Self-assembled peptide hydrogel scaffolds with VEGF and BMP-2 enhanced in vitro angiogenesis and osteogenesis

Ruijuan Zhang, Yang Liu, Yingqiu Qi, Ying Zhao, Guangjun Nie, Xiaozhe Wang, Shuguo Zheng

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Objectives: The reconstruction of bone defects remains a major clinical issue. Our study aims to investigate the ability of RATEA16 (RA, [CH3CONH] RADARADARADARADA-[CONH2]) for the sustained delivering VEGF and BMP-2 to promote angiogenesis and osteogenesis in bone reconstruction. Materials and methods: We prepared and investigated the characterization of RATEA16. The survival of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and human stem cells of the apical papilla (SCAPs) encapsulated in RATEA16 hydrogel was detected. Then, we established RA-VEGF/BMP-2 drug delivery systems and measured their drug release pattern. The effects of RA-VEGF scaffolds on HUVECs angiogenesis were investigated in vitro. Then, osteoblastic differentiation capacity of SCAPs with RA-BMP-2 scaffolds was analyzed by ALP activity and expression of osteoblast-related genes. Results: A porous nanofiber microstructure endowed this scaffold with the ability to maintain the survival of HUVECs and SCAPs. The RA-VEGF/BMP-2 drug delivery systems exhibited several advantagesin vitro: injectability, biodegradability, good biocompatibility, and noncytotoxicity. Released rhVEGF165/BMP-2 were proved to promote angiogenesis of HUVECs as well as osteogenesis of SCAPs abilities. Conclusion: RATEA16 loading with VEGF and BMP-2 might be a potential clinical strategy for tissue engineering, especially in bone reconstruction, due to its ability of delivering growth factors effectively and efficiently.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)723-733
Number of pages11
JournalOral Diseases
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2022


  • angiogenesis
  • bone reconstruction
  • drug delivery system
  • osteogenesis
  • self-assembling peptide hydrogel
  • sustained release

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Dentistry(all)


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