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Synthetic extracellular matrices provide a framework in which cells can be exposed to defined physical and biological cues. However no method exists to manipulate single cells within these matrices. It is desirable to develop such methods in order to understand fundamental principles of cell migration and define conditions that support or inhibit cell(More)
The main functions of the conjunctiva, an essential part of the ocular surface, are to maintain the equilibrium of the tear film and to protect the eye. Upon injuries, the prerequisite to successful ocular surface repair is conjunctival reconstruction. Tissue engineering techniques, including transplantation of autografts, amniotic membranes and numerous(More)
Type I collagen membranes with tailored fibril nanoarchitectures were fabricated through a vitrification processing, which mimicked, to a degree, the collagen maturation process of corneal stromal extracellular matrix in vivo. Vitrification was performed at a controlled temperature of either 5 °C or 39 °C at a constant relative humidity of 40% for various(More)
The frequency of ocular injuries on the battlefield has been steadily increasing during recent conflicts. Combat-related eye injuries are difficult to treat and solutions requiring donor tissue are not ideal and are often not readily available. Collagen vitrigels have previously been developed for corneal reconstruction, but increased transparency and(More)
Soft tissue reconstruction often requires multiple surgical procedures that can result in scars and disfiguration. Facial soft tissue reconstruction represents a clinical challenge because even subtle deformities can severely affect an individual's social and psychological function. We therefore developed a biosynthetic soft tissue replacement composed of(More)
Replacement of autogenous or allograft bones by artificial graft materials represents a growing area of interest in current bone repair strategies. Bioactive ceramics in particulate form, such as Bioglass (BG) 45S5, stimulate bone mineralization comparable to autologous bone grafts, but have potential issues of particle migration and inflammation. The aim(More)
This study was performed to evaluate the potential of a chondroitin sulfate-polyethylene glycol (CS-PEG) adhesive and collagen-based membrane (collagen vitrigel, CV) combination as a method to treat penetrating ocular injuries on the battlefield and to improve this method with two technologies: an antibiotic releasing CS-PEG adhesive and a corneal shaped(More)
Tissue-engineering strategies offer promising tools for repairing cartilage damage; however, these strategies suffer from limitations under pathological conditions. As a model disease for these types of nonideal systems, the inflammatory environment in an osteoarthritic (OA) joint limits the efficacy of engineered therapeutics by disrupting joint(More)
Antibiotic use for ocular treatments has been largely limited by poor local bioavailability with conventional eyedrops formulations. Here, we developed a controlled delivery system composed of moxifloxacin-loaded poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microparticles encapsulated in a chondroitin sulfate-based, two-component bioadhesive hydrogel. Using a(More)
Repair and reconstruction of the cornea has historically relied on synthetic materials or tissue transplantation. However, the future holds promise for treatments using smart biomaterials and stem cells that direct tissue repair and regeneration to ultimately create new ocular structures that are indistinguishable from the original native tissue. The cornea(More)