Chemical-physical properties and in vitro cell culturing of a novel biphasic bio-mimetic scaffold for osteo-chondral tissue regeneration.

B. Grigolo, M. Fiorini, C. Manferdini, C. Cavallo, E. Gabusi, N. Zini, L. Dolcini, A. Nicoletti, D. Pressato, A. Facchini, G. Lisignoli

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The requirements for a successful regeneration of an osteo-chondral defect could effectively be met by using a bi-layered composite scaffold, able to support proliferation and differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells, while providing a biochemical environment promoting the formations of the two distinct tissues. The novel strategy here presented consists of developing a bio-mimetic scaffolds obtained by the combination of two integrated organic compounds (type I collagen and chitosan) with or without bioactive Mg-doped hydroxyapatite (Mg-HA) nanocrystals, depending on the specific layer, reproducing cartilaginous or subchondral bone tissue. An innovative patented methodology for scaffolds production, called - pH-dependent 3-phasic assembling -, allowed to development of a highly homogenous and chemically stable scaffold, presenting a very good integration among all three components, as confirmed by extensive SEM and thermogravimetric analyses. A preliminary in vitro evaluation was also carried out by seeding bi-layered scaffold with human bone marrow stromal cells (h-MSCs), by giving particular emphasis to cell viability and distribution at day 0, 7 and 14. Cells were viable and uniformly colonized the whole scaffold until day 14, indicating that the scaffold contributed to the maintenance of cell behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
Issue number2 Suppl
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Physiology (medical)
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Endocrinology
  • Physiology
  • Cancer Research


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