Supplementation of fibrin gels with sodium chloride enhances physical properties and ensuing osteogenic response

H. E. Davis, S. L. Miller, E. M. Case, Jonathan K Leach

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Abstract

Modifying the relative concentrations of fibrinogen and thrombin can control the physical properties of fibrin gels, while the viability of associated cells has been linked to the gel's final network structure. It was hypothesized that increasing the gel ionic strength during fabrication through supplementation with sodium chloride (NaCl) would provide an improved approach for tailoring the physical properties of fibrin gels and maintaining the viability and osteogenic potential of entrapped cells. Fibrin gels were formed by mixing fibrinogen, thrombin and calcium chloride with varying masses of NaCl (0-4.40% w/v), and the osteogenic potential of entrapped human mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) was examined over 14 days. Physical properties including gelation time, compressive modulus and fiber diameter were dependent upon NaCl content, with gels containing 2.60% NaCl possessing compressive moduli threefold higher than gels without NaCl. Alkaline phosphatase activity was highest for MSC entrapped in gels containing 2.15-2.60% NaCl after 14 days, and all gels exhibited increased calcium incorporation over the culture period. These data confirm that varying the salt concentration of the pre-gel solution can modulate the material properties of fibrin constructs without additional fibrinogen or thrombin, thereby offering a new approach for generating improved cell transplantation vehicles for use in bone tissue regeneration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)691-699
Number of pages9
JournalActa Biomaterialia
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2011

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Sodium chloride
Fibrin
Sodium Chloride
Gels
Physical properties
Thrombin
Fibrinogen
Stem cells
Mesenchymal Stromal Cells
Tissue regeneration
Calcium Chloride
Calcium chloride
Bone Regeneration
Cell Transplantation
Phosphatases
Gelation
Ionic strength
Osmolar Concentration
Alkaline Phosphatase
Calcium

Keywords

  • Fibrin
  • Hydrogel
  • Ionic strength
  • Mesenchymal stem cells
  • Osteogenesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology

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Supplementation of fibrin gels with sodium chloride enhances physical properties and ensuing osteogenic response. / Davis, H. E.; Miller, S. L.; Case, E. M.; Leach, Jonathan K.

In: Acta Biomaterialia, Vol. 7, No. 2, 02.2011, p. 691-699.

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Davis, H. E. ; Miller, S. L. ; Case, E. M. ; Leach, Jonathan K. / Supplementation of fibrin gels with sodium chloride enhances physical properties and ensuing osteogenic response. In: Acta Biomaterialia. 2011 ; Vol. 7, No. 2. pp. 691-699.
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