Fabrication of cell penetration enhanced poly (l-lactic acid-co-e-caprolactone)/silk vascular scaffolds utilizing air-impedance electrospinning


In the vascular prosthetic field, the prevailing thought is that for clinical, long-term success, especially bioresorbable grafts, cellular migration and penetration into the prosthetic structure is required to promote neointima formation and vascular wall development. In this study, we fabricated poly (l-lactic acid- co-e-caprolactone) P(LLA-CL)/silk fibroin (SF) vascular scaffolds through electrospinning using both perforated mandrel subjected to various intraluminal air pressures (0-300. kPa), and solid mandrel. The scaffolds were evaluated the cellular infiltration in vitro and mechanical properties. Vascular scaffolds were seeded with smooth muscle cells (SMCs) to evaluate cellular infiltration at 1, 7, and 14 days. The results revealed that air-impedance scaffolds allowed significantly more cell infiltration as compared to the scaffolds fabricated with solid mandrel. Meanwhile, results showed that both mandrel model and applied air pressure determined the interfiber distance and the alignment of fibers in the enhanced porosity regions of the structure which influenced cell infiltration. Uniaxial tensile testing indicated that the air-impedance scaffolds have sufficient ultimate strength, suture retention strength, and burst pressure as well as compliance approximating a native artery. In conclusion, the air-impedance scaffolds improved cellular infiltration without compromising overall biomechanical properties. These results support the scaffold's potential for vascular grafting and in situ regeneration. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.

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Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces