Modeling tissue growth within nonwoven scaffolds pores

Sharon L. Edwards, Jeffrey S Church, David L J Alexander, Stephen J. Russell, Eileen Ingham, John Alan Maurice Ramshaw, Jerome A. Werkmeister

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In this study we present a novel approach for predicting tissue growth within the pores of fibrous tissue engineering scaffolds. Thin nonwoven polyethylene terephthalate scaffolds were prepared to characterize tissue growth within scaffold pores, by mouse NR6 fibroblast cells. On the basis of measurements of tissue lengths at fiber crossovers and along fiber segments, mathematical models were determined during the proliferative phase of cell growth. Tissue growth at fiber crossovers decreased with increasing interfiber angle, with exponential relationships determined on day 6 and 10 of culture. Analysis of tissue growth along fiber segments determined two growth profiles, one with enhanced growth as a result of increased tissue lengths near the fiber crossover, achieved in the latter stage of culture. Derived mathematical models were used in the development of a software program to visualize predicted tissue growth within a pore. This study identifies key pore parameters that contribute toward tissue growth, and suggests models for predicting this growth, based on fibroblast cells. Such models may be used in aiding scaffold design, for optimum pore infiltration during the tissue engineering process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-130
Number of pages8
JournalTissue Engineering Part C: Methods
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Edwards, S. L., Church, J. S., Alexander, D. L. J., Russell, S. J., Ingham, E., Ramshaw, J. A. M., & Werkmeister, J. A. (2011). Modeling tissue growth within nonwoven scaffolds pores. Tissue Engineering Part C: Methods, 17(2), 123-130.