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Quantifying specific cellpolymer interactions using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy

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Evaluation of interactions between polymers and cells is very important in many biomedical applications, including tissue engineering, as polymer scaffolds represent the extracellular matrix in the body and provide cells with three-dimensional framework. Alginate was modified with a peptide with the sequence of arginineglycineaspartic acid (RGD) to prepare cell-interactive polymers, and specific interactions between mouse fibroblasts and RGD peptide-modified alginates were investigated using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS). FCS was useful for determining cellpolymer interactions in a quantitative manner at nanomolar polymer concentrations, and the results were consistent with those obtained from the fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) technique. This approach of quantitatively determining interactions between cells and polymers could be useful for developing novel polymer scaffolds for tissue engineering, as well as for designing highly efficient drug delivery systems.

Graphical abstract: Quantifying specific cell–polymer interactions using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy

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The article was received on 29 Dec 2010, accepted on 10 Mar 2011 and first published on 06 Apr 2011

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C0SM01553A
Citation: Soft Matter, 2011,7, 4876-4880
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    Quantifying specific cellpolymer interactions using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy

    H. Park and K. Y. Lee, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 4876
    DOI: 10.1039/C0SM01553A

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