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    Simulation of the effects of oxygen carriers and scaffold geometry on oxygen distribution and cell growth in a channeled scaffold for engineering myocardium

    , Article Mathematical Biosciences ; Volume 294 , 2017 , Pages 160-171 ; 00255564 (ISSN) Zehi Mofrad, A ; Mashayekhan, S ; Bastani, D ; Sharif University of Technology
    This study proposes a mathematical model to evaluate the impact of oxygen carriers and scaffold geometry on oxygen distribution and cell growth in a 3D cardiac construct using computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Flow equations, oxygen balance equation and cell balance equation were solved using special initial and boundary conditions. The modeling results revealed that 55% increase in cardiac cell density occurred by using 6.4% perfluorocarbon oxygen carrier (PFC) compared to pure culture medium without PFC supplementation. Moreover, the effects of the scaffold geometry on cell density were examined by changing the channel numbers and the construct length. A 30% increase in the average cells... 

    Enhanced chondrogenic differentiation of human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells on PCL/PLGA electrospun with different alignments and compositions

    , Article International Journal of Polymeric Materials and Polymeric Biomaterials ; Volume 67, Issue 1 , 2018 , Pages 50-60 ; 00914037 (ISSN) Zamanlui, S ; Mahmoudifard, M ; Soleimani, M ; Bakhshandeh, B ; Vasei, M ; Faghihi, S ; Sharif University of Technology
    Taylor and Francis Inc  2018
    The simultaneous effect of electrospun scaffold alignment and polymer composition on chondrogenic differentiation of human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (hBMMSC) is investigated. Aligned and randomly oriented polycaprolactone/poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) hybrid electrospun scaffolds with two different ratios are fabricated by electrospinning. It is found that aligned nanofibrous scaffolds support higher chondrogenic differentiation of hBMMSCs compared to random ones. The aligned scaffolds show a higher expression level of chondrogenic markers such as type II collagen and aggrecan. It is concluded that the aligned nanofibrous scaffold with higher PLGA ratio could significantly... 

    Porous gelatin/poly(ethylene glycol) scaffolds for skin cells

    , Article Soft Materials ; Volume 15, Issue 1 , 2017 , Pages 95-102 ; 1539445X (ISSN) Vahidi, M ; Frounchi, M ; Dadbin, S ; Sharif University of Technology
    Biocompatible porous polymeric scaffolds provide a suitable environment for proliferation of stem cells in human body. In this research work, porous gelatin–poly(ethylene glycol), PEG, based scaffolds were prepared using combination of freeze-gelation and freeze-extraction methods. Effects of various parameters such as freezing temperature, cross-linking agent, concentrations of gelatin and PEG and their blending ratio on physical and mechanical properties, swelling ratio, porosity, pore size, and degradation rate of scaffolds were investigated. Also, proliferation of fibroblast skin cells on the scaffolds was examined by MTS assay to assess the suitability of the scaffolds in wound healing... 

    An electroconductive, thermosensitive, and injectable chitosan/pluronic/gold-decorated cellulose nanofiber hydrogel as an efficient carrier for regeneration of cardiac tissue

    , Article Materials ; Volume 15, Issue 15 , 2022 ; 19961944 (ISSN) Tohidi, H ; Maleki Jirsaraei, N ; Simchi, A ; Mohandes, F ; Emami, Z ; Fassina, L ; Naro, F ; Conti, B ; Barbagallo, F ; Sharif University of Technology
    MDPI  2022
    Myocardial infarction is a major cause of death worldwide and remains a social and healthcare burden. Injectable hydrogels with the ability to locally deliver drugs or cells to the damaged area can revolutionize the treatment of heart diseases. Herein, we formulate a thermo-responsive and injectable hydrogel based on conjugated chitosan/poloxamers for cardiac repair. To tailor the mechanical properties and electrical signal transmission, gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) with an average diameter of 50 nm were physically bonded to oxidized bacterial nanocellulose fibers (OBC) and added to the thermosensitive hydrogel at the ratio of 1% w/v. The prepared hydrogels have a porous structure with open... 

    Interface engineering of perovskite solar cell using a reduced-graphene scaffold

    , Article Journal of Physical Chemistry C ; Volume 120, Issue 35 , Volume 120, Issue 35 , 2016 , Pages 19531-19536 ; 19327447 (ISSN) Tavakoli, M. M ; Tavakoli, R ; Hasanzadeh, S ; Mirfasih, M. H ; Sharif University of Technology
    American Chemical Society 
    Interface engineering of solar cell device is a prominent strategy to improve the device performance. Herein, we synthesize reduced-graphene scaffold (rGS) by using a new and simple chemical approach. In this regard, we synthesize a hollow structure of graphene and then fabricate a three-dimensional scaffold of graphene with a superior surface area using electrophoretic process. We employ this scaffold as an interface layer between the electron transfer and absorber layers in perovskite solar cell. The characterization tests and photovoltaic results show that rGS improves the carrier transportation, yielding a 27% improvement in device performance as compared to conventional device. Finally,... 

    Mesoscopic oxide double layer as electron specific contact for highly efficient and UV stable perovskite photovoltaics

    , Article Nano Letters ; Volume 18, Issue 4 , 2018 , Pages 2428-2434 ; 15306984 (ISSN) Tavakoli, M. M ; Giordano, F ; Zakeeruddin, S. M ; Gratzel, M ; Sharif University of Technology
    American Chemical Society  2018
    The solar to electric power conversion efficiency (PCE) of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) has recently reached 22.7%, exceeding that of competing thin film photovoltaics and the market leader polycrystalline silicon. Further augmentation of the PCE toward the Shockley-Queisser limit of 33.5% warrants suppression of radiationless carrier recombination by judicious engineering of the interface between the light harvesting perovskite and the charge carrier extraction layers. Here, we introduce a mesoscopic oxide double layer as electron selective contact consisting of a scaffold of TiO2 nanoparticles covered by a thin film of SnO2, either in amorphous (a-SnO2), crystalline (c-SnO2), or... 

    Tissue growth into three-dimensional composite scaffolds with controlled micro-features and nanotopographical surfaces

    , Article Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part A ; Volume 101, Issue 10 , 2013 , Pages 2796-2807 ; 15493296 (ISSN) Tamjid, E ; Simchi, A ; Dunlop, J. W. C ; Fratzl, P ; Bagheri, R ; Vossoughi, M ; Sharif University of Technology
    Controlling topographic features at all length scales is of great importance for the interaction of cells with tissue regenerative materials. We utilized an indirect three-dimensional printing method to fabricate polymeric scaffolds with pre-defined and controlled external and internal architecture that had an interconnected structure with macro- (400-500 μm) and micro- (∼25 μm) porosity. Polycaprolactone (PCL) was used as model system to study the kinetics of tissue growth within porous scaffolds. The surface of the scaffolds was decorated with TiO2 and bioactive glass (BG) nanoparticles to the better match to nanoarchitecture of extracellular matrix (ECM). Micrometric BG particles were... 

    Fabrication of a highly ordered hierarchically designed porous nanocomposite via indirect 3D printing: Mechanical properties and in vitro cell responses

    , Article Materials and Design ; Volume 88 , 2015 , Pages 924-931 ; 02641275 (ISSN) Tamjid, E ; Simchi, A ; Sharif University of Technology
    Elsevier Ltd  2015
    Design and development of biodegradable scaffolds with highly uniform and controlled internal structure that stimulate tissue regeneration are the focus of many studies. The aim of this work is to apply a modified three-dimensional (3D) printing process to fabricate polymer-matrix composites with controlled internal architecture. Computationally-designed plaster molds with various pore sizes in the range of 300-800. μm were prepared by employing 3D printing of a water-based binder. The molds were converted to ε-polycaprolactone (PCL) and PCL/bioactive glass (BG) composite scaffolds by solvent casting and freeze drying methods. Optical and electron microscopy studies revealed that the pore... 

    A comprehensive study on the fabrication and properties of biocomposites of poly(lactic acid)/ceramics for bone tissue engineering

    , Article Materials Science and Engineering C ; Volume 70 , 2017 , Pages 897-912 ; 09284931 (ISSN) Tajbakhsh, S ; Hajiali, F ; Sharif University of Technology
    Elsevier Ltd  2017
    The fabrication of a suitable scaffold material is one of the major challenges for bone tissue engineering. Poly(lactic acid) (PLA) is one of the most favorable matrix materials in bone tissue engineering owing to its biocompatibility and biodegradability. However, PLA suffers from some shortcomings including low degradation rate, low cell adhesion caused by its hydrophobic property, and inflammatory reactions in vivo due to its degradation product, lactic acid. Therefore, the incorporation of bioactive reinforcements is considered as a powerful method to improve the properties of PLA. This review presents a comprehensive study on recent advances in the synthesis of PLA-based biocomposites... 

    Comparison of engineered cartilage based on BMSCs and chondrocytes seeded on PVA-PPU scaffold in a sheep model

    , Article Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part B Applied Biomaterials ; Volume 110, Issue 11 , 2022 , Pages 2411-2421 ; 15524973 (ISSN) Taghizadehjahed, M ; Sepahdar, A ; Rabiee, N ; Nazbar, A ; Farzad Mohajeri, S ; Dehghan, M. M ; Shokrgozar, M. A ; Majidi, M ; Mardjanmehr, S. H ; Aminianfar, H ; Akbari Javar, H ; Bonakdar, S ; Sharif University of Technology
    John Wiley and Sons Inc  2022
    In this study, polyvinyl alcohol hydrogel chains were crosslinked by polyurethane in order to synthesize a suitable substrate for cartilage lesions. The substrate was fully characterized, and in vitro and in vivo investigations were conducted based on a sheep model. In vitro tests were performed based on the chondrocyte cells with the Alcian Blue and safranin O staining in order to prove the presence of proteoglycan on the surface of the synthesized substrate, which has been secreted by cultures of chondrocytes. Furthermore, the expression of collagen type I, collagen type II, aggrecan, and Sox9 was presented in the chondrocyte cultures on the synthesized substrate through RT-PCR. In... 

    Human olfactory mucosa stem cells delivery using a collagen hydrogel: As a potential candidate for bone tissue engineering

    , Article Materials ; Volume 14, Issue 14 , 2021 ; 19961944 (ISSN) Simorgh, S ; Milan, P. B ; Saadatmand, M ; Bagher, Z ; Gholipourmalekabadi, M ; Alizadeh, R ; Hivechi, A ; Arabpour, Z ; Hamidi, M ; Delattre, C ; Sharif University of Technology
    MDPI AG  2021
    For bone tissue engineering, stem cell‐based therapy has become a promising option. Re-cently, cell transplantation supported by polymeric carriers has been increasingly evaluated. Herein, we encapsulated human olfactory ectomesenchymal stem cells (OE‐MSC) in the collagen hydrogel system, and their osteogenic potential was assessed in vitro and in vivo conditions. Col-lagen type I was composed of four different concentrations of (4 mg/mL, 5 mg/mL, 6 mg/mL, 7 mg/mL). SDS‐Page, FTIR, rheologic test, resazurin assay, live/dead assay, and SEM were used to characterize collagen hydrogels. OE‐MSCs encapsulated in the optimum concentration of collagen hydrogel and transplanted in rat calvarial... 

    Green polymer nanocomposites for skin tissue engineering

    , Article ACS Applied Bio Materials ; 2022 ; 25766422 (ISSN) Shokrani, H ; Shokrani, A ; Jouyandeh, M ; Seidi, F ; Gholami, F ; Kar, S ; Munir, M. T ; Kowalkowska Zedler, D ; Zarrintaj, P ; Rabiee, N ; Saeb, M. R ; Sharif University of Technology
    American Chemical Society  2022
    Fabrication of an appropriate skin scaffold needs to meet several standards related to the mechanical and biological properties. Fully natural/green scaffolds with acceptable biodegradability, biocompatibility, and physiological properties quite often suffer from poor mechanical properties. Therefore, for appropriate skin tissue engineering and to mimic the real functions, we need to use synthetic polymers and/or additives as complements to green polymers. Green nanocomposites (either nanoscale natural macromolecules or biopolymers containing nanoparticles) are a class of scaffolds with acceptable biomedical properties window (drug delivery and cardiac, nerve, bone, cartilage as well as skin... 

    Alginate/cartilage extracellular matrix-based injectable interpenetrating polymer network hydrogel for cartilage tissue engineering

    , Article Journal of Biomaterials Applications ; Volume 36, Issue 5 , 2021 , Pages 803-817 ; 08853282 (ISSN) Shojarazavi, N ; Mashayekhan, S ; Pazooki, H ; Mohsenifard, S ; Baniasadi, H ; Sharif University of Technology
    SAGE Publications Ltd  2021
    In the present study, alginate/cartilage extracellular matrix (ECM)-based injectable hydrogel was developed incorporated with silk fibroin nanofibers (SFN) for cartilage tissue engineering. The in situ forming hydrogels were composed of different ionic crosslinked alginate concentrations with 1% w/v enzymatically crosslinked phenolized cartilage ECM, resulting in an interpenetrating polymer network (IPN). The response surface methodology (RSM) approach was applied to optimize IPN hydrogel's mechanical properties by varying alginate and SFN concentrations. The results demonstrated that upon increasing the alginate concentration, the compression modulus improved. The SFN concentration was... 

    Microstructure and characteristic properties of gelatin/chitosan scaffold prepared by the freeze-gelation method

    , Article Materials Research Express ; Volume 6, Issue 11 , 2019 ; 20531591 (ISSN) Shamloo, A ; Kamali, A ; Bahrani Fard, M. R ; Sharif University of Technology
    Institute of Physics Publishing  2019
    Three-dimensional porous scaffolds are essential in tissue engineering applications. One of the most conventional methods to form porosity in scaffolds is freeze-drying, which is not energy efficient and cost effective. Therefore in this work, it was experimentally investigated whether gelatin, with its unique mechanical properties and cell binding applications, could be used as a comprising polymer of scaffolds with porous structure made by the freeze-gelation method. Chitosan, gelatin and chitosan/gelatin scaffolds were fabricated by the freeze-gelation method and their behaviors, determined by analysis of scanning electron microscopy images, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy,... 

    Synthesis and characterization of a chitosan/gelatin transparent film crosslinked with a combination of EDC/NHS for corneal epithelial cell culture scaffold with potential application in cornea implantation

    , Article International Journal of Polymeric Materials and Polymeric Biomaterials ; Volume 71, Issue 8 , 2022 , Pages 568-578 ; 00914037 (ISSN) Shahin, A ; Ramazani S. A, A ; Mehraji, S ; Eslami, H ; Sharif University of Technology
    Taylor and Francis Ltd  2022
    The diseases and disorders of the cornea may lead to blindness, and cornea transplantation has been an effective treatment in this regard. However, lack of cornea throughout the world makes this treatment difficult. Therefore, the first goal of the present study is to make a chitosan/gelatin hyaline film with NHS and EDC crosslinkers for transplanting the epithelial cells of the cornea. Two solutions of gelatin and chitosan were mixed homogeneously before crosslinking in ratios of 20/80, 30/70, 40/60, and 50/50 (Gel/Chi). After 24 hours, they were put in an oven to dry, then EDC and NHS were added to the mixture as crosslinker. Corneal epithelial cell morphology was assessed qualitatively... 

    Cold atmospheric plasma modification and electrical conductivity induction in gelatin/polyvinylidene fluoride nanofibers for neural tissue engineering

    , Article Artificial Organs ; Volume 46, Issue 8 , 2022 , Pages 1504-1521 ; 0160564X (ISSN) Sahrayi, H ; Hosseini, E ; Ramazani Saadatabadi, A ; Atyabi, S ; Bakhshandeh, H ; Mohamadali, M ; Aidun, A ; Farasati Far, B ; Sharif University of Technology
    John Wiley and Sons Inc  2022
    Background: This research follows some investigations through neural tissue engineering, including fabrication, surface treatment, and evaluation of novel self-stimuli conductive biocompatible and degradable nanocomposite scaffolds. Methods: Gelatin as a biobased material and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) as a mechanical, electrical, and piezoelectric improvement agent were co-electrospun. In addition, polyaniline/graphene (PAG) nanoparticles were synthesized and added to gelatin solutions in different percentages to induce electrical conductivity. After obtaining optimum PAG percentage, cold atmospheric plasma (CAP) treatment was applied over the best samples by different plasma variable... 

    In vitro study of hydroxyapatite/polycaprolactone (HA/PCL) nanocomposite synthesized by an in situ sol-gel process

    , Article Materials Science and Engineering C ; Volume 33, Issue 1 , 2013 , Pages 390-396 ; 09284931 (ISSN) Rezaei, A ; Mohammadi, M. R ; Sharif University of Technology
    Hydroxyapatite (HA) is the most substantial mineral constituent of a bone which has been extensively used in medicine as implantable materials, owing to its good biocompatibility, bioactivity high osteoconductive, and/or osteoinductive properties. Nevertheless, its mechanical property is not utmost appropriate for a bone substitution. Therefore, a composite consist of HA and a biodegradable polymer is usually prepared to generate an apt bone scaffold. In the present work polycaprolactone (PCL), a newly remarkable biocompatible and biodegradable polymer, was employed as a matrix and hydroxyapatite nanoparticles were used as a reinforcement element of the composite. HA/PCL nanocomposites were... 

    Development of hydroxyapatite nanorods-polycaprolactone composites and scaffolds derived from a novel in-situ sol-gel process

    , Article Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine ; Volume 9, Issue 6 , 2012 , Pages 295-303 ; 17382696 (ISSN) Rezaei, A ; Mohammadi, M. R ; Sharif University of Technology
    Hydroxyapatite (HA) is the most substantial mineral constituent of a bone which displays splendid biocompatibility and bioactivity properties. Nevertheless, its mechanical property is not utmost appropriate for a bone substitution. Therefore, a composite consist of HA and a biodegradable polymer is usually prepared to generate an apt bone scaffold. In the present work polycaprolactone (PCL) was employed as a matrix and hydroxyapatite nanorods were used as a reinforcement element of the composite. HA/PCL nanocomposites were synthesized by a new in-situ sol-gel process using low cost chemicals. Chemical and physical characteristics of the nanocomposite were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD),... 

    Fabrication of hierarchically porous silk fibroin-bioactive glass composite scaffold via indirect 3D printing: Effect of particle size on physico-mechanical properties and in vitro cellular behavior

    , Article Materials Science and Engineering C ; Volume 103 , 2019 ; 09284931 (ISSN) Razaghzadeh Bidgoli, M ; Alemzadeh, I ; Tamjid, E ; Khafaji, M ; Vossoughi, M ; Sharif University of Technology
    Elsevier Ltd  2019
    In order to regenerate bone defects, bioactive hierarchically scaffolds play a key role due to their multilevel porous structure, high surface area, enhanced nutrient transport and diffusion. In this study, novel hierarchically porous silk fibroin (SF) and silk fibroin-bioactive glass (SF-BG) composite were fabricated with controlled architecture and interconnected structure, by combining indirect three-dimensional (3D) inkjet printing and freeze-drying methods. Further, the effect of 45S5 Bioactive glass particles of different sizes (<100 nm and 6 μm) on mechanical strength and cell behavior was investigated. The results demonstrated that the hierarchical structure in this scaffold was... 

    Conductive nanofiber scaffold for bone tissue engineering

    , Article 24th Iranian Conference on Biomedical Engineering and 2017 2nd International Iranian Conference on Biomedical Engineering, ICBME 2017, 30 November 2017 through 1 December 2017 ; 2018 ; 9781538636091 (ISBN) Rasti Boroojeni, F ; Mashayekhan, S ; Abbaszadeh, H. A ; Ansarizadeh, M ; Sharif University of Technology
    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc  2018
    In order to fabricate nanofiber scaffold for bone tissue engineering, electrospinning technique was employed. This technique produces nanofiberous scaffold supporting cell adhesion, migration, and proliferation. Here, we developed a novel conductive scaffold from poly-caprolactone, gelatin, and poly aniline/graphene nanoparticles. In this study, co-electrospinning was utilized to fabricate composite electrospun scaffold. The effect of polyaniline/graphene (PAG) nanoparticles on the mechanical properties and electrical conductivity of this hybrid scaffold was investigated. The result showed that PAG nanoparticles enbance both mechanical properties and electrical conductivity of the scaffolds....