M. Cristina Tanzi

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Adipose tissue is a highly specialized connective tissue found either in white or brown forms, the white form being the most abundant in adult humans. Loss or damage of white adipose tissue due to aging or pathological conditions needs reconstructive approaches. To date, two main strategies are being investigated for generating functional adipose tissue:(More)
Pectin, due to its simple and cytocompatible gelling mechanism, has been recently exploited for different biomedical applications including drug delivery, gene delivery, wound healing and tissue engineering. Recent studies involving pectin for the biomedical field are reviewed, with the aim to capture the state of art on current research about pectin gels(More)
The regeneration in the peripheral nervous system is often incomplete and the treatment of severe lesions with nerve tissue loss is primarily aimed at recreating nerve continuity. Guide tubes of various types, filled with Schwann cells, stem cells, or nerve growth factors are attractive as an alternative therapy to nerve grafts. In this study, we evaluated(More)
Processing silk fibroin (SF) by electrospinning offers a very attractive opportunity for producing three-dimensional nanofibrillar matrices in tubular form, which may be useful for a biomimetic approach to small calibre vessel regeneration. Bypass grafting of small calibre vessels, with a diameter less than 6mm, is performed mainly using autografts, like(More)
The present article reviews on different research lines, namely: drug and gene delivery, surface modification/modeling, design of advanced materials (shape memory polymers and biodegradable stents), presently developed at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. For gene delivery, non-viral polycationic-branched polyethylenimine (b-PEI) polyplexes are coated with(More)
The production of injectable pectin hydrogels by internal gelation with calcium carbonate is proposed. The pH of pectin was increased with NaOH or NaHCO3 to reach physiological values. The determination of the equivalence point provided evidence that the pH can be more precisely modulated with NaHCO3 than with NaOH. Degradation and inability to gel was(More)
A novel biodegradable nano/micro hybrid structure was obtained by electrospinning P3HB or PCL nanofibers onto a twisted silk fibroin (SF) structure, with the aim of fabricating a suitable scaffold for tendon and ligament tissue engineering. The electrospinning (ES) processing parameters for P3HB and PCL were optimized on 2D samples, and applied to produce(More)
Physicochemical and mechanical properties, in vitro cytotoxicity, cytocompatibility, and platelet adhesion were investigated on a shape-memory polyether-based polyurethane (MM-5520 SMPu) using the polyether-based Pellethane 2363-80AE (Pell-2363 SPU) as reference. MM-5520 SMPu and Pell-2363 SPU showed similar average molecular weights and different surface(More)
A non-porous poly-DL-lactide tubular chamber filled by demineralised bone matrix (DBM) and bone marrow stromal cells (BMSC) in combination, was evaluated as a scaffold for guided bone regeneration (GBR) in an experimental model using the rabbit radius. The tubular chamber had an internal diameter of 4.7 mm, a wall thickness of 0.4 mm and a length of 18 mm.(More)
It is well known that osteolysis induced by polyethylene wear debris is the main cause of long-term failure of hip and knee prostheses. We developed a treatment of medical-grade ultra-high molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) in order to improve its tribologic properties and reduce its wear. Medical-grade UHMWPE was irradiated with a 200 kGy dose of(More)