Thi Hoang Ha Nguyen

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Oxime Click chemistry was used to form hydrogels that support cell adhesion. Eight-armed aminooxy poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) was mixed with glutaraldehyde to form oxime-linked hydrogels. The mechanical properties, gelation kinetics, and water swelling ratios were studied and found to be tunable. It was also shown that gels containing the integrin ligand(More)
Herein, we report an effective and rapid method to purify glutathione S-transferase (GST) using glutathione (GSH)-modified poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (pNIPAAm) and mild, thermal conditions. A chain transfer agent modified with pyridyl disulfide was employed in the reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization of NIPAAm. The(More)
Heparin is a highly sulfated polysaccharide and is useful because of its diverse biological functions. However, because of batch-to-batch variability and other factors, there is significant interest in preparing biomimetics of heparin. To identify polymeric heparin mimetics, a cell-based screening assay was developed in cells that express fibroblast growth(More)
Basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) is a protein that plays a crucial role in diverse cellular functions, from wound healing to bone regeneration. However, a major obstacle to the widespread application of bFGF is its inherent instability during storage and delivery. Here, we describe the stabilization of bFGF by covalent conjugation with a(More)
Hydrogel scaffolds are used in biomedicine to study cell differentiation and tissue evolution, where it is critical to control the delivery of chemical cues both spatially and temporally. While large molecules can be physically entrapped in a hydrogel, moderate molecular weight therapeutics must be tethered to the hydrogel network through a labile linkage(More)
Fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF2) is a protein involved in cellular functions in applications such as wound healing and tissue regeneration. Stabilization of this protein is important for its use as a therapeutic since the native protein is unstable during storage and delivery. Additionally, the ability to increase the activity of FGF2 is important for its(More)
Heparin is a naturally occurring, highly sulfated polysaccharide that plays a critical role in a range of different biological processes. Therapeutically, it is mostly commonly used as an injectable solution as an anticoagulant for a variety of indications, although it has also been employed in other forms such as coatings on various biomedical devices. Due(More)
A thiol-modified siRNA targeting the enhanced green fluorescence protein (eGFP) gene was conjugated with RAFT-synthesized, pyridyl disulfide-functional poly(PEG methyl ether acrylate)s (p(PEGA)s). siRNA-p(PEGA) conjugates demonstrated significantly enhanced in vitro serum stability and nuclease resistance compared to the unmodified and thiol-modified siRNA.(More)
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