Publisher: Institute of Physics (Great Britain), IOP Publishing

Journal description

Current impact factor: 4.30

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 4.302
2012 Impact Factor 3.705
2011 Impact Factor 3.48
2010 Impact Factor 1.857

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

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5-year impact 3.52
Cited half-life 2.30
Immediacy index 0.39
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 1.00
ISSN 1758-5090
OCLC 316801915
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Recently graphene and graphene based composites are emerging as better materials to fabricate scaffolds. Addition of graphene oxide (GO) nanoplatelets (GOnPs) in bioactive polymers was found to enhance its conductivity (σ) and, dielectric permittivity (ϵ) along with biocompatibility. In this paper, human cord blood derived mesenchymal stem cells (CB-hMSCs) were differentiated to skeletal muscle cells (hSkMCs) on spin coated thin GO sheets composed of GOnPs and on electrospun fibrous meshes of GO-PCL (poly-caprolactone) composite. Both substrates exhibited excellent myoblast differentiations and promoted self-alignedmyotubesformation similar to natural orientation. σ, ϵ, microstructural and vibration spectroscopic studies were carried out for the characterizations of GO sheet and the composite scaffolds. Significantly enhanced values of both σ and ϵ of the GO-PCL composite were considered to provide favourable cues for the formation of superior multinucleated myotubes on the electrospun meshes compared to those on thin GO sheets. The present results demonstrated that both substrates might be used as potential candidates for CB-hMSCs differentiation and proliferation for human skeletal muscle tissue regeneration.
    Biofabrication 03/2015; 7(1):015009. DOI:10.1088/1758-5090/7/1/015009
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    ABSTRACT: Over the last decade DLW employing ultrafast pulsed lasers has become a well-established technique for the creation of custom-made free-form three-dimensional (3D) microscaffolds out of a variety of materials ranging from proteins to biocompatible glasses. Its potential applications for manufacturing a patient's specific scaffold seem unlimited in terms of spatial resolution and geometry complexity. However, despite few exceptions in which live cells or primitive organisms were encapsulated into a polymer matrix, no demonstration of an in vivo study case of scaffolds generated with the use of such a method was performed. Here, we report a preclinical study of 3D artificial microstructured scaffolds out of hybrid organic-inorganic (HOI) material SZ2080 fabricated using the DLW technique. The created 2.1 × 2.1 × 0.21 mm(3) membrane constructs are tested both in vitro by growing isolated allogeneic rabbit chondrocytes (Cho) and in vivo by implanting them into rabbit organisms for one, three and six months. An ex vivo histological examination shows that certain pore geometry and the pre-growing of Cho prior to implantation significantly improves the performance of the created 3D scaffolds. The achieved biocompatibility is comparable to the commercially available collagen membranes. The successful outcome of this study supports the idea that hexagonal-pore-shaped HOI microstructured scaffolds in combination with Cho seeding may be successfully implemented for cartilage tissue engineering.
    Biofabrication 01/2015; 7(1):015015. DOI:10.1088/1758-5090/7/1/015015
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    ABSTRACT: There are many techniques for preparing two-dimensional aligned fibril matrices. However, the critical problem associated with these techniques is the destruction of the native structure (e.g., the α-helix) of the proteins. Moreover, most of these techniques cannot create a three-dimensional (3D), aligned reconstituted collagen fibril matrix in one step. In this study, we used a simple device composed of a pneumatic membrane that generates a tunable vibration frequency to apply physical stimulation to fabricate a 3D, aligned collagen fibril matrix with the characteristic D-period structure of collagen in one step. Using second harmonic images, we demonstrated that the aligned, reconstituted collagen fibrils preserve the native collagen D-period structure. The average angular deviation of fibril alignment was reduced to 25.01 ± 4.2° compared with the 39.7 ± 2.19° of alignment observed for the randomly distributed fibril matrix. In addition, the ultimate tensile strength of the aligned matrix when force was applied in the direction parallel to the fiber orientation was higher than that of the randomly oriented matrix. The aligned reconstituted collagen fibril matrix also enhanced the expression of smoothelin (a specific marker of contractile phenotype) of thoracic aortic smooth muscle cell (A7r5) relative to the randomly distributed collagen fibril matrix.
    Biofabrication 01/2015; 7(2). DOI:10.1088/1758-5090/7/2/025004
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    ABSTRACT: This study reports the development of novel drug delivery complexes self-assembled by divalent metal ion-assisted coacervation for controlled and sustained release of a hydrophilic small drug molecule minocycline hydrochloride (MH). MH is a multifaceted agent that has demonstrated therapeutic effects in infection, inflammation, tumor, as well as cardiovascular, renal, and neurological disorders due to its anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and cytoprotective properties. However, the inability to translate the high doses used in experimental animals to tolerable doses in human patients limits its clinical application. Localized delivery can potentially expose the diseased tissue to high concentrations of MH that systemic delivery cannot achieve, while minimizing the side effects from systemic exposure. The strong metal ion binding-assisted interaction enabled high drug entrapment and loading efficiency, and stable long term release for more than 71 d. Released MH demonstrated potent anti-biofilm, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective activities. Furthermore, MH release from the complexes is pH-sensitive as the chelation between minocycline and metal ions decreases with pH, allowing 'smart' drug release in response to the severity of pathology-induced tissue acidosis. This novel metal ion binding-mediated drug delivery mechanism can potentially be applied to other drugs that have high binding affinity for metal ions and may lead to the development of new delivery systems for a variety of drugs.
    Biofabrication 01/2015; 7(1):015006. DOI:10.1088/1758-5090/7/1/015006
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    ABSTRACT: The utilization of the microfabrication technique to fabricate advanced computing chips has exponentially increased in the last few decades. Needless to say, this fabrication technique offers some unique advantages to develop micro-systems. Though many conventional microfabrication techniques today uses very harsh chemicals, the authors believe that the manipulation of system components and fabrication methods may aid in the utilization of the microfabrication techniques used in fabricating computer chips to develop advanced biological microfluidic systems. Presented in this paper is a fabrication approach in which popular fabrication methods and techniques are coupled together to develop an integrated system that aids in the fabrication of cell-laden microfluidic systems. This system aims to reduce the uses of harsh chemicals and decreases the lengthy fabrication time. Additionally, this integrated system will enable the printing of cells as the microfluidic chip is being fabricated. To demonstrate the unique capabilities of the integrated system, an advanced microfluidic chip is being fabricated and investigated. The advanced chip will feature the investigation of cancer cells in a co-cultured microfluidic environment. The investigations presented demonstrate co-cultures in a microfluidic chip, advanced cell printing with localized surface enhancement, cell integration, and full additive fabrication of a microfluidic chip.
    Biofabrication 01/2015; 7(1):015012. DOI:10.1088/1758-5090/7/1/015012
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    ABSTRACT: A Caco-2 cell culture on Transwell, an alternative testing to animal or human testing used in evaluating drug intestinal permeability, incorrectly estimated the absorption of actively transported drugs due to the low expression of membrane transporters. Similarly, three-dimensional (3D) cultures of Caco-2 cells, which have been recommended to be more physiological relevant, were not superior to the Transwell culture in either accuracy or convenience in drug permeability testing. Using rapid 3D printing prototyping techniques, this study proposed a hanging culture of Caco-2 cells that performed with high accuracy in predicting drug permeability in humans. As found, hanging cultured Caco-2 cells formed a confluent monolayer and maintained high cell viability on the 3D printed insert. Compared with the normal culture on Transwell, the Caco-2 cells on the 3D printed insert presented ∼30–100% higher brush border enzyme activity and ∼2–7 folds higher activity of P-glycoprotein/multidrug resistance-associated protein 2 during 21 days of incubation. For the eight membrane transporter substrates, the predictive curve of the 3D printing culture exhibited better linearity (R 2 = 0.92) to the human oral adsorption than that of the Transwell culture (R 2 = 0.84), indicating better prediction by the 3D printing culture. In this regard, the 3D printed insert for hanging culture could be potentially developed as a convenient and low-cost tool for testing drug oral absorption.
    Biofabrication 01/2015; 7(1). DOI:10.1088/1758-5090/7/1/015003
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    ABSTRACT: In this work, three-dimensional (3D) self-sustaining, spiral-shaped constructs were produced through a combination of ionotropic gelation, to form cell-encapsulated alginate fibers, and a perfusion-based layer-by-layer (LbL) technique. Single fibers were assembled over cylindrical molds by reeling to form spiral shapes, both having different geometries and sizes. An uninterrupted nanometric multilayer coating produced by a perfusion-based LbL technique, using alginate and chitosan, generated stable 3D spiral-shaped macrostructures by gripping and affixing the threads together without using any crosslinking/binding agent. The chelation process altered the internal microenvironment of the 3D construct from the solid to the liquefied state while preserving the external geometry. L929 cell viability by MTS and dsDNA quantification favor liquefied 3D constructs more than non-liquefied ones. The proposed technique setup helps us to generate complex polyelectrolyte-based 3D constructs for tissue engineering applications and organ printing.
    Biofabrication 01/2015; 7(1). DOI:10.1088/1758-5090/7/1/011001
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    ABSTRACT: Albumin is rarely used for electrospinning because it does not form fibres in its native globular form. This paper presents a novel method for electrospinning human albumin from a solution containing pharmaceutical grade protein and 25% polyethylene oxide (PEO) used as the fibre-forming agent. After spontaneous cross-linking at body temperature, with no further chemicals added, the fibres become insoluble and the excess PEO can be washed out. Albumin deposited along the fibres retains its native characteristics, such as its non-adhesiveness to cells and its susceptibility for degradation by macrophages. To demonstrate this we evaluated the mechanical properties, biocompatibility and biodegradability of this novel product. After subcutaneous implantation in mice, albumin mats were completely resorbable within six days and elicited only a limited local inflammatory response. In vitro, the mats suppressed cell attachment and migration. As this product is inexpensive, produced from human pharmaceutical grade albumin without chemical modifications, retains its native protein properties and fulfils the specific requirements for anti-adhesive dressings, its clinical use can be expedited. We believe that it could specifically be used when treating paediatric patients with epidermolysis bullosa, in whom non-healing wounds occur after minor hand injuries which lead to rapid adhesions and devastating contractures.
    Biofabrication 01/2015; 7(1):015011. DOI:10.1088/1758-5090/7/1/015011
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    ABSTRACT: The use of tissue mimics in vivo, including patterned vascular networks, is expected to facilitate the regeneration of functional tissues and organs with large volumes. Maintaining patency of channels in contact with blood is an important issue in the development of a functional vascular network. Endothelium is the only known completely non-thrombogenic material; however, results from treatments to induce endothelialization are inconclusive. The present study was designed to evaluate the clinical applicability of in situ recruitment of endothelial cells/endothelial progenitor cells (EC/EPC) and pre-endothelization using a recombinant mussel adhesive protein fused with arginine–glycine–aspartic acid peptide (MAP-RGD) coating in a model of vascular graft implantation. Microporous polycaprolactone (PCL) scaffolds were fabricated with salt leaching methods and their surfaces were modified with collagen and MAP-RGD. We then evaluated their anti-thrombogenicity with an in vitro hemocompatibility assessment and a 4-week implantation in the rabbit carotid artery. We observed that MAP-RGD coating reduced the possibility of early in vivo graft failure and enhanced re-endothelization by in situ recruitment of EC/EPC (patency rate: 2/3), while endothelization prior to implantation aggravated the formation of thrombosis and/or IH (patency rate: 0/3). The results demonstrated that in situ recruitment of EC/EPC by MAP-RGD could be a promising strategy for vascular applications. In addition, it rules out several issues associated with pre-endothelization, such as cell source, purity, functional modulation and contamination. Further evaluation of long term performance and angiogenesis from the luminal surface may lead to the clinical use of MAP-RGD for tubular vascular grafts and regeneration of large-volume tissues with functional vascular networks.
    Biofabrication 01/2015; 7(1). DOI:10.1088/1758-5090/7/1/015007
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this research was to produce multi-dimensional scaffolds containing biocompatible particles and fibres. To achieve this, two techniques were combined and used: T-Junction microfluidics and electrohydrodynamic (EHD) processing. The former was used to form layers of monodispersed bovine serum albumin (BSA) bubbles, which upon drying formed porous scaffolds. By altering the T-Junction processing parameters, bubbles with different diameters were produced and hence the scaffold porosity could be controlled. EHD processing was used to spray or spin poly(lactic-co-glycolic) (PLGA), polymethysilsesquioxane (PMSQ) and collagen particles/fibres onto the scaffolds during their production and after drying. As a result, multifunctional BSA scaffolds with controlled porosity containing PLGA, PMSQ and collagen particles/fibres were obtained. Product morphology was studied by optical and scanning electron microscopy. These products have potential applications in many advanced biomedical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic fields e.g. bone regeneration, drug delivery, cosmetic cream lathers, facial scrubbing creams etc.
    Biofabrication 12/2014; 6(4):045010. DOI:10.1088/1758-5082/6/4/045010
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    ABSTRACT: The role of physical forces in disease onset and progression is widely accepted and this knowledge presents an alternative route to investigating disease models. Recently, numerous force measurement techniques have been developed to probe single and multi-cell behavior. While these methods have yielded fundamental insights, they are yet unable to capture the fibrous extra-cellular matrix biophysical interactions, involving parameters of curvature, structural stiffness (N m(-1)), alignment and hierarchy, which have been shown to play key roles in disease and developmental biology. Using a highly aggressive glioma model (DBTRG-05MG), we present a platform technology to quantify single cell force modulation (both inside-out and outside-in) with and without the presence of a cytoskeleton altering drug (cytochalasin D) using suspended and aligned fiber networks (nanonets) beginning to represent the aligned glioma environment. The nanonets fused in crisscross patterns were manufactured using the non-electrospinning spinneret based tunable engineering parameters technique. We demonstrate the ability to measure contractile single cell forces exerted by glioma cells attached to and migrating along the fiber axis (inside-out). This is followed by a study of force response of glioma cells attached to two parallel fibers using a probe deflecting the leading fiber (outside-in). The forces are calculated using beam deflection within the elastic limit. Our data shows that cytochalasin D compromises the spreading area of single glioma cells, eventually decreasing their 'inside-out' contractile forces, and 'outside-in' force response to external strain. Most notably, for the first time, we demonstrate the feasibility of using physiologically relevant aligned fiber networks as ultra-sensitive force (∼nanoNewtons) probes for investigating drug response and efficacy in disease models at the single cell resolution.
    Biofabrication 12/2014; 6(4):045006. DOI:10.1088/1758-5082/6/4/045006