This work describes for the first time the fabrication and characterization of multicomponent interpenetrating networks composed of collagen I, hyaluronic acid, and poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate for the 3D culture of human neural stem cells, astrocytes, and microglia. The chemical composition of the scaffolds can be modulated while maintaining values of complex moduli within the range of the mechanical performance of brain tissue (∼6.9 kPa) and having cell viability exceeding 84%. The developed scaffolds are a promising new family of biomaterials that can potentially serve as 3D in vitro models for studying the physiology and physiopathology of the central nervous system.
American Chemical Society
Van Drunen, R., Jimenez-Vergara, A. C., Tsai, E. H., Tchen, R., Cagle, T., Agee, A. B., . . . Munoz-Pinto, D. J. (2019). Collagen Based Multicomponent Interpenetrating Networks as Promising Scaffolds for 3D Culture of Human Neural Stem Cells, Human Astrocytes, and Human Microglia. ACS Applied Bio Materials, 2(3), 975-980. doi:10.1021/acsabm.8b00783