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Bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2), a growth factor that induces osteoblast differentiation and promotes bone regeneration, has been extensively investigated in bone tissue engineering. The peptides of bioactive domains, corresponding to residues 73-92 of BMP-2 become an alternative to reduce adverse side effects caused by the use of high doses of BMP-2(More)
UNLABELLED Copper sulfide (CuS) has emerged as a promising photothermal agent. However, its potential toxic effects still remained poorly understood. Herein, CuS nanoplates were synthesized for toxicity assessment. The in vitro study indicated that the cell viability decreased when CuS nanoplate concentration was higher than 100 μg/mL. CuS nanoplates caused(More)
Construction of multifunctional nanocomposites as theranostic platforms has received considerable biomedical attention. In this study, a triple-functional theranostic agent based on the cointegration of gold nanorods (Au NRs) and superparamagnetic iron oxide (Fe3O4) into polypyrrole was developed. Such a theranostic agent (referred to as Au/PPY@Fe3O4) not(More)
Surface fuctionalization plays a crucial role in developing efficient nanoparticulate drug-delivery systems by improving their therapeutic efficacy and minimizing adverse effects. Here we propose a simple layer-by-layer self-assembly technique capable of constructing mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) into a pH-responsive drug delivery system with(More)
Photothermal cancer therapy has attracted considerable interest for cancer treatment in recent years, but the effective photothermal agents remain to be explored before this strategy can be applied clinically. In this study, we therefore develop flower-like molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) nanoflakes and investigate their potential for photothermal ablation of(More)
The success of tissue engineered vascular grafts depends greatly on the synthetic tubular scaffold, which can mimic the architecture, mechanical, and anticoagulation properties of native blood vessels. In this study, small-diameter tubular scaffolds were fabricated with different weight ratios of poly(l-lactic acid) (PLLA) and(More)
This paper presents a facile method for the fabrication of uniform hollow mesoporous silica nanoparticles (HMSNs) with tunable shell thickness and pore size. In this method, a series of amphiphilic block copolymers of polystyrene-b-poly (acrylic acid) (PS-b-PAA) with different hydrophobic block (PS) lengths were first synthesized via atom transfer radical(More)
The incorporation of microcarriers as drug delivery vehicles into polymeric scaffold for bone regeneration has aroused increasing interest. In this study, the aminated mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs-NH2) were prepared and used as microcarriers for dexamethasone (DEX) loading. Poly(l-lactic acid)/poly(ε-caprolactone) (PLLA/PCL) nanofibrous scaffold(More)
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