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Title: Biodegradable poly(ethylene glycol)-peptide hydrogels with well-defined structure and properties for cell delivery
Authors: Liu, S.Q. 
Rachel Ee, P.L. 
Ke, C.Y.
Hedrick, J.L.
Yang, Y.Y.
Keywords: Cell attachment
Click chemistry
Peptide hydrogel
Issue Date: Mar-2009
Citation: Liu, S.Q., Rachel Ee, P.L., Ke, C.Y., Hedrick, J.L., Yang, Y.Y. (2009-03). Biodegradable poly(ethylene glycol)-peptide hydrogels with well-defined structure and properties for cell delivery. Biomaterials 30 (8) : 1453-1461. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In this study, biodegradable PEG-peptide hydrogels have been synthesized using Click chemistry. A series of Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) containing peptides were prepared via a solid phase synthesis approach, which were further functionalized with azide to yield peptide azide or peptide diazide. A tetra-hydroxy terminated 4-arm PEG was functionalized with acetylene and was reacted with peptide azide/diazide and/or PEG diazide to produce hydrogels via a copper mediated 1,3-cycloaddition (Click chemistry) generating a triazole linkage as the networking forming reaction. The gelation time ranged from 2 to 30 min, depending on temperature, catalyst and precursor concentration, as well as peptide structure. The resulting hydrogels were characterized by swelling, viscoelastic properties and morphology as well as their ability for cell attachment and proliferation. Hydrogels cross-linked by peptide diazide yielded higher storage modulus (G′) with shorter spacers between azide groups. As expected, the swelling degree decreased while the G′ increased with increasing the concentration of the precursors as a result of increased cross-linking density. Primary human dermal fibroblasts were used as model cells to explore the possibility of using the RGD peptide hydrogels for cell-based wound healing. The attachment and proliferation of the cells on the hydrogels were evaluated. The RGD peptide hydrogels synthesized with a peptide concentration of 2.7-5.4 mm achieved significantly improved cell attachment and greater cell proliferation rate when compared to the hydrogels without RGD peptides. These hydrogels may provide a platform technology to deliver cells for tissue repair. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd.
Source Title: Biomaterials
ISSN: 01429612
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