Rice University scientists have found the balance necessary to aid healing with high-tech hydrogel.
A microscopic image shows the extensive infiltration of robust blood vessels (red) in a new hydrogel scaffold developed at Rice University to help the healing of internal injuries. The purple cells are pericyte-like cells that surround new endothelial cells, helping to stabilize the vessels. The green cells are circulating through the new vascular system.
Credit:Vivek Kumar/Rice University
Highly Angiogenic Peptide Nanofibers. ACS Nano, Article ASAP DOI: 10.1021/nn506544b Publication Date (Web): January 13, 2015
Co-authors are Rice undergraduate students Nichole Taylor, Siyu Shi and Benjamin Wang and graduate students Abhishek Jalan, Marci Kang and Navindee Wickremasinghe. Kumar is a postdoctoral research fellow in Hartgerink’s group. Hartgerink is a professor of chemistry and of bioengineering.
The Robert A. Welch Foundation and the National Institutes of Health supported the research.