A novel, composite scaffold for bone repair

Ajitha Patlolla, George Collins, Treena Livingston Arinzeh

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Biodegradable polymer-ceramic composite scaffolds have gained importance in recent years in the field of orthopedic biomaterials and tissue engineering scaffolds in order to improve limited mechanical properties of bioactive ceramics. In this study, electrospun composites consisting of 20%hydroxyapatite /80%8-tricalciumphosphate and poIy(ε-caprolactone) were fabricated. For electrospinning, poIY(E-caprolactone) was dissolved in either methylene chloride (Composite-MC) or a combination of methylene chloride (80% ) and dimethylformamide (20%) (Composite-MC+DMF). Composite MC mats contained a bimodal distribution of fiber diameters with nanofibers in between larger, micron-sized fibers. Fiber size, pore size and porosity of Composite-MC mats were significantly higher than those produced by Composite-MC+ DMF. Scanning electron microscope-energy dispersive X-ray analysis (SEM-EDXA) confirmed the presence of calcium and phosphorous and that the ceramic was uniformly dispersed in the mats. Thermal analyses results showed that the ceramic acted as a nucleating agent and also showed that there is molecular interaction between the polymer and ceramic in the electrospun composites. The osteogenic differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells on the mats was performed. Alkaline phosphatase activiy, which is a marker for an osteoblast, was higher on Composite-MC. Microscopy data demonstrated a mineralized extracellular matrix was deposited on the composite mats, but not on the pure polymer mats.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNEBEC 2009 - Proceedings of the IEEE 35th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781424443628
StatePublished - 2009
EventIEEE 35th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, NEBEC 2009 - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Apr 3 2009Apr 5 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, NEBEC
ISSN (Print)1071-121X


OtherIEEE 35th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, NEBEC 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston, MA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering


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