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Significance of novel bioinorganic anodic aluminum oxide nanoscaffolds for promoting cellular response

Poinern, G.E.J., Shackleton, R., Mamum, S.I. and Fawcett, D. (2011) Significance of novel bioinorganic anodic aluminum oxide nanoscaffolds for promoting cellular response. Nanotechnology, Science and Applications, 4 (1). pp. 11-24.

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Tissue engineering is a multidisciplinary field that can directly benefit from the many advancements in nanotechnology and nanoscience. This article reviews a novel biocompatible anodic aluminum oxide (AAO, alumina) membrane in terms of tissue engineering. Cells respond and interact with their natural environment, the extracellular matrix, and the landscape of the substrate. The interaction with the topographical features of the landscape occurs both in the micrometer and nanoscales. If all these parameters are favorable to the cell, the cell will respond in terms of adhesion, proliferation, and migration. The role of the substrate/scaffold is crucial in soliciting a favorable response from the cell. The size and type of surface feature can directly influence the response and behavior of the cell. In the case of using an AAO membrane, the surface features and porosity of the membrane can be dictated at the nanoscale during the manufacturing stage. This is achieved by using general laboratory equipment to perform a relatively straightforward electrochemical process. During this technique, changing the operational parameters of the process directly controls the nanoscale features produced. For example, the pore size, pore density, and, hence, density can be effectively controlled during the synthesis of the AAO membrane. In addition, being able to control the pore size and porosity of a biomaterial such as AAO significantly broadens its application in tissue engineering.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Energy
Publisher: Dove Medical Press Limited
Copyright: © 2011 Poinern et al
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