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Acta Biomater. 2010 Jul;6(7):2501-10. doi: 10.1016/j.actbio.2009.08.037. Epub 2009 Aug 31.

Optimization of the structure of polyurethanes for bone tissue engineering applications.

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  • 1Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Warsaw, Poland.


Polyurethanes containing 22-70 wt.% hard segments were developed and evaluated for bone tissue engineering applications. Aliphatic poly(ester-urethanes) were synthesised from poly(epsilon-caprolactone) diol with different molecular masses (M= approximately 530, 1250 and 2000 Da), cycloaliphatic diisocyanate 4,4'-methylenebis(cyclohexyl isocyanate) and ethylene glycol as a chain extender. Changes in macromolecule order with increasing hard segment content were observed via modulated differential scanning calorimetry. Depending on the hard segment content, a gradual variation in polyurethane surface properties was revealed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and static contact angle measurements. As the hard segments content increased the polyurethane surface exhibited more phase separation, a higher content of urethane moieties and higher hydrophilicity. The biocompatibility results indicated that proliferation of human bone-derived cells (HBDC) cultured in vitro improved with increasing hard segment content while the osteogenic potential of HBDC decreased with increasing hard segment content.

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