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During bone development, osteoblast differentiation requires remodeling of the extracellular matrix. Although underlying mechanisms have not been elucidated, evidence points to the participation of the nitric oxide (NO) and cyclic guanosine 3',5'-monophosphate (cGMP) system. Here, we detected increased matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-13 mRNA, protein and(More)
Nitric oxide (NO) plays a critical role in wound healing, in part by promoting angiogenesis. However, the precise repair pathways affected by NO are not well defined. We now show that NO regulates matrix metalloproteinase-13 (MMP-13) release during wound repair. We find that normally MMP-13 is kept inside endothelial cells by an association with caveolin-1.(More)
Electrically conducting polymers hold promise for developing advanced neuroprostheses, bionic systems and neural repair devices. Among them, poly(3, 4-ethylenedioxythiophene) doped with polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) exhibits superior physicochemical properties but biocompatibility issues have limited its use. We describe combinations of electrochemical(More)
Conducting polymers are promising materials for advanced neuroprostheses and neural repair devices. However, these challenging technologies demand stable presentation of multiple biomolecules on the polymer surface and fabrication of scaffolds suitable for implantation. We electrosynthesised poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) doped with(More)
Nervous tissue lesions are an important social concern due to their increasing prevalence and their high sanitary costs. Their treatment still remains a challenge because of the reduced ability of nervous tissue to regenerate, its intrinsic structural and functional complexity and the rapid formation of fibroglial scars inhibiting neural repair. Herein, we(More)
UNLABELLED Electroactive systems that promote directional axonal growth and migration of glial progenitor cells (GPC) are needed for the treatment of neurological injuries. We report the functionalization of electroconducting microfibers with multiple biomolecules that synergistically stimulate the proliferation and migration of GPC, which in turn induce(More)
Poly(3, 4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-coated carbon microfibers (PEDOT-MFs) hold promise for developing advanced neuroprostheses and neural repair devices. We investigated the chronic cellular responses to PEDOT-MFs implanted into the uninjured and the transected rat spinal cord, and compared the effects of polymer surface biofunctionalization with covalently(More)
Ordering neural cells is of interest for the development of neural interfaces. The aim of this work is to demonstrate an easy-to-use, versatile, and cost/time effective laser-based approach for producing platforms that promote oriented neural growth. We use laser interferometry to generate fringed channels with topography on partially reduced graphene oxide(More)
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