Dimitar R Stamov

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Cell-matrix interactions are paramount for the successful repair and regeneration of damaged and diseased tissue. Since many tissues have an anisotropic architecture, it has been proposed that aligned extracellular matrix (ECM) structures in particular could guide and support the differentiation of resident mesenchymal stem and progenitor cells (MSCs). We(More)
Here we present a new technique to generate surface-bound collagen I fibril matrices with differing structural characteristics. Aligned collagen fibrils were deposited on planar substrates from collagen solutions streaming through a microfluidic channel system. Collagen solution concentration, degree of gelation, shear rate and pre-coating of the substrate(More)
Lumican and decorin, two members of the small leucine-rich repeat proteoglycan (SLRP) family, have been implicated as regulators of collagen I fibril structure in different tissues. Both proteoglycans consist of a core protein and a glycosaminoglycan (GAG) chain, but quantitative information regarding the precise role of the protein and GAG moieties in(More)
Collagen type I fibrils, reconstituted in vitro in the presence of heparin, exhibit an unusually thick and straight shape. A detailed structural analysis by scanning force and scanning electron microscopy revealed a non-linear dependence in size distribution, width-to-length ratio, and morphology over a wide range of glycosaminoglycan (GAG) concentrations.(More)
We have recently demonstrated strong nuclear deformation of SaOs-2 osteosarcoma cells on poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) micropillar substrates. In the present study, we first demonstrated that chemical and mechanical properties of the micropillar substrates have no dominant effect on deformation. However, SaOs-2 nucleus deformation could be strongly modulated by(More)
Fibrillar collagens, such as collagen type I, belong to the most abundant extracellular matrix proteins and they have received much attention over the last five decades due to their large interactome, complex hierarchical structure and high mechanical stability. Nevertheless, the collagen self-assembly process is still incompletely understood. Determining(More)
AFM-based force spectroscopy in combination with optical microscopy is a powerful tool for investigating cell mechanics and adhesion on the single cell level. However, standard setups featuring an AFM mounted on an inverted light microscope only provide a bottom view of cell and AFM cantilever but cannot visualize vertical cell shape changes, for instance(More)
Collagen-based biomaterials are currently used as cell culture scaffolds in tissue engineering approaches. These materials are being developed with increased functional complexity, such as the incorporation of glycosaminoglycans. Our study shows the impact of heparin intercalation at specific binding sites in telopeptide-free collagen fibrils in terms of(More)
Cells are able to adapt their extracellular matrix (ECM) in response to external influences. For instance polymer scaffolds with tunable properties allow for guiding cell adhesion behavior and ECM adaptation in a controlled manner. We propose a new and versatile approach for the investigation of extracellular molecular assemblies at materials interfaces by(More)
Successful bone regeneration following oral and maxillofacial surgeries depends on efficient functionalization strategies that allow the recruitment of osteogenic progenitor cells at the tissue/implant interface. We have previously identified aptamer 74, which exhibited a binding affinity for osteogenically induced jaw periosteal cells (JPCs). In the(More)
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