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Title: Stimuli-responsive hydrogels as a model of the dynamic cellular microenvironment
Authors: Tanaka, Motomu  kyouindb  KAKEN_id  orcid (unconfirmed)
Nakahata, Masaki
Linke, Philipp
Kaufmann, Stefan
Author's alias: 田中, 求
中畑 雅樹
Keywords: Biomaterials - cells
Issue Date: 14-May-2020
Publisher: Springer Nature
Journal title: Polymer Journal
Volume: 52
Start page: 861
End page: 870
Abstract: Ample evidence has demonstrated that biological cells not only react to biochemical cues from the surrounding microenvironments but also sensitively detect the mechanical properties of the extracellular matrix and neighboring cells to adapt their shape, function, and fate. Mechanical aspects in biology, called mechanobiology, have been attracting biologists, chemists, physicists, and mechanical engineers. However, most in vitro studies to date have heavily relied on covalently cross-linked hydrogels with prefixed and hence unchangeable mechanical properties, although the mechanical properties of the cellular microenvironment are never uniform or static. From this context, stimuli-responsive hydrogels are highly attractive as surrogate materials that can simulate dynamic physical microenvironments in vivo. This review tries to provide a comprehensive overview of previous achievements, present pitfalls and challenges, and future perspectives on the recent development of stimuli-responsive hydrogel materials for the dynamic control of cell behavior.
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DOI(Published Version): 10.1038/s41428-020-0353-6
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