Dr. Yukiko Matsunaga's research group has developed a new type of gel scaffold for cell culture. They found that blended naturally-derived polymers form a 3D network structure in aqueous solution under appropriate conditions. The 3D polymer network was transformed into bundled gel fibers after being injected into a microfluidic device and applied flow. The resulting bundled gel fiber enabled the alignment of cultured cells along the fibers, showing promising potential for use in muscle and nerve tissue formation as a cell culture scaffold.
Journal Title : Biomaterials Science. Vol. 4, Issue 8, Jul 19, 2016
Article Title : Multiwalled carbon nanotube reinforced biomimetic bundled gel fibres
Author(s) : Young-Jin Kim, Seiichiro Yamamoto, Haruko Takahashi, Naruo Sasaki and Yukiko T. Matsunaga
Abstract URL (PubMed) : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Multiwalled+carbon+nanotube+reinforced+biomimetic+bundled+gel+fibres
Journal web page : http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2016/bm/c6bm00292g#!divAbstract