JOURNAL OF BIOMATERIALS SCIENCE-POLYMER EDITION, vol.30, no.14, pp.1276-1290, 2019 (SCI-Expanded)
In this study, low molecular weight heparin immobilized P(HEMA) cryogels were fabricated for the removal of LDL-C in hypercholesterolemic human plasma. After characterization studies for P(HEMA) cryogels, effects of the parameters including medium pH, CNBr concentration, heparin concentration and contact time on heparin immobilization were investigated. Blood compatibility and cell adhesion tests were also performed, and platelet and leucocyte loss for P(HEMA)-Hp cryogels were found to be 2.95% and 4.91%, respectively. Maximum adsorption capacity for LDL-C from hypercholesterolemic human plasma was found to be 26.7 mg/g for P(HEMA)-Hp cryogel while it was only 1.67 mg/g for bare P(HEMA) cryogel. The P(HEMA)-Hp cryogels exhibit high desorption ratios up to 96% after 10 adsorption-desorption cycles with no significant decrease in the adsorption capacity. The findings indicated that these reusable P(HEMA)-based cryogels proposed good alternative adsorbents for removal of LDL-C.