Three dimensional printed bioglass/gelatin/alginate composite scaffolds with promoted mechanical strength, biomineralization, cell responses and osteogenesis

In this study, porous bioglass/gelatin/alginate bone tissue engineering scaffolds were fabricated by three-dimensional printing. The compressive strength and in vitro biomineralization properties of the bioglass–gelatin–alginate scaffolds (BG/Gel/SA scaffolds) were significantly improved with the increase of bioglass content until 30% weight percentage followed by a rapid decline in strength. In addition, the cells attach and spread on the BG/Gel/SA scaffolds surfaces represents good adhesion and biocompatibility. Furthermore, the cells (rat bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells, mBMSCs) proliferation and osteogenic differentiation on the BG/Gel/SA scaffolds were also promoted with the increase of bioglass content. Overall, the adding of bioglass in Gel/SA scaffolds promotes mechanical strength and in vitro osteogenic properties and the 30 BG scaffold (30%wt BG) has potential applications in bone tissue engineering and bone regenerative repair because of good compressive strength, biocompatibility, and in vitro osteogenesis.