The development of an in vitro 3D model for the growth of the nasal mucosa cells can improve the therapy and the study of pathological states for subjects with chronic airway conditions. We have previously characterized a system consisting of a scaffold with an internal channel and a perfusion bioreactor with two independent flows provided by an external and an internal circuit, respectively. In this paper, this system was designed as a model of the nasal cavity, in which cells, grown on the inner surface of the scaffold channel, would be in contact at the same time with both culture medium, supplied by the external circuit, and air, provided with the internal flow. To ensure adequate nutrient supply to the cells in the scaffold channel, the radial diffusion of the culture medium through the porous matrix was evaluated first in qualitative and, then, in quantitative terms, demonstrating the capability of the system to control the value and direction of this flux. As a preliminary study, the culture of epithelial cells in the scaffold channel is also discussed in static, maintaining the air–liquid interface condition for up to 3 weeks. Despite minor abnormalities, such as a gap between cell layers and some detachments from the scaffold, the scaffold ensured cell survival and growth during the experimental time.
|Numero di pagine||6|
|Rivista||Biotechnology and Bioengineering|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2022|
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