Krista Sider

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Adult cardiomyocytes (CM) retain little capacity to regenerate, which motivates efforts to engineer heart tissues that can emulate the functional and mechanical properties of native myocardium. Although the effects of matrix stiffness on individual CM have been explored, less attention was devoted to studies at the monolayer and the tissue level. The(More)
OBJECTIVE In calcific aortic valve disease, myofibroblasts and activation of the transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) and Wnt/β-catenin pathways are observed in the fibrosa, the stiffer layer of the leaflet, but their association is unknown. We elucidated the roles of β-catenin and extracellular matrix stiffness in TGF-β1-induced myofibroblast(More)
Bone is a highly vascular tissue, which plays an important role in bone development and healing. The ability to analyze both the bone and vasculature simultaneously can enhance the understanding of wound healing, development, and disease in bone. At present, analysis methods are limited in their ability to allow for this simultaneous analysis of bone and(More)
Many biomaterials and tissues are complex multilayered structures in which the individual layers have distinct mechanical properties that influence the mechanical behavior and define the local cellular microenvironment. Characterization of the mechanical properties of individual layers in intact tissues is technically challenging. Micropipette aspiration(More)
Calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD), once thought to be a degenerative disease, is now recognized to be an active pathobiological process, with chronic inflammation emerging as a predominant, and possibly driving, factor. However, many details of the pathobiological mechanisms of CAVD remain to be described, and new approaches to treat CAVD need to be(More)
BACKGROUND Calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD) is associated with significant cardiovascular morbidity. While late-stage CAVD is well-described, early pathobiological processes are poorly understood due to the lack of animal models that faithfully replicate early human disease. Here we evaluated a hypercholesterolemic porcine model of early diet-induced(More)
BACKGROUND Tens of thousands of cardiac and vascular surgeries (CaVS) are performed on seniors in Canada and the United Kingdom each year to improve survival, relieve disease symptoms, and improve health-related quality of life (HRQL). However, chronic postsurgical pain (CPSP), undetected or delayed detection of hemodynamic compromise, complications, and(More)
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