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Title: Preliminary study of a polycaprolactone membrane utilized as epidermal substrate
Authors: Khor, H.L. 
Ng, K.W. 
Htay, A.S.
Schantz, J.-T. 
Teoh, S.H. 
Hutmacher, D.W. 
Issue Date: 1-Feb-2003
Citation: Khor, H.L., Ng, K.W., Htay, A.S., Schantz, J.-T., Teoh, S.H., Hutmacher, D.W. (2003-02-01). Preliminary study of a polycaprolactone membrane utilized as epidermal substrate. Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine 14 (2) : 113-120. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Solvent-cast sheets of polycaprolactone were biaxially stretched to produce 10-15 μm thick films. PCL films were found to have a tensile strength of 55 MPa which is about two and a half times stronger than native skin. One of our previous studies using non-coated PCL membranes showed that only 36% of the membrane surface was covered with keratinocytes after 9 days of culture. The present study examined the effects of coating the surface of PCL membranes with fibrin on the proliferation of keratinocytes. Qualitative analysis revealed that the cells attached and proliferated better on coated PCL films. Keratinocytes exhibited healthy cobblestone morphology and proliferated as continuous monolayers over a period of 16 days. The results indicated that fibrin coated PCL films would support the attachment and proliferation of human keratinocytes and have the potential to be applied as a matrix material for tissue engineering an epidermal equivalent. © 2003 Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Source Title: Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine
ISSN: 09574530
DOI: 10.1023/A:1022059511261
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