Biogelx: Cell Culture on Self-Assembling Peptide Gels

  • Mhairi M. Harper
  • Michael L. Connolly
  • Laura Goldie
  • Eleanore J. Irvine
  • Joshua E. Shaw
  • Vineetha Jayawarna
  • Stephen M. Richardson
  • Matthew J. Dalby
  • David Lightbody
  • Rein V. UlijnEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1777)


Aromatic peptide amphiphiles can form self-supporting nanostructured hydrogels with tunable mechanical properties and chemical compositions. These hydrogels are increasingly applied in two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) cell culture, where there is a rapidly growing need to store, grow, proliferate, and manipulate naturally derived cells within a hydrated, 3D matrix. Biogelx Limited is a biomaterials company, created to commercialize these bio-inspired hydrogels to cell biologists for a range of cell culture applications. This chapter describes methods of various characterization and cell culture techniques specifically optimized for compatibility with Biogelx products.

Key words

Hydrogels Self-assembly Cell culture Biomaterials 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mhairi M. Harper
    • 1
  • Michael L. Connolly
    • 1
  • Laura Goldie
    • 1
  • Eleanore J. Irvine
    • 1
  • Joshua E. Shaw
    • 2
  • Vineetha Jayawarna
    • 1
  • Stephen M. Richardson
    • 2
  • Matthew J. Dalby
    • 3
  • David Lightbody
    • 1
  • Rein V. Ulijn
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Biogelx Ltd, Biocity ScotlandLanarkshireUK
  2. 2.Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, Division of Cell Matrix Biology and Regenerative MedicineSchool of Biological Sciences, University of ManchesterManchesterUK
  3. 3.Centre for Cell Engineering, Institute of Molecular, Cell & Systems Biology, College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, Joseph Black Building, University of GlasgowGlasgowUK
  4. 4.CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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