Scientists from Singapore have combined a photovoltaic polymer with a biocompatible polymer to make a nanofibre-based scaffold that can grow cells for skin regeneration. Although the biocompatible polymer – polycaprolactone – has been used before, the scientists say that including the photovoltaic polymer leads to a higher proliferation of cells on the scaffold.
‘Skin tissue-engineering involves the use of scaffolds that support cell attachment and proliferation, together with the formation of skin tissue-like structure to substitute the skin,’ say Molamma Prabhakaran, Seeram Ramakrishna and colleagues from the National University of Singapore, who carried out the research.
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Electrospun photosensitive nanofibers: Potential for photocurrent therapy in skin regeneration
M P Prabhakaran et al
Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2012, DOI: 10.1039/c2pp25070e