Characteristics and toxicity assessment of electrospun gelatin/PCL nanofibrous scaffold loaded with graphene in vitro and in vivo
International Journal of Nanomedicine
These authors contributed equally to this work Background: Electrospun gelatin/polycaprolactone (Gt/PCL) nanofibrous scaffolds loaded with graphene are novel nanomaterials with the uniquely strong property of electrical conductivity, which have been widely investigated for their potential applications in cardiovascular tissue engineering, including in bypass tracts for atrioventricular block. Purpose: Electrospun Gt/PCL/graphene nanofibrous mats were successfully produced. Scanning electron
... anning electron micrography showed that the fibers with graphene were smooth and homogeneous. In vitro, to determine the biocompatibility of the scaffolds, hybrid scaffolds with different fractions of graphene were seeded with neonatal rat ventricular myocytes. In vivo, Gt/PCL scaffolds with different concentrations of graphene were implanted into rats for 4, 8 and 12 weeks. Results: CCK-8 assays and histopathological staining (including DAPI, cTNT, and CX43) indicated that cells grew and survived well on the hybrid scaffolds if the mass fraction of graphene was lower than 0.5%. After implanting into rats for 4, 8 or 12 weeks, there was no gathering of inflammatory cells around the nanomaterials according to the HE staining results. Conclusion: The results indicate that Gt/PCL nanofibrous scaffolds loaded with graphene have favorable electrical conductivity and biological properties and may be suitable scaffolds for use in the treatment of atrioventricular block. These findings alleviate safety concerns and provide novel insights into the potential applications of Gt/PCL loaded with graphene, offering a solid foundation for comprehensive in vivo studies.