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    Feasibility Study of Culturing and Differentiating Mesenchymal Stem Cells to Smooth Muscle Cells in Nanostructured PCL Hybrid Scaffold

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Moghadasi, Samaneh (Author) ;
    Tissue engineering is an interdisciplinary field that incorporates principles of engineering with the life sciences. Tissue engineering consists of three principle; cells, scaffolds for cells expansion and growth factors. These factors together can help tissue engineers to provide appropriate microenvironments for directing special cells behavior.
    Fibrous scaffolds have found many applications in tissue engineering due to their nanometer dimensions and high surface to volume ratio. Fibrous scaffolds can impart mechanical strength, structure for cell attachment and act as reservoirs for biomolecule delivery in much a same way as the natural fibrous components of the extracellular... 

    The synergistic effect of surface topography and sustained release of TGF-β1 on myogenic differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells

    , Article Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part A ; Volume 104, Issue 7 , 2016 , Pages 1610-1621 ; 15493296 (ISSN) Moghadasi Boroujeni, S ; Mashayekhan, S ; Vakilian, S ; Ardeshirylajimi, A ; Soleimani, M ; Sharif University of Technology
    John Wiley and Sons Inc 
    A combination of topographical cues and controlled release of biochemical factors is a potential platform in controlling stem cells differentiation. In this study the synergistic effect of nanotopography and sustained release of biofunctional transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β1) on differentiation of human Wharton's Jelly-derived mesenchymal stem cell (hWJ-derived UC-MSCs) toward myogenic lineage was investigated. In order to achieve a sustained release of TGF-β1, this factor was encapsulated within chitosan nanoparticles. Afterwards the aligned composite mats were fabricated using poly-E-caprolacton (PCL) containing TGF-β1-loaded chitosan nanoparticles and poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA).... 

    Mechanical reinforcement of urinary bladder matrix by electrospun polycaprolactone nanofibers

    , Article Scientia Iranica ; Volume 24, Issue 6 , 2017 , Pages 3476-3480 ; 10263098 (ISSN) Ghafari, A. M ; Rajabi Zeleti, S ; Naji, M ; Ghanian, M. H ; Baharvand, H ; Sharif University of Technology
    For a successful repair and reconstruction of bladder tissue, fabrication of scaffolds with proper biochemical and biomechanical characteristics is necessary. Decellularized bladder tissue has been proposed in previous studies as a gold standard material for scaffold fabrication. However, weak mechanical properties of such a load-bearing tissue has remained a challenge. Incorporation of both biological and synthetic materials has been known as an effective strategy for improving mechanical and biological properties of the scaffolds. In the present work, a simple process was developed to fabricate hybrid hydrogel scaffolds with a biomimetic architecture from the natural urinary bladder...