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BACKGROUND Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy is widely used to treat problem wounds associated with pathologic conditions compromising blood supply and tissue oxygenation because increased tissue oxygen levels enhance collagen synthesis, cell proliferation, and angiogenesis. However, little is known about the dose of hyperoxia needed to achieve optimal(More)
The osteonal pattern of cortical bone is gradually built around the intracortical vessels by the progression of the cutting cones (secondary remodelling); therefore, the central canal size can be used as index of the remodelling activity. An experimental model in the rabbit femur was used to investigate, through central canal morphometry and frequency(More)
The quality of the early cell/material interactions is responsible for the long-term functional properties of any implanted device. Accordingly, "next generation" dental/orthopedic biomaterials should be able to promote osteoblast adhesion thus improving the integration process between surgically placed implants and biological tissues. Recent studies have(More)
A fundamental goal in the field of implantology is the design of innovative devices suitable for promoting implant-to-tissue integration. This result can be achieved by means of surface modifications aimed at optimizing tissue regeneration. In the framework of oral and orthopedic implantology, surface modifications concern both the optimization of(More)
A large variety of natural and synthetic polymers have been explored as scaffolds for the seeding and growth of different types of cells. To fabricate a scaffold that can be used as a synthetic extracellular matrix (ECM), it is important to replicate the nanoscale dimensions of natural ECM. The electrospinning process allows to produce ultrathin fibers so(More)
A fundamental goal in the field of implantology is the design of specific devices able to induce a controlled and rapid "osseointegration". This result has been achieved by means of surface modifications aimed at optimizing implant-to-bone contact; furthermore, bone cell adhesion on implant surface has been directly improved by the application of(More)
Polyphosphazenes with amino acid ester as side groups are biocompatible polymers that could provide valid scaffolds for cell growth. In the present study we investigate the adhesion and growth of osteoblasts obtained from rat bone marrow on matrices composed of thin fibers of poly[bis(ethyl alanato)phosphazene] (PAlaP), poly(d,l-lactic acid) (PDLLA), or(More)
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