Journal article

Enhancing neurite outgrowth from primary neurones and neural stem cells using thermoresponsive hydrogel scaffolds for the repair of spinal cord injury

DR Nisbet, D Moses, TR Gengenbach, JS Forsythe, DI Finkelstein, MK Horne

JOURNAL OF BIOMEDICAL MATERIALS RESEARCH PART A | WILEY | Published : 2009

Abstract

In this study, thermoresponsive xyloglucan hydrogel scaffolds were investigated as candidates for neural tissue engineering of the spinal cord. The hydrogels were optimized to provide similar mechanical properties to that of native spinal cord, although also being functionalized through the immobilization of poly-D-lysine to promote neurone adhesion and neurite outgrowth. Under 2D and 3D culture conditions, xyloglucan scaffolds supported the differentiation of primary cortical neurones. Furthermore, functionalization provided a means of controlling and optimizing the cell diameter, number, migration and the neurite density, and the direction of growth. The interaction of neural stem cells (N..

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