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dc.contributor.authorAraújo, J.por
dc.contributor.authorPadrão, Jorgepor
dc.contributor.authorSilva, João P.por
dc.contributor.authorDourado, Fernandopor
dc.contributor.authorCorreia, D. M.por
dc.contributor.authorBotelho, Gabrielapor
dc.contributor.authorRibelles, J. L. Gómezpor
dc.contributor.authorLanceros-Méndez, S.por
dc.contributor.authorSencadas, Vítor João Gomes Silvapor
dc.identifier.citationAraujo, J.; Padrão, J.; Silva, João P.; Dourado, Fernando; Correia, D.; Botelho, G.; Gómez Ribelles, J. L.; Lanceros-Méndez, S.; Sencadas, V., Processing and characterization of alpha-elastin electrospun membranes. Applied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing, 115(4), 1291-1298, 2014por
dc.description.abstractElastin isolated from fresh bovine ligaments was dissolved in a mixture of 1,1,1,3,3,3-Hexafluoro-2-propanol and water were electrospun into fiber membranes under different processing conditions. Fiber mats of randomly and aligned fibers were obtained with fixed and rotating ground collectors and fibrils were composed by thin ribbons whose width depends on electrospinning conditions; fibrils with 721 nm up to 2.12 μm width were achieved. After cross-linking with glutaraldehyde, α-elastin can uptake as much as 1700 % of PBS solution and a slight increase on fiber thickness was observed. The glass transition temperature of electrospun fiber mats was found to occur at ˜80 °C. Moreover, α-Elastin showed to be a perfect elastomeric material, and no mechanical hysteresis was found in cycle mechanical measurements. The elastic modulus obtained for random and aligned fibers mats in a PBS solution was 330±10 kPa and 732±165 kPa, respectively. Finally, the electrospinning and cross-linking process does not inhibit MC-3T3-E1 cell adhesion. Cell culture results showed good cell adhesion and proliferation in the cross-linked elastin fiber mats.por
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work is funded by FEDER funds through the "Programa Operacional Factores de Competitividade-COMPETE" and by national funds arranged by FCT-Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia, project references NANO/NMed-SD/0156/2007, PTDC/CTM-NAN/112574/2009, and PEST-C/FIS/UI607/2011. The authors also thank funding from "Matepro-Optimizing Materials and Processes", ref. "NORTE-07-0124-FEDER-000037", cofunded by the "Programa Operacional Regional do Norte" (ON.2-O Novo Norte), under the "Quadro de Referencia Estrategico Nacional" (QREN), through the "Fundo Europeu de Desenvolvimento Regional" (FEDER). The authors also thank support from the COST Action MP1003, 2010 'European Scientific Network for Artificial Muscles'. VS, JP, JS, and DMC thank the FCT for the SFRH/BD/48708/2008, SFRH/BD/64901/2009, SFRH/BPD/64958/2009 and SFRH/BPD/63148/2009, and SFRH/BD/82411/2011 grants, respectively. JLGR acknowledges the support of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation through project No. MAT2010-21611-C03-01 (including the FEDER financial support). CIBER-BBN is an initiative funded by the VI National R&D&i Plan 2008-2011, Iniciativa Ingenio 2010, Consolider Program, CIBER Actions and financed by the Instituto de Salud Carlos III with assistance from the European Regional Development Fund.por
dc.publisherSpringer Verlagpor
dc.titleProcessing and characterization of alpha-elastin electrospun membranespor
dc.subject.wosScience & Technologypor
sdum.journalApplied Physics A: Materials Science and Processingpor
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