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Surface modification of polyimide sheets for regenerative medicine applications

: Vlierberghe, S. van; Sirova, M.; Rossmann, P.; Thielecke, H.; Boterberg, V.; Rihova, B.; Schacht, E.; Dubruel, P.


Biomacromolecules 11 (2010), Nr.10, S.2731-2739
ISSN: 1525-7797
Fraunhofer IBMT ()

In the present work, two strategies were elaborated to surface-functionalize implantable polyimide sheets. In the first methodology, cross-linkable vinyl groups were introduced on the polyimide surface using aminopropylmethacrylamide. In the second approach, arc:active succinimidyl ester was introduced on the surface of PI. Using the former approach, the aim is to apply a vinyl functionalized biopolymer coating. In the latter approach, any amine containing biopolymer can be immobilized. The foils developed were characterized in depth using a variety of characterization techniques. including atomic force rnicroscopy, static contact angle measurements, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The results indicated that both modification strategies were successful. The subcutaneous implantation in mice indicated that both modification strategies resulted in biocompatible materials, inducing only limited cellular infiltration to the surrounding tissue.