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Title: Alternative starch based biomaterials as scaffolds for tissue engineering
Keywords: starch, biomaterials, tissue engineering, tissue scaffolds, cassava
Issue Date: 3-Oct-2006
Citation: LIM CHENG PUAY (2006-10-03). Alternative starch based biomaterials as scaffolds for tissue engineering. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Starch, being one of the most abundant polymer in the world, has a wide range of applications in food, textile, paper, pharmaceuticals, bioplastics and recently as a biomaterial for tissue engineering. Previous studies using corn starch as a biomaterial yielded promising results. A water stable starch film was prepared using a modified extrusion method. This method was achieved through the combined plasticizing effects of water and glycerol. As such the films could cast at temperatures about 70oC lower than standard extrusion procedures. Films cast using cassava, sago and sweet potato starches were water stable and remained intact even after 2 weeks of immersion in sterile phosphate solutions. In addition, the starch films were able to support chondrocyte cells growth for up to 3 days.
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