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Biomacromolecules. 2008 Apr;9(4):1283-92. doi: 10.1021/bm701265j. Epub 2008 Mar 7.

Protein-reactive, thermoresponsive copolymers with high flexibility and biodegradability.

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McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, 100 Technology Drive, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219, USA.

Abstract

A family of injectable, biodegradable, and thermosensitive copolymers based on N-isopropylacrylamide, acrylic acid, N-acryloxysuccinimide, and a macromer polylactide-hydroxyethyl methacrylate were synthesized by free radical polymerization. Copolymers were injectable at or below room temperature and formed robust hydrogels at 37 degrees C. The effects of monomer ratio, polylactide length, and AAc content on the chemical and physical properties of the hydrogel were investigated. Copolymers exhibited lower critical solution temperatures (LCSTs) from 18 to 26 degrees C. After complete hydrolysis, hydrogels were soluble in phosphate buffered saline at 37 degrees C with LCSTs above 40.8 degrees C. Incorporation of type I collagen at varying mass fractions by covalent reaction with the copolymer backbone slightly increased LCSTs. Water content was 32-80% without collagen and increased to 230% with collagen at 37 degrees C. Hydrogels were highly flexible and relatively strong at 37 degrees C, with tensile strengths from 0.3 to 1.1 MPa and elongations at break from 344 to 1841% depending on NIPAAm/HEMAPLA ratio, AAc content, and polylactide length. Increasing the collagen content decreased both elongation at break and tensile strength. Hydrogel weight loss at 37 degrees C was 85-96% over 21 days and varied with polylactide content. Hydrogel weight loss at 37 degrees C was 85-96% over 21 days and varied with polylactide content. Degradation products were shown to be noncytotoxic. Cell adhesion on the hydrogels was 30% of that for tissue culture polystyrene but increased to statistically approximate this control surface after collagen incorporation. These newly described thermoresponsive copolymers demonstrated attractive properties to serve as cell or pharmaceutical delivery vehicles for a variety of tissue engineering applications.

PMID:
18324775
PMCID:
PMC2860788
DOI:
10.1021/bm701265j
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