Iris Mironi-Harpaz

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Cell-encapsulating hydrogels used in regenerative medicine are designed to undergo a rapid liquid-to-solid phase transition in the presence of cells and tissues so as to maximize crosslinking and minimize cell toxicity. Light-activated free-radical crosslinking (photopolymerization) is of particular interest in this regard because it can provide rapid(More)
Mesenchymal stromal cells residing in proteolytically responsive hydrogel scaffolds were subjected to changes in mechanical properties associated with their own three-dimensional (3-D) morphogenesis. In order to investigate this relationship the current study documents the transient degradation and restructuring of fibroblasts seeded in hydrogel scaffolds(More)
Hydrogels are of great interest as a class of materials for tissue engineering, axonal regeneration, and controlled drug delivery, as they offer 3D interwoven scaffolds to support the growth of cells. Herein, we extend the family of the aromatic Fmoc-dipeptides with a library of new Fmoc-peptides, which include natural and synthetic amino acids with an(More)
The noncoded aromatic 3,4-dihydroxy-L-phenylalanine (DOPA) amino acid has a pivotal role in the remarkable adhesive properties displayed by marine mussels. These properties have inspired the design of adhesive chemical entities through various synthetic approaches. DOPA-containing bioinspired polymers have a broad functional appeal beyond adhesion due to(More)
DNA hydrogels, consisting of Y-shaped nucleic acid subunits or of nucleic acid-functionalized acrylamide chains, undergo switchable gel-to-solution transitions. The Ag(+)-stimulated formation of cytosine-Ag(+)-cytosine complexes results in the crosslinking of the units to yield the hydrogels, while the cysteamine-induced elimination of the Ag(+) ions(More)
Copolymer chains consisting of acrylamide units and guanine (G)-containing oligonucleotide-tethered acrylamide units undergo, in the presence of K(+) ions, cross-linking by G-quadruplexes to yield a hydrogel. The hydrogel is dissociated upon addition of 18-crown-6 ether that traps the K(+) ions. Reversible formation and dissociation of the hydrogel is(More)
Biocompatible hydrogels are of high interest as a class of biomaterials for tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and controlled drug delivery. These materials offer three-dimensional scaffolds to support the growth of cells and development of hierarchical tissue structures. Fmoc-peptides were previously demonstrated as attractive building blocks for(More)
Friction and wear resistance are two vital tribological properties of polymer-based materials but optimization of both is rarely attempted. We have investigated blends of 70 wt% poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF)C30% ultra high molecular weight polyethylene, the latter either un-irradiated or else g-irradiated. Each sample contained varying amounts of carbon(More)
Intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration and consequent low-back pain present a major medical challenge. Nucleus pulposus-derived stem cells (NP-SCs) may lead to a novel therapy for this severe disease. It was recently shown that survival and function of mature NP cells are regulated in part by tissue stiffness. We hypothesized that modification of matrix(More)