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Injectable and Degradable pH-Responsive Hydrogels via Spontaneous Amino–Yne Click Reaction

Injectable
and Degradable pH-Responsive Hydrogels via Spontaneous Amino–Yne
Click Reaction
Xulin Jiang, Jiachang Huang
Injectable hydrogels have attracted increasing attention in tissue regeneration and local drug delivery applications. Current click reactions for preparing injectable hydrogels often require a photoinitiator or catalyst, which may be toxic and may involve complex synthesis of precursors. Here, we report a facile and inexpensive method to prepare injectable and degradable hydrogels via spontaneous amino–yne click reaction without using any initiator or catalyst under physiological conditions based on telechelic electron-deficient dipropiolate ester of polyethylene glycol and water-soluble commercially available carboxymethyl chitosan (CMC). The gelation time, mechanical property, and degradation rate of the hydrogels could be adjusted by varying CMC concentrations and stoichiometric ratios. The reversible pH-induced sol–gel transitions of the hydrogel are presented and the pH-controlled drug release behaviors are demonstrated, of which the mechanism is discussed. In vitro cytotoxicity assays and in vivo in situ injection study of the CMC-based hydrogels showed favorable gel formation, nontoxicity, and good tissue biocompatibility. Therefore, these biodegradable and injectable hydrogels prepared by spontaneous amino–yne click reaction hold potential for tissue engineering and other biomedical applications.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.7b18141

DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b18141

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