Biomaterials 2021 Apr 4;271:120750. Epub 2021 Mar 4.
Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto, 200 College St, Toronto, ON, M5S 3E5, Canada; Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto, 160 College St, Toronto, ON, M5S 3E1, Canada; Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto, 1 King's College Circle, ON, M5S 1A8, Canada. Electronic address:
Vitreous substitutes are clinically used to maintain retinal apposition and preserve retinal function; yet the most used substitutes are gases and oils which have disadvantages including strict face-down positioning post-surgery and the need for subsequent surgical removal, respectively. We have engineered a vitreous substitute comprised of a novel hyaluronan-oxime crosslinked hydrogel. Hyaluronan, which is naturally abundant in the vitreous of the eye, is chemically modified to crosslink with poly(ethylene glycol)-tetraoxyamine via oxime chemistry to produce a vitreous substitute that has similar physical properties to the native vitreous including refractive index, density and transparency. Read More