Marta Madaghiele

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Hydrogels are macromolecular networks able to absorb and release water solutions in a reversible manner, in response to specific environmental stimuli. Such stimuli-sensitive behaviour makes hydrogels appealing for the design of 'smart' devices, applicable in a variety of technological fields. In particular, in cases where either ecological or(More)
The aim of this work was the implementation of a simple technique for the production of cylindrical collagen-based scaffolds with axially oriented pore channels. Matrices with this particular porous structure have the potential to improve the regeneration of peripheral nerves and spinal cord by physically supporting and guiding the growth of neural(More)
Wound closure represents a primary goal in the treatment of very deep and/or large wounds, for which the mortality rate is particularly high. However, the spontaneous healing of adult skin eventually results in the formation of epithelialized scar and scar contracture (repair), which might distort the tissues and cause lifelong deformities and disabilities.(More)
Several bioengineering approaches have been proposed for peripheral nervous system repair, with limited results and still open questions about the underlying molecular mechanisms. We assessed the biological processes that occur after the implantation of collagen scaffold with a peculiar porous micro-structure of the wall in a rat sciatic nerve transection(More)
The stiffness as well as the biodegradation rate of collagen and gelatine products can be modulated by performing a number of crosslinking treatments. In many biomedical applications, an optimal degree of crosslinking seems to exist, depending on the mechanical and/or biosynthesis properties of the host site. The aim of this study was to evaluate the(More)
Peptide activated poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)-based hydrogels have received wide attention as material for tissue engineering application. However, the close structure of these materials may pose severe barriers to tissue invasion and nutrient transport. The aim of this work was to synthesize highly interconnected macroporous PEG hydrogels, suitable for use(More)
The microstructural, mechanical, compositional, and degradative properties of a nerve conduit are known to strongly affect the regenerative process of the injured peripheral nerve. Starting from the fabrication of micropatterned collagen-based nerve guides, according to a spin-casting process reported in the literature, this study further investigates the(More)
In this work, a mixture of a sodium salt of carboxymethylcellulose (CMCNa) and polyethylene glycol diacrylate (PEGDA700) was used for the preparation of a microporous structure by using the combination of two different procedures. First, physical foaming was induced using Pluronic as a blowing agent, followed by a chemical stabilization. This second step(More)
The aim of this work is to obtain a chemically cross-linked hydrogel from hyaluronic acid and cellulose derivatives that exhibits sensitivity to variation of the composition of the external absorbing medium and an equilibrium sorption capacity higher than a common hyaluronic acid-based hydrogel, in view of its potential use in prevention of postsurgical(More)
Crosslinking and denaturation were two variables that deeply affected the performance of collagen-based scaffolds designed for tissue regeneration. If crosslinking enhances the mechanical properties and the enzymatic resistance of collagen, while masking or reducing the available cell binding sites, denaturation has very opposite effects, as it impairs the(More)