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Stem cell-based mediated therapies represent very promising approaches for tissue regeneration and are already applied with success in clinics. These therapeutic approaches consist of the in vitro manipulation of stem cells and their consequent administration to patients as living and dynamic biological agents. Nevertheless, the deregulation of stem cells(More)
Innervation plays a key role in the development and homeostasis of organs and tissues of the orofacial complex. Among these structures, teeth are peculiar organs as they are not innervated until later stages of development. Furthermore, the implication of neurons in tooth initiation, morphogenesis and differentiation is still controversial. Co-cultures(More)
Innervation has proven to be critical in bone homeostasis/regeneration due to the effect of soluble factors, produced by nerve fibers, associated with changes in the activity of bone cells. Thus, in this study, we have established and characterized a coculture system comprising sensory neurons and osteoblasts to mimic the in vivo scenario where nerve fibers(More)
An increase of fracture incidence is expected for the next decades, mostly due to the undeniable increase of osteoporotic fractures, associated with the rapid population ageing. The rise in sports-related fractures affecting the young and active population also contributes to this increased fracture incidence, and further amplifies the economical burden of(More)
One of the major routes of communication from the peripheral systems to the hypothalamus, the core structure of body homeostasis, is the humoral transmission through the blood-brain barrier (BBB). The BBB cultures are the in vitro model of choice to depict the mechanisms behind blood-brain interplay. Still, this strategy excludes the integration of the(More)
Current therapeutic drugs for the treatment of bone loss-associated disorders such as osteoporosis and metastatic bone disease have limited clinical outcomes, namely in terms of efficiency and sustainability. Given the ageing of population in developed countries and the cumulative costs with treatment, bone loss-associated disorders represent a major(More)
AIM Propose a nanoparticle for neuron-targeted retrograde gene delivery and describe a microfluidic-based culture system to provide insight into vector performance and safety. METHODS Using compartmentalized neuron cultures we dissected nanoparticle bioactivity upon delivery taking advantage of (quantitative) bioimaging tools. RESULTS Targeted and(More)
The central nervous system (CNS) and the periphery are closely associated in the regulation of body homeostasis. In fact, in both physiological and pathological conditions, the CNS showed to be targeted by peripheral system molecules, which are able to generate adaptive responses under the tight control of the hypothalamus. In spite of having a(More)
Y1 receptor (Y1R)-signalling pathway plays a pivotal role in the regulation of bone metabolism. The lack of Y1R-signalling stimulates bone mass accretion that has been mainly attributed to Y1R disruption from bone-forming cells. Still, the involvement of Y1R-signalling in the control of bone-resorbing cells remained to be explored. Therefore, in this study(More)
Accumulating evidence has contributed to a novel view in bone biology: bone remodeling, specifically osteoblast differentiation, is under the tight control of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Among other players in this neuro-osteogenic network, the neuropeptide Y (NPY) system has attracted particular attention. At the central nervous system(More)