Jörg F Weber

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, United States

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    ABSTRACT: On the basis of the earlier examples of diazopyruvoyl (DAP) groups reported by Lawton for covalent binding and cross-linking of proteins and oligopeptides and our recent demonstration that a coumaryl diazopyruvamide was used to label Type-I collagen, we have extended our investigations to the synthesis and cross-linking capabilities of a bis-DAP polyethylene glycol to cross-link Type-I collagen. The new photoactivated cross-linking agent, N,N'-bis(3-diazopyruvoyl)-2,2'-(ethylenedioxy)bis(ethylamine) (DPD, 2), has been designed and synthesized specifically to "weld" collagenous tissues by cross-linking Type-I collagen. A working model for the photochemical welding studies of collagenous tissues was developed using gelatin strips (gel strips) composed of denatured Type-I collagen. Gel strips are transparent to near-UV and visible light, uniform in thickness, and have reproducible composition. Furthermore, the availability of nucleophilic amine sites in gel strips was demonstrated by reaction with o-phthalaldehyde, producing a fluorescent derivative of the protein. Gel strips were coated with a solution of DPD in chloroform 7 irradiated at 320-390 nm, and the resulting bonded gel strips were tested for the strength of the weld. The welds were generally brittle and had average tensile strengths that exceeded 100 N/cm2. Welds were not formed in the absence of light or DPD. Scanning electron microscopy studies revealed a pockmarked surface from severed welds. Welds of rabbit Achilles tendon were also obtained using the tethered diazopyruvamide. These welds were much weaker, having an average tensile strength of 11.95 N/cm2 for DPD-2,2'-ethylenedioxy(bis)ethylamine comonomers in the cross-linking reaction. In both studies the welds obtained by this method were significantly stronger than the controls.
    Photochemistry and Photobiology 08/2003; 78(1):23-9. · 2.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The design, synthesis and application of a new fluorescent-labeling reagent for collagen has been developed as a prerequisite for the design of a photoactivated collagen-crosslinking compound for surgical wound closure. The amine groups in collagen are the targets of a rational design for a new fluorophore because natural collagen crosslinks are formed between primary (1(o)) amine groups of lysine and hydroxylysine. The availability of 1(o) amines for crosslinking in native collagenous tissues was evaluated by reacting tendon and corneal samples with o-phthalaldehyde and dansyl chloride, fluorophores commonly used for the detection of 1(o) and 2(o) amines. The resulting fluorescent collagen fibrils indicated the presence of amines in native tissue. Subsequently, a photoactivated fluorescent label for 1(o) and 2(o) amines, coumaryl gamma-amino-butyric acid diazopyruvate (CGDP), was designed and synthesized. CGDP was first used to photolabel poly-L-lysine, forming a fluorescent, covalent bond to the 1(o) amine. CGDP was then photoreacted with corneal and tendon tissue samples to produce CGDP fluorescent-labeled samples that were statistically significantly more fluorescent than were the controls. These experiments support the postulate that 1(o) or 2(o) (or both) amines in native collagenous tissues are available to serve as targets for photoactivated collagen crosslinkers for wound closure.
    Photochemistry and Photobiology 12/2002; 76(5):473-9. · 2.29 Impact Factor