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Synthesis of Biocompatible Liquid Crystal Elastomer Foams as Cell Scaffolds for 3D Spatial Cell Cultures

DOI :

10.3791/55452-v

April 11th, 2017

April 11th, 2017

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1Liquid Crystal Institute, Kent State University, 2Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program, Liquid Crystal Institute, Kent State University, 3Department of Biological Sciences, Kent State University

This study presents a methodology to prepare 3D, biodegradable, foam-like cell scaffolds based on biocompatible side-chain liquid crystal elastomers (LCEs). Confocal microscopy experiments show that foam-like LCEs allow for cell attachment, proliferation, and the spontaneous alignment of C2C12s myoblasts.

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Keywords Biocompatible

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