Polymeric scaffolds such as hydrogels can be engineered to restore, maintain, or improve impaired tissues and organs. However, most hydrogels require surgical implantation that can cause several complications such as infection and damage to adjacent tissues. Therefore, developing minimally invasive strategies is of critical importance for these purposes. Herein, we developed several injectable cryogels made out of hyaluronic acid and gelatin for tissue-engineering applications. The physicochemical properties of hyaluronic acid combined with the intrinsic cell-adhesion properties of gelatin can provide suitable physical support for the attachment, survival, and spreading of cells. The physical characteristics of pure gelatin cryogels, such as mechanics and injectability, were enhanced once copolymerized with hyaluronic acid. Reciprocally, the adhesion of 3T3 cells cultured in hyaluronic acid cryogels was enhanced when formulated with gelatin. Furthermore, cryogels had a minimal effect on bone marrow dendritic cell activation, suggesting their cytocompatibility. Finally, in vitro studies revealed that copolymerizing gelatin with hyaluronic acid did not significantly alter their respective intrinsic biological properties. These findings suggest that hyaluronic acid-co
-gelatin cryogels combined the favorable inherent properties of each biopolymer, providing a mechanically robust, cell-responsive, macroporous, and injectable platform for tissue-engineering applications.
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