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Biomaterials. 2012 Oct;33(28):6709-20. doi: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2012.06.017. Epub 2012 Jul 6.

The effect of controlled release of PDGF-BB from heparin-conjugated electrospun PCL/gelatin scaffolds on cellular bioactivity and infiltration.

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Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157, USA.


Heparin-conjugated electrospun poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL)/gelatin scaffolds were developed to provide controlled release of platelet-derived growth factor-BB (PDGF-BB) and allow prolonged bioactivity of this molecule. A mixture of PCL and gelatin was electrospun into three different morphologies. Next, heparin molecules were conjugated to the reactive surface of the scaffolds. This heparin-conjugated scaffold allowed the immobilization of PDGF-BB via electrostatic interaction. In vitro PDGF-BB release profiles indicated that passive physical adsorption of PDGF-BB to non-heparinized scaffolds resulted in an initial burst release of PDGF-BB within 5 days, which then leveled off. However, electrostatic interaction between PDGF-BB and the heparin-conjugated scaffolds gave rise to a sustained release of PDGF-BB over the course of 20 days without an initial burst. Moreover, PDGF-BB that was strongly bound to the heparin-conjugated scaffolds enhanced smooth muscle cell (SMC) proliferation. In addition, scaffolds composed of 3.0 μm diameter fibers that were immobilized with PDGF-BB accelerated SMC infiltration into the scaffold when compared to scaffolds composed of smaller diameter fibers or scaffolds that did not release PDGF-BB. We concluded that the combination of the large pore structure in the scaffolds and the heparin-mediated delivery of PDGF-BB provided the most effective cellular interactions through synergistic physical and chemical cues.

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