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Patterned Poly(dopamine) Films for Enhanced Cell Adhesion

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posted on 18.11.2016 by Xi Chen, Christina Cortez-Jugo, Gwan H. Choi, Mattias Björnmalm, Yunlu Dai, Pil J. Yoo, Frank Caruso
Engineered materials that promote cell adhesion and cell growth are important in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. In this work, we produced poly­(dopamine) (PDA) films with engineered patterns for improved cell adhesion. The patterned films were synthesized via the polymerization of dopamine at the air–water interface of a floating bed of spherical particles. Subsequent dissolution of the particles yielded free-standing PDA films with tunable geometrical patterns. Our results show that these patterned PDA films significantly enhance the adhesion of both cancer cells and stem cells, thus showing promise as substrates for cell attachment for various biomedical applications.