Global Excellence in Bioactive Gels

A special issue of Gels (ISSN 2310-2861). This special issue belongs to the section "Gel Analysis and Characterization".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2024 | Viewed by 2994

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Department of Maternal-Fetal Biology, National Research Institute for Child Health and Development, Tokyo 157-8535, Japan
Interests: gels; medical technology; cells; tissues; organs; devices
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Dear Colleagues,

Bioactive gels are used globally in medicine, drug discovery, cosmetics, food products, and the environment, etc. Gels have a complex three-dimensional network structure and exhibit various physical properties. For example, hydrogels are natural or synthetic polymers that swell with water. These can change their volume discontinuously and reversibly in response to external conditions such as temperature, solvent, composition, light, and electric field. Extracellular matrix hydrogels (fibrous proteins such as collagen and polysaccharides such as hyaluronic acid), synthetic polymer hydrogels, and rigid polymer materials have been used as scaffold materials, chromatography, membranes, drug delivery systems (DDS), transplantation, regenerative therapy, biosensors, and biological fuel cells, etc.

Here, we call for reports on ‘Global Excellence in Bioactive Gels’ in various fields of gels. Examples of topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Synthesis, properties, and functionalization of bioactive gels.
  • Development and applied research of bioactive gels (medicine, cosmetics, food products, and the environment, etc.).

Therefore, this Special Issue seeks to publish high-quality articles, including original research and reviews.

Dr. Yoshitaka Miyamoto
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • bioactive gels
  • natural polymers
  • synthetic polymers
  • gel properties
  • sol–gel method
  • gel membrane
  • tissue engineering
  • drug delivery system (DDS)
  • biosensor
  • regenerative therapy

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Effect of Hydrogel Stiffness on Chemoresistance of Breast Cancer Cells in 3D Culture
by Tianjiao Zeng, Huajian Chen, Toru Yoshitomi, Naoki Kawazoe, Yingnan Yang and Guoping Chen
Gels 2024, 10(3), 202; https://doi.org/10.3390/gels10030202 - 17 Mar 2024
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Chemotherapy is one of the most common strategies for cancer treatment, whereas drug resistance reduces the efficiency of chemotherapy and leads to treatment failure. The mechanism of emerging chemoresistance is complex and the effect of extracellular matrix (ECM) surrounding cells may contribute to [...] Read more.
Chemotherapy is one of the most common strategies for cancer treatment, whereas drug resistance reduces the efficiency of chemotherapy and leads to treatment failure. The mechanism of emerging chemoresistance is complex and the effect of extracellular matrix (ECM) surrounding cells may contribute to drug resistance. Although it is well known that ECM plays an important role in orchestrating cell functions, it remains exclusive how ECM stiffness affects drug resistance. In this study, we prepared agarose hydrogels of different stiffnesses to investigate the effect of hydrogel stiffness on the chemoresistance of breast cancer cells to doxorubicin (DOX). Agarose hydrogels with a stiffness range of 1.5 kPa to 112.3 kPa were prepared and used to encapsulate breast cancer cells for a three-dimensional culture with different concentrations of DOX. The viability of the cells cultured in the hydrogels was dependent on both DOX concentration and hydrogel stiffness. Cell viability decreased with DOX concentration when the cells were cultured in the same stiffness hydrogels. When DOX concentration was the same, breast cancer cells showed higher viability in high-stiffness hydrogels than they did in low-stiffness hydrogels. Furthermore, the expression of P-glycoprotein mRNA in high-stiffness hydrogels was higher than that in low-stiffness hydrogels. The results suggested that hydrogel stiffness could affect the resistance of breast cancer cells to DOX by regulating the expression of chemoresistance-related genes. Full article
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Fabrication Technology of Self-Dissolving Sodium Hyaluronate Gels Ultrafine Microneedles for Medical Applications with UV-Curing Gas-Permeable Mold
by Rio Yamagishi, Sayaka Miura, Kana Yabu, Mano Ando, Yuna Hachikubo, Yoshiyuki Yokoyama, Kaori Yasuda and Satoshi Takei
Gels 2024, 10(1), 65; https://doi.org/10.3390/gels10010065 - 15 Jan 2024
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Microneedles are of great interest in diverse fields, including cosmetics, drug delivery systems, chromatography, and biological sensing for disease diagnosis. Self-dissolving ultrafine microneedles of pure sodium hyaluronate hydrogels were fabricated using a UV-curing TiO2-SiO2 gas-permeable mold polymerized by sol-gel hydrolysis [...] Read more.
Microneedles are of great interest in diverse fields, including cosmetics, drug delivery systems, chromatography, and biological sensing for disease diagnosis. Self-dissolving ultrafine microneedles of pure sodium hyaluronate hydrogels were fabricated using a UV-curing TiO2-SiO2 gas-permeable mold polymerized by sol-gel hydrolysis reactions in nanoimprint lithography processes under refrigeration at 5 °C, where thermal decomposition of microneedle components can be avoided. The moldability, strength, and dissolution behavior of sodium hyaluronate hydrogels with different molecular weights were compared to evaluate the suitability of ultrafine microneedles with a bottom diameter of 40 μm and a height of 80 μm. The appropriate molecular weight range and formulation of pure sodium hyaluronate hydrogels were found to control the dissolution behavior of self-dissolving ultrafine microneedles while maintaining the moldability and strength of the microneedles. This fabrication technology of ultrafine microneedles expands their possibilities as a next-generation technique for bioactive gels for controlling the blood levels of drugs and avoiding pain during administration. Full article
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