at Peking University School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
​​​​the dong research group
22. Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Mimetic Peptide and Parathyroid Hormone (1-34) Delivered via a Blue-Light-Curable Hydrogel Synergistically Accelerate Bone Regeneration
ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2022, 14, 31, 35319–35332
Guiyan Wang, Ning Yuan, Ningyu Li, Qijia Wei, Yuping Qian, Jun Zhang, Man Qin, Yuguang Wang*, and Suwei Dong*

Safe and effective biomaterials are in urgent clinical need for tissue regeneration and bone repair. While numerous advances have been made on hydrogels promoting osteogenesis in bone formation, co-stimulation of the angiogenic pathways in this process remains to be exploited. Here, we have developed a gelatin-based blue-light-curable hydrogel system, functionalized with an angiogenic vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) mimetic peptide, KLTWQELYQLKYKGI (KLT), and an osteoanabolic peptide, parathyroid hormone (PTH) 1–34. We have discovered that the covalent modification of gelatin scaffold with peptides can modulate the physical properties and biological activities of the produced hydrogels. Furthermore, we have demonstrated that those two peptides orchestrate synergistically and promote bone regeneration in a rat cranial bone defect model with remarkable efficacy. This dual-peptide-functionalized hydrogel system may serve as a promising lead to functional biomaterials in bone repair and tissue engineering.