(55c) Electrospun Biomimetic Materials for Cell Targeting Applications
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 13, 2006 - 1:10pm to 1:30pm
We report the discovery of novel peptides that are highly specific for endothelial progenitor cells (EPC) by screening phage display libraries. Our strategy for isolation of ligand peptides is designed to allow using whole cells as an affinity matrix. We show that binding of phage clones is highly specific for EPC since no binding has been observed on human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC), HL-60 leukemia cells, human neutrophils and monocytes. To demonstrate the utility of the phage display selected, EPC-specific peptide sequences, free peptides have been synthesized and covalently immobilized to synthetic materials using chain transfer free radical polymerization chemistry. The functionalized material was made into highly porous network of fine fibers by electrospinning. The cellular responses of endothelial progenitor cells with regard to cell attachment, proliferation, and phenotype expression were investigated. The results from this study contribute to the development of new strategies to be exploited for the design of biomimetic materials for tissue engineering applications.