Peptide Hydrogel Scaffold for Mesenchymal Precursor Cells Implanted to Injured Adult Rat Spinal Cord.
Tylie M Wiseman, Danii Baron-Heeris, Imke GJ Houwers, Rory Keenan, Richard J Williams, David R Nisbet, Alan R Harvey, Stuart I Hodgetts
Tissue Eng Part A | Published : 2021
A unique, biomimetic self-assembling peptide (SAP) hydrogel, Fmoc-DIKVAV, has been shown to be a suitable cell and drug delivery system in the injured brain. In this study, we assessed its utility in adult Fischer 344 (F344) rats as a stabilizing scaffold and vehicle for grafted cells after mild thoracic (thoracic level 10 [T10]) contusion spinal cord injury (SCI). Treatments were as follows: Fmoc-DIKVAV alone, Fmoc-DIKVAV containing viable or nonviable rat mesenchymal precursor cells (rMPCs), and rMPCs alone. The majority of post-SCI treatments were administered at 11-15 days (mean 13.5 days) and the results then compared to SCI-only control (no treatment) rats. Postinjury behavior was quan..View full abstract