Shenshen Cai

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Synthetic hydrogel mimics of the extracellular matrix (ECM) were created by crosslinking a thiol-modified analog of heparin with thiol-modified hyaluronan (HA) or chondroitin sulfate (CS) with poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEGDA). The covalently bound heparin provided a crosslinkable analog of a heparan sulfate proteoglycan, thus providing a multivalent(More)
We describe synthetic extracellular matrix (sECM) hydrogel films composed of co-crosslinked thiolated derivatives of chondroitin 6-sulfate (CS) and heparin (HP) for controlled-release delivery of basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) to full-thickness wounds in genetically diabetic (db/db) mice. In this model for chronic wound repair, full-thickness wounds(More)
Controlled release of human vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) or basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) from hydrogels composed of chemically modified hyaluronan (HA) and gelatin (Gtn) was evaluated both in vitro and in vivo. We hypothesized that inclusion of small quantities of heparin (Hp) in these gels would regulate growth factor (GF) release(More)
Novel biomaterials have been prepared in which glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are chemically modified to create amphiphilic multiblock copolymers that are able to adhere to hydrophobic surfaces and can self-assemble into cross-linker-free hydrogels. First, the triblock poly(ethylene oxide)-polypropylene oxide copolymers (Pluronics) were converted into the(More)
No clinical assays for the direct detection of heparin in blood exist. To create a heparin sensor, the hyaluronan (HA)-binding domain (HABD) of a protein that binds heparin and HA was engineered. GST fusion proteins containing one to three HABD modules were cloned, expressed, and purified. The affinities of each construct for heparin and for HA were(More)
Photoreceptors project from the outer retinal surface into a specialized glycocalyx, the interphotoreceptor matrix (IPM), which contains hyaluronan (HA) and two novel proteoglycans, Spacr and Spacrcan. This matrix must be stable enough to function in the attachment of the retina to the outer eye wall yet porous enough to allow movement of metabolites(More)
The hypothesis that incorporation of small amounts (0.3% w/w) of modified heparin in thiol-modified hyaluronan or HA and gelatin hydrogels would regulate release of cytokine growth factors (GFs) from those gels has been investigated in vitro. In addition, the physiologic response to gel implantation has been evaluated in vivo. Tests were performed with 6(More)
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