AbstractThe chemical composition of a substrate can influence the adhesion, viability and proliferation of cells seeded on the substrate. The aim of this work was to investigate the influence of different cationic or anionic moieties in acrylonitrile-based copolymers on the interaction with fibroblasts. A series of ten different types of acrylonitrile-based copolymers with a random sequence structure was prepared using a water born synthesis process to exclude potential residues of organic solvents. As charged comonomers cationic methacrylic acid-2-aminoethylester hydrochloride (AEMA), N-3-amino-propyl-methacrylamide hydrochloride (APMA) and anionic 2-methyl-2-propene-1-sulfonic acid sodium salt (NaMAS) were utilized. By application of a specific sintering procedure the copolymer materials were processed into transparent disks for conducting cell tests in direct contact. The copolymers were analyzed with respect to their composition and surface properties. Cytotoxicity tests of the polymer extracts, as well as of the disks were performed with L929 mouse fibroblasts. All copolymers showed no cytotoxic effects. Furthermore, for higher molar ratios of AEMA an increase in cell growth could be observed, which might be a hint that higher charge densities are favorable for the proliferation of L929 cells.