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Multi-dimensional biomaterials for theragnosis

Guest edited by Dr Won-Gun Koh, Yonsei University, South Korea

© FotoliaTheragnosis is referred to as treatment strategies for various diseases that combine therapeutics and diagnosis. With the aim of sensitive and early detection of diseases, as well as increasing the efficacy of therapeutic agents, various types (polymer, metal, and ceramic), sizes (nano, micro, and macro) and dimensions (1D, 2D, and 3D) of materials have been developed by many research groups. Furthermore, by combining therapeutic and diagnostic capability into one single platform, the new protocol is anticipated to tailor a treatment based on the test results, thereby providing more specific and efficient systems for curing diseases.

This collection, to be published in Biomaterials Research, will cover the diverse multi-dimensional biomaterials that can be utilized for therapy and diagnosis. These include one dimensional particles or fibers, two dimensional patterns such as microarrays, and three dimensional architectures produced by 3D printing methods.

  1. Review

    Liposomal delivery systems for intestinal lymphatic drug transport

    Intestinal lymphatic drug delivery has been widely studied because drugs can bypass the first-pass metabolism in the liver via the lymphatic route, which increases oral bioavailability. Various lipid-based nan...

    Hyeji Ahn and Ji-Ho Park

    Biomaterials Research 2016 20:36

    Published on: 23 November 2016

  2. Research article

    Polypyrrole-incorporated conductive hyaluronic acid hydrogels

    Hydrogels that possess hydrophilic and soft characteristics have been widely used in various biomedical applications, such as tissue engineering scaffolds and drug delivery. Conventional hydrogels are not elec...

    Jongcheol Yang, Goeun Choe, Sumi Yang, Hyerim Jo and Jae Young Lee

    Biomaterials Research 2016 20:31

    Published on: 29 September 2016

  3. Research article

    Direct photo-patterning on anthracene containing polymer for guiding stem cell adhesion

    Various micropatterned surfaces capable of guiding the selective adhesion of biomolecules such as proteins and cells are of great interests in biosensor, diagnostics, drug screening, and tissue engineering. In...

    Jungmok You, June Seok Heo, Hyun Ok Kim and Eunkyoung Kim

    Biomaterials Research 2016 20:26

    Published on: 3 August 2016

    The Erratum to this article has been published in Biomaterials Research 2016 20:29

  4. Research article

    Study on chemotaxis and chemokinesis of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells in hydrogel-based 3D microfluidic devices

    Controlling the fate of mesenchymal stems cells (MSCs) including proliferation, migration and differentiation has recently been studied by many researchers in the tissue engineering field. Especially, recruitm...

    Dayoung Yoon, Hyerim Kim, Eojin Lee, Min Hee Park, Seok Chung, Hojeong Jeon, Cheol-Hee Ahn and Kangwon Lee

    Biomaterials Research 2016 20:25

    Published on: 2 August 2016