Interaction of platelets with poly(vinylidene fluoride-co- hexafluoropropylene) electrospun surfaces

Furqan Ahmed, Namita Roy Choudhury, Naba K. Dutta, Susana Brito E Abreu, Andrew Zannettino, Elizabeth Duncan

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Abstract

Platelets are the major contributors in the process of thrombosis and in the failure of biomedical implants. A number of factors influence the platelet interaction with foreign surfaces such as surface morphology, surface chemistry, and adsorbed proteins. This study examined the effect of surface topography and chemistry of pristine and fibrinogen-adsorbed solvent cast (SC) and electrospun (ES) samples of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) on platelet adhesion, activation, and aggregation. Qualitative and quantitative studies of fibrinogen adsorption were performed using time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS), while SEM, aggregometry, and liquid scintillation analyses were performed to evaluate platelet adhesion, aggregation, and serotonin release. While little or no platelet adhesion was observed on pristine ES surfaces, considerable adhesion, and measurable aggregation and serotonin release were observed on pristine SC surfaces. Notably, increased adhesion of platelets was observed following fibrinogen adsorption on SC surface with considerable aggregation and serotonin release compared with ES samples, where limited aggregation and platelet adhesion was observed. A further comparison of platelet adhesion, aggregation, and serotonin release was performed with plasma-adsorbed SC and ES surfaces. SC surfaces showed enhanced platelet adhesion, aggregation, and serotonin release compared to ES surfaces. This study shows that the morphology of samples plays a critical role on the biocompatibility of samples by altering the adsorption and adhesion of biomolecules and cells. The low level of adhesion, low aggregation, and serotonin release of platelets, even in the presence of fibrinogen and plasma-derived proteins, suggested that ES samples have the least thrombogenicity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)744-755
Number of pages12
JournalBiomacromolecules
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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