Enhanced lubrication on tissue and biomaterial surfaces through peptide-mediated binding of hyaluronic acid

Nat Mater. 2014 Oct;13(10):988-95. doi: 10.1038/nmat4048. Epub 2014 Aug 3.


Lubrication is key for the efficient function of devices and tissues with moving surfaces, such as articulating joints, ocular surfaces and the lungs. Indeed, lubrication dysfunction leads to increased friction and degeneration of these systems. Here, we present a polymer-peptide surface coating platform to non-covalently bind hyaluronic acid (HA), a natural lubricant in the body. Tissue surfaces treated with the HA-binding system exhibited higher lubricity values, and in vivo were able to retain HA in the articular joint and to bind ocular tissue surfaces. Biomaterials-mediated strategies that locally bind and concentrate HA could provide physical and biological benefits when used to treat tissue-lubricating dysfunction and to coat medical devices.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biocompatible Materials / chemistry*
  • Biophysical Phenomena
  • Cartilage, Articular / physiopathology
  • Cattle
  • Coated Materials, Biocompatible / chemistry
  • Friction
  • Humans
  • Hyaluronic Acid / chemistry*
  • Lubricant Eye Drops / chemistry
  • Lubrication / methods*
  • Male
  • Osteoarthritis / physiopathology
  • Osteoarthritis / therapy
  • Protein Binding
  • Rabbits
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Surface Properties


  • Biocompatible Materials
  • Coated Materials, Biocompatible
  • Lubricant Eye Drops
  • Hyaluronic Acid