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AUTHOR Wang, Weiguang and Chen, Jun-Xiang and Hou, Yanhao and Bartolo, Paulo and Chiang, Wei-Hung
Title Investigations of Graphene and Nitrogen-Doped Graphene Enhanced Polycaprolactone 3D Scaffolds for Bone Tissue Engineering [Abstract]
Year 2021
Journal/Proceedings Nanomaterials
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Scaffolds play a key role in tissue engineering applications. In the case of bone tissue engineering, scaffolds are expected to provide both sufficient mechanical properties to withstand the physiological loads, and appropriate bioactivity to stimulate cell growth. In order to further enhance cell–cell signaling and cell–material interaction, electro-active scaffolds have been developed based on the use of electrically conductive biomaterials or blending electrically conductive fillers to non-conductive biomaterials. Graphene has been widely used as functioning filler for the fabrication of electro-active bone tissue engineering scaffolds, due to its high electrical conductivity and potential to enhance both mechanical and biological properties. Nitrogen-doped graphene, a unique form of graphene-derived nanomaterials, presents significantly higher electrical conductivity than pristine graphene, and better surface hydrophilicity while maintaining a similar mechanical property. This paper investigates the synthesis and use of high-performance nitrogen-doped graphene as a functional filler of poly(ɛ-caprolactone) (PCL) scaffolds enabling to develop the next generation of electro-active scaffolds. Compared to PCL scaffolds and PCL/graphene scaffolds, these novel scaffolds present improved in vitro biological performance.
AUTHOR Rupp, Harald and Binder, Wolfgang H.
Title 3D Printing of Core–Shell Capsule Composites for Post-Reactive and Damage Sensing Applications [Abstract]
Year 2020
Journal/Proceedings Advanced Materials Technologies
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Abstract 3D printing of multicomponent materials as an advantageous method over traditional mold casting methods is demonstrated, developing small core–shell capsule composites fabricated by a two-step 3D printing process. Using a two-print-head system (fused deposition modeling extruder and a liquid inkjet print head), micro-sized capsules are manufactured in sizes ranging from 100 to 800 µm. The thermoplastic polymer poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) is chosen as matrix/shell material due to its optimal interaction with the embedded hydrophobic liquids. First, the core–shell capsules are printed with model liquids and pure PCL to optimize the printing parameters and to ensure fully enclosed capsules inside the polymer. As a proof of concept, novel “click” reaction systems, used in self-healing and stress-detection applications, are manufactured in which PCL composites with nano- and micro-fillers are combined with reactive, encapsulated liquids. The so generated 3D printed core–shell capsule composite can be used for post-printing reactions and damage sensing when combined with a fluorogenic dye.
AUTHOR Hou, Yanhao and Wang, Weiguang and Bartolo, Paulo Jorge Da Silva
Title Investigating the Effect of Carbon Nanomaterials Reinforcing Poly(Ε-Caprolactone) Scaffolds for Bone Repair Applications [Abstract]
Year 2020
Journal/Proceedings International Journal of Bioprinting
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Scaffolds, three-dimensional (3D) substrates providing appropriate mechanical support and biological environments for new tissue formation, are the most common approaches in tissue engineering. To improve scaffold properties such as mechanical properties, surface characteristics, biocompatibility and biodegradability, different types of fillers have been used reinforcing biocompatible and biodegradable polymers. This paper investigates and compares the mechanical and biological behaviors of 3D printed poly(ε-caprolactone) scaffolds reinforced with graphene (G) and graphene oxide (GO) at different concentrations. Results show that contrary to G which improves mechanical properties and enhances cell attachment and proliferation, GO seems to show some cytotoxicity, particular at high contents.
AUTHOR Hou, Yanhao and Wang, Weiguang and Bártolo, Paulo
Title Novel Poly(ɛ-caprolactone)/Graphene Scaffolds for Bone Cancer Treatment and Bone Regeneration [Abstract]
Year 2020
Journal/Proceedings 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing
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Scaffold-based bone tissue engineering is the most relevant approach for critical-sized bone defects. It is based on the use of three-dimensional substrates to provide the appropriate biomechanical environment for bone regeneration. Despite some successful results previously reported, scaffolds were never designed for disease treatment applications. This article proposes a novel dual-functional scaffold for cancer applications, comprising both treatment and regeneration functions. These functions are achieved by combining a biocompatible and biodegradable polymer and graphene. Results indicate that high concentrations of graphene enhance the mechanical properties of the scaffolds, also increasing the inhibition on cancer cell viability and proliferation.
AUTHOR Li, J. and Liu, X. and Crook, J. M. and Wallace, G. G.
Title 3D graphene-containing structures for tissue engineering [Abstract]
Year 2019
Journal/Proceedings Materials Today Chemistry
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Graphene and its derivatives have been extensively explored in various fields and have shown great promise toward energy harvesting, environmental protection, and health care. 3D graphene-containing structures (3DGCSs) are especially endowed with useable features relating to physicochemical properties within the hierarchical architectures. Thus, 3DGCSs are increasingly being applied for tissue engineering because of their supportability of human cells and functionalization potential. This review focuses on recent progress in tissue engineering utilizing 3DGCSs, providing insights into fabrication, application, and constraints in bionic research.
AUTHOR Wang, Weiguang and Huang, Boyang and Byun, Jae Jong and Bártolo, Paulo
Title Assessment of PCL/carbon material scaffolds for bone regeneration [Abstract]
Year 2019
Journal/Proceedings Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
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Biomanufacturing is a relatively new research domain focusing on the use of additive manufacturing technologies, biomaterials, cells and biomolecular signals to produce tissue constructs for tissue engineering. For bone regeneration, researchers are focusing on the use of polymeric and polymer/ceramic scaffolds seeded with osteoblasts or mesenchymal stem cells. However, the design of high-performance scaffolds in terms of mechanical, cell-stimulation and biological performance is still required. This is the first paper investigating the use of an extrusion additive manufacturing system to produce poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL), PCL/graphene nanosheet (GNS) and PCL/carbon nanotube (CNT) scaffolds for bone applications. Scaffolds with regular and reproducible architecture were produced and evaluated from chemical, physical and biological points of view. Results suggest that the addition of both graphene and CNT allow the fabrication of scaffolds with improved properties. It also shows that scaffolds containing graphene present better mechanical properties and high cell-affinity improving cell attachment, proliferation and differentiation.
AUTHOR Wang, Weiguang and Junior, José Roberto Passarini and Nalesso, Paulo Roberto Lopes and Musson, David and Cornish, Jillian and Mendonça, Fernanda and Caetano, Guilherme Ferreira and Bártolo, Paulo
Title Engineered 3D printed poly(ɛ-caprolactone)/graphene scaffolds for bone tissue engineering [Abstract]
Year 2019
Journal/Proceedings Materials Science and Engineering: C
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Scaffolds are important physical substrates for cell attachment, proliferation and differentiation. Multiple factors could influence the optimal design of scaffolds for a specific tissue, such as the geometry, the materials used to modulate cell proliferation and differentiation, its biodegradability and biocompatibility. The optimal design of a scaffold for a specific tissue strongly depends on both materials and manufacturing processes. Previous studies of human adipose-derived stem cells (hADSCs) seeded on poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL)/graphene scaffolds have proved that the addition of small concentrations of graphene to PCL scaffolds improves cell proliferation. Based on such results, this paper further investigates, for the first time, both in vitro and in vivo characteristics of 3D printed PCL/graphene scaffolds. Scaffolds were evaluated from morphological, biological and short term immune response points of view. Results show that the produced scaffolds induce an acceptable level of immune response, suggesting high potential for in vivo applications. Finally, the scaffolds were used to treat a rat calvaria critical size defect with and without applying micro electrical stimulation (10 μA). Quantification of connective and new bone tissue formation and the levels of ALP, RANK, RANKL, OPG were considered. Results show that the use of scaffolds containing graphene and electrical stimulation seems to increase cell migration and cell influx, leading to new tissue formation, well-organized tissue deposition and bone remodelling.
AUTHOR Geetha Bai, Renu and Muthoosamy, Kasturi and Manickam, Sivakumar and Hilal-Alnaqbi, Ali
Title Graphene-based 3D scaffolds in tissue engineering: fabrication, applications, and future scope in liver tissue engineering [Abstract]
Year 2019
Journal/Proceedings International journal of nanomedicine
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Tissue engineering embraces the potential of recreating and replacing defective body parts by advancements in the medical field. Being a biocompatible nanomaterial with outstanding physical, chemical, optical, and biological properties, graphene-based materials were successfully employed in creating the perfect scaffold for a range of organs, starting from the skin through to the brain. Investigations on 2D and 3D tissue culture scaffolds incorporated with graphene or its derivatives have revealed the capability of this carbon material in mimicking in vivo environment. The porous morphology, great surface area, selective permeability of gases, excellent mechanical strength, good thermal and electrical conductivity, good optical properties, and biodegradability enable graphene materials to be the best component for scaffold engineering. Along with the apt microenvironment, this material was found to be efficient in differentiating stem cells into specific cell types. Furthermore, the scope of graphene nanomaterials in liver tissue engineering as a promising biomaterial is also discussed. This review critically looks into the unlimited potential of graphene-based nanomaterials in future tissue engineering and regenerative therapy.
AUTHOR Kang, Yuan and Wang, Chaoli and Qiao, Youbei and Gu, Junwei and Zhang, Han and Peijs, Ton and Kong, Jie and Zhang, Guangcheng and Shi, Xuetao
Title Tissue-Engineered Trachea Consisting of Electrospun Patterned sc-PLA/GO-g-IL Fibrous Membranes with Antibacterial Property and 3D-Printed Skeletons with Elasticity [Abstract]
Year 2019
Journal/Proceedings Biomacromolecules
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In this study, a tissue-engineered trachea, consisting of multilevel structural electrospun polylactide (PLA) membranes enveloping 3D-printed thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) skeletons, was developed to create a mechanically robust, antibacterial and bioresorbable graft for the tracheal reconstruction. The study design incorporated two distinct uses of stereocomplex PLA: patterned electrospun fibers to enhance tissue integration compared to the random layered fibers, meanwhile possessing good antibacterial property; and 3D-printed TPU scaffold with elasticity to provide external support and protection. Herein, ionic liquid (IL)-functioned graphene oxide (GO) was synthesized and presented enhanced mechanical and hydrophilicity properties. More interesting, antibacterial activity of the GO-g-IL modified PLA membranes were proved by Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus, showing superior antibacterial effect compared to single GO or IL. The synergistic antibacterial effect could be related to that GO break cytomembrane of bacteria by its extremely sharp edges, while IL works by electrostatic interaction between its cationic structures and electronegative phosphate groups of bacteria membranes, leading to the loss of cell electrolyte and cell death. Hence, after L929 fibroblast cells were seeded on patterned fibrous membranes with phenotypic shape, further effective cell infiltration, cell proliferation and attachment were observed. In addition, the tissue-engineered trachea scaffolds were implanted into rabbit models. The in vivo result confirmed that the scaffolds with patterned membranes manifested favorable biocompatibility and promoted tissue regeneration. In this study, a tissue-engineered trachea, consisting of multilevel structural electrospun polylactide (PLA) membranes enveloping 3D-printed thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) skeletons, was developed to create a mechanically robust, antibacterial and bioresorbable graft for the tracheal reconstruction. The study design incorporated two distinct uses of stereocomplex PLA: patterned electrospun fibers to enhance tissue integration compared to the random layered fibers, meanwhile possessing good antibacterial property; and 3D-printed TPU scaffold with elasticity to provide external support and protection. Herein, ionic liquid (IL)-functioned graphene oxide (GO) was synthesized and presented enhanced mechanical and hydrophilicity properties. More interesting, antibacterial activity of the GO-g-IL modified PLA membranes were proved by Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus, showing superior antibacterial effect compared to single GO or IL. The synergistic antibacterial effect could be related to that GO break cytomembrane of bacteria by its extremely sharp edges, while IL works by electrostatic interaction between its cationic structures and electronegative phosphate groups of bacteria membranes, leading to the loss of cell electrolyte and cell death. Hence, after L929 fibroblast cells were seeded on patterned fibrous membranes with phenotypic shape, further effective cell infiltration, cell proliferation and attachment were observed. In addition, the tissue-engineered trachea scaffolds were implanted into rabbit models. The in vivo result confirmed that the scaffolds with patterned membranes manifested favorable biocompatibility and promoted tissue regeneration.
AUTHOR Caetano, Guilherme Ferreira and Wang, Weiguang and Chiang, Wei-Hung and Cooper, Glen and Diver, Carl and Blaker, Jonny James and Frade, Marco Andrey and Bártolo, Paulo
Title 3D-Printed Poly(ɛ-caprolactone)/Graphene Scaffolds Activated with P1-Latex Protein for Bone Regeneration [Abstract]
Year 2018
Journal/Proceedings 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing
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Abstract Biomanufacturing is a relatively new research domain focusing on the use of additive manufacturing technologies, biomaterials, cells, and biomolecular signals to produce tissue constructs for tissue engineering. For bone regeneration, researchers are focusing on the use of polymeric and polymer/ceramic scaffolds seeded with osteoblasts or mesenchymal stem cells. However, high-performance scaffolds in terms of mechanical, cell stimulation, and biological performance are still required. This article investigates the use of an extrusion additive manufacturing system to produce poly(ɛ-caprolactone) (PCL) and PCL/graphene nanosheet scaffolds for bone applications. Scaffolds with regular and reproducible architecture and uniform dispersion of graphene were produced and coated with P1-latex protein extracted from the Hevea brasiliensis rubber tree. Results show that the obtained scaffolds cultivated with human adipose-derived stem cells present no toxicity effects. The presence of graphene nanosheet and P1-latex protein in the scaffolds increased cell proliferation compared with PCL scaffolds. Moreover, the presence of P1-latex protein promotes earlier osteogenic differentiation, suggesting that PCL/graphene/P1-latex protein scaffolds are suitable for bone regeneration applications.
AUTHOR Wang, Hanxiao and das Neves Domingos, Marco Andre and Scenini, Fabio
Title Advanced mechanical and thermal characterization of 3D bioextruded poly(ε-caprolactone)-based composites [Abstract]
Year 2018
Journal/Proceedings Rapid Prototyping Journal
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Purpose The main purpose of the present work is to study the effect of nano hydroxyapatite (HA) and graphene oxide (GO) particles on thermal and mechanical performances of 3D printed poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) filaments used in Bone Tissue Engineering (BTE). Design/methodology/approach Raw materials were prepared by melt blending, followed by 3D printing via 3D Discovery (regenHU Ltd., CH) with all fabricating parameters kept constant. Filaments, including pure PCL, PCL/HA, and PCL/GO, were tested under the same conditions. Several techniques were used to mechanically, thermally, and microstructurally evaluate properties of these filaments, including Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), tensile test, nano indentation, and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). Findings Results show that both HA and GO nano particles are capable of improving mechanical performance of PCL. Enhanced mechanical properties of PCL/HA result from reinforcing effect of HA, while a different mechanism is observed in PCL/GO, where degree of crystallinity plays an important role. In addition, GO is more efficient at enhancing mechanical performance of PCL compared with HA. Originality/value For the first time, a systematic study about effects of nano HA and GO particles on bioactive scaffolds produced by Additive Manufacturing (AM) for bone tissue engineering applications is conducted in this work. Mechanical and thermal behaviors of each sample, pure PCL, PCL/HA and PCL/GO, are reported, correlated, and compared with literature.
AUTHOR Wang, Weiguang and Caetano, Guilherme and Chiang, Wei-Hung and Sousa, Ana Leticia and Blaker, Jonny and Frade, M. A. R. C. O. and Frade, Cipriani and Jorge Bártolo, Paulo
Title Morphological, mechanical and biological assessment of PCL/pristine graphene scaffolds for bone regeneration [Abstract]
Year 2016
Journal/Proceedings International Journal of Bioprinting
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Scaffolds are physical substrates for cell attachment, proliferation, and differentiation, ultimately leading to the regeneration of tissues. They must be designed according to specific biomechanical requirements such as mechanical properties, surface characteristics, biodegradability, biocompatibility, and porosity. The optimal design of a scaffold for a specific tissue strongly depends on both materials and manufacturing processes. Polymeric scaffolds reinforced with electro-active particles could play a key role in tissue engineering by modulating cell proliferation and differentiation. This paper investigates the use of an extrusion additive manufacturing system to produce PCL/pristine graphene scaffolds for bone tissue applications. PCL/pristine graphene blends were prepared using a melt blending process. Scaffolds with regular and reproducible architecture were produced with different concentrations of pristine graphene. Scaffolds were evaluated from morphological, mechanical, and biological view. The results suggest that the addition of pristine graphene improves the mechanical performance of the scaffolds, reduces the hydrophobicity, and improves cell viability and proliferation.