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TitleInteractions between Schwann and olfactory ensheathing cells with a starch/polycaprolactone scaffold aimed at spinal cord injury repair
Author(s)Silva, Nuno
Sousa, R. A.
Pires, Ana
Sousa, Nuno
Salgado, A. J.
Reis, R. L.
KeywordsBioengineering
Scaffolds
Spinal cord injury
Starch
Trophic support
Issue date2012
PublisherWiley
JournalJournal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A
Abstract(s)Spinal cord injury (SCI) represents a major world health problem. Therefore it is urgent to develop novel strategies that can specifically target it. We have previously shown that the implantation of starch-based scaffolds (SPCL) aimed for spine stabilization on SCI animals leads to motor skills improvements. Therefore, we hypothesize that the combination of these scaffolds with relevant cell populations for SCI repair will, most likely, lead to further improvements. Therefore, in this work, the ability of SPCL scaffolds to support the 3D culture of olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) and Schwann cells (SCs) was studied and characterized. The results demonstrate for the first time that SPCL scaffolds were able to support the growth and migration of OECs and SCs. Moreover, the results indicate that two weeks of in vitro culture is the ideal time to reach a high number of transplantable cells. Future work will focus on the spine stabilization of SCI animals using SPCL scaffolds loaded with OECs or SCs for SCI regeneration.
TypeArticle
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/1822/15069
DOI10.1002/jbm.a.33289
ISSN1552-4965
Publisher versionhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jbm.a.33289/abstract
Peer-Reviewedyes
AccessOpen access
Appears in Collections:3B’s - Artigos em revistas/Papers in scientific journals
ICVS - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais com Referee

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