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Layer-by-layer paper-stacking nanofibrous membranes to deliver adipose-derived stem cells for bone regeneration

Authors Wan W, Zhang S, Ge L, Li Q, Fang X, Yuan Q, Zhong W, Ouyang J, Xing M

Received 6 November 2014

Accepted for publication 7 December 2014

Published 12 February 2015 Volume 2015:10(1) Pages 1273—1290

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/IJN.S77118

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Thomas J Webster

Wenbing Wan,1–3,* Shiwen Zhang,2–4,* Liangpeng Ge,2,3,5 Qingtao Li,1 Xingxing Fang,1 Quan Yuan,4 Wen Zhong,6 Jun Ouyang,1 Malcolm Xing1,2,7

1Department of Anatomy, Guangdong Provincial Medical Biomechanical Key Laboratory, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada; 3Manitoba Institute of Child Health, Winnipeg, MB, Canada; 4Sichuan University, Chengdu, People’s Republic of China; 5Chongqing Academy of Animal Sciences, Chongqing, People’s Republic of China; 6Department of Textile Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada; 7Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Abstract: Bone tissue engineering through seeding of stem cells in three-dimensional scaffolds has greatly improved bone regeneration technology, which historically has been a constant challenge. In this study, we researched the use of adipose-derived stem cell (ADSC)-laden layer-by-layer paper-stacking polycaprolactone/gelatin electrospinning nanofibrous membranes for bone regeneration. Using this novel paper-stacking method makes oxygen distribution, nutrition, and waste transportation work more efficiently. ADSCs can also secrete multiple growth factors required for osteogenesis. After the characterization of ADSC surface markers CD29, CD90, and CD49d using flow cytometry, we seeded ADSCs on the membranes and found cells differentiated, with significant expression of the osteogenic-related proteins osteopontin, osteocalcin, and osteoprotegerin. During 4 weeks in vitro, the ADSCs cultured on the paper-stacking membranes in the osteogenic medium exhibited the highest osteogenic-related gene expressions. In vivo, the paper-stacking scaffolds were implanted into the rat calvarial defects (5 mm diameter, one defect per parietal bone) for 12 weeks. Investigating with microcomputer tomography, the ADSC-laden paper-stacking membranes showed the most significant bone reconstruction, and from a morphological perspective, this group occupied 90% of the surface area of the defect, produced the highest bone regeneration volume, and showed the highest bone mineral density of 823.06 mg/cm3. From hematoxylin and eosin and Masson staining, the new bone tissue was most evident in the ADSC-laden scaffold group. Using quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis from collected tissues, we found that the ADSC-laden paper-stacking membrane group presented the highest osteogenic-related gene expressions of osteocalcin, osteopontin, osteoprotegerin, bone sialoprotein, runt-related transcription factor 2, and osterix (two to three times higher than the control group, and 1.5 times higher than the paper-stacking membrane group in all the genes). It is proposed that ADSC-laden layer-by-layer paper-stacking scaffolds could be used as a way of promoting bone defect treatment.

Keywords: paper-stacking, layer-by-layer membrane, bone regeneration, adipose-derived stem cells, calvarial defect

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