An innovative double network hydrogel based on Poly(vinyl-alcohol) (PVA) cross-linked with Glutaraldehyde (GTA) was obtained by the addition of self-assembling phenylalanine (Phe) derivatives with the aim to achieve improved mechanical-elastic properties exploitable to produce 3D dosimeters. The self-assembling ability in fibrous structures of Phe derivatives (FmocPhe-OH, A; FmocPhe-Phe-OMe, P) even within the PVA gel was proved by AFM and SEM imaging. The proposed matrices containing A and P were completely characterized from the physical-chemical point of view in order to deeply understand how the two molecules influenced the hydrogel properties. In particular, mechanical tests proved that the addition of the Phe derivatives produce higher stiffness, toughness and stretchability of the hydrogels. In particular, these properties appear in the peptide P matrix and could be appropriately tailored by regulating the concentration of the added molecule. Preliminary dosimetric studies were also performed by infusing the studied hydrogels with Fricke solution. P type has demonstrated to be suitable for dosimetric applications avoiding any effect on dose response of the hydrogel. This work presents an unconventional material able to provide clinicians and medical physicists with effective and reliable 3D dosimetric measurements for the development of anthropomorphic phantoms that mimic mechanical properties and radiological-response of human-tissues.

Dosimetric Double Network Hydrogel Based on Poly(vinyl-alcohol)/Phenylalanine-Derivatives with Enhanced Mechanical Properties / S.A. Locarno, S. Gallo, P. Arosio, C. Biordi, D. Dallasega, M. Gargano, N.G. Ludwig, F. Orsini, E. Pignoli, I. Veronese, C. Lenardi. - In: ACS APPLIED POLYMER MATERIALS. - ISSN 2637-6105. - 5:(2023), pp. 1902-1914. [10.1021/acsapm.2c01972]

Dosimetric Double Network Hydrogel Based on Poly(vinyl-alcohol)/Phenylalanine-Derivatives with Enhanced Mechanical Properties

S.A. Locarno
Primo
;
S. Gallo
Secondo
;
P. Arosio
Investigation
;
M. Gargano
Investigation
;
N.G. Ludwig
Investigation
;
F. Orsini
Investigation
;
E. Pignoli
Resources
;
I. Veronese
Penultimo
Supervision
;
C. Lenardi
Ultimo
Supervision
2023

Abstract

An innovative double network hydrogel based on Poly(vinyl-alcohol) (PVA) cross-linked with Glutaraldehyde (GTA) was obtained by the addition of self-assembling phenylalanine (Phe) derivatives with the aim to achieve improved mechanical-elastic properties exploitable to produce 3D dosimeters. The self-assembling ability in fibrous structures of Phe derivatives (FmocPhe-OH, A; FmocPhe-Phe-OMe, P) even within the PVA gel was proved by AFM and SEM imaging. The proposed matrices containing A and P were completely characterized from the physical-chemical point of view in order to deeply understand how the two molecules influenced the hydrogel properties. In particular, mechanical tests proved that the addition of the Phe derivatives produce higher stiffness, toughness and stretchability of the hydrogels. In particular, these properties appear in the peptide P matrix and could be appropriately tailored by regulating the concentration of the added molecule. Preliminary dosimetric studies were also performed by infusing the studied hydrogels with Fricke solution. P type has demonstrated to be suitable for dosimetric applications avoiding any effect on dose response of the hydrogel. This work presents an unconventional material able to provide clinicians and medical physicists with effective and reliable 3D dosimetric measurements for the development of anthropomorphic phantoms that mimic mechanical properties and radiological-response of human-tissues.
Poly(vinyl-alcohol) based hydrogels; Phenylalanine-derivatives; Mechanical properties; Self-assembly; Gel Dosimetry
Settore FIS/07 - Fisica Applicata(Beni Culturali, Ambientali, Biol.e Medicin)
Settore FIS/03 - Fisica della Materia
Settore CHIM/06 - Chimica Organica
Settore CHIM/02 - Chimica Fisica
Settore MED/36 - Diagnostica per Immagini e Radioterapia
2023
23-feb-2023
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