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Over the past decades, hydrogels have been widely studied as biomaterials for various biomedical applications like implants, drugs and cell delivery carriers because of their high biocompatibility, high water contents and excellent permeability for nutrients and metabolites. Especially, in situ forming hydrogel systems have received much attention because(More)
A thermo-sensitive chitosan-Pluronic copolymer (CP) was prepared by grafting mono-carboxyl Pluronic onto the chitosan using 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-carbodiimide (EDC) and N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS). Indomethacin (IMC)-loaded nanoaggregate (NA) was prepared using the synthesized CP by the direct dissolution method. The critical aggregate(More)
Fast in situ forming supramolecular hydrogels consisted of the tyramine-conjugated supramolecular structures and chitosan derivative were prepared via an enzymatic reaction with horseradish peroxidase (HRP) and hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2)). The gel formation was varied within a time period of 5 s to 10 min by controlling the concentrations of HRP, H(2)O(2),(More)
Star-shaped PLA-heparin (sPLA-Hep) was prepared by coupling heparin to the star-shaped PLA (sPLA) reaction using carbonyldiimidazole (CDI) chemistry. Hydroxyl groups of sPLA were activated by CDI for the reaction with the remained amino-terminal groups of heparin. The surface heparin content of sPLA-Hep was measured to be 1.43 microg/cm(2). sPLA-Hep-coated(More)
Low molecular weight heparin (LH) has been reported to have anti-fibrotic and anti-cancer effects. To enhance the efficacy and minimize adverse effects of LH, a low molecular weight heparin-pluronic nanogel (LHP) was synthesized by conjugating carboxylated pluronic F127 to LH. The LHP reduced anti-coagulant activity by about 33% of the innate activity.(More)
Injectable hydrogels have been studied for potential applications for articular cartilage regeneration. In this study, a thermosensitive chitosan-Pluronic (CP) hydrogel was designed as an injectable cell delivery carrier for cartilage regeneration. The CP conjugate was synthesized by grafting Pluronic onto chitosan using EDC/NHS chemistry. The sol-gel phase(More)
Both osteoconductivity and osteoinductivity are equally very important aspects in a new bone formation and ultimately for bone regeneration. The purpose of this study was to create an environment, not only osteoconductive but also osteoinductive on titanium (Ti) surface. To do this bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) nanocomplex (NC) was fabricated by(More)
The strategy of growth factor delivery to specific sites for therapeutic applications has been considered an essential process in biomedical fields despite some obstacles, such as a non-controlled release with initial burst. This article focuses on particulate systems using heparin for the controlled delivery of heparin-binding growth factors (HBGFs), an(More)
Three-dimensional scaffolds like hydrogels can be used for cell and drug delivery and have become a major research focus in tissue engineering. Presently, we investigated the regenerative potency of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) combined with a chondrocyte/hydrogel composite scaffold in the repair of articular cartilage defects using a rabbit model. Primary(More)
An Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) peptide-immobilized electrospun matrix of polyurethane (PU) was developed for the enhanced affinity of endothelial cells (EC). The novel PU matrix was fabricated as a vascular shape using the electrospinning technique. Then, poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) was immobilized on the porous PU matrix as a spacer, followed by conjugating RGD(More)