Effect of Branching Degree of Dendritic Polyglycerols on Plasma Protein Adsorption: Relationship between Hydration States and Surface Morphology

Moe Yamazaki, Yosuke Sugimoto, Daiki Murakami, Masaru Tanaka, Tooru Ooya

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This study focuses on dendritic glycerols and investigates the construction of biocompatible surfaces by understanding how differences in the branching of these molecules change the interactions with the biological components. The two molecules, polyglycerol dendrimer (PGD), which has a completely branched structure, and hyperbranched polyglycerol (HPG), which has an incompletely branched structure, are compared and the differences in branching are evaluated. It is shown that PGD has a little bit more intermediate water than HPG, which reflects the differences in the branching. The effect of surface state on the adsorption of the plasma proteins, human serum albumin (HSA), fibrinogen (Fib), and fibronectin (FN), is discussed by modifying a glass surface using these molecules with different hydration states. The adsorption of HSA decreases to several percent for HPG and 10% for PGD compared to unmodified substrate. Although the adsorption of Fib decreases to 5% for HPG, an increase to 150% is observed for PGD. Since this specific Fib adsorption observed only onto PGD is suppressed in the cases of a mixed solution of HSA and Fib or sequentially using HSA solution and then Fib solution, it is thought that the Vroman effect is suppressed on the PGD-modified surface. Furthermore, when AFM measurements are performed in PBS to understand the surface roughness, PGD is found to be more highly non-uniform. Because of this, the nanometer scale roughness that is significantly observed only on the PGD-modified surface is thought to have an effect on the characteristic adsorption properties of Fib. Thus, although both PGD and HPG with different branching have intermediate water, the proportion differs between PGD and HPG. Therefore, it is found that differences occur in the plasma protein adsorption mechanisms depending on the coordinates and density of hydroxyl groups within the molecules.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8534-8543
Number of pages10
Issue number28
Publication statusPublished - Jul 20 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


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