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Increasing the Pore Size of Electrospun Scaffolds.
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PMID:  21815802     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Electrospinning has gained much attention in the past decade as an effective means of generating nano- to micro-scale polymer fibers that resemble native extracellular matrix. High porosity, pore interconnectivity, and large surface area to volume ratio of electrospun scaffolds make them highly conducive to cellular adhesion and growth. However, inherently small pores of electrospun scaffolds do not promote adequate cellular infiltration and tissue ingrowth. Cellular infiltration into the scaffold is essential for a range of tissue engineering applications and is particularly important in skin and musculoskeletal engineering. Pore size, porosity, and pore interconnectivity dictate the extent of cellular infiltration and tissue ingrowth into the scaffold; influence a range of cellular processes; and are crucial for diffusion of nutrients, metabolites, and waste products. A number of electrospinning techniques and postelectrospinning modifications have, therefore, been developed in order to increase the pore size of electrospun scaffolds. Diverse techniques ranging from simple variations in the electrospinning parameters to complex methodologies requiring highly specialized equipment have been explored and are described in this article.
Jelena Rnjak-Kovacina; Anthony S Weiss
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-8-4
Journal Detail:
Title:  Tissue engineering. Part B, Reviews     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1937-3376     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Aug 
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Created Date:  2011-8-5     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101466660     Medline TA:  Tissue Eng Part B Rev     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
School of Molecular Bioscience, University of Sydney , Sydney, New South Wales, Australia .
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