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Periodic recurrence of painful vaso-occlusive crisis is the defining feature of sickle cell disease. Among multiple pathologies associated with this disease, sickle red cell-endothelium interaction has been implicated as a potential initiating mechanism in vaso-occlusive events. This review focuses on various interrelated mechanisms involved in human sickle(More)
A microfabrication approach was utilized to create topographic analogs of intestinal crypts on a polymer substrate. It was hypothesized that biomimetic crypt-like micro-architecture may induce changes in small intestinal cell (i.e. Caco-2 cell) phenotype. A test pattern of micro-well features with similar dimensions (50, 100, and 500 microm diameter, 50(More)
The basement membrane of small intestinal epithelium possesses complex topography at multiple scales ranging from the mesoscale to nanoscale. Specifically, intestinal crypt-villus units are comprised of hundred-micron-scale well-like invaginations and finger-like projections; intestinal cell phenotype is related to location on this crypt-villus unit. A(More)
The seeding of cells onto biocompatible scaffolds is a determinant step in the attainment of functional properties of engineered tissues. Efficient, fast and spatially uniform cell seeding can improve the clinical potential of engineered tissue templates. One way to approach these cell seeding requirements is through bioreactor design. In the present study,(More)
Phospholipid asymmetry is well maintained in erythrocyte (RBC) membranes with phosphatidylserine (PS) exclusively present in the inner leaflet. The appearance of PS on the surface of the cell can have major physiologic consequences, including increased cell-cell interactions. Because increased adherence of PS-exposing RBCs to endothelial cells (ECs) may be(More)
The pathophysiology of vaso-occlusive crisis in sickle cell disease involves interactions among blood cells, plasma proteins, and vessel wall components. The initial goal of this work was to quantify the adhesion of sickle red blood cells (RBCs) to fibronectin immobilized on glass under both static and dynamic shear stress conditions. High-power microscopic(More)
Increased adhesive forces between sickle erythrocytes and endothelial cells (EC) have been hypothesized to play a role in the initiation of vasoocclusion in sickle cell anemia. Erythrocyte/human umbilical vein EC interactions were studied under controlled flow conditions for normal (AA), homozygous sickle cell (SS), sickle cell trait (AS), mechanically(More)
Physical forces experienced by engineered-tissues during in vitro cultivation influence tissue growth and function. The hydrodynamic environment within bioreactors plays a decisive role in providing the necessary physical stimuli and nutrient transport to support tissue development. Our overall goal is to investigate interrelationships between the local(More)
Hydrodynamic forces in bioreactors can decisively influence extracellular matrix deposition in engineered cartilage constructs. In the present study, the reduced fluid shear, high-axial mixing environment provided by a wavy-walled bioreactor was exploited in the cultivation of cartilage constructs using polyglycolic acid scaffolds seeded with bovine(More)
The abnormal adherence of sickle red blood cells (SS RBC) to vascular endothelium may play an important role in vasoocclusion in sickle cell anemia. Thrombospondin (TSP), unusually large molecular weight forms of von Willebrand factor, and laminin are known to enhance adhesion of SS RBC. Also, these endothelial proteins bind to sulfated glycolipids and this(More)