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Human skin substitute

Marta Franceschi, Lucia Seminara, Strahinja Dosen, Matjia Strbac, Maurizio Valle, Dario Farina
Myoelectric prostheses are successfully controlled using muscle electrical activity, thereby restoring lost motor functions. However, the somatosensory feedback from the prosthesis to the user is still missing. The sensory substitution methods described in the literature comprise mostly simple position and force sensors combined with discrete stimulation units. The present study describes a novel system for sophisticated electrotactile feedback integrating advanced distributed sensing (electronic skin) and stimulation (matrix electrodes)...
October 19, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Haptics
A Khodadadi, O Olang, A Makhllough, B Nozary Heshmati, F Azmoudeh Ardalan, S A Tavakoli
BACKGROUND: Looking for an appropriate skin substitute for temporary and permanent coverage of wounds remains one of the main obstacles of medical researchers. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the rate of inflammation, symbiosis, and survival of grafted allograft skin from brain-dead donors (BDDs) in rabbits. METHODS: After receiving negative serologic tests of BDDs, we prepared partial thickness skin grafts. They were then used in treating wounds of 5 rabbits in comparison with split-thickness skins taken from cardiac dead donors...
2016: International Journal of Organ Transplantation Medicine
Daniela R Figueira, Sónia P Miguel, Kevin D de Sá, Ilídio J Correia
A bilayered electrospun membrane was produced in this study, using the electrospinning technique, to be applied as a skin substitute. The upper layer of the membrane was comprised by hyaluronic acid and polycaprolactone in order to provide mechanical support and also to act as a physical barrier against external threats. Chitosan and zein were used to produce the bottom layer that was loaded with salicylic acid, in order to confer anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activity to this layer. The physicochemical properties of the membranes were determined and the obtained results showed that the produced electrospun membrane display an ideal porosity, appropriate mechanical properties, controlled water loss and a suitable salicylic acid release profile...
September 22, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Benjamin Ziegler, Christoph Hirche, Johannes Horter, Jurij Kiefer, Paul Alfred Grützner, Thomas Kremer, Ulrich Kneser, Matthias Münzberg
INTRODUCTION: Initial therapy of severe burns in specialized burn trauma centers is a challenging task faced by the treating multi-professional and interdisciplinary team. A lack of consistent operating procedures and varying structural conditions was recently demonstrated in preliminary data of our group. These results raised the question on how specific treatment measures in acute burn care are met in the absence of standardized guidelines. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A specific questionnaire containing 57 multiple-choice questions was sent to all 22 major burn centers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland...
September 21, 2016: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
L Mazzone, M Pratsinis, L Pontiggia, E Reichmann, M Meuli
PURPOSE: Fetal repair of spina bifida results in improved outcomes and has therefore become a standard clinical procedure in some highly specialized centers. However, optimization of the procedure technique and timing is needed. Both might be achieved by facilitating the procedure using laboratory-grown fetal skin substitutes. The aim of this study was therefore to test in vivo the suitability of such a fetal skin substitute for an in utero application. METHODS: Collagen-based hydrogels containing fetal ovine fibroblasts were seeded with fetal ovine keratinocytes and transplanted on immuno-incompetent nu/nu rats...
September 20, 2016: Pediatric Surgery International
T Biedermann, A S Klar, S Böttcher-Haberzeth, E Reichmann, M Meuli
PURPOSE: The clinical application of autologous tissue-engineered skin analogs is an important strategy to cover large skin defects. Investigating biological dynamics, such as reinnervation after transplantation, is essential to improve the quality of such skin analogs. Previously, we have examined that our skin substitutes are reinnervated by host peripheral nerve fibers as early as 8 weeks after transplantation. Here, we wanted to investigate the presence and possible differences regarding myelinated and unmyelinated host nerve fibers 15 weeks after the transplantation of light and dark human tissue-engineered skin analogs...
September 20, 2016: Pediatric Surgery International
S A Ranamukhaarachchi, S Lehnert, S L Ranamukhaarachchi, L Sprenger, T Schneider, I Mansoor, K Rai, U O Häfeli, B Stoeber
Collecting human skin samples for medical research, including developing microneedle-based medical devices, is challenging and time-consuming. Researchers rely on human skin substitutes and skin preservation techniques, such as freezing, to overcome the lack of skin availability. Porcine skin is considered the best substitute to human skin, but their mechanical resemblance has not been fully validated. We provide a direct mechanical comparison between human and porcine skin samples using a conventional mechano-analytical technique (microindentation) and a medical application (microneedle insertion), at 35% and 100% relative humidity...
2016: Scientific Reports
Laura E Dickinson, Sharon Gerecht
Skin regeneration requires the coordinated integration of concomitant biological and molecular events in the extracellular wound environment during overlapping phases of inflammation, proliferation, and matrix remodeling. This process is highly efficient during normal wound healing. However, chronic wounds fail to progress through the ordered and reparative wound healing process and are unable to heal, requiring long-term treatment at high costs. There are many advanced skin substitutes, which mostly comprise bioactive dressings containing mammalian derived matrix components, and/or human cells, in clinical use...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
Katharina Fleck, Georg Erhardt, Gesine Lühken
Leucism is characterized by a complete or partial white skin and hair in combination with pigmented irides, which can be vivid blue or heterochromatic. This is due to a complete or partial lack of melanocytes. The underlying pathogenesis is a disturbed emigration or differentiation of neural crest-derived cells. Therefore, leucistic phenotypes can be associated with defects, which mainly impair sensory organs and nerves. In humans, a well-known example is the Waardenburg syndrome. Leucism-associated disorders were also described in mouse, rat, hamster, rabbit, mink, cat, dog, pig, sheep, llama, alpaca, cattle and horse...
July 2016: Berliner und Münchener Tierärztliche Wochenschrift
Claudia Pouliot-Bérubé, Karine Zaniolo, Sylvain L Guérin, Roxane Pouliot
AIM: Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease. To study its complex etiology, a psoriatic skin substitute model supplemented with a cytokine cocktail has been used. MATERIALS & METHODS: Reconstructed psoriatic skin substitutes were supplemented with a cocktail of four cytokines: TNF-α, IL-1α, IL-6 and IL-17A, to monitor their impact on gene expression by DNA microarray. RESULTS: Gene profiling analyses identified several deregulated genes reported as being also deregulated in psoriasis skin in vivo (S100A12, IL-8, DEFB4A and KYNU)...
September 2016: Regenerative Medicine
Andrew J Kolarik, Amy C Scarfe, Brian C J Moore, Shahina Pardhan
Accurate motor control is required when walking around obstacles in order to avoid collisions. When vision is unavailable, sensory substitution can be used to improve locomotion through the environment. Tactile sensory substitution devices (SSDs) are electronic travel aids, some of which indicate the distance of an obstacle using the rate of vibration of a transducer on the skin. We investigated how accurately such an SSD guided navigation in an obstacle circumvention task. Using an SSD, 12 blindfolded participants navigated around a single flat 0...
2016: PloS One
Xiaoxiao Wang, Xusheng Wang, Jianjun Liu, Ting Cai, Ling Guo, Shujuan Wang, Jinmei Wang, Yanpei Cao, Jianfeng Ge, Yuyang Jiang, Edward E Tredget, Mengjun Cao, Yaojiong Wu
: : Stem cell-based organ regeneration is purported to enable the replacement of impaired organs in the foreseeable future. Here, we demonstrated that a combination of cultured epidermal stem cells (Epi-SCs) derived from the epidermis and skin-derived precursors (SKPs) was capable of reconstituting functional hair follicles and sebaceous glands (SG). When Epi-SCs and SKPs were mixed in a hydrogel and implanted into an excisional wound in nude mice, the Epi-SCs formed de novo epidermis along with hair follicles, and SKPs contributed to dermal papilla in the neogenic hair follicles...
July 25, 2016: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
Santasree Banerjee, Qian Wu, Yuyi Ying, Yanni Li, Matsuyuki Shirota, Dante Neculai, Chen Li
The K1 and K10 associated genodermatoses are characterized by clinical symptoms of mild to severe redness, blistering and hypertrophy of the skin. In this paper, we set out to computationally investigate the structural and functional effects of missense mutations on the 2B domain of K1/K10 heterodimer and its consequences in disease phenotype. We modeled the structure of the K1/K10 heterodimer based on crystal structures for the human homolog K5/K14 heterodimer, and identified that the missense mutations exert their effects on stability and assembly competence of the heterodimer by altering physico-chemical properties, interatomic interactions, and inter-residue atomic contacts...
July 13, 2016: Oncotarget
Simona Salerno, Sabrina Morelli, Francesca Giordano, Amalia Gordano, Loredana De Bartolo
In vitro models of human bioengineered skin substitutes are an alternative to animal experimentation for testing the effects and toxicity of drugs, cosmetics and pollutants. For the first time specific and distinct human epidermal strata were engineered by using membranes and keratinocytes. To this purpose, biodegradable membranes of chitosan (CHT), polycaprolactone (PCL) and a polymeric blend of CHT-PCL were prepared by phase-inversion technique and characterized in order to evaluate their morphological, physico-chemical and mechanical properties...
October 1, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Ying Zhang, Xiaoping Li, Hongtao Yu
Surface coating agents for metal nanoparticles, cationic alkyl ammonium bromides and anionic alkyl sulfates were tested against human skin keratinocytes (HaCaT) and blood T lymphocytes (TIB-152). The surfactants of short chain (C8) are not cytotoxic, but as their chain length increases, their cytotoxicity increases and levels off at C12 for cationic surfactants against both cell lines and for anionic surfactants against the TIB-152, but C14 for anionic surfactants against HaCaT. The cationic surfactants are more toxic than the anionic surfactants for HaCaT; while with similar cytotoxicity for TIB-152 cells...
June 20, 2016: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part C, Environmental Carcinogenesis & Ecotoxicology Reviews
Stéphane Chabaud, Melissa Simard, Isabelle Gendreau, Roxane Pouliot, Stéphane Bolduc
Despite the emergence of serum-free media for cell culture, the use of serum to supplement the culture media is still essential in order to produce engineered urologic tissues using the self-assembly approach, not only for the stromal compartment but also for the uroepithelium. Effects of sera on thickness of these two compartments were measured and quality of the epithelial differentiation was evaluated. For bladder mucosa substitute reconstruction, the use of postnatal sera failed to produce an adequate uroepithelium whereas the fetal sera supplementation did...
2016: Scientifica
Eric Moss, Camille Debeuckelaere, Valérie Berl, Karim Elbayed, François-Marie Moussallieh, Izzie-Jacques Namer, J-P Lepoittevin
Chemical modification of epidermal proteins by skin sensitizers is the molecular event which initiates the induction of contact allergy. However, not all chemical skin allergens react directly as haptens with epidermal proteins but need either a chemical (prehaptens) or metabolic (prohaptens) activation step to become reactive. Cinnamyl alcohol has been considered a model prohapten, as this skin sensitizer has no intrinsic reactivity. Therefore, the prevailing theory is that cinnamyl alcohol is enzymatically oxidized into the protein-reactive cinnamaldehyde, which is the sensitizing agent...
July 18, 2016: Chemical Research in Toxicology
Michiko Kudo, Takeshi Katayoshi, Kumiko Kobayashi-Nakamura, Mitsugu Akagawa, Kentaro Tsuji-Naito
Peptide transporter 2 (PEPT2) is a member of the proton-coupled oligopeptide transporter family, which mediates the cellular uptake of oligopeptides and peptide-like drugs. Although PEPT2 is expressed in many tissues, its expression in epidermal keratinocytes remains unclear. We investigated PEPT2 expression profile and functional activity in keratinocytes. We confirmed PEPT2 mRNA expression in three keratinocyte lines (normal human epidermal keratinocytes (NHEKs), immortalized keratinocytes, and malignant keratinocytes) by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and quantitative real-time RT-PCR...
July 8, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
A R Sadeghi, S Nokhasteh, A M Molavi, M Khorsand-Ghayeni, H Naderi-Meshkin, A Mahdizadeh
In skin tissue engineering, surface feature of the scaffolds plays an important role in cell adhesion and proliferation. In this study, non-woven fibrous substrate based on poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) (75/25) were hydrolyzed in various concentrations of NaOH (0.05N, 0.1N, 0.3N) to increase carboxyl and hydroxyl groups on the fiber surfaces. These functional groups were activated by EDC/NHS to create chemical bonding with collagen. To improve bioactivity, the activated substrates were coated with a collagen solution (2mg/ml) and cross-linking was carried out using the EDC/NHS in MES buffer...
September 1, 2016: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Rita Singh, Durgeshwer Singh, Antaryami Singh
Tissue substitutes are required in a number of clinical conditions for treatment of injured and diseased tissues. Tissues like bone, skin, amniotic membrane and soft tissues obtained from human donor can be used for repair or reconstruction of the injured part of the body. Allograft tissues from human donor provide an excellent alternative to autografts. However, major concern with the use of allografts is the risk of infectious disease transmission. Therefore, tissue allografts should be sterilized to make them safe for clinical use...
April 28, 2016: World Journal of Radiology
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