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Keywords:

  • Biomaterials;
  • Biomimetics;
  • Bioploymers;
  • Neurons
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This paper describes a new pathway to neuroactive materials that relies on integration of neurotransmitter-like functional groups into synthetic polymers. A series of biodegradable polymers are synthesized with varying concentrations of acetylcholine-like functionalities (ALFs) using a modular design. The polymers with medium ALF contents resemble laminin in promoting neurite sprouting and extension while maintaining phenotypic protein expression of neurons.