Novel magnetic fibrin hydrogel scaffolds containing thrombin and growth factors conjugated iron oxide nanoparticles for tissue engineering

Ofra Ziv-Polat, Hadas Skaat, Abraham Shahar, Shlomo Margel

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Abstract

Novel tissue-engineered magnetic fibrin hydrogel scaffolds were prepared by the interaction of thrombin-conjugated iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles with fibrinogen. In addition, stabilization of basal fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) was achieved by the covalent and physical conjugation of the growth factor to the magnetic nanoparticles. Adult nasal olfactory mucosa (NOM) cells were seeded in the transparent fibrin scaffolds in the absence or presence of the free or conjugated bFGF-iron oxide nanoparticles. The conjugated bFGF enhanced significantly the growth and differentiation of the NOM cells in the fibrin scaffolds, compared to the same or even five times higher concentration of the free bFGF. In the presence of the bFGFconjugated magnetic nanoparticles, the cultured NOM cells proliferated and formed a threedimensional interconnected network composed mainly of tapered bipolar cells. The magnetic properties of these matrices are due to the integration of the thrombin- and bFGF-conjugated magnetic nanoparticles within the scaffolds. The magnetic properties of these scaffolds may be used in future work for various applications, such as magnetic resonance visualization of the scaffolds after implantation and reloading the scaffolds via magnetic forces with bioactive agents, eg, growth factors bound to the iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1259-1274
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Nanomedicine
Volume7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Bioactive nanoparticle
  • Fibrin scaffold
  • Fibroblast growth factor
  • Iron oxide nanoparticles
  • Magnetism
  • Thrombin
  • Tissue engineering

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