Hydrogels are a class of materials that has the property of injectability and gel formation. This property of hydrogels is manipulated in this study to develop a biomimetic bioresorbable injectable system of alginate nanobeads interspersed in fibrin network. Alginate nanobeads developed by calcium cross-linking yielded a size of 200-500 nm. The alginate nanobeads fibrin hydrogel was formed using dual syringe apparatus. Characterization of the injectable hydrogel was done by SEM, FTIR and Rheometer. The developed hydrogel showed mechanical strength of 19 kPa which provides the suitable compliance for soft tissue engineering. Cytocompatibility studies using human umbilical cord blood derived mesenchymal stem cells showed good attachment, proliferation and infiltration within the hydrogel similar to fibrin gel. The developed forming hydrogel could be a suitable delivery carrier of stem cells for soft tissue regeneration.
S. Deepthi and Jayakumar, R., “Alginate nanobeads interspersed fibrin network as forming hydrogel for soft tissue engineering.”, Bioact Mater, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 194-200, 2018.