The research community is intent on harnessing increasingly complex biological building blocks. At present, cells represent a highly functional component for integration into higher order systems. In this review, we discuss the current application space for cellular coating technologies and emphasize the relationship between the target application and coating design. We also discuss how the cell and the coating interact in common analytical techniques, and where caution must be exercised in the interpretation of results. Finally, we look ahead at emerging application areas that are ideal for innovation in cellular coatings. In all, cellular coatings leverage the machinery unique to specific cell types, and the opportunities derived from these hybrid assemblies have yet to be fully realized.
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This work was partially supported by R01 HL127682–01 and the National Science Foundation under Awards CBET-1351531 and CBET-1758210.
Davis, Kara A.; Wu, Pei-Jung; Cahall, Calvin F.; Li, Cong; Gottipati, Anuhya; and Berron, Brad J., "Coatings on Mammalian Cells: Interfacing Cells with Their Environment" (2019). Chemical and Materials Engineering Faculty Publications. 65.