Plasma protein adsorbed biomedical polymers: activation of human monocytes and induction of interleukin 1

J Biomed Mater Res. 1989 Jun;23(6):535-48. doi: 10.1002/jbm.820230602.


These studies involved the evaluation of human monocyte/macrophage activation by biomedical polymers coated with human blood proteins. The biomedical polymers were polyethylene, polydimethylsiloxane, woven Dacron fabric, expanded polytetrafluoroethylene, Biomer, and tissue culture treated polystyrene as the control. They were adsorbed with human blood proteins: albumin, fibrinogen, fibronectin, hemoglobin, and gamma globulin. The protein adsorbed polymers were evaluated for their potential to activate the monocyte/macrophage cellular population in vitro as assessed by the induction of the monocyte/macrophage inflammatory mediator, Interleukin 1 (IL1). Suppression of IL1 was observed when protein adsorbed polymers were compared to the appropriate protein adsorbed control. Protein adsorbed polymers, when compared to polymers without protein adsorption, stimulated IL1 production. The data presented in this manuscript show the level of induction and secretion of IL1 was dependent on the biomedical polymer and the protein adsorbed, as well as the requirement of lipopolysaccharide. These results show differential interactions occur between the proteins, monocytes/macrophages, and biomedical polymers which alter activation and induction of IL1.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biopolymers*
  • Blood Proteins*
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Humans
  • Interleukin-1 / biosynthesis*
  • Macromolecular Substances*
  • Macrophage Activation*
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Monocytes / metabolism*


  • Biopolymers
  • Blood Proteins
  • Interleukin-1
  • Macromolecular Substances