Papers Published

  1. Jun, H. W. and West, J. L., Modification of polyurethaneurea with PEG and YIGSR peptide to enhance endothelialization without platelet adhesion, JOURNAL OF BIOMEDICAL MATERIALS RESEARCH PART B-APPLIED BIOMATERIALS, vol. 72B no. 1 (January, 2005), pp. 131--139 [doi] .
    (last updated on 2012/02/23)

    Abstract:
    Improved endothelialization without platelet adhesion is essential to enhance the long-term patency of synthetic vascular grafts and other blood-contacting devices. We have developed a dually modified polyurethaneurea by incorporating endothelial cell adhesive YIGSR peptide sequences as chain extenders and nonthrombogenic PEG as a soft segment (PUUYIGSR-PEG) in the polymer backbone. PUUYIGSR-PEG was successfully synthesized and characterized by proton NMR, FTIR, GPC, DSC, ESCA, and contact angle measurement. Despite having similar molecular weight, the peptide/PEG-modified polyurethaneurea (PUUYIGSR-PEG) showed superior mechanical properties compared to the control PEG-modified polyurethaneurea (PUUPPD-PEG). Virtually no platelet adhesion was observed on PUUYIGSR-PEG, while endothelial cell adhesion, spreading, and migration were significantly greater on PUUYIGSR-PEG compared to PUUPPD-PEG. Thus, this bioactive polymer may be an appropriate biomaterial for small diameter vascular grafts. (C) 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.