Browsing by Author "Włodarczyk-Biegun, Malgorzata K."
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- ItemPrintability study of metal ion crosslinked PEG-catechol based inks(Cold Spring Harbor : Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, 2019) Włodarczyk-Biegun, Malgorzata K.; Paez, Julieta I.; Villiou, Maria; Feng, Jun; del Campo, AranzazuInspired by reversible networks present in nature, we have explored the printability of catechol functionalized polyethylene glycol (PEG) based inks with metal-coordination crosslinking. Material formulations containing Al3+, Fe3+ or V3+ as crosslinking ions were tested. The printability and shape fidelity were dependent on the ink composition (metal ion type, pH, PEG molecular weight) and printing parameters (extrusion pressure and printing speed). The relaxation time, recovery rate and viscosity of the inks were analyzed in rheology studies and correlated with thermodynamic and ligand exchange kinetic constants of the dynamic bonds and the printing performance (i.e. shape fidelity of the printed structures). The relevance of the relaxation time and ligand exchange kinetics for printability was demonstrated. Cells seeded on the crosslinked materials were viable, indicating the potential of the formulations to be used as inks for cell encapsulation. The proposed dynamic ink design offers significant flexibility for 3D (bio)printing, and enables straightforward adjustment of the printable formulation to meet application-specific needs.
- ItemThiol-Methylsulfone Based Hydrogels: Enhanced Control on Gelation Kinetics for 3D Cell Encapsulation(Washington, DC : American Chemical Society, 2019) Farrukh, Aleeza; Włodarczyk-Biegun, Malgorzata K.; del Campo, AránzazuHydrogels are useful temporal matrices for cell culture technologies. The successful mixing and encapsulation of cells within the gel requires the selection of efficient and cytocompatible gelation reactions occurring in the minute timescale under physiological conditions. The thiol-methylsulfonyl (MS) chemical reaction is introduced here as a novel chemistry to encapsulate cells in polymeric matrices. Thiol-MS crosslinking does not require a light activation step and can occur within the seconds-to-minutes timescale by adjusting the pH in the physiological range 8.0-6.6. This reaction is cytocompatible and the reaction product is hydrolytically stable in cell culture media up to 4 weeks. Cell encapsulation protocols enabling comfortable handling and yielding homogenous distribution of the embedded cells are described. All these features are relevant for the application of this crosslinking reaction to biomedical scenarios. Finally, this manuscript also compares the performance of thiol-MS hydrogels with the established thiol-maleimide and thiol-vinylsulfone hydrogels. The benefit of thiol-MS crosslinking in terms of control over hydrogelation kinetics is demonstrated.