Laney M Weber

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The rational design of immunoprotective hydrogel barriers for transplanting insulin-producing cells requires an understanding of protein diffusion within the hydrogel network and how alterations to the network structure affect protein diffusion. Hydrogels of varying crosslinking density were formed via the chain polymerization of dimethacrylated PEG(More)
Controlled matrix interactions were presented to pancreatic beta-cells in three-dimensional culture within poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels. Dispersed MIN6 beta-cells were encapsulated in gel environments containing the following entrapped extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins: collagen type I, collagen type IV, fibrinogen, fibronectin, laminin, and(More)
The influence of matrix-derived adhesive peptide sequences on encapsulated beta-cell survival and glucose-stimulated insulin release was explored by covalently incorporating synthetic peptide sequences within a model encapsulation environment. Photopolymerized poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) hydrogels were functionalized via the addition of acrylate-PEG-peptide(More)
An in vitro encapsulation platform for systematically testing the effects of microenvironmental parameters on encapsulated islets was developed. The base encapsulation matrix was a biocompatible hydrogel formed via the photoinitiated polymerization of dimethacrylated poly(ethylene glycol) (PEGDM). The resulting inert encapsulation matrix affords control(More)
In the laboratory and field, we examined how periphyton (food of snails) and predatory crayfish influenced snail distribution in Trout Lake, a permanent, northern Wisconsin lake. Laboratory experiments (with no crayfish) tested the importance of periphyton biomass in determining snail preference among rocks, and among rock, sand, and macrophyte substrates.(More)
The individual and synergistic effects of extracellular matrix interactions on isolated islet function in culture were investigated within a three-dimensional poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) hydrogel encapsulation environment. First, we observed similar glucose-stimulated insulin secretion from unencapsulated murine islets and islets photoencapsulated in PEG(More)
The diverse requirements for a successful islet encapsulation barrier suggest the benefit of a barrier system that presents differing functionalities to encapsulated cells and host cells. Initially, multifunctional hydrogels were synthesized via the sequential photopolymerization of PEG hydrogel layers, each with different isolated functionalities. The(More)
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