The existing first-generation drug-eluting stent (DES) has caused late and very late stent thrombosis related to incomplete stent endothelialization. Hence, biomaterials that possess sufficient anti-thrombogenicity and endothelialization with the controlled drug release system have been highly required. In this work, we have developed a newly designed drug-release platform composed of 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC) polymer, a non-thrombogenic polymer, and micropatterned hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H), a cell-compatible thin film. The platelet adhesion and the endothelial cell adhesion behavior on the micropatterned substrates were investigated in vitro. The results indicated that the micropatterned a-C:H/MPC polymer substrates effectively supported the human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVEC) proliferation, while suppressing the platelet adhesion. Interestingly, the HUVEC exhibited different shape and behavior by changing the island size of the micropatterned a-C:H. By introducing both a non-thrombogenic polymer and cell-compatible thin films through a simple patterning method, we demonstrated that the platform had the potential to be utilized as a base material for DES with cell controllability. Statement of significance: The current first-generation drug-eluting stents (DES) would cause late and very late stent thrombosis due to the incomplete endothelialization of the metal stent material. In this work, we have developed a new DES platform composed of a 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC) polymer micropatterned by hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H). Two types of differently micropatterned a-C:H stent surface were made. Our studies revealed that the micropatterned a-C:H/MPC polymer substrates could effectively enhance the endothelial cell (EC) proliferation, simultaneously suppressing the platelet adhesion, becoming a highly biocompatible material especially for indwelling devices including a drug-release device. The new drug-release platform could be utilized as a base material for cell-controllable coating on DES.
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