Incorporation of DMSO and dextran-40 into a gelatin/alginate hydrogel for controlled assembled cell cryopreservation

Xiaohong Wang*, Huirong Xu

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    A new cell cryopreservation strategy for cell-assembling constructs was proposed. With this strategy, different concentrations of dimethysulfoxide (DMSO) and dextran-40 were directly incorporated into the cell/gelatin/alginate systems, prototyped according to a predesigned structure, cryopreserved at -80 °C for 10. days and followed a thawing process at 17 °C. The rheological properties, bonding water contents and melting points of the gelatin/alginate hydrogel systems were changed with the addition of different amounts of DMSO. The microscopy analysis, (3-[4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl]-2,5-diphenyl tetrasodium bromide (MTT) and hematoxylin and eosin (HE) staining indicated that the cell numbers were progressively in a selected DMSO concentration range. With DMSO 5% (v/v) alone, the metabolic rate in the construct attained (81.3 ± 5.7)%. A synergistic effect was achieved with the combination of the DMSO/gelatin/alginate and dextran-40/gelatin/alginate hydrogel systems. These results indicated that the inclusion of DMSO and dextran-40 in the hydrogel could effectively enhance the cell preservation effects. This cryopreservation strategy holds the ability to be widely used in organ manufacturing techniques.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)345-351
    Number of pages7
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • Adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs)
    • Cell-assembly technique
    • Cryopreservation
    • Organ manufacturing
    • Rapid prototyping


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