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The purpose of this study was to explore the influences of cyclic mechanical stretching on the mRNA expressions of tendon/ligament-related and osteoblast-specific marker genes in human MSCs seeded onto a collagen type I-coated surface. The stretch-induced mRNA expressions of mesenchymal stem cell protein (MSCP), matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3), and(More)
Differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) into anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) cells is regulated by many factors. Mechanical stress affects the healing and remodeling process of ACL after surgery in important ways. Besides, co-culture system had also showed the promise to induce MSCs toward different kinds of cells on current research. The purpose(More)
The purpose of this study was to design a three-dimensional expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE)-poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) scaffold for tissue engineering. To test the feasibility of this composite scaffold, a series of two-dimensional culture experiments were performed to investigate the behavior of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) cells on(More)
Cancer stem cells (CSCs) represent a subpopulation of tumor cells that exhibit capacities for self-renewal, tumor initiation, disease relapse or metastasis, and resistance to chemotherapy and radiotherapy. However, the major obstacle associated with the use of CSCs is the difficulty in their isolation and enrichment. According to recent studies, CSCs share(More)
Neural stem/progenitor cells (NSPCs) are a possible candidate for advancing development and lineage control in neural engineering. Differentiated protocols have been developed in this field to generate neural progeny and to establish neural networks. However, continued refinement is required to enhance differentiation specificity and prevent the generation(More)
Transdermal drug-delivery systems (TDDS) have been a growing field in drug delivery because of their advantages over parenteral and oral administration. Recent studies illustrate that microneedles (MNs) can effectively penetrate through the stratum corneum barrier to facilitate drug delivery. However, the temporal effects on skin and drug diffusion are(More)
In order to control differentiation of neural cells and guide the developed neurites to targets, polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) films were used because of their capability of modulation of electrical charged characteristics, thickness, and stiffness. In this work, we suggested that indium tin oxide (ITO) is an alternative surface to achieve the(More)
In this study, we designed and constructed a series of layer-by-layer polypeptide adsorbed supported lipid bilayer (SLB) films as a novel and label-free platform for the isolation and maintenance of rare populated stem cells. In particular, four alternative layers of anionic poly-l-glutamic acid and cationic poly-l-lysine were sequentially deposited on an(More)
Recent studies indicate that a small population of cancer cells exhibits stem cell properties and are referred to as cancer-initiating or cancer stem cells (CSCs). The selection and identification of cancer stem cells through methods require well-defined biomarkers and immunolabeling procedures are complicated and often unreliable. Herein, we fabricated a(More)
Polyelectrolyte multilayer films have been suggested as tunable substrates with flexible surface properties that can modulate cell behavior. However, these films' biological effects on neural stem/progenitor cells have rarely been studied. Herein, biomimetic multilayer films composed of hyaluronic acid and poly-L-lysine were chosen to mimic the native(More)