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Azobenzene-based polymers: emerging applications as cell culture platforms

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Abstract

The fabrication of biomaterials whose properties are activated or inhibited on demand via light is appealing for fundamental biological studies as well as for the development of new applications in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. One of the most widely used molecules in light-controlled systems is azobenzene for its ability to isomerise in response to light. In this minireview, the fundamental landmarks towards the application of azobenzene-containing materials as cell culture substrates will be highlighted, foreseeing their massive use as next-generation cell-instructive materials.

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The article was received on 05 Jan 2018, accepted on 23 Feb 2018 and first published on 23 Feb 2018


Article type: Minireview
DOI: 10.1039/C8BM00019K
Citation: Biomater. Sci., 2018,6, 990-995
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    Azobenzene-based polymers: emerging applications as cell culture platforms

    C. Fedele, P. A. Netti and S. Cavalli, Biomater. Sci., 2018, 6, 990
    DOI: 10.1039/C8BM00019K

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