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In the present study we assessed the effect of physical training on Laser Doppler skin flux (LDF) and nitric oxide (NO) release, before and after 3 min of brachial artery occlusion. To this end we performed laser Doppler measurements and the venous plasma assay of nitrite/nitrate (NOx) on 10 sedentary healthy subjects and 10 endurance athletes. The(More)
In this work we describe the fabrication of a biocompatible hydrophilic scaffold composed of cross-linked gelatin that mimics the porous three-dimensional structure of pulmonary tissue as well as its water content and mechanical properties. The lung replica also reproduces the characteristic sonographic signs of pulmonary interstitial syndrome, the B-lines(More)
Physiological processes involve a complex network of signaling molecules that act through paracrinal or endocrinal pathways; however, traditional in vitro models cannot mimic these interactions because of the lack of a dynamic cross-talk between cells belonging to different tissues. The multicompartmental modular bioreactor is a novel cell culture system(More)
Scaffolds are cell adhesive matrices for the realisation of tissue constructs. Here we describe how scaffolds for tissue engineering can also be used as sensors for monitoring cellular activity such as adhesion and spreading. Carbon nanotube polymer composites were fabricated into membranes and scaffolds with electro-conductive properties. Impedance(More)
Blends between chitosan (CS) and gelatin (G) with various compositions (CS/G 0/100 20/80, 40/60, 60/40, 100/0 w/w) were produced as candidate materials for biomedical applications. Dehydro-thermal crosslinking was adopted to promote the formation of amide and ester bonds between the macromolecules ((CS/G)-t). The effect of composition and crosslinking on(More)
UNLABELLED Nitric oxide (NO) and cyclooxygenase (COX) derived prostaglandins (PGs) are involved in vascular homeostasis. Contradictory results have been obtained in previous studies on the putative 'cross-talk' between these two pathways. Our aim was to evaluate the interaction between NO and PG release in human microvascular endothelial cells (HMEC-1) and(More)
Engineering neural tissue is one of the most challenging goals of tissue engineering. Neural tissue is highly complex and possesses an organized three-dimensional (3D) distribution that is essential for tissue function. An optimal scaffold for tissue engineering has to provide this distribution until the cells are able to activate their normal functions and(More)
A study of antibody immobilisation techniques on quartz and fibre optic surfaces for immunosensors has been carried out. Methods of covalent antibody immobilisation which have not previously been applied to optical fibres were investigated, and compared with classical methods found in the literature. Preliminary experiments on covalent immobilisation(More)
Permeability studies across epithelial barriers are of primary importance in drug delivery as well as in toxicology. However, traditional in vitro models do not adequately mimic the dynamic environment of physiological barriers. Here, we describe a novel two-chamber modular bioreactor for dynamic in vitro studies of epithelial cells. The fluid dynamic(More)
Hepatocyte function on 3-D microfabricated polymer scaffolds realised with the pressure-activated microsyringe was tested under static and dynamic conditions. The dynamic cell culture was obtained using the multicompartment modular bioreactor system. Hepatocyte cell density, glucose consumption, and albumin secretion rate were measured daily over a week.(More)