Physical and specific crosslinking of collagen fibers by supramolecular nanogelators

Michiya Matsusaki, Ryotaro Amekawa, Masahiro Matsumoto, Yuji Tanaka, Akira Kubota, Kohji Nishida, Mitsuru Akashi

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Supramolecular nanogelators that possess triple-helices on their surfaces quickly form transparent hydrogels upon mixing with collagen solutions by hydrogen bonding. The exceptional selectivity of the gelation properties for fibrous collagens is observed, whereas other biomolecules exhibit no change. This material is useful as a smart injectable nanogelator with collagen specificity for tissue engineering.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2957-2961
Number of pages5
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jul 12


  • collagens
  • cornea
  • nanogelators
  • supramolecules
  • tissue engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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