In this work, the possibility to produce composite Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA)/Hydroxyapatite (HA) porous scaffolds via Thermally Induced Phase Separation (TIPS) for bone tissue engineering applications was investigated. Several PLLA/HA wt/wt ratios (95/5, 90/10, 70/30, 50/50, 34/66) were tested and the as-obtained scaffolds were characterized via Scanning Electron Microscopy, Wide Angle X-Ray Diffraction, Thermogravimetric analysis, Gas Pycnometry, Differential Scanning Calorimetry and mechanical compression test. Morphological analysis revealed an open structure with interconnected pores and HA particles embedded in the polymer matrix. Finally, cell cultures were carried out into the composite scaffolds in order to evaluate the effect of HA on the proliferation and differentiation of osteoblastic cells, showing a higher alkaline phosphatase activity on composite scaffolds compared to neat PLLA ones.
|Numero di pagine||9|
|Rivista||International Journal of Biological Macromolecules|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2018|
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