Highly angiogenic peptide nanofibers

Vivek A. Kumar, Nichole L. Taylor, Siyu Shi, Benjamin K. Wang, Abhishek A. Jalan, Marci K. Kang, Navindee C. Wickremasinghe, Jeffrey D. Hartgerink

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Major limitations of current tissue regeneration approaches using artificial scaffolds are fibrous encapsulation, lack of host cellular infiltration, unwanted immune responses, surface degradation preceding biointegration, and artificial degradation byproducts. Specifically, for scaffolds larger than 200-500 μm, implants must be accompanied by host angiogenesis in order to provide adequate nutrient/waste exchange in the newly forming tissue. In the current work, we design a peptide-based self-assembling nanofibrous hydrogel containing cell-mediated degradation and proangiogenic moieties that specifically address these challenges. This hydrogel can be easily delivered by syringe, is rapidly infiltrated by cells of hematopoietic and mesenchymal origin, and rapidly forms an extremely robust mature vascular network. Scaffolds show no signs of fibrous encapsulation and after 3 weeks are resorbed into the native tissue. These supramolecular assemblies may prove a vital paradigm for tissue regeneration and specifically for ischemic tissue disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)860-868
Number of pages9
JournalACS Nano
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 27 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


  • angiogenesis
  • multidomain peptide
  • self-assembly
  • supramolecular chemistry


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