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|Title:||Fabrication of highly oriented cylindrical polyacrylonitrile, poly(Lactide-co-glycolide), polycaprolactone and poly(vinyl acetate) nanofibers for vascular graft applications||Authors:||Malik, S
|Issue Date:||1-Jul-2021||Publisher:||MDPI AG||Citation:||Malik, S, Sundarrajan, S, Hussain, T, Nazir, A, Ramakrishna, S (2021-07-01). Fabrication of highly oriented cylindrical polyacrylonitrile, poly(Lactide-co-glycolide), polycaprolactone and poly(vinyl acetate) nanofibers for vascular graft applications. Polymers 13 (13) : 2075-2075. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13132075||Abstract:||Small-diameter vascular grafts fabricated from synthetic polymers have found limited applications so far in vascular surgeries, owing to their poor mechanical properties. In this study, cylindrical nanofibrous structures of highly oriented nanofibers made from polyacrylonitrile, poly (lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA), polycaprolactone (PCL) and poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) were investigated. Cylindrical collectors with alternate conductive and non-conductive segments were used to obtain highly oriented nanofibrous structures at the same time with better mechanical properties. The surface morphology (orientation), mechanical properties and suture retention of the nanofibrous structures were characterized using SEM, mechanical tester and universal testing machine, respectively. The PLGA nanofibrous cylindrical structure exhibited excellent properties (tensile strength of 9.1 ± 0.6 MPa, suture retention strength of 27N and burst pressure of 350 ± 50 mmHg) when compared to other polymers. Moreover, the PLGA grafts showed good porosity and elongation values, that could be potentially used for vascular graft applications. The combination of PLGA nanofibers with extracellular vesicles (EVs) will be explored as a potential vascular graft in future.||Source Title:||Polymers||URI:||https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/194855||ISSN:||20734360
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