I want to print a nerve model using cellinks bioconductink . What are the precautions to take and how can I store them after printing to retain the properties of the ink.
In terms of printability, Bio Conductink behaves very similar to GelMA, however, it contains CNTs, which makes it important to make sure the bioink is homogeneous before printing, i.e. CNTs are not sedimented.
If kept at 37 degrees for too long, the bioink can phase separate. To avoid it, one should mix the bioink before use andavoid long preheating process.
The printed scaffolds should be stored in the conditions that favor the cells. No difference in comparison with other bioinks, though one can think about applying electrical stimulation to the printed constructs to enhance cell functions. See scientific literature for the electrical stimulation of cells grown on conductive surfaces.
The best way to use Bio Conductink is through utilizing its intrinsic properties such as cell biocompatibility (GelMA component), conductivity and mechanical properties (CNT component).
This is why neural cells are a good choice because they can benefit from this bioink's environment.