Polymeric scaffolds that support neural cell behaviors are attracting more attention. In the present study, solid–liquid phase separation technique is used to fabricate scaffolds made of poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA) and chitosan (CS) blends to mimic both cellular microenvironment and anatomical structure of nerve tissue. The fabricated scaffolds favor characteristics of both natural and synthetic polymers. Different tests and assays including physical and mechanical ones (in vitro degradation rate, free radical release, hydrophilicity, and porosity measurements, microstructure observation, and mechanical tests) and cellular assays (cell attachment measurement and viability assessment) suggest that blend scaffolds prepared with this method support nerve cells for tissue engineering applications adequately and even better than scaffolds prepared with the same method but from pure PLLA or CS.
*Department of Tissue Engineering
†Tissue Engineering and Stem Cell Research Center, Shahroud University of Medical Sciences, Shahroud
‡Department of Tissue Engineering and Cell Therapy, School of Advanced Technologies in Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences
§Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences
||Dental Reseach Center, Research Institute of Dental Sciences, School of Dentistry, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
Address correspondence and reprint requests to Farshid Bastami, DDS, Dental Research Center, Research Institute of Dental Sciences, School of Dentistry, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran 1983963113, Iran; E-mail: email@example.com
Received 2 January, 2018
Accepted 10 January, 2019
The authors report no conflicts of interest.
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