Development and Application of Polymer Scaffolds, 2nd Volume

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Polymer Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 1154

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Guangxi Key Laboratory of Manufacturing System and Advanced Manufacturing Technology, School of Mechanical Engineering, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004, China
Interests: polymer scaffolds; additive manufacturing; tissue engineering; biomaterials; nanocomposites; functional materials; biological properties; mechanical properties; degradation properties; drug release
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Guangxi Key Laboratory of Manufacturing System and Advanced Manufacturing Technology, School of Mechanical Engineering, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004, China
Interests: microfluidic and biochips; MEMS (microelectro-mechanical systems); microsensors; micro-nano machining; precision manufacturing; biological manufacturing; biomedical instruments; environmental monitorin
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College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, China
Interests: 3D/4D printing; biofabrication; shape memory; bone scaffold; biomaterials; function materials; polymers; nanocomposites
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School of Mechanical Engineering, Guangxi University, Nanning, China
Interests: intelligent manufacturing; additive manufacturing; 3D/4D printing; laser manufacturing; biomanufacturing; flexible electronics; bionic robot; intelligent monitoring and control
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

I am honored to accept the invitation of the Polymers Editorial Office to act as a Guest Editor for a new Special Issue, "Development and Application of Polymer Scaffolds, 2nd Volume".

Polymers and their composites have become the most widely used biomaterials in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine due to their biocompatibility, adjustable physical, chemical, and biological properties, good processing performance, etc. Their uses include tissue engineering scaffolds, wound dressings, vascular stents, nerve guidance conduits, drug release carriers, etc. Their material forms include scaffolds, hydrogels, fibers, microspheres, etc. The preparation technology involved in their production includes traditional preparation process and additive manufacturing technology or their combination.

This Special Issue aims to highlight research progress on polymers and their composites, especially in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, including but not limited to the following aspects: material and structure design, functionalization, preparation, characterization, performance evaluation, and biomedical application.

We sincerely invite you to submit your paper to this Special Issue and are looking forward to sharing your outstanding work with peers around the world.

Dr. Wang Guo
Prof. Dr. Hui You
Dr. Pei Feng
Prof. Dr. Yu Long
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • polymer-based biomaterials
  • tissue engineering
  • additive manufacturing
  • 3D Printing
  • 4D Printing
  • bioprinting
  • cell printing
  • organ and organoid printing
  • biomimetic materials and structures

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Improved Recovery of Complete Spinal Cord Transection by a Plasma-Modified Fibrillar Scaffold
by Diana Osorio-Londoño, Yessica Heras-Romero, Luis B. Tovar-y-Romo, Roberto Olayo-González and Axayácatl Morales-Guadarrama
Polymers 2024, 16(8), 1133; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym16081133 - 18 Apr 2024
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Complete spinal cord injury causes an irreversible disruption in the central nervous system, leading to motor, sensory, and autonomic function loss, and a secondary injury that constitutes a physical barrier preventing tissue repair. Tissue engineering scaffolds are presented as a permissive platform for [...] Read more.
Complete spinal cord injury causes an irreversible disruption in the central nervous system, leading to motor, sensory, and autonomic function loss, and a secondary injury that constitutes a physical barrier preventing tissue repair. Tissue engineering scaffolds are presented as a permissive platform for cell migration and the reconnection of spared tissue. Iodine-doped plasma pyrrole polymer (pPPy-I), a neuroprotective material, was applied to polylactic acid (PLA) fibers and implanted in a rat complete spinal cord transection injury model to evaluate whether the resulting composite implants provided structural and functional recovery, using magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, diffusion tensor imaging and tractography, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, locomotion analysis, histology, and immunofluorescence. In vivo, MR studies evidenced a tissue response to the implant, demonstrating that the fibrillar composite scaffold moderated the structural effects of secondary damage by providing mechanical stability to the lesion core, tissue reconstruction, and significant motor recovery. Histologic analyses demonstrated that the composite scaffold provided a permissive environment for cell attachment and neural tissue guidance over the fibers, reducing cyst formation. These results supply evidence that pPPy-I enhanced the properties of PLA fibrillar scaffolds as a promising treatment for spinal cord injury recovery. Full article
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