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Improvement of hemocompatibility on materials by photoimmobilization of poly(ethylene glycol)

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PEGylation of biomaterials is a common way to effectively enhance hemocompatibility of a substrate. In this study, photoimmobilization of poly(PEGMA) was applied to prepare an anti-fouling substrate for improving biomaterials' hemocompatibility. Poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate (PEGMA) was firstly copolymerized with acrylic acid (AA), which was then used for conjugation with photosensitive azidoaniline molecules. The synthesized copolymers were coated onto several substrates, such as tissue culture polystyrene, polyurethane, and polydimethylsiloxane, and then covalently immobilized on the substrates by exposure to UV radiation. The crosslinked poly(PEGMA-co-AA) coated surfaces revealed excellent blood compatibility. Platelet adhesion and fibrinogen adsorption to the PEGylated substrates were reduced significantly compared to the untreated substrate. The ability to inhibit platelet adhesion was increased with increasing PEG content in the copolymer. The UV-crosslinked PEG was very stable in both the acid and alkaline conditions and could be applied to various materials. Therefore, we demonstrate that this approach is considered an effective method for the preparation of bioinert surfaces to improve hemocompatibility of biomaterials.

Graphical abstract: Improvement of hemocompatibility on materials by photoimmobilization of poly(ethylene glycol)

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The article was received on 25 Oct 2011, accepted on 27 Jan 2012 and first published on 13 Apr 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2JM15435H
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2012,22, 9991-9999
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    Improvement of hemocompatibility on materials by photoimmobilization of poly(ethylene glycol)

    W. Kuo, M. Wang, C. Chang, T. Wei, J. Lai, W. Tsai and C. Lee, J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 9991
    DOI: 10.1039/C2JM15435H

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