The use of biotin-avidin binding to facilitate biomodification of thermoresponsive culture surfaces

Biomaterials. 2007 Dec;28(36):5471-6. doi: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2007.08.027. Epub 2007 Sep 17.


Here, we report biomodification of temperature-responsive culture surfaces with biotinylated biomolecules utilizing streptavidin and biotinylation of the surfaces. Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-2-carboxyisopropylacrylamide) was covalently grafted onto tissue culture polystyrene (TCPS) dishes. Biotinylated Arg-Gly-Asp-Ser (RGDS) peptides with different spacer lengths (biotin-conjugated G(n)RGDS (n=1,6,12,16)) were examined. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) adhered and were well spread on G(12)RGDS-immobilized surfaces in the absence of serum at 37 degrees C, while much less cell adhesion was observed with the other peptides. Adhered HUVECs were detached on reducing temperature to 20 degrees C, or on adding free RGDS peptide. Interestingly, cell detachment was accelerated by applying both these techniques. Consequently, by optimizing the spacer length, biomolecules can be functionally immobilized onto thermoresponsive surfaces via the affinity binding between avidin and biotin.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Avidin / chemistry*
  • Biotin / chemistry*
  • Cell Adhesion / drug effects
  • Cell Culture Techniques / methods*
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Humans
  • Oligopeptides / pharmacology
  • Polymers / chemistry
  • Surface Properties
  • Temperature*


  • Oligopeptides
  • Polymers
  • Avidin
  • Biotin
  • arginyl-glycyl-aspartyl-serine