Marica Ivanković

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Nano-composites that show some features of natural bone both in composition and in microstructure have been prepared by in situ precipitation method. Apatite phase has been prepared from cost-effective precursors (calcite and urea phosphate) within chitosan (CS) matrix dissolved in aqueous acetic acid solution. The compositional and morphological properties(More)
In the present study, we examined the potential of using highly porous poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL)-coated hydroxyapatite (HAp) scaffold derived from cuttlefish bone for bone tissue engineering applications. The cell culture studies were performed in vitro with preosteoblastic MC3T3-E1 cells in static culture conditions. Comparisons were made with uncoated(More)
In the present study, poly(ε-caprolactone)-coated hydroxyapatite scaffold derived from cuttlefish bone was prepared. Hydrothermal transformation of aragonitic cuttlefish bone into hydroxyapatite (HAp) was performed at 200°C retaining the cuttlebone architecture. The HAp scaffold was coated with a poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) using vacuum impregnation(More)
The development of bioactive injectable system as cell carrier with minimal impact on viability of encapsulated cells represents a great challenge. In the present work, we propose a new pH-responsive chitosan-hydroxyapatite-based hydrogel with sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) as the gelling agent. The in situ synthesis of hydroxyapatite phase has resulted in(More)
Highly porous chitosan/hydroxyapatite composite structures with different weight ratios (100/0; 90/10; 80/20; 70/30; 60/40; 50/50; 40/60) have been prepared by precipitation method and freeze-gelation technique using calcite, urea phosphate and chitosan as starting materials. The composition of prepared composite scaffolds was characterized by X-ray(More)
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