A One-Step Biofunctionalization Strategy of Electrospun Scaffolds Enables Spatially Selective Presentation of Biological Cues

Paul Wieringa, Andre Girao, Maqsood Ahmed, Roman Truckenmuller, Alexander Welle, Silvestro Micera, Richard van Wezel, Lorenzo Moroni*

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To recapitulate the heterogeneous complexity of tissues in the human body with synthetic mimics of the extracellular matrix (ECM), it is important to develop methods that can easily allow the selective functionalization of defined spatial domains. Here, a facile method is introduced to functionalize microfibrillar meshes with different reactive groups able to bind biological moieties in a one-step reaction. The resulting scaffolds prove to selectively support a differential neurite growth after being seeded with dorsal root ganglia. Considering the general principles behind the method developed, this is a promising strategy to realize enhanced biomimicry of native ECM for different regenerative medicine applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2000269
Number of pages9
JournalAdvanced Materials Technologies
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020


  • divergent patterns
  • electrospinning
  • functionalization
  • neural tissue
  • peptides

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