A NEW BIODEGRADABLE AND BIOCOMPATIBLE HYDROGEL WITH POLYAMINOACID STRUCTURE
- Authors: Pitarresi, G.; Saiano, F.; Cavallaro, G.; Mandracchia, D.; Palumbo, F.
- Publication year: 2007
- Type: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
- Key words: hydrogels, FT-IR
- OA Link: http://hdl.handle.net/10447/13318
The preparation and physicochemical and biological characterization of a novel polyaminoacid hydrogel have been reported. The ,-poly(N-2- hydroxyethyl)-dl-aspartamide (PHEA) has been used as a starting polymer for a derivatization reaction with methacrylic anhydride (MA) to give rise to the methacrylate derivative named PHM. Photocrosslinking of PHM has been performed in aqueous solution at 313 nm and in the absence of toxic initiators. PHM-based hydrogel has been characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffractometry, swelling measurements in aqueous media; the degradation of PHM-based hydrogel has been evaluated as a function of time in the absence or in the presence of esterase. Besides, the biocompatibility of this hydrogel and of its degradation products has been evaluated by performing in vitro assays on human chronic myelogenous leukaemia cells (K-562), chosen as a model cell line. Finally, ATR-FTIR measurements have showed that interaction between PHMbased hydrogel and each of four plasma proteins (albumin, -globulin, transferrin and fibrinogen) does not cause change in protein conformation thus supporting its potential use as a material to prepare parenteral drug delivery systems. © 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.