@article {18254,
	title = {Design of Nano- and Microfiber Combined Scaffolds by Electrospinning of Collagen onto Starch-Based Fiber Meshes: A Man-Made Equivalent of Natural Extracellular Matrix},
	journal = {Tissue Engineering Part A},
	volume = {17},
	year = {2011},
	month = {2011-12-01 00:00:00},
	pages = {463-473},
	abstract = {

Mimicking the structural organization and biologic function of natural extracellular matrix has been one of the main goals of tissue engineering. Nevertheless, the majority of scaffolding materials for bone regeneration highlights biochemical functionality in detriment of mechanical properties. In this work we present a rather innovative construct that combines in the same structure electrospun type I collagen nanofibers with starch-based microfibers. These combined structures were obtained by a two-step methodology and structurally consist in a type I collagen nano-network incorporated on a macro starch-based support. The morphology of the developed structures was assessed by several microscopy techniques and the collagenous nature of the nano-network was confirmed by immunohistochemistry. In addition, and especially regarding the requirements of large bone defects, we also successfully introduced the concept of layer by layer, as a way to produce thicker structures. In an attempt to recreate bone microenvironment, the design and biochemical composition of the combined structures also envisioned bone-forming cells and endothelial cells (ECs). The inclusion of a type I collagen nano-network induced a stretched morphology and improved the metabolic activity of osteoblasts. Regarding ECs, the presence of type I collagen on the combined structures provided adhesive support and obviated the need of precoating with fibronectin. It was also importantly observed that ECs on the nano-network organized into circular structures, a three-dimensional arrangement distinct from that observed for osteoblasts and resembling the microcappillary-like organizations formed during angiogenesis. By providing simultaneously physical and chemical cues for cells, the herein-proposed combined structures hold a great potential in bone regeneration as a man-made equivalent of extracellular matrix.

}, keywords = {Angiogenesis, BONE-FORMATION DIFFERENTIATION, COCULTURE MODEL, ENDOTHELIAL-CELLS IN-VITRO, GENE-EXPRESSION, SILK FIBROIN NET, SURFACE-CHEMISTRY, tissue engineering scaffolds}, author = {Tuzlakoglu, K. and Santos, M. I. and Neves, N. M. and Reis, R. L.} }

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