Julia E Leslie-Barbick

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To achieve the task of fabricating functional tissues, scaffold materials that can be sufficiently vascularized to mimic functionality and complexity of native tissues are yet to be developed. Here, we report development of synthetic, biomimetic hydrogels that allow the rapid formation of a stable and mature vascular network both in vitro and in vivo.(More)
The development and use of functional tissue-engineered products is currently limited by the challenge of incorporating microvasculature. To this end, we have investigated strategies to facilitate vascularization in scaffold materials, in this case poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) hydrogels. These hydrogels are hydrophilic and resist protein adsorption and(More)
Spontaneous formation of endothelial tubules was restricted to patterned micron-scale regions presenting cell adhesion ligands and angiogenic signaling protein on poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels. Arginine-glycine-aspartic acid-serine (RGDS), an integrin ligand, and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a rate-limiting signaling protein involved in(More)
Microvascularization of tissue engineered constructs was achieved by utilizing a VEGF-mimicking peptide, QK, covalently bound to a poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogel matrix. The 15-amino acid peptide, developed by D'Andrea et al., was modified with a PEG-succinimidyl ester linker on the N-terminus of the peptide, then photocrosslinked onto the surface or(More)
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