Peptide Bioink: Self-Assembling Nanofibrous Scaffolds for Three-Dimensional Organotypic Cultures

Yihua Loo, Anupama Lakshmanan, Ming Ni, Lai Ling Toh, Shi Wang, Charlotte A.E. Hauser*

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Printable scaffolds with adequate mechanical strength and stiffness are sought after to ensure viability of printed cells and tissues. We report the first peptide bioinks-lysine-containing hexapeptides that self-assemble into stable, nanofibrous three-dimensional hydrogels with unprecedented stiffness of up to 40 kPa. These biocompatible scaffolds support the three-dimensional culture of human stem cells and differentiation of primary cells into organotypic (gastrointestinal and skin) structures for high-throughput screening, diagnosis, and tissue engineering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6919-6925
Number of pages7
JournalNano Letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 14 2015

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  • Peptide bioink
  • bioprinting
  • nanofibrous scaffold
  • smart biomaterials
  • stimuli-responsive self-assembly
  • ultrashort peptides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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