Mintai Peter Hwang

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Ischemic heart disease is a leading cause of death worldwide. After the onset of myocardial infarction, many pathological changes take place and progress the disease towards heart failure. Pathologies such as ischemia, inflammation, cardiomyocyte death, ventricular remodeling and dilation, and interstitial fibrosis, develop and involve the signaling of many(More)
Successful bone tissue engineering generally requires an osteoconductive scaffold that consists of extracellular matrix (ECM) to mimic the natural environment. In this study, we developed a PLGA/PLA-based mesh scaffold coated with cell-derived extracellular matrix (CDM) for the delivery of bone morphogenic protein (BMP-2), and assessed the capacity of this(More)
Growth factors (GFs) are major biochemical cues for tissue regeneration. Herein, a novel dual GF delivery system is designed composed of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles (NPs) and alginate microcapsules (MCs) via an electrodropping method. While bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)-2 is encapsulated in the PLGA NPs, vascular endothelial growth(More)
An artificial matrix (Fn-Tigra), consisting of graphene oxide (GO) and fibronectin (Fn), is developed on pure titanium (Ti) substrates via an electrodropping technique assisted with a custom-made coaxial needle. The morphology and topography of the resulting artificial matrix is orderly aligned and composed of porous microcavities. In addition, Fn is(More)
Bacteriophages are traditionally used for the development of phage display technology. Recently, their nanosized dimensions and ease with which genetic modifications can be made to their structure and function have put them in the spotlight towards their use in a variety of biosensors. In particular, the expression of any protein or peptide on the(More)
The emergence of biomarkers as key players in the paradigm shift towards preventative medicine underscores the need for their detection and quantification. Advances made in the field of nanotechnology have played a crucial role in achieving these needs, and have contributed to recent advances in the field of medicine. Nanoparticle-based immunomagnetic(More)
The generation of nanosized probes often requires time-intensive and application-specific optimization processes that involve conjugating a nanoconstruct to a targeting moiety. Herein, we genetically modify apoferritin and generate a universal interface system composed of protein G and 6×His-tag. The resulting construct, conferred with modularity and high(More)
Lanthanide ion-doped nanophosphors are an emerging group of nanomaterials with excellent optical properties, and have been suggested as alternatives to quantum dots. In this letter, we determine the in-vitro and in-vivo toxicity of β-NaYF4:Ce,Tb nanophosphors using Capan-1 cells and embryonic zebrafish, respectively. In particular, we are the first to(More)
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a potent cause of mortality in both advanced and developing countries. While soluble CD40L (sCD40L) has been implicated as a correlative factor among CVD patients, methods to quantify sCD40L are not yet well-established. In this paper, we present an ability to separate and quantify sCD40L via a simple immunomagnetic assay.(More)
Although the use of reactive oxygen species (ROS) has been extensively studied, current systems employ external stimuli such as light or electrical energy to produce ROS, which limits their practical usage. In this report, biocompatible metals were used to construct a novel electrochemical system that can spontaneously generate H2O2 without any external(More)