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Agnieszka Ziemiecka

Recent publications
1.  Zaszczyńska A., Gradys A.D., Ziemiecka A., Szewczyk P., Tymkiewicz R., Lewandowska-Szumieł M., Stachewicz U., Sajkiewicz P.Ł., Enhanced Electroactive Phases of Poly(vinylidene Fluoride) Fibers for Tissue Engineering Applications, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, ISSN: 1422-0067, DOI: 10.3390/ijms25094980, Vol.25, No.9, pp.4980-1-25, 2024

Nanofibrous materials generated through electrospinning have gained significant attention in tissue regeneration, particularly in the domain of bone reconstruction. There is high interest in designing a material resembling bone tissue, and many scientists are trying to create materials applicable to bone tissue engineering with piezoelectricity similar to bone. One of the prospective candidates is highly piezoelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF), which was used for fibrous scaffold formation by electrospinning. In this study, we focused on the effect of PVDF molecular weight (180,000 g/mol and 530,000 g/mol) and process parameters, such as the rotational speed of the collector, applied voltage, and solution flow rate on the properties of the final scaffold. Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy allows for determining the effect of molecular weight and processing parameters on the content of the electroactive phases. It can be concluded that the higher molecular weight of the PVDF and higher collector rotational speed increase nanofibers’ diameter, electroactive phase content, and piezoelectric coefficient. Various electrospinning parameters showed changes in electroactive phase content with the maximum at the applied voltage of 22 kV and flow rate of 0.8 mL/h. Moreover, the cytocompatibility of the scaffolds was confirmed in the culture of human adipose-derived stromal cells with known potential for osteogenic differentiation. Based on the results obtained, it can be concluded that PVDF scaffolds may be taken into account as a tool in bone tissue engineering and are worth further investigation.

scaffolds,polymers,piezoelectricity,bone tissue engineering,nanofibers,regenerative medicine

Zaszczyńska A. - IPPT PAN
Gradys A.D. - IPPT PAN
Ziemiecka A. - other affiliation
Szewczyk P. - other affiliation
Tymkiewicz R. - IPPT PAN
Lewandowska-Szumieł M. - other affiliation
Stachewicz U. - AGH University of Science and Technology (PL)
Sajkiewicz P.Ł. - IPPT PAN
2.  Dobruch-Sobczak K., Gumińska A., Bakuła-Zalewska E., Mlosek K., Słapa R.Z., Wareluk P., Krauze A., Ziemiecka A., Migda B., Jakubowski W., Dedecjus M., Shear wave elastography in medullary thyroid carcinoma diagnostics, Journal of Ultrasonography, ISSN: 2084-8404, DOI: 10.15557/JoU.2015.0033, Vol.15, pp.358-367, 2015

Shear wave elastography (SWE) is a modern method for the assessment of tissue stiffness. There has been a growing interest in the use of this technique for characterizing thyroid focal lesions, including preoperative diagnostics. Aim: The aim of the study was to assess the clinical usefulness of SWE in medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) diagnostics. Materials and methods: A total of 169 focal lesions were identified in the study group (139 patients), including 6 MTCs in 4 patients (mean age: 45 years). B-mode ultrasound and SWE were performed using Aixplorer (SuperSonic, Aix-en-Provence), with a 4–15 MHz linear probe. The ultrasound was performed to assess the echogenicity and echostructure of the lesions, their margin, the halo sign, the height/width ratio (H/W ratio), the presence of calcifications and the vascularization pattern. This was followed by an analysis of maximum and mean Young’s (E) modulus values for MTC (EmaxLR, EmeanLR) and the surrounding thyroid tissues (EmaxSR, EmeanSR), as well as mean E-values (EmeanLRz) for 2 mm region of interest in the stiffest zone of the lesion. The lesions were subject to pathological and/or cytological evaluation. Results: The B-mode assessment showed that all MTCs were hypoechogenic, with no halo sign, and they contained micro- and/ or macrocalcifications. Ill-defined lesion margin were found in 4 out of 6 cancers; 4 out of 6 cancers had a H/W ratio > 1. Heterogeneous echostructure and type III vascularity were found in 5 out of 6 lesions. In the SWE, the mean value of EmaxLR for all of the MTCs was 89.5 kPa and (the mean value of EmaxSR for all surrounding tissues was) 39.7 kPa Mean values of EmeanLR and EmeanSR were 34.7 kPa and 24.4 kPa, respectively. The mean value of EmeanLRz was 49.2 kPa. Conclusions: SWE showed MTCs as stiffer lesions compared to the surrounding tissues. The lesions were qualified for fine needle aspiration biopsy based on B-mode assessment. However, the diagnostic algorithm for MTC is based on the measurement of serum calcitonin levels, B-mode ultrasound and FNAB.

medullary thyroid carcinoma, thyroid, ultrasound, shear wave elastography

Dobruch-Sobczak K. - IPPT PAN
Gumińska A. - other affiliation
Bakuła-Zalewska E. - Institute of Oncology (PL)
Mlosek K. - Medical University of Warsaw (PL)
Słapa R.Z. - other affiliation
Wareluk P. - Medical University of Warsaw (PL)
Krauze A. - other affiliation
Ziemiecka A. - other affiliation
Migda B. - other affiliation
Jakubowski W. - other affiliation
Dedecjus M. - Institute of Oncology (PL)

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