Design of a Bioabsorbable Multilayered Patch for Esophagus Tissue Engineering

R. Dorati, A. De Trizio, S. Marconi, A. Ferrara, F. Auricchio, I. Genta, T. Modena, M. Benazzo, A. Benazzo, G. Volpato, B. Conti

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A gold standard for esophagus reconstruction is not still available. The present work aims to design a polymer patch combining synthetic polylactide-co-polycaprolacton and chitosan biopolymers, tailoring patch properties to esophageal tissue characteristics by a temperature-induced precipitation method, to get multilayered patches (1L, 2L, and 3L). Characterization shows stable multilayered patches (1L and 2L) by selection of copolymer type, and their M w . In vitro investigation of the functional patch properties in simulated physiologic and pathologic conditions demonstrates that the chitosan layer (patch 3L) decreases patch stability and cell adhesion, while improves cell proliferation. Patches 2L and 3L comply with physiological esophageal pressure (3-5 kPa) and elongation (20%).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10.1002/mabi.201600426. Epub 2017 Jan 27
JournalMacromolecular Bioscience
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2017


  • biopolymers
  • chitosan
  • polylactide-co-polycaprolactone
  • scaffold
  • tissue regeneration


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