Hassan Niknejad

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An important component of tissue engineering (TE) is the supporting matrix upon which cells and tissues grow, also known as the scaffold. Scaffolds must easily integrate with host tissue and provide an excellent environment for cell growth and differentiation. Most scaffold materials are naturally derived from mammalian tissues. The amniotic membrane (AM)(More)
INTRODUCTION Amnion (AM), the innermost layer of human placenta, has a variety of functions such as capability to reduce scarring and inflammation, as well as anti-microbial and immunoregulatory properties. However, there are challenging reports about angiogenic and anti-angiogenic effects of the AM. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether the(More)
The differentiation of neural cells from embryonic stem cells is influenced by several growth factors. Amniotic epithelial cells (AECs) share many of the same characteristics as embryonic stem cells, and therefore those factors may similarly affect the derivation of neural cells from AECs. In this study, we examined the differentiation of neural cells in(More)
BACKGROUND AIMS Amniotic membrane (AM), the innermost layer of human placenta, is composed of a single layer of epithelial cells, a basement membrane and an avascular stroma. The AM has many functions and properties, among which angiogenic modulatory and immunoregulatory effects are applicable in cancer therapy. Because these functions belong to amniotic(More)
Amniotic membrane (AM) has been used as a scaffold for the ex vivo expansion of different types of cells and a cell delivery matrix in regenerative medicine. Since the preservation procedures can influence the AM properties for experimental and clinical purposes, this study was established to investigate the feasibility of using the AM after different(More)
OBJECTIVE Amniotic membrane, as a natural biomaterial, has many advantages, such as low immunogenicity, anti-inflammation, antifibrosis, and rich extracellular matrix components, which make it a promising source for vascular tissue engineering. This study assessed the feasibility of constructing a vein conduit from the amniotic membrane and implanting it in(More)
Amniotic membrane (AM), the innermost layer of the fetal membranes, has been widely employed in the surgical reconstruction and tissue engineering. Expression of the antimicrobial peptides such as defensins, elafin and SLPI which are essential elements of the innate immune system results in antibacterial properties of the AM. Preservation is necessary to(More)
Amniotic membrane (AM), as the innermost layer of placenta, has side dependent effects on the angiogenesis. Cryopreservation is a necessary process to avoid the challenging problems of fresh tissues; a procedure which makes the AM ready-to-use. Since the cryopreservation can influence the AM characteristics for experimental and clinical purposes, in this(More)
Amniotic epithelial cells are a promising source for stem cell-based therapy through their potential capacity to differentiate into the cell lineages of all three germ layers. Long-term preservation is necessary to have a ready-to-use source of stem cells, when required. Reduced differentiation capability, decrease of viability and use of fetal bovine serum(More)