Appl. Sci., Volume 11, Issue 4 (February-2 2021) – 621 articles
Cover Story (view full-size image): Polymeric bioresorbable stents (BRS) are designed to mitigate the side effects of traditional inert metallic stents, such as chronic inflammation and late thrombosis, but are not bioactive. To improve their biointegration, it is crucial that stents undergo autologous luminal endothelialization. Moreover, the current fabrication techniques of stents, extrusion of tubes and laser cutting, do not allow performing customizable stents addressed to patients with special needs. This article investigates the effect of different functionalization strategies onto solvent-cast poly(L-lactic acid) surfaces with the capacity to accelerate the surface endothelialization and the fabrication of 3D-printed BRS via the solvent-cast direct writing technique. View this paper
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