Poly-epsilon-lysine hydrogels with dynamic crosslinking facilitates cell proliferation

Nestor Lopez Mora, Matthew Simmonte Owens, Sara Schmidt, Andreia Fonseca Da Silva, Mark Bradley

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Abstract: The extracellular matrix (ECM) is a three-dimensional network within which fundamental cell processes such as cell attachment, proliferation, and differentiation occur driven by its inherent biological and structural cues. Hydrogels have been used as biomaterials as they possess many of the ECM characteristics that control cellular processes. However, the permanent crosslinking often found in hydrogels fails to recapitulate the dynamic nature of the natural ECM. This not only hinders natural cellular migration but must also limit cellular expansion and growth. Moreover, there is an increased interest in the use of new biopolymers to create biomimetic materials that can be used for biomedical applications. Here we report on the natural polymer poly-ε-lysine in forming dynamic hydrogels via reversible imine bond formation, with cell attachment promoted by RGD incorporation. Together, the mechanical properties, and cell behavior on the dynamic hydrogels with low poly-ε-lysine quantities indicated good cell viability, and high metabolic activity.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2020


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