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    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).... 

    A microfabricated platform for the study of chondrogenesis under different compressive loads

    , Article Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials ; Volume 78 , 2018 , Pages 404-413 ; 17516161 (ISSN) Kowsari Esfahan, R ; Jahanbakhsh, A ; Saidi, M. S ; Bonakdar, S ; Sharif University of Technology
    Elsevier Ltd  2018
    Microfluidic devices are beneficial in miniaturizing and multiplexing various cellular assays in a single platform. Chondrogenesis is known to pertain to chemical, topographical, and mechanical cues in the microenvironment. Mechanical cues themselves have numerous parameters such as strain magnitude, frequency, and stimulation time. Effects of different strain magnitudes on the chondrogenic differentiation of adult stem cells have not been explored thoroughly. Here, a new multilayer microdevice is presented for the unidirectional compressive stimulation of cells in a three-dimensional cell culture. Numerical simulations were performed to evaluate and optimize the design. Results showed a...