Kyeng Min Park

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Cucurbit[n]uril (CB[n], n = 5-10), a new family of molecular hosts comprising n glycoluril units, have gained much attention in the new millennium for their exceptional molecular recognition ability. The CB homologues have brought dynamism to CB chemistry, as witnessed by the heightened interest in the field for the last several years. Compared to the(More)
We report a novel vesicle formed by an amphiphilic CB[6] derivative, the surface of which can be easily modified via host-guest interactions by taking advantage of molecular cavities, readily accessible at the vesicle surface, and their strong affinity toward polyamines. Amphiphilic CB[6] derivative 1 synthesized by reaction between (allyloxy)12CB[6] and(More)
Achieving significant adhesion to soft tissues while minimizing tissue damage poses a considerable clinical challenge. Chemical-based adhesives require tissue-specific reactive chemistry, typically inducing a significant inflammatory response. Staples are fraught with limitations including high-localized tissue stress and increased risk of infection, and(More)
A facile in situ supramolecular assembly and modular modification of biocompatible hydrogels were demonstrated using cucurbit[6]uril-conjugated hyaluronic acid (CB[6]-HA), diaminohexane-conjugated HA (DAH-HA), and tags-CB[6] for cellular engineering applications. The strong and selective host-guest interaction between CB[6] and DAH made possible the(More)
The design and synthesis of a novel reduction-sensitive, robust, and biocompatible vesicle (SSCB[6]VC) are reported, which is self-assembled from an amphiphilic cucurbit[6]uril (CB[6]) derivative that contains disulfide bonds between hexaethylene glycol units and a CB[6] core. The remarkable features of SSCB[6]VC include: 1) facile, non-destructive,(More)
Cucurbituril-based nanoparticles (CB[6]NPs) serve as new efficient vehicles for delivery of hydrophobic drugs, which have unique features including (1) a high drug loading capacity and efficiency, (2) noncovalently tunable surfaces, (3) efficient delivery of hydrophobic drugs into a cancer cell by receptor-mediated endocytosis, and (4) facile release of(More)
Theranostic systems have been explored extensively for a diagnostic therapy in the forms of polymer conjugates, implantable devices, and inorganic nanoparticles. In this work, we report theranostic systems in situ assembled by host-guest chemistry responding to a request. As a model theranostic system on demand, cucurbit[6]uril-conjugated hyaluronate(More)
The use of cell-rich hydrogels for three-dimensional (3D) cell culture has shown great potential for a variety of biomedical applications. However, the fabrication of appropriate constructs has been challenging. In this study, we describe a 3D printing process for the preparation of a multilayered 3D construct containing human mesenchymal stromal cells with(More)