Coffee Melanoidin-Based Multipurpose Film Formation: Application to Single-Cell Nanoencapsulation

Ji Yup Kim, Seulbi Kim, Sol Han, Sang Yeong Han, Cláudia P. Passos, Jeongyeon Seo, Hojae Lee, Eunhye K. Kang, João F. Mano, Manuel A. Coimbra, Ji Hun Park, Insung S. Choi

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The melanoidin from soluble coffee is utilized as a material-independent, multipurpose coating material. Instantaneous complexation of the coffee melanoidin (CM) with ferric ion (Fe3+) leads to surface-adhesive aggregates, inducing sequential film deposition. Various chemical groups of the CM also allow for post-functionalizations of the CM film, including surface-initiated, ring-opening polymerization and bioinspired silicification. In addition, the CM-based coating is applied to single-cell nanoencapsulation with a strategy of biphasic interfacial reactions. The method is highly cytocompatible (viability >98%), and the CM shell is cytoprotective against lytic enzymes. The coated cells inherit the characterictics of the CM, such as post-functionalizability and antioxidant property. Considering that surface-coating technologies with cytocompatible natural polymers have widely been used for engineering bioentities, the CM-based coating strategy would provide an advanced option for biomedical applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-385
Number of pages7
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2020

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  • carbohydrates
  • cell encapsulation
  • coffee melanoidin
  • film formation
  • surface engineering


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