Peptide- and protein-based hydrogels

Anika M. Jonker, D.W.P.M. Löwik, J.C.M. Hest, van

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Hydrogels are polymeric networks, capable of absorbing large amounts of water and biological fluids. They are insoluble due to the presence of chemical or physical cross-links between the constituents. Hydrogels are promising materials for use as injectable biomaterials due to their high water content, tunable viscoelasticity, and biocompatibility. Peptides and proteins are important building blocks in the design of hydrogels, since they are easily degraded by the body and display a high biocompatibility. This review aims to give an overview of hydrogels in which peptides and proteins are structural elements of the polymer network. The review starts with hydrogels derived from naturally occurring structural proteins, followed by all-protein and peptide-based synthetic systems. Next, hybrid hydrogels composed of synthetic polymeric and peptide structural elements will be discussed. The potential of these hydrogels is illustrated with applications that are mainly derived from the field of tissue engineering.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)759-773
Aantal pagina's15
TijdschriftChemistry of Materials
Nummer van het tijdschrift5
StatusGepubliceerd - 13 mrt 2012
Extern gepubliceerdJa

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