Jeanie L Drury

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Polymer scaffolds have many different functions in the field of tissue engineering. They are applied as space filling agents, as delivery vehicles for bioactive molecules, and as three-dimensional structures that organize cells and present stimuli to direct the formation of a desired tissue. Much of the success of scaffolds in these roles hinges on finding(More)
Alginate hydrogels are currently being employed and explored for a broad range of medical applications including cell encapsulation, drug delivery, and tissue engineering. In these capacities, knowledge of the mechanical and material properties of the hydrogels and the properties that govern and influence them is necessary to adequately design and(More)
The bitter taste receptor T2R38 has been shown to regulate mucosal innate immune responses in the upper airway epithelium. Furthermore, SNPs in T2R38 influence the sensitivity to 6-n-propylthiouracil (PROP) and are associated with caries risk/protection. However, no study has been reported on the role of T2R38 in the innate immune responses to oral(More)
Peptide modification of hydrogel-forming materials is being widely explored as a means to regulate the phenotype of cells immobilized within the gels. Alternatively, we hypothesized that the adhesive interactions between cells and peptides coupled to the gel-forming materials would also enhance the overall mechanical properties of the gels. To test this(More)
INTRODUCTION The use of zirconia in medicine and dentistry has rapidly expanded over the past decade, driven by its advantageous physical, biological, esthetic, and corrosion properties. Zirconia orthopedic hip replacements have shown superior wear-resistance over other systems; however, risk of catastrophic fracture remains a concern. In dentistry,(More)
Nickel-containing alloys are in common use for dental restorations, but tend to corrode and release Ni(II) in service. Ni(II) increases secretion of several inflammatory cytokines from activated monocytic cells, suggesting that nickel alloys may exaggerate inflammatory responses in adjacent periodontal tissues. In this work, the effects of Ni(II) on(More)
Previous studies report that microsized monosodium titanates (MSTs) deliver metal ions and species to mammalian cells and bacteria with cell-specific and metal-specific effects. In this study, we explored the use of MST and a new synthesized nanosized monosodium titanate (nMST) to deliver gold(III), cisplatin, or platinum(IV) to two human cell lines with(More)
The use of nickel casting alloys for long-term restorations in dentistry has long been controversial. A 'tug-of-war' between economic, engineering and biological considerations is central to this controversy; nickel-casting alloys have low costs and favorable physical properties, but are corrosion-prone in the oral environment. Clinicians and researchers(More)
Monosodium titanates (MST) are a relatively novel form of particulate titanium dioxide that have been proposed for biological use as metal sorbents or delivery agents, most recently calcium (II). In these roles, the toxicity of the titanate or its metal complex is crucial to its biological utility. The aim of this study was to determine the cytotoxicity of(More)
Metal ions are notorious environmental contaminants, some causing toxicity at exquisitely low (ppm-level) concentrations. Yet, the redox properties of metal ions make them attractive candidates for bio-therapeutics. Titanates are insoluble particulate compounds of titanium and oxygen with crystalline surfaces that bind metal ions; these compounds offer a(More)