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Incorporation of Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid to Enhance the Bioactivity of Fibrin-Based Hydrogels for Nucleus Pulposus Regeneration

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Trinity Centre for Bioengineering, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Trinity College Dublin, 2 Dublin, Ireland
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School of Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, 2 Dublin, Ireland
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Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research (AMBER) Centre, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland & Trinity College Dublin, 2 Dublin, Ireland
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J. Funct. Biomater. 2018, 9(3), 43; https://doi.org/10.3390/jfb9030043
Received: 30 May 2018 / Revised: 3 July 2018 / Accepted: 4 July 2018 / Published: 10 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biomaterials for Spinal Applications)
Hydrogels, such as fibrin, offer a promising delivery vehicle to introduce cells into the intervertebral disc (IVD) to regenerate damaged disc tissue as a potential treatment for low back pain. However, fibrin lacks key extracellular matrix (ECM) components, such as collagen (Col) and hyaluronan (HA), normally found in native nucleus pulposus (NP) tissue. The overall aim of this work was to create a fibrin-based hydrogel, by incorporating Col and HA into the matrix to enhance NP-like matrix accumulation using articular chondrocytes (CC). Firstly, we assessed the effect of fibrin concentrations on hydrogel stability, and the viability and proliferation kinetics of articular chondrocytes. Secondly, we investigated the effect of incorporating Col and HA to enhance NP-like matrix accumulation, and finally, examined the influence of various HA concentrations. Results showed that increasing fibrin concentration enhanced cell viability and proliferation. Interestingly, incorporation of HA promoted sGAG accumulation and tended to suppress collagen formation at higher concentrations. Taken together, these results suggest that incorporation of ECM components can enhance the bioactivity of fibrin-based hydrogels, which may help advance the clinical potential of commercial cell and biomaterial ventures in the treatment of IVD regeneration. View Full-Text
Keywords: fibrin; hydrogel; collagen; hyaluronan; intervertebral disc; nucleus pulposus; chondrocytes fibrin; hydrogel; collagen; hyaluronan; intervertebral disc; nucleus pulposus; chondrocytes
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Gansau, J.; Buckley, C.T. Incorporation of Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid to Enhance the Bioactivity of Fibrin-Based Hydrogels for Nucleus Pulposus Regeneration. J. Funct. Biomater. 2018, 9, 43.

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