Tuning Reaction and Diffusion Mediated Degradation of Enzyme-Sensitive Hydrogels

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Abstract

Enzyme-sensitive hydrogels are promising for cell encapsulation and tissue engineering, but result in complex spatiotemporal degradation behavior that is characteristic of reaction-diffusion mechanisms. An experimental and theoretical approach is presented to identify dimensionless quantities that serve as a design tool for engineering enzyme-sensitive hydrogels with controlled degradation patterns by tuning the initial hydrogel properties and enzyme kinetics.

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