Effect of Molecular Composition of Heparin and Cellulose Sulfate on Multilayer Formation and Cell Response
Journal article, 2013

Here, the layer-by-layer method was applied to assemble films from chitosan paired with either heparin or a semisynthetic cellulose sulfate (CS) that possessed a higher sulfation degree than heparin. Ion pairing was exploited during multilayer formation at pH 4, while hydrogen bonding is likely to occur at pH 9. Effects of polyanions and pH value during layer formation on multilayers properties were studied by surface plasmon resonance ("dry layer mass"), quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring ("wet layer mass"), water contact angle, and zeta potential measurements. Bioactivity of multilayers was studied regarding fibronectin adsorption and adhesion/proliferation of C2C12 myoblast cells. Layer growth and dry mass were higher for both polyanions at pH 4 when ion pairing occurred, while it decreased significantly with heparin at pH 9. By contrast, CS as polyanion resulted also in high layer growth and mass at pH 9, indicating a much stronger effect of hydrogen bonding between chitosan and CS. Water contact angle and zeta potential measurements indicated a more separated structure of multilayers from chitosan and heparin at pH 4, while CS led to a more fuzzy intermingled structure at both pH values. Cell behavior was highly dependent on pH during multilayer formation with heparin as polyanion and was closely related to fibronectin adsorption. By contrast, CS and chitosan did not show such dependency on pH value, where adhesion and growth of cells was high. Results of this study show that CS is an attractive candidate for multilayer formation that does not depend so strongly on pH during multilayer formation. In addition, such multilayer system also represents a good substrate for cell interactions despite the rather soft structure. As previous studies have shown specific interaction of CS with growth factors, multilayers from chitosan and CS may be of great interest for different biomedical applications.







quartz-crystal microbalance

polyelectrolyte multilayers




N. Aggarwal

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Noomi Altgärde

Chalmers, Applied Physics, Biological Physics

Sofia Svedhem

Chalmers, Applied Physics, Biological Physics

K. Zhang

Technische Universität Dresden

Technische Universität Darmstadt

S. Fischer

Technische Universität Dresden

T. Groth

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg


07437463 (ISSN) 15205827 (eISSN)

Vol. 29 45 13853-13864

Subject Categories

Materials Engineering

Chemical Sciences



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