Alginate/galactosylated chitosan/heparin scaffold as a new synthetic extracellular matrix for hepatocytes.

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Formation of multicellular hepatocyte spheroids in the three-dimensional culture is a potential approach for enhancing liver-specific functions in bioartificial liver (BAL) devices. In this study, as a synthetic extracellular matrix (ECM) for hepatocytes, a highly porous hydrogel (sponge-like) scaffold, 150-200 microm pore size in diameter, was fabricated… (More)

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