Elastic Macroporous Matrix-Supported In Situ Formation of Injectable Extracellular Matrix-Like Hydrogel for Carrying Growth Factors and Living Cells

Lidya Abune, Connie Wen, Kyungsene Lee, Xuelin Wang, Dino Ravnic, Yong Wang

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Hydrogels loaded with biologics hold great potential for various biomedical applications such as regenerative medicine. However, biologics may lose bioactivity during hydrogel preparation, shipping, and storage. While many injectable hydrogels do not have this issue, they face a dilemma between fast gelation causing the difficulty of injection and slow gelation causing the escape of solutions from an injection site. The purpose of this study is to develop an affinity hydrogel by integrating a pre-formed elastic macroporous matrix and an injectable hydrogel. The data shows that the macroporous hydrogel matrix can hold a large volume of solutions for the formation of in situ injectable hydrogels loaded with growth factors or living cells. The cells can proliferate in the composite hydrogels. The growth factors can be stably sequestered and sustainably released due to the presence of aptamers. When both living cells and growth factors are loaded together into the hydrogels, cells can proliferate under culture conditions with a reduced serum level. Therefore, a macroporous and elastic matrix-supported formation of aptamer-functionalized injectable hydrogels is a promising method for developing the carriers of biologics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2300475
JournalMacromolecular Bioscience
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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