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Novel Bone Scaffolds of Electrospun Polycaprolactone Fibers Filled with Nanoparticles

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Novel bone scaffolding materials were successfully fabricated by electrospinning from polycaprolactone (PCL) solutions containing nanoparticles of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) or hydroxyapatite (HA). The potential use of the electrospun fibrous scaffolds for bone regeneration was evaluated in vitro with human osteoblasts (SaOS2) in terms of attachment, proliferation, and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity of the cells that were cultured directly on the scaffolds. The results were compared with those on corresponding solution-cast film scaffolds and tissue-culture polystyrene plate (TCPS). It was found that all of the fibrous scaffolds promoted much better adhesion and proliferation of cells than the corresponding film scaffolds and TCPS. Interestingly, the cells that were seeded on all of the fibrous scaffolds appeared to be well-expanded and attach on the fiber surface very well even only about 1 hr in culture, while those seeded on all of the film scaffolds and the glass substrate were still in round shape. Among the various fibrous scaffolds investigated, the one that was filled with 1.0% HA showed the highest ALP activity. Finally, all of the fibrous scaffolds exhibited much greater tensile strength at yield than all of the corresponding film scaffolds.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2006-02-01

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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