Advances in tissue engineering require the development of new biomaterials with adequate properties of cell attachment and growth. The properties of biomaterials can be improved by incorporation of bioactive molecules to enhance in vitro and/or in vivo functions. In this work, we study the role of a wheat germin-like protease inhibitor (GLPI), free or immobilized in biocompatible matrices to improve cell-attachment ability on different mammalian cell lines. The phylogenetic relationships and functional diversity of the GLPI were analyzed among diverse genera to get insights into sequence motif conservations. The cytocompatibility effect of free GLPI on C2C12 premyoblastic cells and B16 cells as tumoral model has been tested. GLPI promoted proliferation and metabolic activity of both cell types on in vitro models, not showing cytotoxic effects. Furthermore, GLPI was immobilized in chitin microparticles and in chitosan films; we demonstrated an accelerated cell adhesion process in both biomaterials.
Wheat germin-like protein: Studies on chitin/chitosan matrix for tissue engineering applications