Antimicrobial peptide coatings for hydroxyapatite: Electrostatic and covalent attachment of antimicrobial peptides to surfaces

Leigh Townsend, Richard L. Williams, Olachi Anuforom, Matthew R. Berwick, Fenella Halstead, Erik Hughes, Artemis Stamboulis, Beryl Oppenheim, Julie Gough, Liam Grover, Robert A.H. Scott, Mark Webber, Anna F.A. Peacock, Antonio Belli, Ann Logan, Felicity De Cogan

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The interface between implanted devices and their host tissue is complex and is often optimized for maximal integration and cell adhesion. However, this also gives a surface suitable for bacterial colonization. We have developed a novel method of modifying the surface at the material-tissue interface with an antimicrobial peptide (AMP) coating to allowcell attachment while inhibiting bacterial colonization. The technology reported here is a dual AMP coating. The dual coating consists ofAMPs covalently bonded to the hydroxyapatite surface, followed by deposition of electrostatically bound AMPs. The dual approach gives an efficacious coating which is stable for over 12 months and can prevent colonization of the surface by both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.

Original languageEnglish
Article number20160657
JournalJournal of The Royal Society Interface
Issue number126
Early online date1 Jan 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Antimicrobial
  • Device-tissue interface
  • Surface engineering

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