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EPSRC Reference: EP/D070791/1
Title: Self assembly of GAG-Functionalised Peptides into Proteoglycan-Like Molecules for Tissue Engineering
Principal Investigator: Fisher, Professor J
Other Investigators:
Aggeli, Dr A Warriner, Dr SL Ingham, Professor E
Waigh, Dr TA Jin, Professor Z
Researcher Co-Investigators:
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Department: Mechanical Engineering
Organisation: University of Leeds
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 15 January 2007 Ends: 14 July 2010 Value (£): 437,892
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Tissue Engineering
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Healthcare
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Tissue engineering involves the replacement, repair and regeneration of diseased or degenerative tissues in the human body. Currently scaffolds made of hydroxyapatite are used to replace bone, and scaffolds made of collagen are commonly used to replace soft tissues. These scafolds may be chemically active to encourge appropriate cell growth. Many soft tissues also contain molecules such known as glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), which are water liking or binding molecules. These molecules may be linked to proteins to form proteoglycans which often act to lubricate interfaces and facilitate relative tissue movements. They have also been shown to fulfil important biological functions. Peptides are small chains of amino acids which can be synthesised to form self-assembling peptides which form long chains and complex structures which can mimic collagen-like molecules. The aims of this speculative research project are to explore the potential for linking GAGs to self-assembling peptides, to make them behave like proteoglycans and study the self-assembly of GAG-functionalised peptides
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