Simulated Body Fluid Nucleation of Three-Dimensional Printed Elastomeric Scaffolds for Enhanced Osteogenesis.

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Tissue Engineering Part A








Body Fluids; Cell Line; Elastomers; Humans; Osteoblasts; Osteogenesis; Printing, Three-Dimensional; Tissue Scaffolds


Osseous tissue defects caused by trauma present a common clinical problem. Although traditional clinical procedures have been successfully employed, several limitations persist with regards to insufficient donor tissue, disease transmission, and inadequate host-implant integration. Therefore, this work aims to address current limitations regarding inadequate host tissue integration through the use of a novel elastomeric material for three-dimensional (3D) printing biomimetic and bioactive scaffolds. A novel thermoplastic polyurethane-based elastomeric composite filament (Gel-Lay) was used to manufacture porous scaffolds. In an effort to render the scaffolds more bioactive, the flexible scaffolds were subsequently incubated in simulated body fluid at various time points and evaluated for enhanced mechanical properties along with the effects on cell adhesion, proliferation, and 3-week osteogenesis. This work is the first reported use of a novel class of flexible elastomeric materials for the manufacture of 3D printed bioactive scaffold fabrication allowing efficient and effective nucleation of hydroxyapatite (HA) leading to increased nanoscale surface roughness while retaining the bulk geometry of the predesigned structure. Scaffolds with interconnected microfibrous filaments of ∼260 μm were created and nucleated in simulated body fluid that facilitated cell adhesion and spreading after only 24 h in culture. The porous structure further allowed efficient nucleation, exchange of nutrients, and metabolic waste removal during new tissue formation. Through the incorporation of osteoconductive HA, human fetal osteoblast adhesion and differentiation were greatly enhanced thus setting the tone for further exploration of this novel material for biomedical and tissue regenerative applications.


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