In situ cross‐linked hyaluronan (HA) hydrogels with different capacities for biomineralization were prepared and their enzymatic degradation was monitored. Covalent incorporation of bisphosphonates (BPs) into HA hydrogel results in the increased stiffness of the hydrogel in comparison with the unmodified HA hydrogel of the same cross‐linking density. The rate of enzymatic degradation of HABP hydrogel was significantly lower than the rate of degradation of control HA hydrogel in vitro. This effect is observed only in the presence of calcium ions that strongly bind to the matrix‐anchored BP groups and promote further mineralization of the matrix. The degradation of the hydrogels was followed by noninvasive fluorescence measurements enabled after mild and chemoselective labeling of cross‐linkable HA derivatives with a fluorescent tag.
Biopolymers – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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