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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30479120


The mitochondria have emerged as a novel target for cancer chemotherapy primarily due to their central roles in energy metabolism and apoptosis regulation. Here we report a new molecular approach to achieve high levels of tumor- and mitochondria-selective delivery of the anticancer drug doxorubicin. This is achieved by molecular engineering which functionalizes doxorubicin with a hydrophobic lipid tail conju-gated by a solubility-promoting polyethylene glycol polymer (amphiphilic Doxorubicin or amph-DOX). In vivo, the amphiphile conjugated to doxorubicin exhibits a dual function: i) it binds avidly to serum albumin and hijacks albumin's circulating and transporting pathways, resulting in prolonged circulation in blood, increased accumulation in tumor, and reduced exposure to the heart; ii) it also redirects doxorubicin to mi-tochondria by altering the drug molecule's intracellular sorting and transportation routes. Efficient mito-chondrial targeting with amph-DOX causes a significant increase of reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels in tumor cells, resulting in markedly improved antitumor efficacy than the unmodified doxorubicin. Am-phiphilic modification provides a simple strategy to simultaneously increase the efficacy and safety of doxorubicin in cancer chemotherapy.

Sci Rep ; 8(1): 3294, 2018 Feb 19.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29459640


Efforts for tissue engineering vascular grafts focuses on the tunica media and intima, although the tunica adventitia serves as the primary structural support for blood vessels. In surgery, during endarterectomies, surgeons can strip the vessel, leaving the adventitia as the main strength layer to close the vessel. Here, we adapted our recently developed technique of forming vascular tissue rings then stacking the rings into a tubular structure, to accommodate human fibroblasts to create adventitia vessels in 8 days. Collagen production and fibril cross-linking was augmented with TGF-ß and ascorbic acid, significantly increasing tensile strength to 57.8 ± 3.07 kPa (p = 0.008). Collagen type I gel was added to the base fibrin hydrogel to further increase strength. Groups were: Fibrin only; 0.7 mg/ml COL; 1.7 mg/ml COL; and 2.2 mg/ml COL. The 0.7 mg/ml collagen rings resulted in the highest tensile strength at 77.0 ± 18.1 kPa (p = 0.015). Culture periods of 1-2 weeks resulted in an increase in extracellular matrix deposition and significantly higher failure strength but not ultimate tensile strength. Histological analysis showed the 0.7 mg/ml COL group had significantly more, mature collagen. Thus, a hydrogel of 0.7 mg/ml collagen in fibrin was ideal for creating and strengthening engineered adventitia vessels.

J Vis Exp ; (121)2017 03 27.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28447994


Coronary artery disease remains a leading cause of death, affecting millions of Americans. With the lack of autologous vascular grafts available, engineered grafts offer great potential for patient treatment. However, engineered vascular grafts are generally not easily scalable, requiring manufacture of custom molds or polymer tubes in order to customize to different sizes, constituting a time-consuming and costly practice. Human arteries range in lumen diameter from about 2.0-38 mm and in wall thickness from about 0.5-2.5 mm. We have created a method, termed the "Ring Stacking Method," in which variable size rings of tissue of the desired cell type, demonstrated here with vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs), can be created using guides of center posts to control lumen diameter and outer shells to dictate vessel wall thickness. These tissue rings are then stacked to create a tubular construct, mimicking the natural form of a blood vessel. The vessel length can be tailored by simply stacking the number of rings required to constitute the length needed. With our technique, tissues of tubular forms, similar to a blood vessel, can be readily manufactured in a variety of dimensions and lengths to meet the needs of the clinic and patient.

Prótese Vascular , Impressão Tridimensional , Engenharia Tecidual , Enxerto Vascular/métodos , Animais , Vasos Coronários/cirurgia , Humanos
Methods ; 99: 20-7, 2016 Apr 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26732049


Current techniques for tissue engineering blood vessels are not customizable for vascular size variation and vessel wall thickness. These critical parameters vary widely between the different arteries in the human body, and the ability to engineer vessels of varying sizes could increase capabilities for disease modeling and treatment options. We present an innovative method for producing customizable, tissue engineered, self-organizing vascular constructs by replicating a major structural component of blood vessels - the smooth muscle layer, or tunica media. We utilize a unique system combining 3D printed plate inserts to control construct size and shape, and cell sheets supported by a temporary fibrin hydrogel to encourage cellular self-organization into a tubular form resembling a natural artery. To form the vascular construct, 3D printed inserts are adhered to tissue culture plates, fibrin hydrogel is deposited around the inserts, and human aortic smooth muscle cells are then seeded atop the fibrin hydrogel. The gel, aided by the innate contractile properties of the smooth muscle cells, aggregates towards the center post insert, creating a tissue ring of smooth muscle cells. These rings are then stacked into the final tubular construct. Our methodology is robust, easily repeatable and allows for customization of cellular composition, vessel wall thickness, and length of the vessel construct merely by varying the size of the 3D printed inserts. This platform has potential for facilitating more accurate modeling of vascular pathology, serving as a drug discovery tool, or for vessel repair in disease treatment.

Prótese Vascular , Engenharia Tecidual , Materiais Biocompatíveis/química , Células Cultivadas , Expressão Gênica , Humanos , Hidrogéis/química , Teste de Materiais , Contração Muscular , Músculo Liso Vascular/citologia , Músculo Liso Vascular/metabolismo , Miócitos de Músculo Liso/fisiologia , Impressão Tridimensional , Resistência à Tração