Partner: B. Lukomska

Recent publications
1.Niemczyk-Soczyńska B., Gradys A., Kołbuk D., Krzton-Maziopa A., Rogujski P., Stanaszek L., Lukomska B., Sajkiewicz P., A methylcellulose/agarose hydrogel as an innovative scaffold for tissue engineering, RSC Advances, ISSN: 2046-2069, DOI: 10.1039/D2RA04841H, Vol.12, No.41, pp.26882-26894, 2022

In situ crosslinked materials are the main interests of both scientific and industrial research. Methylcellulose (MC) aqueous solution is one of the representatives that belongs to this family of thermosensitive materials. At room temperature, MC is a liquid whereupon during temperature increase up to 37 °C, it crosslinks physically and turns into a hydrogel. This feature makes it unique, especially for tissue engineering applications. However, the crosslinking rate of MC alone is relatively slow considering tissue engineering expectations. According to these expectations, the crosslinking should take place slowly enough to allow for complete injection and fill the injury avoiding clogging in the needle, and simultanously, it should be sufficiently fast to prevent it from relocation from the lesion. One of the methods to overcome this problem is MC blending with another substance that increases the crosslinking rate of MC. In these studies, we used agarose (AGR). These studies aim to investigate the effect of different AGR amounts on MC crosslinking kinetics, and thermal, viscoelastic, and biological properties. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) measurements proved that AGR addition accelerates the beginning of MC crosslinking. This phenomenon resulted from AGR's greater affinity to water, which is crucial in this particular crosslinking part. In vitro tests, carried out using the L929 fibroblast line and mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), confirmed that most of the hydrogel samples were non-cytotoxic in contact with extracts and directly with cells. Not only does this type of thermosensitive hydrogel system provide excellent mechanical and biological cues but also its stimuli-responsive character provides more novel functionalities for designing innovative scaffold/cell delivery systems for tissue engineering applications.

Niemczyk-Soczyńska B.-IPPT PAN
Gradys A.-IPPT PAN
Kołbuk D.-IPPT PAN
Krzton-Maziopa A.-Warsaw University of Technology (PL)
Rogujski P.-other affiliation
Stanaszek L.-other affiliation
Lukomska B.-other affiliation
Sajkiewicz P.-IPPT PAN