Novel three-dimensional cocoon-like hydrogels for soft tissue regeneration

last updated: 2013-11-05
TitleNovel three-dimensional cocoon-like hydrogels for soft tissue regeneration
Publication TypePapers in Scientific Journals
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsRecouvreux D. O. S., Rambo C. R., Berti F. V., Carminatti C. A., Antônio R. V., and Porto L. M.

Large three-dimensional hydrogels (N150 cm3) of bacterial cellulose (BC) were synthesized by using Gluconacetobacter hansenii ATCC 23769 under controlled agitated culture conditions. The macroscopic cocoon-like structures are gelatinous and translucent and may find applications in several areas, particularly in tissue and organ engineering. Internal microstructure was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), which revealed that the cocoons are composed of cellulosic nanofibres randomly and three-dimensionally dispersed. The macroscopic bodies are delimited by a dense semi-permeable membrane with thickness between 0.2 and 2 mm, also composed of cellulosic nanofibres. Endothelial cells were seeded on the hydrogels and incubated for 7 days. HUVECs grew and migrated into the inner part of the structure. The three-dimensional BC hydrogel structures can be directly implanted in tissue deficient regions as scaffolds containing the appropriate cultured cells.

JournalMaterials Science and Engineering C
Date Published2011-08-13
Keywords3D-hydrogels Bacterial cellulose, Endothelial cells., Nanofibrous network
Peer reviewedyes

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