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Alginate-chitosan PEC scaffolds: A useful tool for soft tissues cell therapy

Bushkalova, Raya and Farno, Maylis and Tenailleau, Christophe and Duployer, Benjamin and Cussac, Daniel and Parini, Angelo and Sallerin, Brigitte and Girod-Fullana, Sophie Alginate-chitosan PEC scaffolds: A useful tool for soft tissues cell therapy. (2019) International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 571. 1-13. ISSN 0378-5173

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpharm.2019.118692


In this study we evaluate macroporous scaffolds made of alginate-chitosan polyelectrolyte complexes (PEC) as tools to optimize the results of soft tissues cell therapy. Cell therapy using mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) has become attractive for tissue repair and regeneration in a number of acute and chronic injuries. Unfortunately their low retention and/or survival after injection limit their beneficial effects. A biomaterial-assisted implantation, providing cells a three-dimensional (3D) microenvironment is a promising strategy. To this purpose, we designed a family of PEC scaffolds, and studied if they could meet the requirement of such application. Xray tomography showed that all PEC scaffolds present an interconnected macroporosity, and both rheology and tensile measurements reveal optimized mechanical properties (higher storage moduli and Young moduli) compared to alginate reference scaffolds. In vitro assays demonstrated their ability to allow MSC retention (higher than 90%), long-term viability and FGF2 secretion. Then, we used a skeletal muscle implantation model to assess the biological response to scaffolds graft, and showed that they support in vivo vascular formation within the implant-derived tissue. The combination of alginate/chitosan PEC scaffolds architecture and angiogenic potential make them appear as interesting tools to optimize MSC therapy results in soft tissues.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-02436982
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale - INSERM (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse - CHU Toulouse (FRANCE)
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Deposited On:13 Jan 2020 13:57

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