Quantitative interrogation of micropatterned biomolecules by surface force microscopy

Ultramicroscopy. 2000 Feb;82(1-4):193-202. doi: 10.1016/s0304-3991(99)00150-3.


Synthetic biomaterials are widely used in medical implants with success in improving and extending quality of life. However, these materials were not originally designed to interact with cells through specific signaling pathways. As a result, the interaction with the body is mediated through passive adsorption of a disorganized protein monolayer. Next generation biomaterials have been proposed to be active in modifying the biological response of the host through the incorporation of specific biorecognition moieties. An important tool in the development of these novel active biomaterials is the scanning force microscope (SFM). The SFM allows for interrogation of bioactive biomaterials in mapping or spectroscopic modes. In this work, micropatterned protein surfaces were prepared using biomolecules implicated in wound healing. The surfaces were imaged via SFM and the specific binding forces between surface associated biomolecules and antibody functionalized tips were quantified.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies / chemistry
  • Biocompatible Materials*
  • Microscopy, Atomic Force
  • Osteopontin
  • Sialoglycoproteins / chemistry*
  • Sialoglycoproteins / ultrastructure


  • Antibodies
  • Biocompatible Materials
  • Sialoglycoproteins
  • Osteopontin