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Noodle gels for cells

Heating and cooling of peptide amphiphile suspensions converts disorganized nanofibres into liquid-crystalline nanofibre bundles that gel on addition of salts. The noodle-shaped strings of gel can entrap and align cells.

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Figure 1: A schematic of cell growth on synthetic engineered scaffolds made by different routes.
Figure 2: A schematic of the thermal process to form liquid-crystalline nanofibre bundles.

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Deming, T. Noodle gels for cells. Nature Mater 9, 535–536 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1038/nmat2789

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