A Poly(Lactic Acid-Co-Caprolactone)–Collagen Hybrid for Tissue Engineering Applications
2009 (English)In: Tissue engineering Part A, ISSN 1937-3341, Vol. 15, no 7, 1667-1675 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
A biodegradable hybrid scaffold consisting of a synthetic polymer, poly(lactic acid-co-caprolactone) (PLACL), and a naturally derived polymer, collagen, was constructed by plastic compressing hyperhydrated collagen gels onto a flat warp-knitted PLACL mesh. The collagen compaction process was characterized, and it was found that the duration, rather than the applied load under the test conditions in the plastic compression, was the determining factor of the collagen and cell density in the cell-carrying component. Cells were spatially distributed in three different setups and statically cultured for a period of 7 days. Short-term biocompatibility of the hybrid construct was quantitatively assessed with AlamarBlue and qualitatively with fluorescence staining and confocal microscopy. No significant cell death was observed after the plastic compression of the interstitial equivalents, confirming previous reports of good cell viability retention. The interstitial, epithelial, and composite tissue equivalents showed no macroscopic signs of contraction and good cell proliferation with a two- to threefold increase in cell number over 7 days. Quantitative analysis showed a homogenous cell distribution and good biocompatibility. The results indicate that viable and proliferating multilayered tissue equivalents can be engineered using the PLACL-collagen hybrid construct in the space of several hours.
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Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. , 2009. Vol. 15, no 7, 1667-1675 p.
Research subject Inorganic Chemistry
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-99352DOI: 10.1089/ten.tea.2008.0194ISI: 000267843700022OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-99352DiVA: diva2:207710