Effect of keratin/PLGA hybrid scaffold for chondrogenesis: In vitro test

Hyun Hye Hong, Soon Hee Kim, A. Young Oh, Na Ri Jeon, Su Hyun Jung, Sang Jin Lee, Mark Van Dyke, James J. Yoo, Youngsook Son, John M. Rhee, Gilson Khang

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Synthetic and naturally derived biodegradable polymers have been widely used to construct scaffolds for cartilage tissue engineering. We developed the keratin loaded poly(L-lactide-co-glycolide)(PLGA) scaffolds(kera-tin/PLGA) to utilize as highly functional scaffolds for tissue engineering by improving hydrophobicity and cell compatibility of the polymer scaffolds. Keratin as natural protein is the major structural fibrous protein providing outer covering such as wool, hair, and nail. Keratin/PLGA scaffolds were prepared by casting/salt leaching method. Cell proliferation activity was measured via MTT assay. Scaffold mechanical strength, histology, gene expression, sul-phated-glycosaminoglycan(sGAG) and collagen contents analyses were performed to elucidate in vitro cartilage development and the deposition of cartilage-specific extracellular matrices. We concluded in vitro chondrogenesis of articular chondrocytes was improved in PLGA scaffolds containing keratin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)861-868
Number of pages8
JournalTissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Issue number4-6
StatePublished - Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Cartilage
  • In vitro regeneration
  • Keratin/PLGA scaffold
  • Mechanical strength

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Biomedical Engineering


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