Novel chitosan-based nanofibrous composite materials containing different amounts of the photosensitizer Photosens were obtained by electrospinning and were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and by confocal laser scanning microscopy. The release of Photosens from the materials was investigated in water and in phosphate-buffered saline. A noncancerous (MC3T3-E1 murine osteoblasts) and a cancerous [T-47D (mammary gland)] cell line were cultivated on Photosens-containing scaffolds, and cell growth and metabolic activity were examined by confocal laser scanning microscopy and by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphe-nyltetrazolium bromide assay, respectively. The viability of both cell lines on Photosens-containing fibers decreased in a spatial manner upon laser irradiation of an appropriate wavelength and power density. Interestingly, the noncancerous MC3T3-E1 cells grown on Photosens -containing scaffolds were less affected by the irradiation. We conclude that the Photosens-containing electrospun chitosan nanofibers described here are of potential interest for biomedical applications, particularly topical photodynamic therapy and tissue engineering.
- Photoresponsive material
- Spatially controlled cell proliferation
- Tissue-engineering scaffold
- Topical photodynamic therapy