Micky D. Tortorella

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Directed hepatocyte differentiation from human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) potentially provides a unique platform for modeling liver genetic diseases and performing drug-toxicity screening in vitro. Wilson's disease is a genetic disease caused by mutations in the ATP7B gene, whose product is a liver transporter protein responsible for coordinated(More)
OBJECTIVE To characterize pain-related behavior during the course of knee osteoarthritis (OA) induced by destabilization of the medial meniscus (DMM) in wild type (WT) and in ADAMTS-5 null mice. METHODS DMM surgery was performed in the right knee of CD-1 mice. At regular intervals up to 8 weeks after surgery, mice were assessed for the following(More)
To evaluate using cationic polymeric nanoparticles that interact with hyaluronate to form ionically cross-linked hydrogels to increase the intra-articular retention time of osteoarthritis drugs in the synovial cavity. In vitro tests included nanoparticle release from cross-linked hydrogels using syringe and membrane dissolution tests, viscosity measurement(More)
Currently, anti-AD drug discovery using target-based approaches is extremely challenging due to unclear etiology of AD and absence of validated therapeutic protein targets. Neuronal death, regardless of causes, plays a key role in AD progression, and it is directly linked to neuroinflammation. Meanwhile, phenotypic screening is making a resurgence in drug(More)
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