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Identification of polymer surface adsorbed proteins implicated in pluripotent human embryonic stem cell expansion

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Improved biomaterials are required for application in regenerative medicine, biosensing, and as medical devices. The response of cells to the chemistry of polymers cultured in media is generally regarded as being dominated by proteins adsorbed to the surface. Here we use mass spectrometry to identify proteins adsorbed from a complex mouse embryonic fibroblast (MEF) conditioned medium found to support pluripotent human embryonic stem cell (hESC) expansion on a plasma etched tissue culture polystyrene surface. A total of 71 proteins were identified, of which 14 uniquely correlated with the surface on which pluripotent stem cell expansion was achieved. We have developed a microarray combinatorial protein spotting approach to test the potential of these 14 proteins to support expansion of a hESC cell line (HUES-7) and a human induced pluripotent stem cell line (ReBl-PAT) on a novel polymer (N-(4-Hydroxyphenyl) methacrylamide). These proteins were spotted to form a primary array yielding several protein mixture ‘hits’ that enhanced cell attachment to the polymer. A second array was generated to test the function of a refined set of protein mixtures. We found that a combination of heat shock protein 90 and heat shock protein-1 encourage elevated adherence of pluripotent stem cells at a level comparable to fibronectin pre-treatment.

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The article was received on 24 Mar 2016, accepted on 08 Jul 2016 and first published on 28 Jul 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6BM00214E
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Biomater. Sci., 2016,4, 1381-1391
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    Identification of polymer surface adsorbed proteins implicated in pluripotent human embryonic stem cell expansion

    M. Hammad, W. Rao, J. G. W. Smith, D. G. Anderson, R. Langer, L. E. Young, D. A. Barrett, M. C. Davies, C. Denning and M. R. Alexander, Biomater. Sci., 2016, 4, 1381
    DOI: 10.1039/C6BM00214E

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