Francesco Piraino

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The heart is one of the most vital organs in the human body, which actively pumps the blood through the vascular network to supply nutrients to as well as to extract wastes from all other organs, maintaining the homeostasis of the biological system. Over the past few decades, tremendous efforts have been exerted in engineering functional cardiac tissues for(More)
Mixed air pollutants are considered a major cause of DNA damage in living species. In this study Trifolium repens L. cv Regal was used as a bioindicator to assess the genotoxicity of air stressors in the Italian province of Novara. Two on-site biomonitoring experiments were performed during the spring and autumn of 2004. Test plants were exposed at 19(More)
A protein of 10,425 Da was purified from the edible mushroom Rozites caperata and shown to inhibit herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 replication with an IC50 value of < or = 5 microM. The protein designated RC-183 also significantly reduced the severity of HSV-1 induced ocular disease in a murine model of keratitis, indicating in vivo efficacy. HSV mutants(More)
In vitro recording of neuronal electrical activity is a widely used technique to understand brain functions and to study the effect of drugs on the central nervous system. The integration of microfluidic devices with microelectrode arrays (MEAs) enables the recording of networks activity in a controlled microenvironment. In this work, an integrated(More)
The intricate process of wound healing involves activation of biological pathways that work in concert to regenerate a tissue microenvironment consisting of cells and external cellular matrix (ECM) with enzymes, cytokines, and growth factors. Distinct stages characterize the mammalian response to tissue injury: hemostasis, inflammation, new tissue(More)
This communication describes a simple, rapid and cost effective method of embedding a conductive and flexible material within microfluidic devices as a means to realize uniform electric fields within cellular microenvironments. Fluidic channels and electrodes are fabricated by traditional soft-lithography in conjunction with chemical etching of PDMS.(More)
Three-dimensional (3D) culture models are widely used in basic and translational research. In this study, to generate and culture multiple 3D cell spheroids, we exploited laser ablation and replica molding for the fabrication of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) multi-well chips, which were validated using articular chondrocytes (ACs). Multi-well ACs spheroids(More)
1American Association for the Advancement of Science, Arlington, VA 22202, USA 2Institute of Bioengineering, School of Engineering, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland 3Quebec Center for Functional Materials and Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval, Quebec City, QC, Canada G1V 0A6 4Department of(More)
We present a simple bench-top technique to produce centimeter long concentration gradients in biomaterials incorporating soluble, material, and particle gradients. By patterning hydrophilic regions on a substrate, a stripe of prepolymer solution is held in place on a glass slide by a hydrophobic boundary. Adding a droplet to one end of this "pre-wet" stripe(More)
Over the past few years there has been a great deal of interest in reducing experimental systems to a lab-on-a-chip scale. There has been particular interest in conducting high-throughput screening studies using microscale devices, for example in stem cell research. Microwells have emerged as the structure of choice for such tests. Most manufacturing(More)