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The present study employed a combinatorial strategy using poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) scaffolds seeded with human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) to promote cell survival, differentiation, and neurological function in a completely transected spinal cord injury (SCI) model. The SCI model was prepared by complete removal of a 2-mm length of spinal(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the cognitive effect of levetiracetam (LEV) monotherapy with quantitative electroencephalogram (EEG) analysis and neuropsychological (NP) tests. METHODS Twenty-two drug-naïve epilepsy patients were enrolled. EEG recordings were performed before and after LEV therapy. Relative power of discrete frequency bands was computed, as well(More)
In this study, we used a chitosan hydrogel as a 3-dimensional substrate for the attachment, proliferation, and differentiation of rat muscle-derived stem cells (rMDSCs) in the presence of valproic acid (VA). Chitosan solutions containing glycerol phosphate disodium salt form a hydrogel at body temperature. The chitosan hydrogel exhibited a porous(More)
The effectiveness of systemically administered anticancer treatments is limited by difficulties in achieving therapeutic doses within tumors, a problem that is complicated by dose-limiting side effects to normal tissue. This work examined injectable in situ-forming gels as a localized drug-delivery system. An MPEG-PCL (MP) solution containing doxorubicin(More)
This work was first development of a delivery system capable of maintaining a sustained release of protein drugs at specific sites by using potentially biocompatible porcine articular cartilage. The prepared porcine articular cartilage powder (PCP) was easily soluble in phosphate-buffered saline. The PCP suspension easily entrapped bovine serum(More)
We aimed to develop a delivery system capable of maintaining a sustained release of protein drugs at specific sites using potentially biocompatible biomaterials. Here, we used bovine serum albumin (BSA) as a test protein to explore the potential utility of an injectable small intestine submucosa (SIS) as a depot for protein drugs. The prepared SIS powder(More)
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