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Title: A study on the effect of UV crosslinking time on the degradation of 3D core-shell microspheres
Authors: Toh, E-Lynn
Keywords: Engineering::Materials
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Nanyang Technological University
Abstract: Development of natural protein-based fibrous scaffolds like gelatin methacryloyl (GelMA) with modifiable physical properties and biocompatibility is highly desirable to construct three-dimensional (3D), fully cellularized scffolds for wound healing[1]. The goal of this project is to study how GelMA with different degrees of substitution are able to form coreshell spheroids using co-axial electrospraying. The synthesis of GelMA spheroids was done according to a standard protocol, with varying degrees of substitution (DS). Mechanical properties of the GelMA like its viscosity and storage modulus were studied through the use of a rheometer for the different DS, while the study of porosity was done using SEM. The effect of different degrees of substitution of methacrylic anhydride (MAA) with the amine groups present in the gelatin powder at 50% and 96% were studied. Results revealed that DS96 GelMA had better mechanical properties, lower viscosity and a bigger pore size, and vice versa for DS50 GelMA. Next, another study was conducted to determine the relationship between the variations in crosslinking time under UV exposure of the coreshell spheroids and the degradation of these spheroids. The degradation of these spehroids will be monitored through taking images using BrightField Imaging via visual inspection and be determined by the percentage of spheroids remaining for each day, which will be conducted over a period of 7 days. It was found that, the longer the spheroids were crosslinked under UV, the longer the degradation time. To study the cell viability of the GelMA hydrogel, a live/dead assay test was done for all the samples. Results revealed that no cells were found dead for all the 5 samples tested.
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