Permeation of biological compounds through porous poly(l-lactic acid) (PLLA) microtube array membranes (MTAMs)

Wei Chiang Hung, Lin Hong Lin, Wen Chin Tsen, Han Shian Shie, Hsien Lung Chiu, Thomas C K Yang, Chien Chung Chen

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In this study, the permeation of two biological compounds through a novel porous poly(l-lactic acid) (PLLA) microtube array membrane (MTAM) were investigated. Glucose and bovine serum albumin (BSA) were permeated through PLLA MTAMs to simulate the transportation of biological compounds during nerve regeneration. PLLA MTAMs with various porous wall structures were prepared by the addition of porogen. Electrospinning process was conducted to produce solid MTAMs. Porous MTAMs were obtained by washing off the porogen. Permeation of BSA and glucose were investigated by utilizing a home-made permeation unit at 37 °C for both inflow and outflow. The permeation rate increased with the porosity of the MTAM; with the inflow rate faster than the outflow rate for both compounds suggesting a diffusive permeation. The rate of BSA permeation was faster than that of glucose. Fourier transfer infra-red (FTIR) spectra of the two compounds permeated through PLLA membranes were obtained to elucidate this phenomena.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-173
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Polymer Journal
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2015


  • Electrospinning
  • Nerve guide conduit (NGC)
  • Nerve regeneration
  • PLLA
  • Permeation
  • Poly(l-lactic acid)
  • Porous microtube array membrane (p-MTAM)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Organic Chemistry


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