Injectable self-assembling peptide hydrogels for tissue writing and embryonic stem cell culture

Pamela Hitscherich, Peter K. Nguyen, Adithya Kannan, Anthony Chirayath, Sugosh Anur, Biplab Sarkar, Eun Jung Lee, Vivek A. Kumar

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The fabrication of extracellular matrix-mimic hydrogels that can nurture and direct differentiation of embryonic stem cells is an important target for pattern-printed tissue replacement. Another desirable feature for such materials is their ability to be injected and recover their rheological features post-injection, allowing for facile non-invasive implantation. In this report, we demonstrate the ability of a self-assembling peptide hydrogel to support the culture of embryonic stem cells with the potential to direct differentiation. We also show that we can write a functional tissue replacement with a predetermined pattern using our formulation. Our results may lead to in vivo replacement of diseased tissue with a spatially resolved pattern of a regenerative hydrogel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)802-807
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biomedical Nanotechnology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


  • Cell injection
  • Embryonic stem cells
  • Injectable hydrogel
  • Self-Assembling peptide
  • Tissue mimic


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