Bioactive glass/polymer composite scaffolds mimicking bone tissue

Article (PDF Available)inJournal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A 100(10):2654-67 · October 2012with123 Reads
DOI: 10.1002/jbm.a.34205 · Source: PubMed
The aim of this work was the preparation and characterization of scaffolds with mechanical and functional properties able to regenerate bone. Porous scaffolds made of chitosan/gelatin (POL) blends containing different amounts of a bioactive glass (CEL2), as inorganic material stimulating biomineralization, were fabricated by freeze-drying. Foams with different compositions (CEL2/POL 0/100; 40/60; 70/30 wt %/wt) were prepared. Samples were crosslinked using genipin (GP) to improve mechanical strength and thermal stability. The scaffolds were characterized in terms of their stability in water, chemical structure, morphology, bioactivity, and mechanical behavior. Moreover, MG63 osteoblast-like cells and periosteal-derived stem cells were used to assess their biocompatibility. CEL2/POL samples showed interconnected pores having an average diameter ranging from 179 ± 5 μm for CEL2/POL 0/100 to 136 ± 5 μm for CEL2/POL 70/30. GP-crosslinking and the increase of CEL2 amount stabilized the composites to water solution (shown by swelling tests). In addition, the SBF soaking experiment showed a good bioactivity of the scaffold with 30 and 70 wt % CEL2. The compressive modulus increased by increasing CEL2 amount up to 2.1 ± 0.1 MPa for CEL2/POL 70/30. Dynamical mechanical analysis has evidenced that composite scaffolds at low frequencies showed an increase of storage and loss modulus with increasing frequency; furthermore, a drop of E' and E″ at 1 Hz was observed, and for higher frequencies both moduli increased again. Cells displayed a good ability to interact with the different tested scaffolds which did not modify cell metabolic activity at the analyzed points. MTT test proved only a slight difference between the two cytotypes analyzed.


    • "The FTIR analysis performed for the composite scaffolds after SBF treatment showed three main bands (1035 cm À 1 , 600 cm À 1 , 561 cm À 1 ) attributed to phosphate group of the precipitated hydroxyapatite and a significant increase in intensity was found between day 1 (Fig. 11(d)) and day 28 (Fig. 11(e)). Likewise, peaks were observed at 1530–1400 cm À 1 and 880 cm À 1 that were attributed to the C-O stretching vibrations and C-O out of plane vibrations respectively [37]. Fig. 11(c) shows the FTIR spectra of silk scaffolds after 28 days of SBF immersion where no characteristic phosphate peaks are shown. "
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    • "3.6 [102] PMMA epoxy 15.5 wt% 1109 (Y) [97] Epoxy/bioactive glass 1wt% 298.51 (F) 2.78 (GPa) Flexural modulus [115] Chitosan/gelatine [85] PCL 20 wt% 10 (T) 150 (Y) [86] Gelatine 50 wt% 5.6 Yield strength 78 1.2 (MPa) [9] "
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    • "In preparing gelatin hydrogels, these residues allow for the partial reformation of triple helices into secondary helix structures [4], which are considered the driving force behind the sol–gel transition of gelatin. While porous gelatin materials (e.g., scaffolds) have been created and studied primarily for tissue engineering applications (e.g., biomineralization [5][6][7][8]) using a variety of fabrication methods, freeze-drying (or modified versions) has been the most widely employed [9][10][11][12][13][14] . In this method, the water in gelatin solutions is frozen , then subsequently lyophilized, yielding an open pore structure. "
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