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Polycaprolactone (PCL) is a bioresorbable polymer with potential applications for bone and cartilage repair. In this work, porous PCL scaffolds were computationally designed and then fabricated via selective laser sintering (SLS), a rapid prototyping technique. The microstructure and mechanical properties of the fabricated scaffolds were assessed and(More)
The objective of this study was to assess the efficacy of the use of an ex vivo produced oral mucosa equivalent (EVPOME) for intraoral grafting procedures. Autogenous keratinocytes were harvested from a punch biopsy 4 weeks prior to surgery, placed in a serum-free culture system and seeded onto a human cadaveric dermal equivalent, AlloDerm. Thirty patients(More)
Porous hydroxyapatite (HA) has been used as a bone graft material in the clinics for decades. Traditionally, the pores in these HAs are either obtained from the coralline exoskeletal patterns or from the embedded organic particles in the starting HA powder. Both processes offer very limited control on the pore structure. A new method for manufacturing(More)
A problem maxillofacial surgeons face is a lack of sufficient autogenous oral mucosa for reconstruction of the oral cavity. Split-thickness or oral mucosa grafts require more than one surgical procedure and can result in donor site morbidity. Skin has disadvantages of adnexal structures and a different keratinization pattern than oral mucosa. In this study,(More)
INTRODUCTION Tissue engineering provides an alternative modality allowing for decreased morbidity of donor site grafting and decreased rejection of less compatible alloplastic tissues. METHODS Using image-based design and computer software, a precisely sized and shaped scaffold for osseous tissue regeneration can be created via selective laser sintering.(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was the ex vivo development of a composite oral mucosal equivalent composed of a continuous stratified layer of human oral keratinocytes grown on a cadaveric human dermal matrix in a defined medium without a feeder layer. MATERIALS AND METHODS Enzymatically dissociated human oral keratinocytes from keratinized oral mucosa(More)
The aim of this study was to determine the optimal stage of development at which transplant human ex vivo-produced oral mucosa equivalents (EVPOMEs) in vivo. EVPOMEs were generated in a serum-free culture system, without the use of an irradiated xenogeneic feeder layer, by seeding human oral keratinocytes onto a human cadaveric dermal equivalent, AlloDerm.(More)
BACKGROUND The cervical lymphoepithelial or branchial cleft cyst is a developmental cyst that has a disputed pathogenesis. The objective of this article is to provide a brief review of the literature and to define diagnostic terms related to this anomaly, as well as to describe its etiology, clinical presentation and treatment. CASE DESCRIPTION The(More)
Tristetraprolin (TTP) is an RNA-binding protein which downregulates multiple cytokines that mediate progression of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). We previously showed that HNSCC cells with shRNA-mediated knockdown of TTP are more invasive than controls. In this study, we use control and TTP-deficient cells to present a novel subsurface(More)