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Implant surfaces should ideally be designed to promote the attachment of target tissue cells; at the same time, they should prevent bacterial adhesion, achievable through modification strategies comprising three lines of defense. As the first criterion, selective adhesion can be realized by means of non-adhesive coatings that can be functionalized with(More)
Poor osseointegration and bacterial infection are major causes of orthopedic implant failure. Both problems arise from passive unspecific protein coating that may not optimally support adhesion of osteoblastic cells and which enable bacterial adhesion that subsequently results in biofilm formation. This review addresses emerging concepts of preventing(More)
Mechanical forces and geometric constraints play critical roles in determining cell functionality and tissue development. Novel experimental methods are essential to explore the underlying biological mechanisms of cell response. We present a versatile method to culture cells on adhesive micro-patterned substrates while applying long-term cyclic tensile(More)
The control of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) by physical cues is of great interest in regenerative medicine. Because integrin receptors function as mechanotransducers, we applied drag forces to β1 integrins on the apical surface of adherent human MSC. In addition to mechanical forces, the technique we used involved also the exposure of the cells to an(More)
Designing of implant surfaces using a suitable ligand for cell adhesion to stimulate specific biological responses of stem cells will boost the application of regenerative implants. For example, materials that facilitate rapid and guided migration of stem cells would promote tissue regeneration. When seeded on fibronectin (FN) that was homogeneously(More)
Hydrogel coatings prepared from reactive star shaped polyethylene oxide based prepolymers (NCO-sP(EO-stat-PO)) minimize unspecific protein adsorption in vitro, while proteins immobilized on NCO-sP(EO-stat-PO) coatings retain their structure and biological function. The aim of the present study was to assess biocompatibility and the effect on early(More)
Precise determination of biomolecular interactions in high throughput crucially depends on a surface coating technique that allows immobilization of a variety of interaction partners in a non-interacting environment. We present a one-step hydrogel coating system based on isocyanate functional six-arm poly(ethylene oxide)-based star polymers for commercially(More)
Poly(dimethylsiloxane) can be covalently coated with ultrathin NCO-sP(EO-stat-PO) hydrogel layers which permit covalent binding of cell adhesive moieties, while minimizing unspecific cell adhesion on non-functionalized areas. We applied long term uniaxial cyclic tensile strain (CTS) and revealed (a) the preservation of protein and cell-repellent properties(More)
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