4-Methylumbelliferone-Functionalized Polyphosphazene and Its Assembly into Biocompatible Fluorinated Nanocoatings with Selective Antiproliferative Activity. Academic Article uri icon


  • Advanced multifunctional biomaterials are increasingly relying on clinically dictated patterns of selectivity against various biological targets. Integration of these frequently conflicting features into a single material surface may be best achieved by combining various complementary methodologies. Herein, a drug with a broad spectrum of activity, i.e., 4-methylumbelliferone (4-MU), is synthetically multimerized into water-soluble anionic macromolecules with the polyphosphazene backbone. The polymer structure, composition, and solution behavior are studied by 1H and 31P NMR spectroscopy, size-exclusion chromatography, dynamic light scattering, and UV and fluorescence spectrophotometry. To take advantage of the clinically proven hemocompatibility of fluorophosphazene surfaces, the drug-bearing macromolecule was then nanoassembled onto the surface of selected substrates in an aqueous solution with fluorinated polyphosphazene of the opposite charge using the layer-by-layer (LbL) technique. Nanostructured 4-MU-functionalized fluoro-coatings exhibited a strong antiproliferative effect on vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) and fibroblasts with no cytotoxicity against endothelial cells. This selectivity pattern potentially provides the opportunity for highly desirable fast tissue healing while preventing the overgrowth of VSMCs and fibrosis. Taken together with the established in vitro hemocompatibility and anticoagulant activity, 4-MU-functionalized fluoro-coatings demonstrate potential for applications as restenosis-resistant coronary stents and artificial joints.

published proceedings

  • Biomacromolecules

author list (cited authors)

  • Tagad, H. D., Brito, J., Marin, A., Buckley, C., Wang, H., Sun, J., ... Andrianov, A. K.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Tagad, Harichandra D||Brito, Jordan||Marin, Alexander||Buckley, Christian||Wang, Haoyu||Sun, Jingyu||Sukhishvili, Svetlana A||Wang, Hongjun||Andrianov, Alexander K

publication date

  • May 2023