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Skin loss or damage affects severely the life quality of human being and can even cause death in many cases. We report here a bilayer dermal equivalent (BDE) composed of collagen-chitosan porous scaffold and silicone membrane, which can effectively induce the regeneration of dermis in an animal model of full thickness skin loss. The in vitro biosecurity(More)
Artificial dermis lacks a vascular network, and angiogenesis is slow in vivo. Controlled delivery of angiogenin (ANG), a potent inducer of angiogenesis, should promote angiogenesis in artificial dermis. In this study, a porous collagen-chitosan scaffold was fabricated and heparinized using N-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-N'-ethylcarbodiimide (EDC) and(More)
A novel crosslinking method was adopted to modify the porous collagen scaffolds by using a water-soluble carbodiimide, 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-carbodiimide (EDAC) and N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) in the presence of lysine, which functions as a crosslinking bridge. In vitro biodegradation tests proved that in the presence of lysine the biostability(More)
Porous scaffolds for skin tissue engineering were fabricated by freeze-drying the mixture of collagen and chitosan solutions. Glutaraldehyde (GA) was used to treat the scaffolds to improve their biostability. Confocal laser scanning microscopy observation confirmed the even distribution of these two constituent materials in the scaffold. The GA(More)
Integrin-linked kinase (ILK) is a highly conserved serine-threonine protein kinase which has been implicated in the regulation of various cellular processes. Previously, we have demonstrated that overexpression of ILK correlates with malignant phenotype in non-small cell lung cancer. Furthermore, forced overexpression of ILK promotes lung cancer cell(More)
The silkworm is an important economic insect. Poisoning of silkworms by organophosphate pesticides causes tremendous loss to the sericulture. In this study, Solexa sequencing technology was performed to profile the gene expression changes in the midgut of silkworms in response to 24h of phoxim exposure and the impact on detoxification, apoptosis and immune(More)
The X-linked genetic bleeding disorder caused by deficiency of coagulator factor IX, hemophilia B, is a disease ideally suited for gene therapy with genome editing technology. Here, we identify a family with hemophilia B carrying a novel mutation, Y371D, in the human F9 gene. The CRISPR/Cas9 system was used to generate distinct genetically modified mouse(More)
Collagen porous scaffolds have been widely employed as a dermal equivalent to induce fibroblasts infiltration and dermal regeneration. To eliminate the disadvantageous drawback of the fast degradation speed, a cross-linking method was adopted by using a water-soluble carbodiimide, 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-carbodiimide (EDAC) and(More)
Silkworm (Bombyx mori), a model Lepidoptera insect, is economically important. Its growth and development are regulated by endogenous hormones. During the process of transition from larvae to pupae, 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E) plays an important role. The recent surge in consumer products and applications using metallic nanoparticles has increased the(More)
Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) has been shown to exert immunosuppressive, anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptotic and anti-proliferative effects. Its unique positive effects indicate that this enzyme might be a potential therapeutic target for psoriasis. To determine the effect of pharmacologic up-regulation of HO-1 on psoriasis, we generated a guinea pig model of(More)