Marianne B Ariganello

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The monocyte-derived macrophage (MDM), present at biomaterial implantations, can increase, decrease or redirect the inflammatory and subsequent wound healing process associated with the presence of a biomaterial. Understanding MDM responses to biomaterials is important for improved prediction and design of biomaterials for tissue engineering. This study(More)
Alternatively activated macrophages have been implicated in the therapeutic activity of biodegradable chitosan on wound healing, however, the mechanisms of phenotypic differentiation are still unclear.In vitro, macrophages stimulated with high doses of chitosan (≥ 500 μg/mL) were reported to produce low-level markers associated with alternative activation(More)
While macrophages have been implicated in the failure of bioprosthetic heart valves, the macrophage response to crosslinked native pericardial collagen has not been previously investigated. Using decellularized bovine pericardium (DBP) as a model for native collagen, this study investigated the response of macrophage-like cells (U937s) to DBP, either: (i)(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY Decellularized materials, which represent a popular option for a variety of applications in regenerative medicine, including bioprosthetic heart valves, offer the opportunity to study cellular responses to extracellular matrix biochemistry and architecture. The study aim was to investigate the response of U937 macrophage-like(More)
Decellularized tissue-derived heart valves are an example of biomaterials derived from natural scaffolds. These types of implants are increasing in popularity although their in vivo performance is still only poorly understood and has, at times, been catastrophic. It is apparent that better understanding is required before these biomaterials can be used(More)
Current data suggest that chitosan activates wound macrophages to release endogenous factors that guide mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) to bone fractures. We tested the hypothesis that chitosan, a polymer containing glucosamine and N-acetyl glucosamine, stimulates macrophages in different polarization states to release functional MSC chemokines and mainly(More)
Porous structures destined for tissue engineering applications should ideally show controlled and narrow pore size distributions with fully interconnected pores. This study focuses on the development of novel poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) structures with fully connected pores of 84, 116, 141, and 162 μm average diameter, from melt blending of PCL with(More)
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