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Self-assembly/condensation interplay in nano-to-microfibrillar silicified fibrin hydrogels

Abstract : Fibrin-based gels are used in clinics as biological glues but their application as 3D cellularized scaffolds is hindered by processing and stability issues. Silicification of fibrin networks appears as a promising strategy not only to address these limitations but also to take advantage of the bioactivity of Si. However, it raises the question of the influence of silica sources on fibrin self-assembly. Here tetraethoxysilane, aminopropyltriethoxysilane and silica nanoparticles were used to design hybrid and nanocomposite fibrin-based hydrogels. By varying the concentration in silica source, we could evidence two regimes of interactions that depend on the extent of inorganic condensation. These interactions modulated the fibrillar structure of the fibrin network from more than 500 nm to less than 100 nm. These nanofibrillar hydrogels could exhibit higher mechanical properties than pure fibrin while preserving their capacity to support proliferation of myoblasts, opening promising perspectives for the use of fibrin-silica constructs in tissue engineering.
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Kun Wang, Kevin Albert, Gervaise Mosser, Bernard Haye, Aline Percot, et al.. Self-assembly/condensation interplay in nano-to-microfibrillar silicified fibrin hydrogels. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, Elsevier, 2020, 164, pp.1422-1431. ⟨10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2020.07.220⟩. ⟨hal-02924505⟩

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