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Web Date: August 17, 2006

Nanostructures Help Build Blood Vessels

Peptide-hydrocarbon chain scaffold binds heparin to help promote wound healing
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Nano SCENE

Using the biopolymer heparin and a nanofiber scaffold, researchers at Northwestern University have developed a novel nanostructure that promotes blood vessel growth (Nano Lett., DOI: 10.1021/nl0613555). The system, developed by Samuel I. Stupp and his colleagues, could become an important tool in regenerative medicine, where new blood vessel formation is critical for healing wounds.

The nanofiber's basic building block is a peptide amphiphile . . .

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