Novel P(3HB) Composite Films Containing Bioactive Glass Nanoparticles for Wound Healing Applications

Francis, L., Meng, D., Locke, I.C., Knowles, J.C., Mordan, N., Salih, V., Boccaccini, A.R. and Roy, I. (2016) Novel P(3HB) Composite Films Containing Bioactive Glass Nanoparticles for Wound Healing Applications. Polymer International, 65 (6). pp. 661-674. ISSN 0959-8103

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Bioactive glass (BG) is considered an ideal material for haemostasis as it releases Ca2+ ions upon hydration, which is required to support thrombosis. In this study the effect of the presence of the BG nanoparticles in P(3HB) microsphere films on the structural properties, thermal properties and biocompatibility of the films were studied. The nanoscaled bioactive glass with a high surface area was also tested for its in vitro haemostatic efficacy and was found to be able to successfully reduce the clot detection time. In an effort to study the effect of the roughness induced by the formation of HA on the cellular functions such as cell adhesion, cell mobility and cell differentiation, the composite films were immersed in SBF for a period of 1, 3 and 7 days. From the SEM images the surface of the P(3HB)/n-BG composite microsphere films appeared fairly uniform and smooth on day 1, however on day 3 and day 7 a rough and uneven surface was observed. The presence of HA on the composite microsphere films on day 3 and day 7 influenced the surface roughness of the films. However, when the P(3HB)/n-BG composite microspheres with enhanced surface roughness were tested for biocompatibility, reduced amount of protein adsorption and cell adhesion were observed. This study thus revealed that there is an optimal surface roughness for the P(3HB) microsphere films for increased cell adhesion, beyond which it could be deleterious for cell adhesion and differentiation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: n-BG, P(3HB) microspheres, n-BG/P(3HB) composite films, bioactive glass, surface roughness, cell response, wound healing.;
Subjects: University of Westminster > Science and Technology
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Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2016 11:13
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2017 22:02

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