Title Solvent- assisted micromolding of biohybrid hydrogels to maintain human hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells ex vivo
Date 13.11.2017
Number 53679
Abstract Array-format cell-culture carriers providing tunable matrix cues are instrumental in current cell biology and bioengineering. A new solvent-assisted demolding approach for the fabrication of microcavity arrays with very small feature sizes down to single-cell level (3 µm) of very soft biohybrid glycosaminoglycan–poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels (down to a shear modulus of 1 kPa) is reported. It is further shown that independent additional options of localized conjugation of adhesion ligand peptides, presentation of growth factors through complexation to gel-based glycosaminoglycans, and secondary gel deposition for 3D cell embedding enable a versatile customization of the hydrogel microcavity arrays for cell culture studies. As a proof of concept, cell-instructive hydrogel compartment arrays are used to analyze the response of human hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells to defined biomolecular and spatial cues.
Publisher Advanced Materials
Identifier 0
Citation Advanced Materials 29 (2017) ID1703489
Authors Müller, E. ; Werner, C. ; Freudenberg, U.

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