Shai Garty

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We have employed baculovirus-mediated expression of the recombinant A. diadematus spider dragline silk fibroin rADF-4 to explore the role of the evolutionary conserved C-terminal domain in self-assembly of the protein into fiber. In this unique system, polymerization of monomers occurs in the cytoplasm of living cells, giving rise to superfibers, which(More)
Intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration and consequent low-back pain present a major medical challenge. Nucleus pulposus-derived stem cells (NP-SCs) may lead to a novel therapy for this severe disease. It was recently shown that survival and function of mature NP cells are regulated in part by tissue stiffness. We hypothesized that modification of matrix(More)
Stimuli responsive or "smart" hydrogels are of interest for tissue-engineering applications, featuring the advantages of minimally invasive application. Currently, these materials have yet to be used as a biological replacement in restoring the function of damaged tissues or organs. The aim of this study was to demonstrate the advantages of(More)
The objective of this study was to explore the use of reverse thermo-responsive (RTG) polymers for generating implants at their site of performance, following minimally invasive surgical procedures. Aiming at combining syringability and enhanced mechanical properties, a new family of injectable RTG-displaying polymers that exhibit improved mechanical(More)
Aiming at developing biodegradable thermo-responsive polymers that display enhanced rheological properties, a family of PEO-PPO-PEO based poly(ether ester urethane)s, was developed. The materials were produced following a two-step synthetic pathway. The PEO-PPO-PEO triblocks were first end-capped with LA or CL oligo(ester)s whereby pentablocks were(More)
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