Influence of physically crosslinked gelatins on the vasculature in the avian chorioallantoic membrane


Gelatins functionalized with desaminotyrosine (DAT) or desaminotyrosyl tyrosine (DATT) form physically crosslinked hydrogels, due to the interactions between the introduced aromatic moieties and gelatin triple helices, whose extent depends on the thermal treatment of the material. The G-modulus of these hydrogels can be tailored to the range of the natural extracellular matrix by adjusting the degree of crosslinking. While these gelatin-based materials have been shown to be not angiogenic, the aim of the study was to evaluate whether these biomaterials influence the regulation of blood vessels when positioned on the chorionallantoic membrane (CAM) of fertilized eggs. The results clearly indicate that the DAT-functionalized gelatin led to an increase of the diameter of the blood vessels in the CAM, which at the same time is probably associated with an increased blood flow in these CAM vessels. The vessel diameters of the four groups (DAT-functionalized gelatin, DATT-functionalized gelatin, plain gelatin, control group without gelatin, each n = 10) differed significantly (p < 0.0001). Vessels in the CAM exposed to the DAT-functionalized gelatin showed with 36.4 μm ± 3.4 μm the largest mean diameters compared to the mean diameters of the samples exposed to DATT gelatin (16.0 μm ± 0.8 μm; p < 0.05) and the plain gelatin (21.2 μm ± 1.0 μm; p < 0.05), which both did not differ significantly from the vessels of the control group. The biocompatibility of the materials in vitro motivates the exploration of their application as matrix in local drug-release systems with short half-life times (one hour up to several days).
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