Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-6041/3/3/034108
Title: Dynamics of in vitro polymer degradation of polycaprolactone-based scaffolds: Accelerated versus simulated physiological conditions
Authors: Lam, C.X.F. 
Savalani, M.M.
Teoh, S.-H. 
Hutmacher, D.W. 
Issue Date: 1-Sep-2008
Citation: Lam, C.X.F., Savalani, M.M., Teoh, S.-H., Hutmacher, D.W. (2008-09-01). Dynamics of in vitro polymer degradation of polycaprolactone-based scaffolds: Accelerated versus simulated physiological conditions. Biomedical Materials 3 (3) : -. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-6041/3/3/034108
Abstract: The increasing use of biodegradable devices in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine means it is essential to study and understand their degradation behaviour. Accelerated degradation systems aim to achieve similar degradation profiles within a shorter period of time, compared with standard conditions. However, these conditions only partially mimic the actual situation, and subsequent analyses and derived mechanisms must be treated with caution and should always be supported by actual long-term degradation data obtained under physiological conditions. Our studies revealed that polycaprolactone (PCL) and PCL-composite scaffolds degrade very differently under these different degradation conditions, whilst still undergoing hydrolysis. Molecular weight and mass loss results differ due to the different degradation pathways followed (surface degradation pathway for accelerated conditions and bulk degradation pathway for simulated physiological conditions). Crystallinity studies revealed similar patterns of recrystallization dynamics, and mechanical data indicated that the scaffolds retained their functional stability, in both instances, over the course of degradation. Ultimately, polymer degradation was shown to be chiefly governed by molecular weight, crystallinity susceptibility to hydrolysis and device architecture considerations whilst maintaining its thermodynamic equilibrium. © 2008 IOP Publishing Ltd.
Source Title: Biomedical Materials
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/60021
ISSN: 17486041
DOI: 10.1088/1748-6041/3/3/034108
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