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Ann Biomed Eng. 2015 Mar;43(3):501-14. doi: 10.1007/s10439-014-1166-6. Epub 2014 Nov 4.

The powerful functions of peptide-based bioactive matrices for regenerative medicine.

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Simpson Querrey Institute of BioNanotechnology, Northwestern University, 303 East Superior Street, 11th floor, Chicago, IL, 60611, USA.


In an effort to develop bioactive matrices for regenerative medicine, peptides have been used widely to promote interactions with cells and elicit desired behaviors in vivo. This paper describes strategies that utilize peptide-based molecules as building blocks to create supramolecular nanostructures that emulate not only the architecture but also the chemistry of the extracellular matrix in mammalian biology. After initiating a desired regenerative response in vivo, the innate biodegradability of these systems allow for the natural biological processes to take over in order to promote formation of a new tissue without leaving a trace of the nonnatural components. These bioactive matrices can either bind or mimic growth factors or other protein ligands to elicit a cellular response, promote specific mechano-biological responses, and also guide the migration of cells with programmed directionality. In vivo applications discussed in this review using peptide-based matrices include the regeneration of axons after spinal cord injury, regeneration of bone, and the formation of blood vessels in ischemic muscle as a therapy in peripheral arterial disease and cardiovascular diseases.

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