Journal of biomaterials applications

Dental pulp tissue engineering with bFGF-incorporated silk fibroin scaffolds.

PMID 25791684


The clinical translation of regenerative endodontics demands further development of suitable scaffolds. Here, we assessed the possibility of using silk fibroin scaffold for pulp regeneration with dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs) and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) in ectopic root canal transplantation model. Porous silk fibroin scaffolds were fabricated using freeze-drying technique (with or without bFGF incorporation), and characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. DPSCs were isolated, characterized, seeded onto scaffolds, and inserted into the tooth root fragments. Cell viability and morphology were tested in the 3D model in vitro using CCK8 assay and SEM. Furthermore, the ectopic transplantation model was used to verify the generation of pulp-like tissue in DPSCs seeded silk fibroin scaffold with bFGF, as examined by histological analysis. DPSCs seeded in silk fibroin scaffold survived, exhibited cytoplasmic elongation in scaffolds at least 4 weeks in culture. bFGF promoted DPSCs viability in tooth fragments/scaffolds (TSS) between 7 and 28 days. Pulp-like tissue was generated in the bFGF-incorporated TSS with DPSCs. Histologically, the generated tissue was shown to be with well vascularity, have new matrix deposition and dentin-like tissue formation, and consist of both the transplanted and host-derived cells. Collectively, these data support the use of bFGF-incorporated silk fibroin scaffold as a highly promising scaffold candidate for future treatment concepts in regenerative endodontics to save teeth.