko, Lauren Grant, Hyunjoon Kong, Manu O Platt, Rashid Bashir
A combination of techniques from 3D printing, tissue engineering and biomaterials has yielded a new class of engineered biological robots that could be reliably controlled via applied signals. These machines are powered by a muscle strip composed of differentiated skeletal myofibers in a matrix of natural proteins, including fibrin, that provide physical support and cues to the cells as an engineered basement membrane. However, maintaining consistent results becomes challenging when sustaining a living system in vitro...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629597/special-issue-on-gradients-in-biomaterials
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EDITORIAL
Brendan Harley, Helen H Lu
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July 1, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629381/the-era-of-bioengineering-how-will-this-affect-the-next-generation-of-cancer-immunotherapy
#18
REVIEW
Michele Graciotti, Cristiana Berti, Harm-Anton Klok, Lana Kandalaft
BACKGROUND: Immunotherapy consists of activating the patient's immune system to fight cancer and has the great potential of preventing future relapses thanks to immunological memory. A great variety of strategies have emerged to harness the immune system against tumors, from the administration of immunomodulatory agents that activate immune cells, to therapeutic vaccines or infusion of previously activated cancer-specific T cells. However, despite great recent progress many difficulties still remain, which prevent the widespread use of immunotherapy...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629100/biomaterials-and-cells-for-cardiac-tissue-engineering-current-choices
#19
REVIEW
Rusha Chaudhuri, Madhumitha Ramachandran, Pearl Moharil, Megha Harumalani, Amit K Jaiswal
The major purpose of cardiac tissue engineering is to engineer cells on scaffolds and use it as a substitute to infarcted cardiac cells. With an ever-increasing risk of cardiac diseases there is an increasing need to have a stable and sustainable approach to cure such ailments. This review provides a comprehensive update on the cell sources and biomaterials essential for cardiac tissue engineering, ensuring their biocompatibility under a variety of conditions. Cells can be obtained from allogenic or autologous sources...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629099/instrumental-methods-and-techniques-for-structural-and-physicochemical-characterization-of-biomaterials-and-bone-tissue-a-review
#20
REVIEW
Žarko Mitić, Aleksandra Stolić, Sanja Stojanović, Stevo Najman, Nenad Ignjatović, Goran Nikolić, Miroslav Trajanović
A review of recent advances in instrumental methods and techniques for structural and physicochemical characterization of biomaterials and bone tissue is presented in this paper. In recent years, biomaterials attracted great attention primarily because of the wide range of biomedical applications. This paper focuses on the practical aspects of instrumental methods and techniques that were most often applied (X-ray methods, vibrational spectroscopy (IR and Raman), magnetic-resonance spectroscopy (NMR and ESR), mass spectrometry (MS), atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS) and inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES), thermogravimetry (TG), differential thermal analysis (DTA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM)) in the structural investigation and physicochemical characterization of biomaterials and bone tissue...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
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