Cell and protein fouling properties of polymeric mixtures containing supramolecular poly(ethylene glycol) additives

A.C.H. Pape, B.D. Ippel, P.Y.W. Dankers

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Abstract

Fouling properties of new biomaterials are important for the performance of a material in a biological environment. Here, a set of three supramolecular polymeric additives consisting of ureidopyrimidinone (UPy)-functionalized poly(ethylene glycol) (UPyPEG) were formulated with UPy-modified polycaprolactone into thin supramolecular material films. The antifouling properties of these material films were determined by investigation of the relation of cell adhesion and protein adsorption on these materials films. The presence of the UPyPEG additives at the surface of the films was evident by an increased hydrophilicity. Adhesion of human epithelial and endothelial cells was strongly reduced for two of the UPyPEG-containing films. Analysis of adsorption of the first three proteins from the Vroman series, albumin, γ-globulin, and fibrinogen, using quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation in combination with viscoelastic modeling, revealed that the surfaces containing the UPyPEG additives had a limited effect on adsorption of these proteins. Despite a limited reduction of protein adsorption, UPyPEG-containing mixtures were non-cell-adhesive, which shows that non-cell-adhesive properties of supramolecular polymer surfaces are not always directly correlated to protein adsorption.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4076-4082
Number of pages7
JournalLangmuir
Volume33
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2017

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