Journal article

Beyond RGD; nanoclusters of syndecan- and integrin-binding ligands synergistically enhance cell/material interactions

Fatemeh Karimi, Varsha Jagannath Thombare, Craig A Hutton, Andrea J O'Connor, Greg G Qiao, Daniel E Heath

BIOMATERIALS | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

Biomaterials are a powerful platform for directing cellular behaviour. Herein, we employed a biomimetic strategy to synthesize a low-fouling polymer functionalized with nano-scale clusters of ligands that bind both integrin and syndecan-4 receptors, as both receptor types are critical in focal adhesion signalling and mechanotransduction. Our results demonstrate that the presence of both ligand types synergistically increases the adhesion of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (more than a two fold increase after 4 h) and increases the rate of surface endothelialization compared to surfaces functionalized with only one ligand type. Additionally, we observe that the mixed population of liga..

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