Characterization of Mechanical Stability and Immunological Compatibility for Functionalized Modification Interfaces

Yao-Tsung Hsu, Chih-Yu Wu, Zhen-Yu Guan, Ho-Yi Sun, Chieh Mei, Wen Chien Chen, Nai-Che...


Surface modification layers are performed on the surfaces of biomaterials and have exhibited promise for decoupling original surface properties from bulk materials and enabling customized and advanced functional properties. The physical stability and the biological compatibility of these modified layers are equally important to ensure minimized delamination, debris, leaching of molecules, and other problems that are related to the failure of the modification layers and thus can provide a long-term success for the uses of these modified layers. A proven surface modification tool of the functionalized poly-para-xylylene (PPX) system was used as an example, and in addition to the demonstration of their chemical conjugation capabilities and the functional properties that have been well-documented, in the present report, we additionally devised the characterization protocols to examine stability properties, including thermostability and adhesive strength, as well as the biocompatibility, including cell viability and the immunological responses, for the modified PPX layers. The results suggested a durable coating stability for PPXs and firmly attached biomolecules under these stability and compatibility tests. The durable and stable modification layers accompanied by the native properties of the PPXs showed high cell viability against fibroblast cells and macrophages (MΦs), and the resulting immunological activities created by the MΦs exhibited excellent compatibility with non-activated immunological responses and no indication of inflammation.