Injectable hyaluronic acid and platelet lysate-derived granular hydrogels for biomedical applications

last updated: 2020-12-03
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TitleInjectable hyaluronic acid and platelet lysate-derived granular hydrogels for biomedical applications
Publication TypePapers in Scientific Journals
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsMendes B. B., Daly A. C., Reis R. L., Domingues R. M. A., Gomes M. E., and Burdick J. A.

Towards the repair of damaged tissues, numerous scaffolds have been fabricated to recreate the complex extracellular matrix (ECM) environment to support desired cell behaviors; however, it is often challenging to design scaffolds with the requisite cell-anchorage sites, mechanical stability, and tailorable physicochemical properties necessary for many applications. To address this and to improve on the properties of hyaluronic acid (HA) hydrogels, we combined photocrosslinkable norbornene-modified HA (NorHA) with human platelet lysate (PL). These PL-NorHA hybrid hydrogels supported the adhesion of cells when compared to NorHA hydrogels without PL, exhibited tailorable physicochemical properties based on the concentration of individual components, and released proteins over time. Using microfluidic techniques with on-chip mixing of NorHA and PL and subsequent photocrosslinking, spherical PL-NorHA microgels with a hierarchical fibrillar network were fabricated that exhibited the sustained delivery of PL proteins. Microgels could be jammed into granular hydrogels that exhibited shear-thinning and self-healing properties, enabling ejection from syringes and the fabrication of stable 3D constructs with 3D printing. Again, the inclusion of PL enhanced cellular interactions with the microgel structures. Overall, the combination of biomolecules and fibrin self-assembly arising from the enriched milieu of PL-derived proteins improved the bioactivity of HA-based hydrogels, enabling the formation of dynamic systems with modular design. The granular systems can be engineered to meet the complex demands of functional tissue repair using versatile processing techniques, such as with 3D printing.

JournalActa Biomaterialia
Paginationin press
Date Published2020-10-29
KeywordsBioactive, Hyaluronic acid, microgels, Platelet lysate
RightsembargoedAccess (1 Year)
Peer reviewedyes

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