Journal of Biomaterials Science Polymer Edition (J BIOMAT SCI-POLYM E)

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Journal description

The Journal of Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition publishes fundamental research on the properties of polymeric biomaterials and the mechanisms of interaction between such biomaterials and living organisms, with special emphasis on the molecular and cellular levels. The scope of the journal includes polymers for drug delivery, tissue engineering, large molecules in living organisms like DNA, proteins, and more. As such, the Journal of Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition combines biomaterials applications in biomedical, pharmaceutical and biological fields.

Current impact factor: 1.65

Impact Factor Rankings

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 Impact Factor 1.648
2013 Impact Factor 1.357
2012 Impact Factor 1.7
2011 Impact Factor 1.691
2010 Impact Factor 1.842
2009 Impact Factor 2.505
2008 Impact Factor 2.158
2007 Impact Factor 1.862
2006 Impact Factor 1.607
2005 Impact Factor 1.409
2004 Impact Factor 1.255
2003 Impact Factor 1.593
2002 Impact Factor 1.401
2001 Impact Factor 1.234
2000 Impact Factor 1.669
1999 Impact Factor 1.192
1998 Impact Factor 1.228
1997 Impact Factor 0.901
1996 Impact Factor 1.431
1995 Impact Factor 1.213
1994 Impact Factor 1.418

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.85
Cited half-life 8.10
Immediacy index 0.27
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.35
Website Journal of Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition website
Other titles Journal of biomaterials science. Polymer ed., Polymer edition
ISSN 0920-5063
OCLC 21171173
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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    ABSTRACT: X-ray microtomography (micro-CT), one of the most resourceful instruments for high resolution 3D analysis, can provide qualitative and quantitative accurate structural and compositional information for a broad range of materials. Yet its contribution to the field of biopolymeric materials science is often limited by low imaging contrast due to scarce X-ray attenuation features, particularly for sponges and foam-like structures. This limitation can be overcome to some extent by adjusting the working parameters of micro-CT equipment. However, such approach also facilitates noise and artefacts, and solving the signal-to-noise trade-off has been always problematic. Searching for alternatives turns one's attention towards the improvement of X-ray attenuation features. While several studies report the use of contrast agents for biological materials, studies to integrate multiple micro-CT approaches for biopolymers were not conducted so far. This method paper is thus aimed to serve as a platform for micro-CT analysis of low X-ray absorptive polymers. Here, several contrast enhancing artifices were developed and trialled on gelatin and poly(vinyl alcohol) biopolymer composites (GP). Accordingly, GP were modified with iodine, barium, silver-based chemicals and hexa(methyl disilazane) by two different methods, i.e. addition of high atomic number chemicals during materials synthesis and post-synthesis staining, respectively. Consequently, cross-sectional scanning electron microscopy was emerged as complementary characterization, aimed to confirm the reproducibility of samples morphological features. The most versatile methods were barium chloride additive incorporation and iodine staining coupled with hexa(methyl disilazane) chemical drying. Both methods significantly improved the X-ray absorbance of our polymeric samples, providing better contrast of micro-CT tomograms.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2017 · Journal of Biomaterials Science Polymer Edition
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    ABSTRACT: The major concern related to biodegradable bone substitute materials is the loss of mechanical strength which can be undesirable when occurring too quickly before new bone formation. In this study, the multifunctional lactide oligomers having 2, 3 and 4 arms, end capped with methacrylate groups were synthesized with the aim of improving the degradation properties. Their composites with hydroxyapatite (HA) were photopolymerized and subjected to accelerated degradation at 60 °C. The results showed that increasing number of arms significantly improved thermal and mechanical properties as well as biocompatibility of the composites. All composites although varying in number of arms had similar levels of bone-specific gene expression and calcification indicating their equal bioactivity in supporting bone formation. The high HA content in the composites was proposed to be responsible for enhanced osteoblast response, and this tended to suppress the effects of polymeric structure.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2016 · Journal of Biomaterials Science Polymer Edition
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    ABSTRACT: Silk fibroin/chitosan blend has been reported to be an attractive biomaterial that provides a 3D porous structure with controllable pore size and mechanical property suitable for tissue engineering applications. However there is no systematic study for optimizing the ratio of silk fibroin(SF) and chitosan (CS) which seems to influence the scaffold property to a great extent. The present research, therefore, investigates the effect of blend ratio of SF and CS on scaffold property and establish the optimum value of blend ratio. Among the various blends, the scaffolds with blend ratio of SF/CS(80:20) was found to be superior. The scaffold possesses pore size in the range 71-210 μm and porosity of 82.2 ± 1.3%. The compressive strength of the scaffold was measured as 190 ±0.2 kPa. The cell supportive property of the scaffold in terms of cell attachment, cell viability and proliferation was confirmed by cell culture study using mesenchymal stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood. Furthermore, the assessment of glycosaminoglycan (GAG) secretion on the scaffolds indicates its potentiality towards cartilage tissue regeneration.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2016 · Journal of Biomaterials Science Polymer Edition
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    ABSTRACT: Cabazitaxel (CTX) is a second generation semisynthetic taxane that demonstrates antitumor activity superior to docetaxel. However, the low aqueous solubility of CTX has hampered its use as a therapeutic agent. In this work, CTX-loaded N-t-butoxycarbonyl-L-phenylalanine end-capped monomethyl poly (ethylene glycol)-block-poly (D,L-lactide) (mPEG-PLA-Phe(Boc)/CTX) micelles were prepared to improve the solubility of cabazitaxel while retaining its superior stability before accessing the tumor site. The mPEG-PLA-Phe(Boc)/CTX micelles showed excellent stability in vitro compared with mPEG-PLA/CTX micelles. When stored at 25°C, the mPEG-PLA/CTX micelles tended to aggregate within 1 h, whereas the mPEG-PLA-Phe(Boc)/CTX micelles were uniformly transparent even after 3 weeks. Dilution of mPEG-PLA/CTX micelles widened their size distribution and decreased the encapsulation efficiency, while significant change was not found in mPEG-PLA-Phe(Boc)/CTX micelles, even when diluted 1000-fold. Pharmacokinetic results in Sprague–Dawley rats indicated that, compared with Jevtana®, intravenous administration of mPEG-PLA-Phe(Boc)/CTX micelles stably retained the cabazitaxel in plasma with 26.03-fold larger of the area under the time–concentration curve, 2.13-fold longer of the half-life, and 9.99-fold higher of the maximum concentration. In conclusion, mPEG-PLA-Phe(Boc) micelle may be a potential nanocarrier not only to improve the solubility of cabazitaxel but also to prolong the blood circulation time, which results in improved biological activity.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Journal of Biomaterials Science Polymer Edition
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    ABSTRACT: Much attention has been given to the problem of drug delivery through the cell-membrane in order to treat and manage bone diseases recently. The aim of this study was to develop nanoparticles made of amino and histidinyl modified amphiphilic β-cyclodextrins (β-CDs) entrapping osteoclast inhibitor, a hydrophobic oligopeptides drug, across the membrane of bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMMs). Drug-loaded β-CDs nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared by the emulsion-solvent evaporation technique and fully characterized for size, zeta potential and entrapment efficiency. Spherical NPs displaying a hydrodynamic radius of about 295 nm which did not change upon storage as an aqueous dispersion, a positive zeta potential and entrapment efficiency of drug very close to 98% were produced. Flow cytometry and spectrofluorimetry analysis indicated that the model drug itself was not taken up by the BMMs; however, NP systems underwent significant cellular uptake. In particular, histidinyl group-modified CD (β-CD-H) NPs were taken up more efficiently than amino group-modified (β-CD-A) ones. Cellular uptake mechanism study demonstrated that the permeability of drug-loaded NPs across the membrane of BMMs is probably due to macropinocytosis pathway. Cell viability studies showed that both β-CD-A and β-CD-H exhibited no significant cytotoxicity up to 1.0 mg/ml against the cells. These results highlights the developed β-CD-H NPs have great potential in safely and effectively delivering osteoclast inhibitors and other therapeutic agents towards bone disease.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Journal of Biomaterials Science Polymer Edition
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    ABSTRACT: Biodegradable and bioactive scaffolds with interconnected macroporous structures, suitable biodegradability, adequate mechanical property, and excellent biocompatibility have drawn increasing attention in bone tissue engineering. Hence, in this work, porous hydroxyapatite whisker-reinforced poly(L-lactide) (HA-w/PLLA) composite scaffolds with different ratios of HA and PLLA were successfully developed through compression molding and particle leaching. The microstructure, in vitro mineralization, cytocompatibility, hemocompatibility and in vivo biocompatibility of the porous HA-w/PLLA were investigated for the first time. The SEM results revealed that these HA-w/PLLA scaffolds possessed interconnected pore structures. Compared with porous HA powder-reinforced PLLA (HA-p/PLLA) scaffolds, HA-w/PLLA scaffolds exhibited better mechanical property and in vitro bioactivity, as more formation of bone-like apatite layers were induced on these scaffolds after mineralization in SBF. Importantly, in vitro cytotoxicity displayed that porous HA-w/PLLA scaffold with HA/PLLA ratio of 1:1 (HA-w1/PLLA1) produced no deleterious effect on human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs), and cells performed elevated cell proliferation, indicating a good cytocompatibility. Simultaneously, well-behaved hemocompatibility and favorable in vivo biocompatibility determined from acute toxicity test and histological evaluation were also found in the porous HA-w1/PLLA1 scaffold. These findings may provide new prospects for utilizing the porous HA whisker-based biodegradable scaffolds in bone repair, replacement and augmentation applications.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Journal of Biomaterials Science Polymer Edition
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    ABSTRACT: Electrospun gelatin(Gel) nanofibers scaffold has such defects as poor mechanical property and quick degradation due to high solubility. In this study, the in-situ crosslinked electrospinning technique was used for the production of gelatin nanofibers. Deionized water was chosen as the spinning solvent and Graphite Oxide (GO) was chosen as the enhancer.The morphological structure, porosity, thermal property, moisture absorption and moisture retention performance, hydrolysis resistance, mechanical property and biocompatibility of the produced nanofibers were investigated. Compared with in-situ crosslinked gelatin nanofibers scaffold, in-situ crosslinked Gel-GO nanofibers scaffold has the following features: (1) the hydrophilicity, moisture absorption and moisture retention performance slightly reduce, while the hydrolysis resistance is improved; (2) the breaking strength, breaking elongation and Young's modulus are significantly improved; (3) the porosity slightly reduces while the biocompatibility considerably increases. The in-situ crosslinked Gel-GO nanofibers scaffold is likely to be applied in such fields as drug delivery and scaffold for skin tissue engineering.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Journal of Biomaterials Science Polymer Edition
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    ABSTRACT: The topographic cues of the extracellular matrix may have significant effects upon cellular behavior, such as adhesion, spreading, migration, proliferation, differentiation, and in particular, morphology and orientation. In this study, we examined the effects of microgrooved collagen membrane (MCM) on mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) behavior. The MCM (9 μm in periodicity, and 1-2 μm in depth) was fabricated on an untreated (non-polar) and smooth polystyrene substrate, based on the absorption and self-assembly properties of collagen on the polystyrene substrate. Methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium assay revealed that cell proliferation on the MCM was enhanced compared with the smooth collagen membrane at day 2. Qualitative observation of MSC behavior using confocal laser scanning microscopy and scanning electron microscopy showed that MSCs grew with a highly elongated morphology and were aligned strictly along the direction of the microgrooves. Additionally, scanning electron microscopy revealed the oriented cells produced a collagenous matrix on the MCM that had a preferential orientation, whereas the collagenous matrix produced by randomly oriented MSCs on the smooth collagen membrane was disorganized. Future studies should investigate the fabrication of oriented topographical substrates, based on the natural biomaterial collagen, to guide cell alignment and oriented growth along definite directions. These substrates may help produce aligned collagenous matrices that could have good potential for the production of tissue substitutes.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Journal of Biomaterials Science Polymer Edition
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    ABSTRACT: Tissue formation on scaffold outer edges after implantation may restrict cell infiltration and mass transfer to/from the scaffold center due to insufficient interconnectivity, leading to incidence of a necrotic core. Herein, a nano-hydroxyapatite/polyamide66 (n-HA/PA66) anisotropic scaffold with axially aligned channels was prepared with the aim to enhance pore interconnectivity. Bone tissue regeneration and infiltration inside of scaffold were assessed by rabbit cranial defect repair experiments. The amount of newly formed bone inside of anisotropic scaffold was much higher than isotropic scaffold, e.g., after 12 weeks, the new bone volume (NBV) in the inner pores was greater in the anisotropic scaffolds (>50%) than the isotropic scaffolds (<30%). The results suggested that anisotropic scaffolds could accelerate the inducement of bone ingrowth into the inner pores in the non-load-bearing bone defects compared to isotropic scaffolds. Thus, anisotropic scaffolds hold promise for the application in bone tissue engineering.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Journal of Biomaterials Science Polymer Edition
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    ABSTRACT: In this work, a new and facile method was introduced to prepare molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) based on nano clay hectorite (Hec) for sinomenine hydrochloride (SM) analysis. Hec was firstly dissolved in distilled water in order to swell adequately, followed by a common precipitation polymerization with SM as the template, methacrylic acid as monomer, ethylene glycol dimethacrylate as a crosslinker and 2,2-azobisisobutyronitrile as an initiator. Hec@SM-MIPs were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The maximum binding capacity of Hec@SM-MIPs, SM-MIPs and non-imprinted polymers (NIPs) (Hec@NIPs) was 57.4, 16.8 and 11.6 mg/g, respectively. The reason for this result may be that Hec@SM-MIPs have more binding sites and imprinted cavities for template molecule. Equilibrium data were described by the Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm models. The results showed that the Hec@SM-MIPs adsorption data correlated better with the Langmuir equation than the Freundlich equation under the studied concentration range. In vitro drug release experiment, Hec@SM-MIPs have a better ability to control SM release than SM-MIPs. Therefore, Hec@SM-MIPs were successfully applied to extraction of SM and used as the materials for drug delivery system.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · Journal of Biomaterials Science Polymer Edition
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    ABSTRACT: The biological properties of porous poly (vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) scaffolds fabricated by selective laser sintering were tailored through nano-sized 58s bioactive glass. The results showed that 58s bioactive glass distributed evenly in the PVDF matrix. There were some exposed particles on the surface which provided attachment sites for biological response. It was confirmed that the scaffolds had highly bioactivity by the formation of bone-like apatite in simulated body fluid. And the bone-like apatite became dense with the increase in 58s bioactive glass and culture time. Moreover, the scaffolds were suitable for cell adhesion and proliferation compared with the PVDF scaffolds without 58s bioactive glass. The research showed that the PVDF/58s bioactive glass scaffolds had latent application in bone tissue engineering.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · Journal of Biomaterials Science Polymer Edition
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    ABSTRACT: The mechanical strength, biocompatibility and sterilizability of silk fibroin allow it to be a possible candidate as a natural bone regenerate material. To improve mechanical character and reinforce the cell movement induction, silk fibroin (SF)- polycaprolactone (PCL) alloy was fabricated by electrospinning techniques with a rotating collector to form aligned fibrous scaffolds and random-oriented scaffolds. The scanning electron microscope image of the scaffold and the mechanical properties of the scaffold were investigated by tensile mechanical tests, which were compared to random-oriented scaffolds. Furthermore, mesenchymal stem cells were planted on these scaffolds to investigate the biocompatibility, elongation and cell movement in-situ. Scanning electron microscopy shows that 91% fibers on the aligned fibroin scaffold were distributed between the dominant direction ±10°. With an ideal support for stem cell proliferation in-vitro, the aligned fibrous scaffold induces cell elongation at a length of 236.46 ± 82 μm and distribution along the dominant fiber direction with a cell alignment angle at 6.57 ± 4.45°. Compared with random-oriented scaffolds made by artificial materials, aligned SF-PCL scaffolds could provide a moderate mesenchymal stem cell engraftment interface and speed-up early stage cell movement toward the bone defect.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · Journal of Biomaterials Science Polymer Edition
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    ABSTRACT: A series of linoleic acid-modified glycol chitosan (LAGC) conjugates were synthesized and characterized by FTIR and (1)H NMR. The effect of the amount of linoleic acid (LA) on the physicochemical properties of LAGC conjugates was investigated. The mean diameters of three LAGC nanoparticles determined by dynamic light scattering ranged from 204 to 289 nm. The critical aggregation concentration values of LAGC conjugates in aqueous solution were 0.0148, 0.0348, and 0.0807 mg/ml, respectively. Paclitaxel (PTX) was physically loaded into the LAGC nanoparticles by a dialysis method. The drug loading content and encapsulation efficiency of PTX-loaded LAGC (PTX-LAGC) nanoparticles increased with an increasing ratio of the hydrophobic LA to hydrophilic glycol chitosan in the conjugates. PTX-LAGC nanoparticles were almost spherical in shape observed by transmission electron microscopy. In vitro release revealed that PTX release from the nanoparticles was reduced as the LA substitution degree of LAGC conjugates increased. Compared with the commercial formulation Taxol, PTX-LAGC-1 nanoparticles exhibited comparable cellular uptake and cytotoxicity against HepG2 cells in vitro. Importantly, PTX-LAGC-1 nanoparticles demonstrated the stronger antitumor efficacy against hepatic H22 tumor-bearing mice than Taxol (p < 0.05). Therefore, glycolipid-like LAGC nanoparticles had a potential as delivery vehicles for tumor therapy.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Journal of Biomaterials Science Polymer Edition
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    ABSTRACT: Tissue engineering opens up a new area to restore the function of damaged tissue or replace a defective organ. Common strategies in tissue engineering to repair and form new tissue containing a functional vascular network include the use of cells, growth factors, extracellular matrix proteins, and biophysical stimuli. Yet, formation of well-distributed, interconnected, and stable vascular network still remains challenging. In addition, anastomoses with host vasculature upon implantation and long-time survival of the new blood vessel in vivo are other critical issues to be addressed. This paper presents a brief review of recent advances in vascularization in vitro as well as in vivo for tissue engineering, along with suggestions for future research.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2015 · Journal of Biomaterials Science Polymer Edition
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    ABSTRACT: Functional polymeric micelles play an important role in the efficient delivery of therapeutic drugs into tumours. In this study, a functional drug delivery platform with ligands for targeting and fluorescent imaging was designed based on Pluronic F127 (PF127). Using folic acid (FA) and fluorescein isothyocyanate (FITC) to chemically conjugate with PF127, two functional polymers, Pluronic F127-FA (PF127-FA) and Pluronic F127-FITC (PF127-FITC), were synthesized. Solasodine-loaded micelles were then prepared via the thin-film hydration method. By employing A549 and HeLa cells, the results of in vitro cell assays performed using confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) and flow cytometry suggested that the proposed micelles could provide the desired specific targeting and fluorescent imaging functions. In addition, the results of in vitro cytotoxicity experiments showed that the growth inhibition rates of A549 and HeLa cells treated with solasodine-loaded micelles were remarkably higher than those of cells treated with free solasodine. Solasodine-loaded micelles exhibited a more distinct inhibitory effect against HeLa cells than against A549 cells. Thus, an effective drug delivery system for targeting and imaging cancer cells was developed.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2015 · Journal of Biomaterials Science Polymer Edition
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    ABSTRACT: Affinity binding peptides were examined for surface fabrication of synthetic polymeric materials. Peptides possessing strong binding affinities toward polyurethane (PU) were discovered via biopanning of M13 phage peptide library. The apparent binding constant (Kapp) was as high as 2.68×10(9) M(-1) with surface peptide density exceeded 1.8 μg/cm(2). Structural analysis showed that the ideal peptide had a high content (75%) of H-donor amino acid residues, and that intensified hydrogen bond interaction was the key driving force for the highly stable binding of peptides on PU. PU treated with such affinity peptides promises applications as low-fouling materials, as peptides increased its wettability and substantially reduced protein adsorption and cell adhesion. These results demonstrated a facile but highly efficient one-step strategy for surface property modification of polymeric materials for biotechnological applications.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2015 · Journal of Biomaterials Science Polymer Edition