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    Modeling of cell deformation under external force using artificial neural network

    , Article ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings (IMECE), 12 November 2010 through 18 November 2010 ; Volume 2 , 2010 , Pages 659-665 ; 9780791844267 (ISBN) Ahmadian, M. T ; Vossoughi, G. R ; Abbasi, A. A ; Raeissi, P ; Sharif University of Technology
    Embryogenesis, regeneration and cell differentiation in microbiological entities are influenced by mechanical forces. Therefore, development of mechanical properties of these materials is important. Neural network technique is a useful method which can be used to obtain cell deformation by the means of force-geometric deformation data or vice versa. Prior to insertion in the needle injection process, deformation and geometry of cell under external point-load is a key element to understand the interaction between cell and needle. In this paper the goal is the prediction of cell membrane deformation under a certain force, and to visually estimate the force of indentation on the membrane from... 

    Graphene scaffolds in progressive nanotechnology/stem cell-based tissue engineering of the nervous system

    , Article Journal of Materials Chemistry B ; Volume 4, Issue 19 , 2016 , Pages 3169-3190 ; 20507518 (ISSN) Akhavan, O ; Sharif University of Technology
    Royal Society of Chemistry  2016
    Although graphene/stem cell-based tissue engineering has recently emerged and has promisingly and progressively been utilized for developing one of the most effective regenerative nanomedicines, it suffers from low differentiation efficiency, low hybridization after transplantation and lack of appropriate scaffolds required in implantations without any degrading in functionality of the cells. In fact, recent studies have demonstrated that the unique properties of graphene can successfully resolve all of these challenges. Among various stem cells, neural stem cells (NSCs) and their neural differentiation on graphene have attracted a lot of interest, because graphene-based neuronal tissue... 

    Microfluidic systems for stem cell-based neural tissue engineering

    , Article Lab on a Chip - Miniaturisation for Chemistry and Biology ; Volume 16, Issue 14 , 2016 , Pages 2551-2571 ; 14730197 (ISSN) Karimi, M ; Bahrami, S ; Mirshekari, H ; Moosavi Basri, S. M ; Bakhshian Nik, A ; Aref, A. R ; Akbari, M ; Hamblin, M. R ; Sharif University of Technology
    Royal Society of Chemistry  2016
    Neural tissue engineering aims at developing novel approaches for the treatment of diseases of the nervous system, by providing a permissive environment for the growth and differentiation of neural cells. Three-dimensional (3D) cell culture systems provide a closer biomimetic environment, and promote better cell differentiation and improved cell function, than could be achieved by conventional two-dimensional (2D) culture systems. With the recent advances in the discovery and introduction of different types of stem cells for tissue engineering, microfluidic platforms have provided an improved microenvironment for the 3D-culture of stem cells. Microfluidic systems can provide more precise... 

    Development of a virtual cell model to predict cell response to substrate topography

    , Article ACS Nano ; Volume 11, Issue 9 , 2017 , Pages 9084-9092 ; 19360851 (ISSN) Heydari, T ; Heidari, M ; Mashinchian, O ; Wojcik, M ; Xu, K ; Dalby, M. J ; Mahmoudi, M ; Ejtehadi, M. R ; Sharif University of Technology
    Cells can sense and respond to changes in the topographical, chemical, and mechanical information in their environment. Engineered substrates are increasingly being developed that exploit these physical attributes to direct cell responses (most notably mesenchymal stem cells) and therefore control cell behavior toward desired applications. However, there are very few methods available for robust and accurate modeling that can predict cell behavior prior to experimental evaluations, and this typically means that many cell test iterations are needed to identify best material features. Here, we developed a unifying computational framework to create a multicomponent cell model, called the... 

    Downregulation of ITM2A gene expression in macrophages of patients with ankylosing spondylitis

    , Article International Archives of Allergy and Immunology ; Volume 182, Issue 11 , 2021 , Pages 1113-1121 ; 10182438 (ISSN) Lari, A ; Pourbadie, H. G ; Jafari, M ; Sharifi Zarchi, A ; Akhtari, M ; Nejatbakhsh Samimi, L ; Jamshidi, A ; Mahmoudi, M ; Sharif University of Technology
    S. Karger AG  2021
    Objectives: Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a rheumatic disorder that is mostly determined by genetic and environmental factors. Given the known importance of macrophage in AS pathogenesis, we investigated the transcriptional profile of macrophage cells in the disease. Methods and Results: Two approaches of differential expression and subsequently, weighted gene co-expression network analysis was utilized to analyze a publicly available microarray dataset of macrophages. Integral membrane protein 2A (ITM2A) was among the most significant genes with a decreased trend in the common results of both methods. In order to confirm the finding, the expression of ITM2A was evaluated in... 

    Flash photo stimulation of human neural stem cells on graphene/TiO 2 heterojunction for differentiation into neurons

    , Article Nanoscale ; Volume 5, Issue 21 , 2013 , Pages 10316-10326 ; 20403364 (ISSN) Akhavan, O ; Ghaderi, E ; Sharif University of Technology
    For the application of human neural stem cells (hNSCs) in neural regeneration and brain repair, it is necessary to stimulate hNSC differentiation towards neurons rather than glia. Due to the unique properties of graphene in stem cell differentiation, here we introduce reduced graphene oxide (rGO)/TiO2 heterojunction film as a biocompatible flash photo stimulator for effective differentiation of hNSCs into neurons. Using the stimulation, the number of cell nuclei on rGO/TiO2 increased by a factor of ∼1.5, while on GO/TiO2 and TiO2 it increased only ∼48 and 24%, respectively. Moreover, under optimum conditions of flash photo stimulation (10 mW cm-2 flash intensity and 15.0 mM ascorbic acid in... 

    Cell-imprinted substrates act as an artificial niche for skin regeneration

    , Article ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces ; Vol. 6, Issue. 15 , 2014 , Pages 13280-13292 ; ISSN: 19448244 Mashinchian, O ; Bonakdar, S ; Taghinejad, H ; Satarifard, V ; Heidari, M ; Majidi, M ; Sharifi, S ; Peirovi, A ; Saffar, S ; Taghinejad, M ; Abdolahad, M ; Mohajerzadeh, S ; Shokrgozar, M. A ; Rezayat, S. M ; Ejtehadi M. R ; Dalby, M. J ; Mahmoudi, M ; Sharif University of Technology
    Bioinspired materials can mimic the stem cell environment and modulate stem cell differentiation and proliferation. In this study, biomimetic micro/nanoenvironments were fabricated by cell-imprinted substrates based on mature human keratinocyte morphological templates. The data obtained from atomic force microscopy and field emission scanning electron microscopy revealed that the keratinocyte-cell-imprinted poly(dimethylsiloxane) casting procedure could imitate the surface morphology of the plasma membrane, ranging from the nanoscale to the macroscale, which may provide the required topographical cell fingerprints to induce differentiation. Gene expression levels of the genes analyzed... 

    Directional migration and differentiation of neural stem cells within three-dimensional microenvironments

    , Article Integrative Biology (United Kingdom) ; Volume 7, Issue 3 , Jan , 2015 , Pages 335-344 ; 17579694 (ISSN) Shamloo, A ; Heibatollahi, M ; Mofrad, M. R. K ; Sharif University of Technology
    Royal Society of Chemistry  2015
    Harnessing neural stem cells to repair neuronal damage is a promising potential treatment for neuronal diseases. To enable future therapeutic efficacy, the survival, proliferation, migration and differentiation of neural stem/progenitor cells (NPCs) should be accurately studied and optimized in in vitro platforms before transplanting these cells into the body for treatment purposes. Such studies can determine the appropriate quantities of the biochemical and biomechanical factors needed to control and optimize NPC behavior in vivo. In this study, NPCs were cultured within a microfluidic device while being encapsulated within the collagen matrix. The migration and differentiation of NPCs were... 

    Combinational therapy of lithium and human neural stem cells in rat spinal cord contusion model

    , Article Journal of Cellular Physiology ; Volume 234, Issue 11 , 2019 , Pages 20742-20754 ; 00219541 (ISSN) Mohammadshirazi, A ; Sadrosadat, H ; Jaberi, R ; Zareikheirabadi, M ; Mirsadeghi, S ; Naghdabadi, Z ; Ghaneezabadi, M ; Fardmanesh, M ; Baharvand, H ; Kiani, S ; Sharif University of Technology
    Wiley-Liss Inc  2019
    A large number of treatment approaches have been used for spinal cord injury improvement, a medically incurable disorder, and subsequently stem cell transplantation appears to be a promising strategy. The main objective of this study is to ascertain whether combinational therapy of human neural stem cells (hNSCs) together with lithium chloride improves cell survival, proliferation, and differentiation in a rat spinal contusion model, or not. Contusive spinal cord injury was implemented on Wistar male rats. Experimental groups comprised of: control, hNSCs transplanted, lithium chloride (Li), and hNSCs and lithium chloride (hNSCs + Li). In every experimental group, locomotor activity score and... 

    Magnetoelectric nanocomposite scaffold for high yield differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells to neural-like cells

    , Article Journal of Cellular Physiology ; Volume 234, Issue 8 , 2019 , Pages 13617-13628 ; 00219541 (ISSN) Esmaeili, E ; Soleimani, M ; Ghiass, M. A ; Hatamie, S ; Vakilian, S ; Zomorrod, M. S ; Sadeghzadeh, N ; Vossoughi, M ; Hosseinzadeh, S ; Sharif University of Technology
    Wiley-Liss Inc  2019
    While the differentiation factors have been widely used to differentiate mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) into various cell types, they can cause harm at the same time. Therefore, it is beneficial to propose methods to differentiate MSCs without factors. Herein, magnetoelectric (ME) nanofibers were synthesized as the scaffold for the growth of MSCs and their differentiation into neural cells without factors. This nanocomposite takes the advantage of the synergies of the magnetostrictive filler, CoFe 2 O 4 nanoparticles (CFO), and piezoelectric polymer, polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF). Graphene oxide nanosheets were decorated with CFO nanoparticles for a proper dispersion in the polymer through... 

    Bioengineering approaches for corneal regenerative medicine

    , Article Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine ; Volume 17, Issue 5 , July , 2020 , Pages 567-593 Mahdavi, S. S ; Abdekhodaie, M. J ; Mashayekhan, S ; Baradaran Rafii, A ; Djalilian, A. R ; Sharif University of Technology
    Korean Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society  2020
    Background:: Since the cornea is responsible for transmitting and focusing light into the eye, injury or pathology affecting any layer of the cornea can cause a detrimental effect on visual acuity. Aging is also a reason for corneal degeneration. Depending on the level of the injury, conservative therapies and donor tissue transplantation are the most common treatments for corneal diseases. Not only is there a lack of donor tissue and risk of infection/rejection, but the inherent ability of corneal cells and layers to regenerate has led to research in regenerative approaches and treatments. Methods:: In this review, we first discussed the anatomy of the cornea and the required properties for... 

    Microfluidic technologies to engineer mesenchymal stem cell aggregates—applications and benefits

    , Article Biophysical Reviews ; Volume 12, Issue 1 , 2020 , Pages 123-133 Salehi, S. S ; Shamloo, A ; Kazemzadeh Hannani, S. K ; Sharif University of Technology
    Springer  2020
    Three-dimensional cell culture and the forming multicellular aggregates are superior over traditional monolayer approaches due to better mimicking of in vivo conditions and hence functions of a tissue. A considerable amount of attention has been devoted to devising efficient methods for the rapid formation of uniform-sized multicellular aggregates. Microfluidic technology describes a platform of techniques comprising microchannels to manipulate the small number of reagents with unique properties and capabilities suitable for biological studies. The focus of this review is to highlight recent studies of using microfluidics, especially droplet-based types for the formation, culture, and... 

    Investigation of a two-step device implementing magnetophoresis and dielectrophoresis for separation of circulating tumor cells from blood cells

    , Article Engineering in Life Sciences ; Volume 20, Issue 7 , 2020 , Pages 296-304 Shamloo, A ; Yazdani, A ; Saghafifar, F ; Sharif University of Technology
    Wiley-VCH Verlag  2020
    Identifying tumor cells from a pool of other cells has always been an appealing topic for different purposes. The objective of this study is to discriminate circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from blood cells for diagnostic purposes in a novel microfluidic device using two active methods: magnetophoresis and dielectrophoresis. The most specific feature of this device is the differentiation of CTCs without labeling them in order to achieve a more reliable and less complicated method. This device was analyzed and evaluated using finite element method. Four cell lines are separated in this device containing red blood cells, platelets, white blood cells, and CTCs. Primarily, red blood cells and... 

    Development of a genetic algorithm based biomechanical simulation of sagittal lifting tasks

    , Article Biomedical Engineering - Applications, Basis and Communications ; Volume 17, Issue 1 , 2005 , Pages 12-18 ; 10162372 (ISSN) Gündoǧdu, Ö ; Anderson, K. S ; Parnianpour, M ; Sharif University of Technology
    Institute of Biomedical Engineering  2005
    Fibrin sealant and platelet gels are human blood-derived, biodegradable, non toxic, surgical products obtained by mixing a fibrinogen concentrate or a platelet rich plasma with thrombin, respectively. Fibrin sealant is now a well known surgical tool increasingly used to stop or control bleeding, or to provide air and fluid tightness in many surgical situations. Platelet gels are newly developed preparations that are of specific interest because they contain numerous physiological growth factors and cytikines that are released upon the activation of blood platelets by thrombin. These growth factors, including PDGF, TGF-β1, BMP, and VEGF have been shown to stimulate cell growth and... 

    Near infrared laser stimulation of human neural stem cells into neurons on graphene nanomesh semiconductors

    , Article Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces ; Volume 126 , 2015 , Pages 313-321 ; 09277765 (ISSN) Akhavan, O ; Ghaderi, E ; Shirazian, S. A ; Sharif University of Technology
    Reduced graphene oxide nanomeshes (rGONMs), as p-type semiconductors with band-gap energy of ~1. eV, were developed and applied in near infrared (NIR) laser stimulation of human neural stem cells (hNSCs) into neurons. The biocompatibility of the rGONMs in growth of hNSCs was found similar to that of the graphene oxide (GO) sheets. Proliferation of the hNSCs on the GONMs was assigned to the excess oxygen functional groups formed on edge defects of the GONMs, resulting in superhydrophilicity of the surface. Under NIR laser stimulation, the graphene layers (especially the rGONMs) exhibited significant cell differentiations, including more elongations of the cells and higher differentiation of... 

    Bioinspired nanofiber scaffold for differentiating bone marrow-derived neural stem cells to oligodendrocyte-like cells: Design, fabrication, and characterization

    , Article International Journal of Nanomedicine ; Volume 15 , 2020 , Pages 3903-3920 Boroojeni, F. R ; Mashayekhan, S ; Abbaszadeh, H. A ; Ansarizadeh, M ; Khoramgah, M. S ; Rahimi Movaghar, V ; Sharif University of Technology
    Dove Medical Press Ltd  2020
    Background: Researchers are trying to study the mechanism of neural stem cells (NSCs) differentiation to oligodendrocyte-like cells (OLCs) as well as to enhance the selective differentiation of NSCs to oligodendrocytes. However, the limitation in nerve tissue acces-sibility to isolate the NSCs as well as their differentiation toward oligodendrocytes is still challenging. Purpose: In the present study, a hybrid polycaprolactone (PCL)-gelatin nanofiber scaffold mimicking the native extracellular matrix and axon morphology to direct the differentiation of bone marrow-derived NSCs to OLCs was introduced. Materials and Methods: In order to achieve a sustained release of T3, this factor was... 

    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).... 

    The nanofibrous PAN-PANi scaffold as an efficient substrate for skeletal muscle differentiation using satellite cells

    , Article Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering ; Volume 39, Issue 7 , 2016 , Pages 1163-1172 ; 16157591 (ISSN) Hosseinzadeh, S ; Mahmoudifard, M ; Mohamadyar Toupkanlou, F ; Dodel, M ; Hajarizadeh, A ; Adabi, M ; Soleimani, M ; Sharif University of Technology
    Springer Verlag 
    Among polymers, polyaniline (PANi) has been introduced as a good candidate for muscle regeneration due to high conductivity and also biocompatibility. Herein, for the first time, we report the use of electrospun nanofibrous membrane of PAN-PANi as efficient scaffold for muscle regeneration. The prepared PAN-PANi electrospun nanofibrous membrane was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Attenuated total reflectance fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) and tensile examination. The softer scaffolds of non-composite electrospun nanofibrous PAN govern a higher rate of cell growth in spite of lower differentiation value. On the other hand, PAN-PANi electrospun... 

    Numerical analysis of a dielectrophoresis field-flow fractionation device for the separation of multiple cell types

    , Article Journal of Separation Science ; Volume 40, Issue 20 , 2017 , Pages 4067-4075 ; 16159306 (ISSN) Shamloo, A ; Kamali, A ; Sharif University of Technology
    In this study, a dielectrophoresis field-flow fractionation device was analyzed using a numerical simulation method and the behaviors of a set of different cells were investigated. By reducing the alternating current frequency of the electrodes from the value used in the original setup configuration and increasing the number of exit channels, total discrimination in cell trajectories and subsequent separation of four cell types were achieved. Cells were differentiated based on their size and dielectric response that are represented in their real part of Clausius–Mossotti factor at different frequencies. A number of novel designs were also proposed based on the original setup configuration.... 

    Controlling differentiation of stem cells for developing personalized organ-on-chip platforms

    , Article Advanced Healthcare Materials ; Volume 7, Issue 2 , 2018 ; 21922640 (ISSN) Geraili, A ; Jafari, P ; Sheikh Hassani, M ; Heidary Araghi, B ; Mohammadi, M. H ; Ghafari, A. M ; Hassanpour Tamrin, S ; Pezeshgi Modarres, H ; Rezaei Kolahchi, A ; Ahadian, S ; Sanati Nezhad, A ; Sharif University of Technology
    Wiley-VCH Verlag  2018
    Organ-on-chip (OOC) platforms have attracted attentions of pharmaceutical companies as powerful tools for screening of existing drugs and development of new drug candidates. OOCs have primarily used human cell lines or primary cells to develop biomimetic tissue models. However, the ability of human stem cells in unlimited self-renewal and differentiation into multiple lineages has made them attractive for OOCs. The microfluidic technology has enabled precise control of stem cell differentiation using soluble factors, biophysical cues, and electromagnetic signals. This study discusses different tissue- and organ-on-chip platforms (i.e., skin, brain, blood–brain barrier, bone marrow, heart,...