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Microgel-functionalised fibres with pH-optimised degradation behaviour - A promising approach for short-term medical applications

: Fehér, K.; Romstadt, T.; Böhm, C.A.; Kolkenbrock, M.; Blau, M.F.; Kuehlwetter, J.; Molano Lopez, A.C.; Pich, A.; Hannen, J.; Bürgermeister, L.; Schaaps, N.; Vogt, F.; Gries, T.; Jockenhövel, S.


Bionanomaterials 16 (2015), No.4, pp.259-264
ISSN: 2193-0651
ISSN: 2193-066X
Journal Article
Fraunhofer ILT ()

Resorbable polymers have been established for several decades in biomedical applications. The most frequently used resorbable polymers are still the aliphatic polyesters polylactides (PLA), polyglycolid (PGA) and polycaprolactone (PCL) homo- and copolymers. However, inherent pH dropping during degradation of some biomaterials may provoke inflammation and, thus, hamper the healing process. In this study we investigate the manufacturing method of microgel functionalised PLA Fibres in a dry-spinning process and the buffering effect of the poly(N-vinylcaprolactam-co-acetoacetoxyethyl methacrylate) vinylimidazole (VCL/AAEM/Vlm) microgels during the degradation of the fibres. Furthermore we examine the biocompatibility of the produced fibres and established a mathematical model to describe and analyse the pH level in the vicinity of the PLA fibre.