Nondestructive assessment of collagen hydrogel cross-linking using time-resolved autofluorescence imaging

Benjamin E. Sherlock, Jenna N. Harvestine, Debika Mitra, Anne Haudenschild, Jerry Hu, Kyriacos A. Athanasiou, Jonathan K Leach, Laura Marcu

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Abstract

We investigate the use of a fiber-based, multispectral fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIm) system to nondestructively monitor changes in mechanical properties of collagen hydrogels caused by controlled application of widely used cross-linking agents, glutaraldehyde (GTA) and ribose. Postcross-linking, fluorescence lifetime images are acquired prior to the hydrogels being processed by rheological or tensile testing to directly probe gel mechanical properties. To preserve the sterility of the ribose-treated gels, FLIm is performed inside a biosafety cabinet (BSC). A pairwise correlation analysis is used to quantify the relationship between mean hydrogel fluorescence lifetimes and the storage or Young's moduli of the gels. In the GTA study, we observe strong and specific correlations between fluorescence lifetime and the storage and Young's moduli. Similar correlations are not observed in the ribose study and we postulate a reason for this. Finally, we demonstrate the ability of FLIm to longitudinally monitor dynamic cross-link formation. The strength of the GTA correlations and deployment of our fiber-based FLIm system inside the aseptic environment of a BSC suggests that this technique may be a valuable tool for the tissue engineering community where longitudinal assessment of tissue construct maturation in vitro is highly desirable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number036004
JournalJournal of Biomedical Optics
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018

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Hydrogel
collagens
Collagen
Hydrogels
Fluorescence
Imaging techniques
life (durability)
fluorescence
ribose
Ribose
Glutaral
Elastic moduli
Gels
gels
Imaging systems
modulus of elasticity
mechanical properties
Mechanical properties
fibers
Fibers

Keywords

  • Collagen
  • Cross-link
  • Fluorescence lifetime
  • Hydrogel
  • Nondestructive

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biomedical Engineering

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Sherlock, B. E., Harvestine, J. N., Mitra, D., Haudenschild, A., Hu, J., Athanasiou, K. A., ... Marcu, L. (2018). Nondestructive assessment of collagen hydrogel cross-linking using time-resolved autofluorescence imaging. Journal of Biomedical Optics, 23(3), [036004]. https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JBO.23.3.036004

Nondestructive assessment of collagen hydrogel cross-linking using time-resolved autofluorescence imaging. / Sherlock, Benjamin E.; Harvestine, Jenna N.; Mitra, Debika; Haudenschild, Anne; Hu, Jerry; Athanasiou, Kyriacos A.; Leach, Jonathan K; Marcu, Laura.

In: Journal of Biomedical Optics, Vol. 23, No. 3, 036004, 01.03.2018.

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Sherlock, BE, Harvestine, JN, Mitra, D, Haudenschild, A, Hu, J, Athanasiou, KA, Leach, JK & Marcu, L 2018, 'Nondestructive assessment of collagen hydrogel cross-linking using time-resolved autofluorescence imaging', Journal of Biomedical Optics, vol. 23, no. 3, 036004. https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JBO.23.3.036004
Sherlock, Benjamin E. ; Harvestine, Jenna N. ; Mitra, Debika ; Haudenschild, Anne ; Hu, Jerry ; Athanasiou, Kyriacos A. ; Leach, Jonathan K ; Marcu, Laura. / Nondestructive assessment of collagen hydrogel cross-linking using time-resolved autofluorescence imaging. In: Journal of Biomedical Optics. 2018 ; Vol. 23, No. 3.
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