Tailoring hydrogel degradation and drug release via neighboring amino acid controlled ester hydrolysis

Yun Suk Jo, Jay Gantz, Jeffrey A. Hubbell, Matthias P. Lutolf

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We present a versatile scheme to rationally modulate the hydrolysis rate of ester bonds in hydrophilic polymer networks via adjacent charged amino acids. As soluble model systems, two cysteine-bearing oligopeptides containing either positively charged arginine (GRCRGGRCRG, termed 'R-linker') or negatively charged aspartic acid (GDCDGGDCDG, termed 'D-linker') were linked to monomethoxy PEG-acrylate via Michael-type addition, and the hydrolysis rate of the conjugates was monitored using HPLC. A ca. 6-fold difference in hydrolysis kinetics of the conjugates was determined, positively charged arginine leading to an increased hydrolysis rate (t1/2 of 6.56 days vs. 36.1 days for the R- and D-linker containing conjugates, respectively). As a first step towards utilizing this concept to create tunable matrices for drug delivery and tissue engineering, the above peptides were crosslinked into hybrid hydrogels ('R-gels' and 'D-gels') by mixing with 4-arm PEG-acrylate at variable stoichiometric ratios. The physicochemical gel properties were characterized and gel degradation kinetics were quantified by monitoring the gel weight change over time at pH 7.4 and 37 °C. Differences in ester hydrolysis rates of individual chains translated into a ca. 12-fold difference in hydrogel degradation rate (R-gels: t1/2 = 7.53 days, D-gels: t1/2 = 86.6 days). Finally, the gel release kinetics of covalently linked bovine serum albumin (BSA) was also shown to be highly dependent on the charge of adjacent amino acids (R-gels: t1/2 = 3.32 days, D-gels: t1/2 = 32.1 days). With the availability of 20 natural amino acids as building blocks to modulate the chemical environment in close proximity of labile esters, we expect this work will provide a generalizable framework for the engineering of hybrid polymer-co-peptide gels with tunable and predictive degradation and drug release properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)440-446
Number of pages7
JournalSoft Matter
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 19 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Hydrogel
amino acids
hydrolysis
esters
Hydrolysis
Esters
drugs
Gels
gels
degradation
Amino Acids
Degradation
Pharmaceutical Preparations
acrylates
Polyethylene glycols
Kinetics
peptides
Arginine
Polymers
kinetics

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  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Tailoring hydrogel degradation and drug release via neighboring amino acid controlled ester hydrolysis. / Jo, Yun Suk; Gantz, Jay; Hubbell, Jeffrey A.; Lutolf, Matthias P.

In: Soft Matter, Vol. 5, No. 2, 19.01.2009, p. 440-446.

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Jo, Yun Suk ; Gantz, Jay ; Hubbell, Jeffrey A. ; Lutolf, Matthias P. / Tailoring hydrogel degradation and drug release via neighboring amino acid controlled ester hydrolysis. In: Soft Matter. 2009 ; Vol. 5, No. 2. pp. 440-446.
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