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Implantation of ultrathin, biofunctionalized polyimide membranes into the subretinal space of rats

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Implantation of ultrathin, biofunctionalized polyimide membranes into the subretinal space of rats
Abstract

Subretinal implants aim to replace the photoreceptor function in patients suffering from degenerative retinal disease by topically applying electrical stimuli in the subretinal space. Critical obstacles in the design of high-resolution subretinal implants include the proximity of stimulating electrodes to the target cells and enabling nutrient flow between the retina and the choroid. The present work evaluates the adhesion, migration and survival of retinal cells on an ultrathin (5 μm), highly porous (Ø 1 μm spaced 3 μm), gelatin-coated polyimide (PI) membrane. The biocompatibility was examined in mice indicating a good tolerance upon subcutaneous implantation with only a mild inflammatory response. In addition, organotypic cultures of rat retina evidenced that the porous membrane allowed the necessary nutrient flow for the retinal cell survival and maintenance. A transscleral implantation technique was applied to position the membrane into the subretinal space of rats. The effect on the obtained retinal integration was investigated in vivo using scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (SLO) and optical coherence tomography (OCT). In 12 out of 18 rat eyes, the implant was successfully placed subretinally. SLO and OCT demonstrated complete retinal attachment and fluorescein angiography showed no retinal vascular abnormalities over and around the implant, immediately after and up to four weeks after the implantation. Histological examination of the eyes showed a close attachment of a thin fibrocyte layer to the implant, the occlusion of the pores by living cells and the survival of some photoreceptors at the implantation site.

Keywords
Ophthalmology; Biocompatibility; Cell viability; Cell adhesion; Electron microscopy
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Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: Biomaterials - Volume 32, Issue 16, June 2011, Pages 3890–3898
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Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Bioengineering
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