Supramolecular hydrogels for regenerative medicine

A.C.H. Pape, P.Y.W. Dankers

    Onderzoeksoutput: Hoofdstuk in Boek/Rapport/CongresprocedureHoofdstukAcademicpeer review

    6 Citaten (Scopus)
    3 Downloads (Pure)


    Regenerative medicine is the science of re-creating or repairing living functional tissue, often inside the body. Biomaterials for regenerative medicine are inspired by the extracellular matrix (ECM), which provides the natural scaffold for cells inside the body. The use of supramolecular hydrogels as man-made tunable replacements for the ECM is being investigated because hydrogels offer an aqueous environment. In addition, supramolecular systems offer modularity and dynamics, also found in the ECM. This chapter gives an overview of translational research on different supramolecular hydrogels, showing systems that have been used in vivo in the field of regenerative medicine. We discuss the chemical structures and biomedical applications of various natural compounds, biosynthetic compounds, biohybrid systems, and fully synthetic materials. Furthermore, we discuss tuning of the mechanical properties and functionalization of these hydrogels with bioactive compounds. Both characteristics are essential for their function in contact with cells and for the creation of a regenerative niche, thereby controlling cellular adherence, proliferation, homing, and differentiation.

    Originele taal-2Engels
    TitelSupramolecular polymer networks and gels
    RedacteurenS. Seiffert
    Aantal pagina's27
    ISBN van elektronische versie978-3-319-15404-6
    ISBN van geprinte versie978-3-319-15403-9
    StatusGepubliceerd - 2015

    Publicatie series

    NaamAdvances in polymer science
    ISSN van elektronische versie0065-3195


    Duik in de onderzoeksthema's van 'Supramolecular hydrogels for regenerative medicine'. Samen vormen ze een unieke vingerafdruk.

    Citeer dit