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Title: Modified dextran cross-linked electrospun gelatin nanofibres for biomedical applications
Authors: Jalaja, K
Kumar, PRA
Dey, T
Kundu, SC
James, NR
Keywords: Chemistry; Polymer Science
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: 114 ,;467-475
Abstract: Electrospun gelatin nanofibres attract attention of bioengineering arena because of its excellent biocompatibility and structural resemblance with native extracellular matrix. In this study, we have developed gelatin nanofibres using an innovative cross-linking approach to minimize cytotoxic effects. Gelatin was dissolved in water:acetic acid (8:2, v/v) solution and electrospun to form nanofibres with diameter in the range of 156 +/- 30 nm. The nanofibres were cross-linked with a modified polysaccharide, namely, dextran aldehyde (DA). Cross-linking with DA could be achieved without compromising the fibrous architecture. DA cross-linked gelatin nanofibres maintained the fibrous morphology in aqueous medium. These mats exhibit improved mechanical properties and gradual degradation behaviour. The nanofibres were evaluated for cytotoxicity, cell adhesion, viability, morphology and proliferation using L-929 fibroblast cells. The results confirmed that DA cross-linked mats were non cytotoxic towards L-929 cells with good cell adhesion, spreading and proliferation. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
URI: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2014.08.023
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