Bioinspired Materials and Biocompatibility

Bioinspired Materials and Biocompatibility

Muge Anil (Ege University, Turkey), Duygu Ayyildiz-Tamis (Ege University, Turkey), Seyma Tasdemir (Ege University, Turkey), Aylin Sendemir-Urkmez (Ege University, Turkey) and Sultan Gulce-Iz (Ege University, Turkey)
Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 29
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9811-6.ch011
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Material science and engineering are the sources of divergent emerging technologies, since all the modifications and developments are being made to reach a novel biomaterial to fulfill the requirements of biomedical applications, the first important feature is the biocompatibility of the new advanced material. In this chapter, the general biocompatibility concept, test systems to determine biocompatibility, examples of bioinspired materials and their altered biocompatibility and future expectations from these novel bioinspired materials will be discussed.
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Biocompatibility is a complex concept related to reliability and performance of implanted materials. An agreement on the definition of biocompatibility, which is the first component of this concept, was achieved in the Chester Consensus Conference, 1986. Williams gave the definition of biocompatibility, which is widely used in the biomaterials community today. This useful definition was “Biocompatibility is the ability of a material to perform with an appropriate host response in a specific application.” (Williams, 1987; Ratner et al., 2004). This accepted definition emphasizes that, there is not absolute suitability of one material for applications and all materials initiate a host response in some way.

Implanted devices in living tissue are able to consist of only biomaterial component or both of biomaterial component and biological component (proteins and cells) (Anderson, 2001). Implanted biomaterials initiate generally inflammatory and foreign body reaction in the body. Implanted tissue engineered devices, including both biomaterial, biological components, activate host defense systems including the inflammatory response, also known as the innate immune system, and immune response, which is considered as acquired or adaptive immune system. (Anderson, 2007). In this case, inflammatory and immune responses must be evaluated together for overall safety and efficacy of the tissue-engineered device.

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