Peptide-functionalized Biomaterials with Osteoinductive or Anti-biofilm Activity

  • Jennifer PattersonEmail author


Peptides are short sequences of amino acids. Peptides with biological functionality can be derived from the active domain of proteins or determined from peptide screening experiments. Combined with modern chemical techniques to facilitate peptide synthesis, this leads to peptide modification as an interesting approach to render synthetic biomaterials bioactive. Peptides have been used to functionalize implant surfaces as well as bulk biomaterials, and they can be incorporated within controlled release systems. This chapter considers both osteoinductive peptides and anti-biofilm peptides with the goals to improve bone regeneration and reduce implant-associated infection, respectively.


Peptide synthesis Phage display Surface modification Hydrogels Nanofibers Titanium Controlled release Osteoinductive peptides Osteogenic differentiation Bone morphogenetic protein Osteogenic growth peptide Hydroxyapatite Antimicrobial peptides Anti-biofilm Bone tissue engineering Dentistry 



This work in the research group of the author has been partially supported by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), grant number G.0B39.14, and the special research fund of the KU Leuven, grant numbers CREA/13/017 and IDO/13/016. The author also gratefully acknowledges the interesting discussions about peptide-functionalized biomaterials and protein engineering over the years with the members of her research group, particularly Dr. Al Halifa Soultan, Dr. Susanna Piluso, Dr. Abhijith Kudva, Burak Toprakhisar, and Christian Garcia Abrego, as well as her former mentors Prof. Jeffrey Hubbell, Prof. Patrick Stayton, and Prof. Michael Hecht.


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