Journal article

Chitosan-collagen scaffolds with nano/microfibrous architecture for skin tissue engineering

Soumi Dey Sarkar, Brooke L Farrugia, Tim R Dargaville, Santanu Dhara

JOURNAL OF BIOMEDICAL MATERIALS RESEARCH PART A | WILEY | Published : 2013

Abstract

In this study, a hierarchical nano/microfibrous chitosan/collagen scaffold that approximates structural and functional attributes of native extracellular matrix has been developed for applicability in skin tissue engineering. Scaffolds were produced by electrospinning of chitosan followed by imbibing of collagen solution, freeze-drying, and subsequent cross-linking of two polymers. Scanning electron microscopy showed formation of layered scaffolds with nano/microfibrous architechture. Physicochemical properties of scaffolds including tensile strength, swelling behavior, and biodegradability were found satisfactory for intended application. 3T3 fibroblasts and HaCaT keratinocytes showed good ..

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