Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 179–183 | Cite as

Characterization of biocompatible polyelectrolyte complex multilayer of hyaluronic acid and poly-l-lysine

  • Sei Kwang Hahn
  • Allan S. Hoffman


A biocompatible polyelectrolyte complex multilayer (PECML) film consisting of poly-L-lysine (PLL) as a polycation and hyaluronic acid (HA) as a polyanion was developed to test its use for surface modification to prevent cell attachment and protein drug delivery. The formation of PECML through the electrostatic interaction of HA and PLL was confirmed by contact angle measurement, ESCA analysis, and HA content analysis. HA content increased rapidly up to 8 cycles for HA/PLL deposition and then slightly increased with an increasing number of deposition cycle.In vitro release of PLL in the PECML continued up to 4 days andca. 25% of HA remained on the chitosan-coated cover glass afterin vitro release test for 7 days. From the results, PECML of HA and PLL appeared to be stable for about 4 days. The surface modification of the chitosan-coated cover glass with PECML resulted in drastically reduced peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) attachment. Concerned with its use for protein drug delivery, we confirmed that bovine serum albumin (BSA) as a model protein could be incorporated into the PECML and its release might be triggered by the degradation of HA with hyaluronidase.


polyelectrolyte complex multilayer hyaluronic acid poly-L-lysine surface modification peripheral blood mononuclear cell 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BioengineeringUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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