Publications by authors named "Eder Luna-Ceron"

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Effects of electrically conductive nano-biomaterials on regulating cardiomyocyte behavior for cardiac repair and regeneration.

Acta Biomater 2021 Nov 21. Epub 2021 Nov 21.

Division of Engineering in Medicine, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA. Electronic address:

Myocardial infarction (MI) represents one of the most prevalent cardiovascular diseases, with a highly relevant and impactful role in public health. Despite the therapeutic advances of the last decades, MI still begets extensive death rates around the world. The pathophysiology of the disease correlates with cardiomyocyte necrosis, caused by an imbalance in the demand of oxygen to cardiac tissues, resulting from obstruction of the coronary flow. To alleviate the severe effects of MI, the use of various biomaterials exhibit vast potential in cardiac repair and regeneration, acting as native extracellular matrices. These hydrogels have been combined with nano sized or functional materials which possess unique electrical, mechanical, and topographical properties that play important roles in regulating phenotypes and the contractile function of cardiomyocytes even in adverse microenvironments. These nano-biomaterials' differential properties have led to substantial healing on in vivo cardiac injury models by promoting fibrotic scar reduction, hemodynamic function preservation, and benign cardiac remodeling. In this review, we discuss the interplay of the unique physical properties of electrically conductive nano-biomaterials, are able to manipulate the phenotypes and the electrophysiological behavior of cardiomyocytes in vitro, and can enhance heart regeneration in vivo. Consequently, the understanding of the decisive roles of the nano-biomaterials discussed in this review could be useful for designing novel nano-biomaterials in future research for cardiac tissue engineering and regeneration. STATEMENT OF SIGNIFICANCE: This study introduced and deciphered the understanding of the role of multimodal cues in recent advances of electrically conductive nano-biomaterials on cardiac tissue engineering. Compared with other review papers, which mainly describe these studies based on various types of electrically conductive nano-biomaterials, in this review paper we mainly discussed the interplay of the unique physical properties (electrical conductivity, mechanical properties, and topography) of electrically conductive nano-biomaterials, which would allow them to manipulate phenotypes and the electrophysiological behaviour of cardiomyocytes in vitro and to enhance heart regeneration in vivo. Consequently, understanding the decisive roles of the nano-biomaterials discussed in the review could help design novel nano-biomaterials in future research for cardiac tissue engineering and regeneration.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actbio.2021.11.022DOI Listing
November 2021

Educative Hybrid Intervention as a Strategy for Reintegration to the Clinical Courses of Undergraduate Students in COVID-19 Pandemic.

Cureus 2021 Jun 16;13(6):e15699. Epub 2021 Jun 16.

Department of Clinical Sciences, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City, MEX.

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic generated the need to modify the current clinical educational model with the challenge of promoting safety and the continuity of clinical education through the use of virtual platforms. Since clinical training in hospital institutions cannot be substituted, a strategic training plan was developed to guarantee protection, safety, and academic continuity for students upon returning to clinical clerkships. The objective of this project was to develop and evaluate the impact of a massive hybrid training plan as an educative strategy to give the theoretical and practical knowledge required for the safe return of undergraduate students to their respective clinical activities in the context of this pandemic. An academic program was designed through a massive hybrid strategy to train 616 undergraduate students studying clinical cycles by presential, virtual, synchronous, and asynchronous activities. To know the program's impact, a study based on an initial evaluation and a final evaluation was carried out to evaluate the acquisition of the critical knowledge and skills of the program. A significant difference was found between the means of the initial and final evaluations (p <0.001), as well as a high impact of the intervention (d 1.6). Significant improvements in the areas of COVID-19 initial management (p <0.001) and personal protective equipment use (p <0.001) were seen in the post-test when compared to the initial evaluation. Both a quantitative and a qualitative analysis were carried out, finding positive results on the course design, quality of didactic resources, and instructors' performance. Massive hybrid training is an effective strategy to facilitate the reintegration of undergraduate students into their face-to-face clinical rotations.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.7759/cureus.15699DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8285254PMC
June 2021

Metabolic shift precedes the resolution of inflammation in a cohort of patients undergoing bariatric and metabolic surgery.

Sci Rep 2021 06 9;11(1):12127. Epub 2021 Jun 9.

Tecnologico de Monterrey, Escuela de Medicina y Ciencias de la Salud, 64710, Monterrey, Mexico.

Bariatric and metabolic surgery has shown to promote weight loss and reduce systemic inflammation. However, the sequence and timing of events regarding metabolic improvement and inflammation resolution has been rarely explored. Furthermore, data on inflammatory markers of Th17 and Th1 cell responses after bariatric surgery is scarce. We conducted a prospective study in subjects with obesity that underwent bariatric and metabolic surgery, with follow-ups at 3 and 6 months. Anthropometric and metabolic markers such as insulin levels, HOMA-IR, and lipid parameters declined significantly 3 months after surgery; while hs-CRP, TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-6, and IL-8 serum concentrations decreased 6 months after the procedure. Concentrations of Th1 signature and driver cytokines, particularly IFN-γ, IL-12, and IL-18, and of Th17 driver IL-23 also decreased significantly after 6 months. Significant positive correlations between triglyceride levels and hs-CRP, IL-1β, and IFN-γ concentrations, and between Apo B and IFN-γ levels were observed 6 months after bariatric and metabolic surgery. In addition, BMI was associated with hs-CRP and TNF-α concentrations. Fat mass correlated with hs-CRP, TNF-α, and IL-12. Analysis of the temporality of metabolic and inflammatory events suggests that improvement in the metabolic status occurs before resolution of systemic inflammation and may be a requisite for the later event.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-91393-yDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8190106PMC
June 2021

3D bioprinted human iPSC-derived somatosensory constructs with functional and highly purified sensory neuron networks.

Biofabrication 2021 06 1;13(3). Epub 2021 Jun 1.

Division of Engineering in Medicine, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Brigham Women's Hospital, Cambridge, MA 02139, United States of America.

Engineering three-dimensional (3D) sensible tissue constructs, along with the complex microarchitecture wiring of the sensory nervous system, has been an ongoing challenge in the tissue engineering field. By combining 3D bioprinting and human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC) technologies, sensible tissue constructs could be engineered in a rapid, precise, and controllable manner to replicate 3D microarchitectures and mechanosensory functionalities of the native sensory tissue (e.g. response to external stimuli). Here, we introduce a biofabrication approach to create complex 3D microarchitecture wirings. We develop an hPSC-sensory neuron (SN) laden bioink using highly purified and functional SN populations to 3D bioprint microarchitecture wirings that demonstrate responsiveness to warm/cold sense-inducing chemicals and mechanical stress. Specifically, we tailor a conventional differentiation strategy to our purification method by utilizing p75 cell surface marker and DAPT treatment along with neuronal growth factors in order to selectively differentiate neural crest cells into SNs. To create spatial resolution in 3D architectures and grow SNs in custom patterns and directions, an induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-SN-laden gelatin bioink was printed on laminin-coated substrates using extrusion-based bioprinting technique. Then the printed constructs were covered with a collagen matrix that guided SNs growing in the printed micropattern. Using a sacrificial bioprinting technique, the iPSC-SNs were seeded into the hollow microchannels created by sacrificial gelatin ink printed in the gelatin methacryloyl supporting bath, thereby demonstrating controllability over axon guidance in curved lines up to several tens of centimeters in length on 2D substrates and in straight microchannels in 3D matrices. Therefore, this biofabrication approach could be amenable to incorporate sensible SN networks into the engineered skin equivalents, regenerative skin implants, and augmented somatosensory neuro-prosthetics that have the potential to regenerate sensible functions by connecting host neuron systems in injured areas.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1758-5090/abff11DOI Listing
June 2021

An Uncommon Presentation of Pyogenic Granuloma.

Cureus 2021 Jan 5;13(1):e12509. Epub 2021 Jan 5.

Clinical Sciences, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City, MEX.

Benign vascular neoplasms are common clinical problems encountered in the practice of primary care. Pyogenic granulomas are one of the most common benign vascular lesions in young adults. Although the physiopathological mechanism for the development of this condition is still not well understood, it has been commonly associated with several triggers such as treatment with retinoids, biological agents, invasive cutaneous therapies and trauma. The development of pyogenic granulomas on sites of vascular malformations like port wine stains has been described in the literature to occur rarely. Most of these types of cases have been studied to occur in the setting of pregnancy and after cryotherapy or pulsated laser therapy. The aim of this article is to present the case of a 21-year-old man with a recent appearance of a pyogenic granuloma within an underlying port wine stain in the posterior cervical region without any history of triggers or risk factors. Excision of the vascular lesion was done, and histopathological report confirmed the diagnosis. The objective of this manuscript is to discuss the possible mechanisms involved in the development of this uncommon presentation and to summarize the current literature related to this clinical scenario.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.7759/cureus.12509DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7861056PMC
January 2021
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