Polydopamine-Decorated Sticky, Water-Friendly, Biodegradable Polycaprolactone Cell Carriers

Minhee Kim, Jung Suk Kim, Haeshin Lee, Jae Hyung Jang

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A bioinspired adhesive material, polydopamine (pDA), was employed as an interfacial glue to stably immobilize human neural stem cells (hNSCs) on the external surface of biodegradable polycaprolactone (PCL) microspheres, thereby serving as versatile key systems that can be used for cell carriers. The pDA decoration on the PCL microspheres has been resulted in robust hNSC immobilization as well as proliferation on their curved surfaces. The pDA coating has transformed the hydrophobic PCL systems toward water-friendly and sticky characteristics, thereby resulting in full dispersion in aqueous solution and stable adherence onto a wet biological surface. Adeno-associated virus, a safe gene vector capable of effectively regulating cell behaviors, can be decorated on the PCL surfaces and delivered efficiently to hNSCs adhered to the microsphere exteriors. These distinctive multiple benefits of the sticky pDA microspheres can provide core technologies that can boost the therapeutic effects of cell therapy approaches. Polydopamine interfacial glue can create a highly versatile platform cell carrier that can maximize the therapeutic benefits of cell replacement approaches. The polydopamine coating on polycaprolactonemicrospheres devised sticky, water-friendly, and biodegradable cell carriers, where cells are robustly immobilized on their external surfaces. The sticky cell carrier demonstrates great potential to provide crucial clues to implement the significant advancement of cell therapy approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)738-747
Number of pages10
JournalMacromolecular Bioscience
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2016 May

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
M.K. and J.-S.K. contributed equally to this work. This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant through the Active Polymer Center for Pattern Integration (2007-0056091) and funded by the Korea government (MSIP) (2015R1A2A2A03003553); Bio & Medical Technology Development Program (2013M3A9D3045879) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (MSIP). This research was also supported by a grant of the Korea Health Technology R&D Project through the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI), funded by the Ministry of Health & Welfare, Republic of Korea (HI14C1564). The acknowledgment was updated on May 10, 2016.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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