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Compression experiments between two parallel plates are performed on a series of biocompatible HSA-alginate capsules with two different membrane thicknesses. The capsule geometry and size as well as the average membrane thickness are first measured. The compression set-up is fitted with a sensitive force transducer that allows measurement of the compression(More)
BACKGROUND Therapeutic angiogenesis is a promising approach for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, including myocardial infarction and chronic heart failure. We aimed to improve proangiogenic therapies by identifying novel arteriogenic growth factor combinations, developing injectable delivery systems for spatiotemporally controlled growth factor(More)
Natural polyphenols are valuable compounds possessing scavenging properties towards radical oxygen species, and complexing properties towards proteins. These abilities make polyphenols interesting for the treatment of various diseases like inflammation or cancer, but also for anti-ageing purposes in cosmetic formulations, or for nutraceutical applications.(More)
Orthotopic liver transplantation is the most effective treatment for fulminant hepatic failure. As an alternative treatment, an efficient extracorporeal bioartificial liver should contain a large yield of functional hepatocytes with an immunoprotective barrier, for providing temporary adequate metabolic support to allow spontaneous liver regeneration or for(More)
The mechanical properties of a capsule membrane are evaluated by means of a compression experiment between two parallel plates. Since large deformations of the membrane are involved, the choice of the wall material constitutive law is essential. In this paper, we explore different classical laws to describe the behavior of the membrane and evaluate also the(More)
Calcium alginate gel microspheres coated with a human serum albumin (HSA)-alginate membrane were prepared adapting a transacylation method previously applied to large beads. The procedure involved emulsification of an aqueous solution of sodium alginate and propylene glycol alginate (PGA) in an oily phase, followed by addition of CaCl(2). The resulting gel(More)
Microcapsules were prepared by interfacial cross-linking of beta-cyclodextrins (beta-CD) with terephthaloylchloride (TC) as described previously. Complexation assays were conducted with propranolol HCl. After 1 h incubation of 50 mg lyophilized microcapsules in 10 ml propranolol solution, the amounts of fixed drug were 507.5+/-8.6 micromol and 811.2+/-16.0(More)
In continuation with our previous study using fluorescein-isothiocyanate (FITC)-Lys-Arg-Phe-Lys (KRFK) peptide, the aim of this work was to study the interaction of the unlabelled KRFK with calcium alginate gel microspheres coated with a serum albumin (HSA)-alginate membrane prepared using a transacylation method. Coated microspheres were prepared with two(More)
Therapeutic angiogenesis has yet to fulfill its promise for the clinical treatment of ischemic diseases. Given the impact of macrophages during pathophysiological angiogenesis, we asked whether macrophages may similarly modulate vascular responses to targeted angiogenic therapies. Mouse matrigel plug assay and rat myocardial infarction (MI) model were used(More)
Chronic delivery of neuropeptides in the brain is a useful experimental approach to study their long-term effects on various biological parameters. In this work, we tested albumin-alginate microparticles, as a potential delivery system, to study if continuous release in the hypothalamus of α-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (α-MSH), an anorexigenic(More)