Rebecca R Petersen

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We report the ability to direct the differentiation pathway of neural progenitor cells (NPCs) within hydrogels having tunable mechanical properties. By modifying the polymeric sugar hyaluronic acid (HA), a major extracellular matrix component in the fetal mammalian brain, with varying numbers of photocrosslinkable methacrylate groups, hydrogels could be(More)
Biomaterials that actively promote both wound healing and angiogenesis are of critical importance for many biomedical applications, including tissue engineering. In particular, hyaluronic acid (HA) is an important player that has multiple roles throughout the angiogenic process in the body. Previously, our laboratory has developed photocrosslinkable(More)
The purpose of the study was to design and develop unique drug delivery systems with controllable multiple burst releases of drugs for treating osteoarthritis. Chondroitin sulfate (CS) was encapsulated into four types of PLGA materials, that is, PLGA 50:50, PLGA 65:35, PLGA 75:25, and PLGA 85:15. The effects of microsphere size and various combinations of(More)
Additions of aluminum and copper to chemically defined media resulted in inhibition of growth of Scenedesmus and of alkaline phosphatase activity. The alkaline phosphatase activity was assayed both on commercially available purified enzyme from bacteria and on the enzyme present in whole Scenedesmus cells. The effect of metal additions was compared to the(More)
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