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Marine Polysaccharide-Collagen Coatings on Ti6Al4V Alloy Formed by Self-Assembly

Engineering Department, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW, UK
Physical Materials Science and Composite Materials Centre, National research Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk 634050, Russia
IFREMER, Laboratoire Ecosystèmes Microbiens et Molécules Marines pour les Biotechnologies, F-44311 Nantes, France
Sports Tech Research Centre, Mid-Sweden University, Akademigatan 1, 83125 Östersund, Sweden
Institut des Matériaux Jean Rouxel (IMN), Université de Nantes-CNRS, 44322 Nantes, France
Lancaster Medical School, Faculty of Health and Medicine, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW, UK
Materials Science Institute (MSI), Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW, UK
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Micromachines 2019, 10(1), 68;
Received: 30 November 2018 / Revised: 16 January 2019 / Accepted: 18 January 2019 / Published: 19 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Self-Assembly of Polymers)
Polysaccharides of marine origin are gaining interest as biomaterial components. Bacteria derived from deep-sea hydrothermal vents can produce sulfated exopolysaccharides (EPS), which can influence cell behavior. The use of such polysaccharides as components of organic, collagen fibril-based coatings on biomaterial surfaces remains unexplored. In this study, collagen fibril coatings enriched with HE800 and GY785 EPS derivatives were deposited on titanium alloy (Ti6Al4V) scaffolds produced by rapid prototyping and subjected to physicochemical and cell biological characterization. Coatings were formed by a self-assembly process whereby polysaccharides were added to acidic collagen molecule solution, followed by neutralization to induced self-assembly of collagen fibrils. Fibril formation resulted in collagen hydrogel formation. Hydrogels formed directly on Ti6Al4V surfaces, and fibrils adsorbed onto the surface. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis of collagen fibril coatings revealed association of polysaccharides with fibrils. Cell biological characterization revealed good cell adhesion and growth on bare Ti6Al4V surfaces, as well as coatings of collagen fibrils only and collagen fibrils enhanced with HE800 and GY785 EPS derivatives. Hence, the use of both EPS derivatives as coating components is feasible. Further work should focus on cell differentiation. View Full-Text
Keywords: marine exopolysaccharide; collagen; surface modification; Ti6Al4V marine exopolysaccharide; collagen; surface modification; Ti6Al4V
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Norris, K.; Mishukova, O.I.; Zykwinska, A.; Colliec-Jouault, S.; Sinquin, C.; Koptioug, A.; Cuenot, S.; Kerns, J.G.; Surmeneva, M.A.; Surmenev, R.A.; Douglas, T.E. Marine Polysaccharide-Collagen Coatings on Ti6Al4V Alloy Formed by Self-Assembly. Micromachines 2019, 10, 68.

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