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Recent studies have identified extracellular matrix (ECM) compliance as an influential factor in determining the fate of anchorage-dependent cells. We explore a method of examining the influence of ECM compliance on cell morphology and remodeling in three-dimensional culture. For this purpose, a biological ECM analog material was developed to(More)
We report a new method to create a biofunctional surface in which the accessibility of a ligand is used as a means to influence the cell behavior. Supported bioactive bilayer membranes were created by Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) deposition of either a pure poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) lipid, having PEG head groups of various lengths, or 50 mol % binary mixtures(More)
Adhesive materials extracted from the brown alga Fucus serratus are composed of phenolic polymer, alginate, and CaCl2. The phenolic polymer undergoes an oxidation reaction in the presence of bromoperoxidase, KI, and H2O2. The nanostructure of the adhesive was investigated using small angle X-ray scattering, light scattering, and cryo- transmission electron(More)
The interactions between lysozyme-imprinted hydrogel and their template protein were studied using adsorption measurements, competitive adsorption experiments, and isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC). The results were compared to the interactions between the imprinted polymer and a reference protein, cytochrome c. Experimental adsorption isotherms and(More)
Inspired by the remarkable adhesive capabilities to wet surfaces of the secretes of the brown alga Fucus serratus, novel glues have been designed and characterized. Formulations composed of phloroglucinol, alginate, and calcium ions are capable of adhering to a variety of surfaces. Rheological data show that the presence of phloroglucinol lowers the amount(More)
The nanostructuring of hydrogel scaffolds used in tissue engineering provides the ability to control cellular fate and tissue morphogenesis through cell-matrix interactions. Here we describe a method to provide nanostructure to a biosynthetic hydrogel scaffold made from crosslinked poly(ethylene glycol)-fibrinogen conjugates (PEG-fibrinogen), by modifying(More)
The need for alternative scaffolds in tissue engineering has motivated the establishment of advanced biomaterial technologies based on biosynthetic polymers. Networks of synthetic and biologic building blocks are created into a biomimetic environment for enhanced tissue compatibility with precise structural properties. The current investigation describes a(More)
IMPORTANCE OF THE FIELD Mucoadhesive drug delivery vehicles attract much attention owing to benefits such as extended residence time of the drug at the site of application, a relatively rapid uptake of a drug into the systemic circulation, and enhanced bioavailability of therapeutic agents. Mucoadhesion, defined as the ability to adhere to the mucus gel(More)
Mucoadhesive polymers have been proposed as drug delivery carriers due to their ability to adhere to the mucus layer. A relatively new class of mucoadhesive polymers, termed thiomers, was suggested as an improved carrier capable of creating disulfide covalent bond with the mucus. Since the wet physiological environment is likely to cause any delivery system(More)
We present an innovative methodology for the sustained delivery of hydrophobic drugs using composite hydrogels, prepared by embedding oil-in-water microemulsions in hydrophilic hydrogels. The hydrophobic nature of the microemulsion core enhances the solubilization of hydrophobic drugs, while the crosslinked matrix could be readily used as a solid controlled(More)