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Cell-matrix and cell-cell interactions of human gingival fibroblasts on three-dimensional nanofibrous gelatin scaffolds.
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PMID:  22888047     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
An in-depth understanding of the interactions between cells and three-dimensional (3D) matrices (scaffolds) is pivotal to the development of novel biomaterials for tissue regeneration. However, it remains a challenge to find suitable biomimetic substrates and tools to observe cell-material and cell-cell interactions on 3D matrices. In the present study, we developed biomimetic nanofibrous 3D gelatin scaffolds (3D-NF-GS) and utilized confocal microscopy combined with a quantitative analysis approach to explore cell-matrix and cell-cell interactions on the 3D-NF-GS. Human gingival fibroblasts (HGFs) migrated throughout the 3D-NF-GS by 5 days and formed stable focal adhesions by 14 days. The focal adhesions were detected using integrin-β1, phospho-paxillin and vinculin expression, which were quantified from specific wavelength photon data generated using a spectral separation confocal microscope. As the cells became more confluent after 14 days of culture, cell-cell communication via gap junctions increased significantly. Collagen I matrix production by HGFs on 3D-NF-GS was visualized and quantified using a novel approach incorporating TRITC label in the scaffolds. Based on confocal microscopy, this study has developed qualitative and quantitative methods to study cell-matrix and cell-cell interactions on biomimetic 3D matrices, which provides valuable insights for the development of appropriate scaffolds for tissue regeneration. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Authors:
Ashneet Sachar; T Amanda Strom; Symone San Miguel; Maria J Serrano; Kathy K H Svoboda; Xiaohua Liu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-8-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1932-7005     ISO Abbreviation:  J Tissue Eng Regen Med     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-8-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101308490     Medline TA:  J Tissue Eng Regen Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Affiliation:
Department of Biomedical Sciences, Baylor College of Dentistry, Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center, Dallas, TX, USA.
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