Polímeros: Ciência e Tecnologia
Polímeros: Ciência e Tecnologia
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Chitosan-based hydrogel for treatment of temporomandibular joint arthritis

Fabianne Lima; Wanderson Gabriel Melo; Maria de Fátima Braga; Ewerton Vieira; João Victor Câmara; Josué Junior Pierote; Napoleão Argôlo Neto; Edson Silva Filho; Ana Cristina Fialho

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To produce polysaccharide-based hydrogels and cerium (Ce3+) doped hydroxyapatite plus chitosan and collagen to enable future applications in the treatment of joint degeneration. Hydrogel production and characterization were performed with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetry analysis (TGA) and cytotoxicity testing with MTT [3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide]. A final biomaterial composition was Kelcogel® Gelana (58%), chitosan (22.3%), Ce3+ doped hydroxyapatite (10.7%) and bovine collagen (9%), or selected aspect material gelatinous physical color with whitish color and can be injected. The biomaterial composition was proven in the FTIR and TGA, which also provided the maximum supported temperature. In the MTT assay, despite the reduction in viability of the experimental group compared to the control group, cell viability remained approximately 90%. In the FTIR and TGA tests, the material composition was proven. The material does not present cytotoxic behavior for the MTT test, being an alternative for the treatment of joint diseases.


hydrogel scaffold, natural polysaccharides, joint arthritis


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