Properties of collagen/sodium alginate hydrogels for bioprinting of skin models

last updated: 2022-09-12
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TitleProperties of collagen/sodium alginate hydrogels for bioprinting of skin models
Publication TypePapers in Scientific Journals
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsTian Jiao Q. L., Lian W., Wang Y., Li D., Reis R. L., and Oliveira J. M.

3D printing technology has great potential for the reconstruction of human skin. However, the reconstructed skin has some differences from natural skin, largely because the hydrogel used does not have the appropriate biological and physical properties to allow healing and regeneration. This study examines the swelling, degradability, microstructure and biological properties of Collagen/Sodium Alginate (Col/SA) hydrogels of differing compositions for the purposes of skin printing. Increasing the content of sodium alginate causes the hydrogel to exhibit stronger mechanical and swelling properties, a faster degradation ratio, smaller pore size, and less favorable biological properties. An optimal 1% collagen hydrogel was used to print bi-layer skin in which fibroblasts and keratinocytes showed improved spreading and proliferation as compared to other developed formulations. The Col/SA hydrogels presented suitable tunability and properties to be used as a bioink for bioprinting of skin aiming at finding applications as 3D models for wound healing research.

JournalJournal Of Bionic Engineering
Date Published2022-09-07
KeywordsBioprinting, Collagen, skin models
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