Engineered Biomaterial to Prevent Endothelial Inflammation

Tech ID: 30261 / UC Case 2019-557-0


Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed a biocompatible material to mimic the glycocalyx, the natural layer of molecules that coats the outside of endothelial cells. This technology can be used to treat inflammation in diseases characterized by dysfunction in leukocyte-endothelial cell interactions.

Full Description

Endothelial cells can lose glycocalyx when patients face chronic or acute systemic inflammation like that seen in COVID-19 or following ischemia reperfusion injury. When this loss of glycocalyx occurs, cell surface receptors are exposed to the extracellular environment. Circulating white blood cells (WBCs) then encounter the exposed receptors and bind to them - inducing an adverse inflammatory response. While circulating platelets support thrombus formation after encountering the receptors.

Researchers at the University of California Davis have developed an engineered biomaterial that prevents this inflammatory response by binding to the exposed receptors, thereby “hiding” the endothelial cell from the WBCs and platelets. The biomaterial consists of two parts: a binding peptide resistant to enzymatic degradation; and a glycosaminoglycan. The binding peptide has a unique, peptide-resistant sequence that improves function at lower doses. Its overall composition is very similar to that of natural glycocalyx, making it a likely candidate for safe and effective use as a therapeutic in humans.


  • A therapeutic for treating coagulopathy without systemic antiplatelet activity
  • Reducing endothelial cell inflammation
  • Minimizing disease-caused dysfunction in leukocyte-endothelial cell interactions


  • Protease-resistant
  • Very similar to natural counterpart
  • Endothelial cell receptor-specificity

Patent Status

Country Type Number Dated Case
Patent Cooperation Treaty Reference for National Filings 2020/205602 A1 10/08/2020 2019-557

Patent Pending


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Other Information


glycocalyx, endothelial cell, leukocyte, peptide, mimetic, glycosaminoglycan, inflammation response, platelet, coagulopathy

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