Characterization of the gel-spun tubular scaffold for cardiovascular tissue engineering

Eunna Chung, Sang Heon Kim, Young Gun Ko, Jae Hyun Kwon, Jeong Woo Han, In Su Park, Sung Sik Han, Soo Hyun Kim

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A tubular and fibrous scaffold was fabricated from an elastic polymer, poly (L-lactide-co-e-caprolactone) (PLCL; Mn 193,813, Mw 538,623) 50:50 by using a novel gel spinning apparatus. To characterize the gel-spun scaffold, we investigated morphology, tensile property, tissue in-growth rate and degradation rate. From SEM images, fibrous structure in the scaffold wasn't fabricated well in the condition of 4% gel concentration. In general, the thickness level of microfibers increased as the gel concentration increased. In addition, the gel-spun scaffolds showed stronger tensile properties in the circumferential direction than the longitudinal direction. 5%, 7.5%, 10% and 12.5% scaffolds were analyzed in both directions: circumferential direction and longitudinal direction. On the other hand, the gel-spun scaffolds have been implanted in mouse to examine the degradation rate in vivo and tissue in-growth aspects, compared to extruded scaffolds. Both shows very similar degradation rates, but the aspect in tissue in-growth was different. In conclusion, gel-spun PLCL scaffolds have good characteristics as a plausible scaffold for cardiovascular tissue engineering.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-324
Number of pages4
JournalKey Engineering Materials
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Bone marrow-derived stem cells
  • Cardiovascular tissue engineering
  • Gel spinning fabrication
  • Poly(L-lactide-co-ε-caprolactone) (PLCL)
  • Vascular graft

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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