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Keywords:

  • cells;
  • peptides;
  • stimuli-responsive polymers;
  • surface modification;
  • thermoresponsive materials
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A novel assay for measuring time-dependant ligand-receptor affinity changes is developed based on a peptide-immobilized temperature-responsive surface, as schematically illustrated in the figure. The grafted thermoresponsive polymer acts as an “on-off” switch for mediating integrin–peptide bonding. At temperatures above and below the lower critical solution temperature (LCST), the peptides are accessible and shielded from integrin access, respectively.