Structural changes to resorbable calcium phosphate bioceramic aged in vitro

N Mehrban, J Bowen, E Vorndran, U Gbureck, LM Grover

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Abstract

This work investigates the effect of mammalian cell culture conditions on 3D printed calcium phosphate scaffolds. The purpose of the studies presented was to characterise the changes in scaffold properties in physiologically relevant conditions. Differences in crystal morphologies were observed between foetal bovine serum-supplemented media and their unsupplemented analogues, but not for supplemented media containing tenocytes. Scaffold porosity was found to increase for all conditions studied, except for tenocyte-seeded scaffolds. The presence of tenocytes on the scaffold surface inhibited any increase in scaffold porosity in the presence of extracellular matrix secreted by the tenocytes. For acellular conditions the presence or absence of sera proteins strongly affected the rate of dissolution and the distribution of pore diameters within the scaffold. Exposure to high sera protein concentrations led to the development of significant numbers of sub-micron pores, which was otherwise not observed. The implication of these results for cell culture research employing calcium phosphate scaffolds is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469-478
JournalColloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces
Volume111
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes

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