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Proinflammatory CD4(+) CD28(null) T cells are frequently found in the circulation of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but are less common in the rheumatic joint. In the present study, we sought to identify functional differences between CD4(+) CD28(null) T cells from blood and synovial fluid in comparison with conventional CD28-expressing CD4(+) T(More)
UNLABELLED Mosaicplasty has become a well-accepted treatment modality for articular cartilage lesions in the knee. Postoperative bleeding remains potentially concerning. This study evaluates the porous poly(ethylene oxide)terephthalate/poly(butylene terephthalate) (PEOT/PBT) implants used for donor site filling. Empty donor sites were the controls. After 9(More)
The recovery of skin function is the goal of each burn surgeon. Split-skin graft treatment of full-thickness skin defects leads to scar formation, which is often vulnerable and instable. Therefore, the aim of this study was to analyze wound healing and scar tissue formation in acute full-thickness wounds treated with clinically available biopolymer dermal(More)
Poly(ether ester) block-copolymer scaffolds of different pore size were implanted into the dorsal skinfold chamber of balb/c mice. Using intravital fluorescent microscopy, the temporal course of neovascularization into these scaffolds was quantitatively analyzed. Three scaffold groups (diameter, 5 mm; 220-260 thickness, microm; n = 30) were implanted.(More)
Engineering tissues in bioreactors is often hampered by disproportionate tissue formation at the surface of scaffolds. This hinders nutrient flow and retards cell proliferation and tissue formation inside the scaffold. The objective of this study was to optimize scaffold morphology to prevent this from happening and to determine the optimal scaffold(More)
The aim of our study was to compare the healing response of biomechanically and biochemically different scaffolds in osteochondral defects created in rabbit medial femoral condyles. A block copolymer comprised of poly(ethylene oxide terephthalate) and poly(butylene terephthalate) was used to prepare porous scaffolds. The 70/30 scaffold (70 wt %(More)
In this study in vitro and in vivo functions were compared between cultured dermal equivalents produced with human fibroblasts isolated either from papillary dermis or adipose tissue of the same donors. Papillary dermal fibroblasts had a normal spindle cell shape; in contrast, adipose tissue fibroblasts had a stellate cell shape, actin stress fibers(More)
Peri-operative contamination is the major cause of biomaterial-associated infections, highly complicating surgical patient outcomes. While this risk in traditional implanted biomaterials is well-recognised, newer cell-seeded, biologically conducive tissue-engineered (TE) constructs now targeted for human use have not been assessed for this possibility. We(More)
Scaffolds for osteochondral tissue engineering should provide mechanical stability, while offering specific signals for chondral and bone regeneration with a completely interconnected porous network for cell migration, attachment, and proliferation. Composites of polymers and ceramics are often considered to satisfy these requirements. As such methods(More)
Porous PEGT/PBT implants with different physico-chemical characteristics were evaluated to identify its potential as biodegradable and biofunctional soft tissue filler. Implants (50 x 10 x 5 mm3) were implanted subcutaneously in mini-pigs and tissue response, tissue volume generated and its consistency were assessed quantitatively with a 52 weeks follow-up.(More)