Chitosan-Based Bilayer Hydroxyapatite Nanorod Composite Scaffolds for Osteochondral Regeneration
Swanson, Shawn Allen
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Osteochondral defects involve injury to bone and cartilage. As articular cartilage is worn down, bone in the joint begins to rub together, causing bone spurs. This is known as osteoarthritis, and is a common issue among the aging population. This problem presents an interesting opportunity for tissue engineering. Tissue engineering is an approach to treatment of tissue defects where synthetic, three dimensional (3-D) scaffolds are implanted in a defect to facilitate healing. The osteochondral scaffold consists of two regions in the form of a bilayer scaffold- one to mimic bone with osteoconductive properties, and one to mimic cartilage with biomimetic properties. One approach to improving the osteoconductivity of tissue engineering scaffolds is the addition of hydroxyapatite (HAp), the main mineral phase in bone. HAp with nanorod morphology is desirable because it is biomimetic for the calcium phosphate found in bone. Incorporating HAp nanorods in bone tissue engineering scaffolds to form a composite material may increase scaffold osteoconductivity. The cartilage scaffold is fabricated from chitosan and hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a known component of cartilage and thus is biomimetic. The bilayer scaffolds were seeded with osteoblast-like MG-63 cells to investigate cell migration and were evaluated with Alamar Blue proliferation assay. The cells successfully migrated to the bone region of the scaffold, indicating that the bilayer scaffold provides a promising osteochondral scaffold.