Three types of eosin-derivatized gelatins (eosin-gelatins) with different molecular weights (Mw) of ca. 15 kDa (low-molecular-weight eosin-gelatin, LEG), ca. 30 kDa (medium-molecular-weight eosin-gelatin, MEG), and ca. 95 kDa (high-molecular-weight eosin-gelatin, HEG) were prepared. All the eosin-gelatins except for HEG dissolved completely in water at 37°C within several hours even at high concentrations of 35 or 40 wt % along with polyamine (poly(N,N-dimethylaminopropylacrylamide)) to produce photo-crosslinkable materials. The materials had appropriate viscosity for in situ molding at 37°C and could be handled as a liquid at low temperatures of up to 25°C. Upon photoirradiation for several tens of seconds, the materials were converted almost completely to hydrogels in the desired form with a microporous network structure by the radical coupling reaction. The mechanical strength of the produced hydrogels could be controlled by selecting a particular molecular weight or concentration of eosin-gelatins. The hydrogels obtained from LEG (40 wt %) or MEG (35 wt %) had elasticity similar to that of goat periodontal tissue. The handling of the photo-crosslinkable materials at room temperature and their photogelation ability were drastically improved by reducing the M w of eosin-gelatin. The potential usefulness of the photo-crosslinkable materials to periodontal regeneration has been discussed.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part B Applied Biomaterials|
|Publication status||Published - 2009 Oct 1|
- Periodontal regeneration
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biomedical Engineering