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Synthesis and properties of amphiphilic networks 2: a differential scanning calorimetric study of poly(dodecyl methacrylate-stat-2,3 propandiol-1-methacrylate-stat-ethandiol dimethacrylate) networks and adhesion and spreading of dermal fibroblasts on these materials.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>08/2002
Issue number16
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)3509-3516
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


A series of amphiphilic networks was prepared by radical copolymerisation of dodecyl methacrylate, 2,3-propandiol-1-methacrylate and ethandiol dimethacrylate. DSC studies on these materials, swollen in water, revealed that only materials containing more than 27 wt% of water displayed melting endotherms due to the melting of ice-like structures of water (freezing water). In materials that did produce a melting endotherm the peak was generally bimodal. Changing thermal history and heating rate did not effect the shape of the two peaks, nor the relative contribution of each peak to the total endothermic response. These observations and the narrow peak width of the low temperature endotherm suggested that the bimodality was an artefact of the DSC experiment and may be due to the promotion of the glass transition once a fraction of the water has frozen. The morphology of transformed human dermal fibroblasts grown on these materials was then examined by scanning electron microscopy. Compositions that contained only non-freezing water were found to allow cell adhesion and spreading. Cells with well-spread morphologies were obtained on materials containing small fractions of freezing water and dodecyl methacrylate. These fibroblasts displayed surface features such as microvilli and filapodia. However, all compositions of poly(2,3-propandiol-1-methacrylate-co-ethandiol dimethacrylate) (i.e. hydrogels that do not contain dodecyl methacrylate repeat units) were poor substrates for cell growth and examination of these materials showed that very few cells had adhered and those that did were highly rounded.