Z3 – Synthesis and allocation of modified glycosaminoglycans (GAG) and artificial extracellular matrices

The subproject Z3 acts as a service institution and assumes the routine preparation and quality control of required GAG derivatives and artificial extracellular matrices (aECM) based on collagen and synthetic GAG derivatives. Priority will be given to GAG derivatives and aECM which have been investigated during the previous research period to selectively interact with growth factors and stimulate specific cell-biological processes. Thereby materials will be provided improving the ingrowth of implant and cell-based scaffolds into the surrounding tissue.

Main objectives:

1. Chemical synthesis of GAG derivatives, especially for the subprojects A1, A3 – A7, B1 – B5 and B10

  • Controlled degradation of GAG to low-molecular weight compounds
  • Gradually and regioselectively sulfated GAG derivatives (e. g. with introduced carboxyl or amino groups as well as adhering groups for implant coating)
  • Biotin- and fluorescence-labelled GAG derivatives

2. Preparation of aECM, especially for the subprojects A1, B1 – B3, B4, B5

  • Variation of the starting composition of the aECM
  • Characterization of prepared aECM with regard to incorporation into the matrix and release behaviour of single components under physiological conditions
  • Immobilization of aECM on different substrate materials
Figure 1: AFM picture of an artificial, extracellular matrix (aECM) composed of collagen type I and chondroitin sulfate A/C.
Figure 2: Coating of cell culture dish with aECMs of collagen type I (red) and differently sulfated derivatives of hyaluronan (blue) after staining with specific dyes.


Dr. rer.nat. Matthias Schnabelrauch

Research Area Manager
Research Field Biomaterials
Prüssingstraße 27 B, 07745 Jena

Phone: +49 (0)3641 282512
E-Mail: ms@innovent-jena.de
Web: www.innovent-jena.de


PD Dr. rer.nat. Vera Hintze

Head of the group Functional Biomaterials  

Dresden University of Technology
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering 
Max-Bergmann-Zentrum für Biomaterialien
Budapester Straße 27, 01062 Dresden

Tel.: +49 (0)351 – 463 39389
E-Mail: Vera.Hintze@tu-dresden.de
Web: https://tu-dresden.de/ing/maschinenwesen/ifww/biomaterialien/forschung/funktionelle-biomaterialien

PD Dr. rer.nat. Jürgen Schiller

Research Assistant
Faculty of Medicine of Leipzig University
Institute of Medical Physics and Biophysics
Härtelstraße 16/18, 04107 Leipzig

Phone: +49 (0)341 97-15733
E-Mail: juergen.schiller@medizin.uni-leipzig.de
Web: biophysik.medizin.uni-leipzig.de


Prof. Dr. rer.nat. Dieter Scharnweber (retired)

Technische Universität Dresden
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Institute for Materials Science
Max Bergmann Center for Biomaterials
Budapester Straße 27, 01062 Dresden

Phone: +49 (0)351 463-39379
E-Mail: dieter.scharnweber@tu-dresden.de