Strong, Multifaceted Guanidinium-Based Adhesion of Bioorganic Nanoparticles to Wet Biological Tissue

JACS Au. 2021 Sep 8;1(9):1399-1411. doi: 10.1021/jacsau.1c00193. eCollection 2021 Sep 27.


Gluing dynamic, wet biological tissue is important in injury treatment yet difficult to achieve. Polymeric adhesives are inconvenient to handle due to rapid cross-linking and can raise biocompatibility concerns. Inorganic nanoparticles adhere weakly to wet surfaces. Herein, an aqueous suspension of guanidinium-functionalized chitin nanoparticles as a biomedical adhesive with biocompatible, hemostatic, and antibacterial properties is developed. It glues porcine skin up to 3000-fold more strongly (30 kPa) than inorganic nanoparticles at the same concentration and adheres at neutral pH, which is unachievable with mussel-inspired adhesives alone. The glue exhibits an instant adhesion (2 min) to fully wet surfaces, and the glued assembly endures one-week underwater immersion. The suspension is lowly viscous and stable, hence sprayable and convenient to store. A nanomechanic study reveals that guanidinium moieties are chaotropic, creating strong, multifaceted noncovalent bonds with proteins: salt bridges comprising ionic attraction and bidentate hydrogen bonding with acidic moieties, cation-π interactions with aromatic moieties, and hydrophobic interactions. The adhesion mechanism provides a blueprint for advanced tissue adhesives.

PMID:34604850 | PMC:PMC8479763 | DOI:10.1021/jacsau.1c00193


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