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Proteins play a crucial role in the biomineralization of hard tissues such as eggshells. We report here the purification, characterization, and in vitro mineralization studies of a peptide, pelovaterin, extracted from eggshells of a soft-shelled turtle. It is a glycine-rich peptide with 42 amino acid residues and three disulfide bonds. When tested in vitro,(More)
This paper reports the study of the complete degradation process for a series of newly synthesized multi-block poly(ester urethane)s consisting of poly[(R)-3-hydroxybutyrate] (PHB) as hard and hydrophobic block and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) as soft and hydrophilic segment. The initial stages of degradation of the poly(PHB/PEG urethane)s were monitored by(More)
The supramolecular structures formed between cyclodextrins (CDs) and polymers have inspired interesting developments of novel supramolecular biomaterials. This review will update the recent progress in studies on supramolecular structures based on CDs and block copolymers, followed by the design and synthesis of CD-based supramolecular hydrogels and(More)
The synthesis of a supramolecular double hydrophilic block copolymer (DHBC) held together by cucurbit[8]uril (CB[8]) ternary complexation and its subsequent self-assembly into micelles is described. This system is responsive to multiple external triggers including temperature, pH and the addition of a competitive guest. The supramolecular block copolymer(More)
Electrospinning has received much attention recently due to the growing interest in nano-technologies and the unique material properties. This review focuses on recent progress in applying electrospinning technique in production of biodegradable nanofibers to the emerging field of biomedical. It first introduces the basic theory and parameters of nanofibers(More)
Poly(ester urethane)s with poly[(R)-3-hydroxybutyrate] (PHB) as the hard and hydrophobic segment and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) as the soft and hydrophilic segment were synthesized from telechelic hydroxylated PHB (PHB-diol) and PEG using 1,6-hexamethylene diisocyanate as a nontoxic coupling reagent. Their chemical structures and molecular characteristics(More)
New biodegradable multiblock amphiphilic and thermosensitive poly(ether ester urethane)s consisting of poly[(R)-3-hydroxybutyrate] (PHB), poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), and poly(propylene glycol) (PPG) blocks were synthesized, and their aqueous solutions were found to undergo a reversible sol-gel transition upon temperature change at very low copolymer(More)
Hydrogels are natural or synthetic polymer networks that have high water-absorbing capacity and closely mimic native extracellular matrices. As hydrogel-based cell delivery systems are being increasingly employed in regenerative medicine, several advances have been made in the hydrogel chemistry and modification for enhanced control of cell fate and(More)
Thermo-responsive multiblock poly(ester urethane)s comprising poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL), poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), and poly(propylene glycol) (PPG) segments were synthesized. The copolymers were characterized by GPC, NMR, FTIR, XRD, DSC and TGA. Water-swelling analysis carried out at different temperatures revealed that the bulk hydrophilicity of(More)
The supramolecular crosslinking of polymer chains in water by specific, directional and dynamic non-covalent interactions has led to the development of novel supramolecular polymeric hydrogels. These aqueous polymeric networks constitute an interesting class of soft materials exhibiting attractive properties such as stimuli-responsiveness and self-healing(More)