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EGF-grafted PDMS surfaces in artificial cornea applications

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10898 707 2005 11 PDF Available
Title
EGF-grafted PDMS surfaces in artificial cornea applications
Abstract

Lack of epithelial cell coverage has remained a persistent problem in the design of an artificial cornea. In this work, polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) surfaces were modified with epidermal growth factor (EGF) to improve the growth of corneal epithelial cells. The EGF was covalently tethered to PDMS substrates aminated by plasma polymerization of allylamine via a homobifunctional polyethylene glycol (PEG) spacer. Surface modification was confirmed by contact angle and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements. By varying the ratio of EGF to PEG from 1:50 to 1:5, EGF amounts from 40 to 90 ng/cm2 could be bound, as determined by surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and 125I radiolabelling. Human corneal epithelial cells on the various modified surfaces were cultured both in the presence and absence of EGF in the culture medium to determine the effect of covalently bound EGF on the cells. The results demonstrated that covalently bound EGF on the surfaces is active with respect to promoting epithelial cell coverage. This was significant when compared to unmodified controls.

Keywords
Artificial cornea; Epidermal growth factor; PDMS; PEO; Corneal epithelial cells
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Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: Biomaterials - Volume 26, Issue 35, December 2005, Pages 7286–7296
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Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Bioengineering
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