Qiang-cheng Zeng

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BACKGROUND The extracellular matrix (ECM) provides a supportive microenvironment for cells, which is suitable as a tissue engineering scaffold. Mechanical stimulus plays a significant role in the fate of osteoblast, suggesting that it regulates ECM formation. Therefore, we investigated the influence of mechanical stimulus on ECM formation and bioactivity.(More)
BACKGROUND In heart, the extracellular matrix (ECM), produced by cardiac fibroblasts, is a potent regulator of heart's function and growth, and provides a supportive scaffold for heart cells in vitro and in vivo. Cardiac fibroblasts are subjected to mechanical loading all the time in vivo. Therefore, the influences of mechanical loading on formation and(More)
In natural heart tissue, cell density is about 1.0 x 108/cm3, and the cell metabolism is very active. Therefore, culturing heart cells in 3-dimensions at high density and construction of engineered cardiac tissue in vitro is very difficult. The aim of this study was to simulate 3-dimensional culturing of cardiac cells and pursue a novel method to construct(More)
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