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Mar. Drugs, Volume 16, Issue 4 (April 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) The current study elaborates on unique collagen fibers derived from Sarcophyton octocorals, their [...] Read more. The current study elaborates on unique collagen fibers derived from Sarcophyton octocorals, their structure and biocompatibility in an in vitro model, suggesting that they are highly appropriate for a variety of biomedical applications. The in vitro results are promising for these fibers to serve as a scaffold that can be adapted for tissue regeneration and to support healing processes. The fibers can cope with the challenge to develop grafts for tissue regeneration that lies in the need to have a scaffold being able promote cell growth to form new tissue in a trauma-damaged site. The collagen fibers provide scaffolds featuring compatible mechanical properties to support new tissues and to facilitate the desired physiological activity. The study used natural materials to develop a bio-composite, made of the Sarcophyton-derived collagen, while being embedded in alginate hydrogel. View this paper