A crimp-like microarchitecture improves tissue production in fibrous ligament scaffolds in response to mechanical stimuli

Denver C Surrao, Jackie C Y Fan, Stephen D Waldman, Brian G Amsden

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The aim of this study was to determine the influence of a crimp-like microarchitecture within electrospun polymer scaffolds on fibroblast extracellular matrix (ECM) production when cultured under dynamic conditions. Electrospun poly(L-lactide-co-D,L-lactide) scaffolds possessing a wave pattern similar to collagen crimp (amplitude: 5 μm and wavelength: 46 μm) were seeded with bovine fibroblasts and mechanically stimulated under dynamic uniaxial tension. The effect of strain amplitude (5%, 10% and 20%) was investigated in a short-term stimulation study. The 10% strain amplitude in the stimulated crimp-like fibre scaffold increased only collagen synthesis, while the 20% strain amplitude increased both collagen and sulphated proteoglycan synthesis compared to stimulated uncrimped (straight) fibre scaffolds and unloaded controls (crimp-like static fibre scaffolds). Alternatively, mechanical stimulation of fibroblasts seeded on uncrimped fibre scaffolds induced significant fibroblast proliferation compared to the stimulated crimp-like fibre scaffolds and no-load controls. Long-term, dynamic mechanical stimulation of fibroblasts seeded on crimp-like fibre scaffolds at 10% strain amplitude resulted in significantly up-regulated collagen accumulation and down-regulated sulphated proteoglycan accumulation. Additionally, the fibroblasts seeded on dynamically stimulated crimp-like fibre scaffolds appeared to form bundles that resembled fascicles, a characteristic hierarchical feature of the native ligament. Our findings demonstrate that fibroblasts seeded on crimp-like fibrous scaffolds respond more favourably (increased ECM synthesis and fascicle formation) to dynamic mechanical loading compared to those grown on scaffolds containing uncrimped (straight) fibres.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3704-13
Number of pages10
JournalActa Biomaterialia
Volume8
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Surrao, Denver C ; Fan, Jackie C Y ; Waldman, Stephen D ; Amsden, Brian G. / A crimp-like microarchitecture improves tissue production in fibrous ligament scaffolds in response to mechanical stimuli. In: Acta Biomaterialia. 2012 ; Vol. 8, No. 10. pp. 3704-13.
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A crimp-like microarchitecture improves tissue production in fibrous ligament scaffolds in response to mechanical stimuli. / Surrao, Denver C; Fan, Jackie C Y; Waldman, Stephen D; Amsden, Brian G.

In: Acta Biomaterialia, Vol. 8, No. 10, 10.2012, p. 3704-13.

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