Hepatogenic Supported Differentiation of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in a Lactobionic Acid-Conjugated Thermogel

Hyo Jung Moon, Hyun Jung Lee, Madhumita Patel, Sohee Park, Seo Hee Chang, Byeongmoon Jeong

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To investigate the effect of receptor substrate of target cells on stem cell differentiation, lactobionic acid-conjugated poly[(propylene glycol)-b-(ethylene glycol)-b-(propylene glycol)]-poly(l-alanine) (LB-PLX-PA) was synthesized, and then thermogelling systems consisting of LB-PLX-PA and PLX-PA in a ratio of 0/100 (LB-0), 5/95 (LB-5), and 20/80 (LB-20) were constructed as an injectable three-dimensional scaffold toward hepatogenic differentiation of tonsil-derived mesenchymal stem cells (TMSCs). Modulus of LB-0, LB-5, and LB-20 increased to 500-800 Pa at 37 °C (gel) due to the heat induced sol-to-gel transition of the systems during which TMSCs were incorporated into the gel. Based on biomarker expressions and hepatic biofunctions of the differentiated cells, the receptor substrate (LB)-conjugated bioactive thermogel provides compatible microenvironments for the differentiated cells, and thus gives pronounced positive results on the differentiation of the stem cells into target cells during three-dimensional culture, compared with a passive thermogel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1305-1309
Number of pages5
JournalACS Macro Letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - 21 Nov 2017

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Korean Government (2012M3A9C6049835, 2017R1A2B2007365, 2017R1A5A1015365).

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© 2017 American Chemical Society.


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