Dr. Masood Solimani, faculty member of Hematology Department at TMU’s Medical Faculty, in collaboration with the researchers of Stem Cell Technology and Research Center and Colleagues from Sharif University managed to produce a scaffold for the repair of muscle tissues by using graphene to produce polymeric nano-fibers.
Recently composite materials containing graphene and graphene oxide are widely used in tissue engineering. One of the important issues in this field concerns the creation of high biocompatibility in order to generate suitable condition for growing cells outside the body.
In recent decades, polymeric nano fiber membranes and carbon-based nano structure materials have been widely applied as scaffold for tissue engineering. Moreover, graphene sheets and oxides due to their physiochemical properties and their high biocompatibility have been applied in bio sensors and smart medication.
In this research, by means of conductive polymers and graphene nano-sheets and graphene oxides, a suitable environment for growing cells outside the body was created. The production costs for these scaffolds are much lower than similar models. Furthermore, the side effects are also reduced due to the use of less additives.
According to the members of this research team, this scaffold which has been produced at laboratory level can be used for the repair of damaged muscles.
It has to be added that this research is the achievement of a research team consisting of Dr. Solimani, faculty member of TMU, Dr. Hussein Zadeh, researcher of Stem Cell Technology and Research Center, Dr. Shadi Hatami, Post Doctorate Researcher and Mr. Matin Mahmoudi Fard, Ph. D. candidate at Sharif University, the results of this research were published in Biomedical Materials Journal