Kuen Yong Lee

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Alginate is a biomaterial that has found numerous applications in biomedical science and engineering due to its favorable properties, including biocompatibility and ease of gelation. Alginate hydrogels have been particularly attractive in wound healing, drug delivery, and tissue engineering applications to date, as these gels retain structural similarity to(More)
Nano-sized vesicular systems (nanoparticles), ranging from 10 nm to 1000 nm in size, have potential applications as drug delivery systems. Successful clinical applications require the efficient intracellular delivery of drug-loaded nanoparticles. Here we describe N-acetyl histidine-conjugated glycol chitosan (NAcHis-GC) self-assembled nanoparticles as a(More)
Therapeutic angiogenesis is a promising approach to treat patients with cardiovascular disease, and will likely be critical to engineering large tissues. Many growth factors have been found to play significant roles in angiogenesis, and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) are the most extensively investigated(More)
Myocardial infarction causes a high rate of morbidity and mortality worldwide, and heat shock proteins as molecular chaperones have been attractive targets for protecting cardiomyoblasts under environmental stimuli. In this study, in order to enhance the penetration of heat shock protein 27 (HSP27) across cell membranes, we fused HSP27 with transcriptional(More)
Small interfering RNA (siRNA) represent an interesting class of developmental nucleic acid-based therapeutics. Cationic carriers for deoxyribonucleic acids (DNA) are potential vehicles for siRNA delivery. However, in contrast to supercoiled plasmid DNA, the physical properties of siRNA molecules induces the formation of larger, loosely-packed complexes with(More)
Electrospinning techniques enable the production of continuous fibers with dimensions on the scale of nanometers from a wide range of natural and synthetic polymers. The number of recent studies regarding electrospun polysaccharides and their derivatives, which are potentially useful for regenerative medicine, is increasing dramatically. However,(More)
We hypothesize that the controlled delivery of rhVEGF using a microsphere/hydrogel combination system could be useful to achieve active blood vessel formation in the ischemic hindlimb mouse model, which is clinically relevant for therapeutic angiogenesis without multiple administrations. A combination of poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) microspheres(More)
Chitosan-based nanoparticles have been widely used as a carrier for gene delivery due to their low toxicity and the positively charged amino groups in chitosan. In this study, we hypothesized that introduction of nonaarginine to chitosan could improve its ability to form a complex with siRNA, as well as enhance the cellular uptake and transfection(More)
Nanofibrous non-woven matrices were prepared by electrospinning a regenerated silk fibroin (SF) solution, and the structural changes of SF nanofibers treated with water vapor were investigated using time-resolved IR and (13)C CP/MAS NMR spectroscopy. Conformational transitions of SF from random coil to beta-sheet structures were induced by water vapor(More)
Injectable delivery vehicles in tissue engineering are often required for successful tissue formation in a minimally invasive manner. Shear-reversibly crosslinked hydrogels, which can recover gel structures from shear-induced breakdown, can be useful as an injectable, because gels can flow as a liquid when injected but re-gel once placed in the body. In(More)