Advanced Functional Materials
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Editor-in-Chief: Joern Ritterbusch, Deputy Editors: Mary De Vita, Yan Li
Online ISSN: 1616-3028
Associated Title(s): Advanced Electronic Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Advanced Engineering Materials, Advanced Healthcare Materials, Advanced Materials, Advanced Materials Interfaces, Advanced Materials Technologies, Advanced Optical Materials, Advanced Science, Particle & Particle Systems Characterization, Small
Tissue Engineering: Stable Extracellular Matrix Protein Patterns Guide the Orientation of Osteoblast-like Cells (Adv. Funct. Mater. 21/2011)
On page 4079, Jian-Tao Zhang, Oliver Pullig, Klaus D. Jandt, and coworkers use a facile approach, microcontact printing, to fabricate stable extracellular matrix (ECM) protein microstructures on the surfaces of implant materials. These protein structures are highly stable due to an intermediate polymer layer between the ECM proteins and the materials. Interestingly, these structures can guide the adhesion, proliferation, and organization of osteoblast-like cells. The cell morphology and alignment are controllable by the protein patterns.