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Microfluidics and BIO-encapsulation for drug- and cell-therapy
Author(s): A. Aloisi; C. C. Toma; R. Di Corato; R. Rinaldi
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Paper Abstract

We present the construction and the application of biocompatible micro- and nano-structures that can be administered systemically and transport in a targeted and effective way drugs, small molecules, stem cells or immune system cells. These polymeric nano-systems represent a primary goal for the treatment of a wide family of neurological/systemic disorders, as well as tumors and/or acute injuries. As natural, biocompatible, biodegradable and non-immunogenic building blocks, alginate and chitosan are been currently exploited. Ionotropic pre-gelation of the alginate core, followed by chitosan polyelectrolyte complexation, allows to encapsulate selected active molecules by means of physical entrapment and electrostatic interactions within sub-micron sized hydrogel vesicles. Here we present a microfluidicassisted assembly method of nano- and micro-vesicles -under sterile, closed environment and gas exchange adjustable conditions, which is a critical issue, when the cargo to be uploaded is very sensitive. Polymer/polymer and polymer/drug mass ratio relationship are crucial in order to attain the optimum in terms of shuttle size and cargo concentration. By modulating polymer reticulation conditions, it become possible to control drug loading efficiency as well as drug delivery dynamics. Recent results on the application of these vesicles for the encapsulation and delivery of Inhibin-A and Decorin, proteins involved in acute kidney injury (AKI), for Renal tubular cell regeneration will be presented. Finally, the impact of these polysaccharide sub-micron vesicles on Human Immune cells and the metabolic and functional activity of cells embedded in the assembled vesicles will be presented and discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 2017
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 10364, Organic Sensors and Bioelectronics X, 103640O (25 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2274018
Show Author Affiliations
A. Aloisi, CNR Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems (Italy)
C. C. Toma, Univ. del Salento (Italy)
R. Di Corato, Univ. del Salento (Italy)
R. Rinaldi, CNR Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems (Italy)
Univ. del Salento (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10364:
Organic Sensors and Bioelectronics X
Ioannis Kymissis; Ruth Shinar; Luisa Torsi, Editor(s)

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