Sophie R Van Tomme

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Liposomes have been extensively investigated as drug delivery systems in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Low bioavailability, high clearance rates and limited selectivity of several important drugs used for RA treatment require high and frequent dosing to achieve sufficient therapeutic efficacy. However, high doses also increase the risk for(More)
This paper presents a novel self-gelling hydrogel potentially suitable for controlled drug delivery and tissue engineering. The macroscopic gels are obtained by mixing dispersions of oppositely charged crosslinked dextran microspheres. These microspheres in turn were prepared by crosslinking of dextran derivatized with hydroxyethyl methacrylate emulsified(More)
This paper reports on the degradation behavior of in situ gelling hydrogel matrices composed of positively and negatively charged dextran microspheres. Rheological analysis showed that, once the individual microspheres started to degrade, the hydrogel changed from a mainly elastic to a viscoelastic network. It was shown with gels composed of equal amounts(More)
A novel approach is presented to create self-assembling hydrogels. Microspheres based on cross-linked dextran were chemically modified with L- or D-oligolactate chains. Successful grafting of the particles was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and Raman and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Rheological analysis of aqueous dispersions of(More)
In this paper, the release of proteins from a novel self-gelling hydrogel based on biodegradable dextran microspheres is investigated. The protein-loaded macroscopic gels are obtained by hydration of mixtures of oppositely charged hydroxyethyl methacrylate-derivatized dextran microspheres with a protein solution. In media of low ionic strength (100 mM Hepes(More)
Previous studies have shown that stereocomplexed hydrogels are rapidly formed in situ by mixing aqueous solutions of eight-arm poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(L-lactide) and poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(D-lactide) star block copolymers (denoted as PEG-(PLLA)(8) and PEG-(PDLA)(8), respectively). In this study, in vitro and in vivo protein release from(More)
This work describes the tailorability of the network properties of self-assembling hydrogels, based on ionic crosslinking between dextran microspheres. Copolymerization of hydroxyethyl methacrylate-derivatized dextran (dex-HEMA), emulsified in an aqueous poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) solution, with methacrylic acid (MAA) or dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate(More)
Since Wichterle et al. introduced hydrogels as novel materials possibly suitable for a variety of biomedical applications, hydrogel research has become a fast-developing and exciting research field. The soft and hydrophilic nature of hydrogels makes them particularly suitable as protein delivery system or as cell-entrapping scaffold in tissue engineering.(More)
We investigated the therapeutic efficacy of recombinant human interleukin-2 (rhIL-2)-loaded, in situ gelling, physically crosslinked dextran hydrogels, locally applied to SL2 lymphoma in mice. The physical crosslinking was established by stereocomplex formation between d-lactic acid oligomers and l-lactic acid oligomers grafted separately to dextrans. The(More)