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author = {Aregueta-Robles, UA and Lim, KS and Martens, PJ and Lovell, NH and Poole-Warren, LA and Green, R},
doi = {10.1109/EMBC.2015.7318924},
pages = {2600--2603},
title = {Producing 3D neuronal networks in hydrogels for living bionic device interfaces},
url = {},
year = {2015}

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AB - © 2015 IEEE. Hydrogels hold significant promise for supporting cell based therapies in the field of bioelectrodes. It has been proposed that tissue engineering principles can be used to improve the integration of neural interfacing electrodes. Degradable hydrogels based on poly (vinyl alcohol) functionalised with tyramine (PVA-Tyr) have been shown to support covalent incorporation of non-modified tyrosine rich proteins within synthetic hydrogels. PVA-Tyr crosslinked with such proteins, were explored as a scaffold for supporting development of neural tissue in a three dimensional (3D) environment. In this study a model neural cell line (PC12) and glial accessory cell line, Schwann cell (SC) were encapsulated in PVA-Tyr crosslinked with gelatin and sericin. Specifically, this study aimed to examine the growth and function of SC and PC12 co-cultures when translated from a two dimensional (2D) environment to a 3D environment. PC12 differentiation was successfully promoted in both 2D and 3D at 25 days post-culture. SC encapsulated as a single cell line and in co-culture were able to produce both laminin and collagen-IV which are required to support neuronal development. Neurite outgrowth in the 3D environment was confirmed by immunocytochemical staining. PVA-Tyr/sericin/gelatin hydrogel showed mechanical properties similar to nerve tissue elastic modulus. It is suggested that the mechanical properties of the PVA-Tyr hydrogels with native protein components are providing with a compliant substrate that can be used to support the survival and differentiation of neural networks.
AU - Aregueta-Robles,UA
AU - Lim,KS
AU - Martens,PJ
AU - Lovell,NH
AU - Poole-Warren,LA
AU - Green,R
DO - 10.1109/EMBC.2015.7318924
EP - 2603
PY - 2015///
SN - 1557-170X
SP - 2600
TI - Producing 3D neuronal networks in hydrogels for living bionic device interfaces
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ER -