Amino acid based hydrogels with enzymatically degradable cross-links

Szilágyi, Barnabás Áron and Némethy, Árpád and Magyar, Anna and Szabó, Ildikó and Bősze, Szilvia and Gyarmati, Benjámin and Szilágyi, András Ferenc (2018) Amino acid based hydrogels with enzymatically degradable cross-links. Reactive and functional polymers, 133. pp. 21-28. ISSN 1381-5148


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The synthesis of a chemically cross-linked polymer hydrogel consisting exclusively of amino acids is described in this paper. A natural amino acid, aspartic acid was polymerized to polysuccinimide which was cross-linked by a tetrapeptide sequence designed for proteolytic degradation, and then the corresponding poly(aspartic acid) hydrogel was obtained by alkaline hydrolysis. The hydrogel dissolved in the presence of trypsin. According to in vitro cellular assays, the degradation products of the hydrogel cross-linked with the peptide were non-cytotoxic and non-cytostatic. The sustained release of an encapsulated macromolecular model drug, FITC-dextran, was triggered by the degradation of the hydrogel induced by trypsin. These results suggest the potential application of the trypsin-responsive hydrogel for drug delivery in the small intestine.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QD Chemistry / kémia > QD04 Organic chemistry / szerves kémia
Depositing User: Dr Katalin Uray
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2019 08:16
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2020 15:50

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