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Title: Cell behaviour on micro-textured surfaces
Authors: Loh, Zhe Yuen.
Keywords: DRNTU::Science::Biological sciences::Cytology
Issue Date: 2011
Abstract: The surface topology of materials can be modified to improve cell-surface interaction. While this has been done extensively by chemical means, mechanical modifications to surface topology are expected to also affect these interactions and therefore are considered worth investigating. Micro-textured surfaces on polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and SS316L stainless steel were fabricated by micro-cutting and micro-electro-discharge machining (EDM) respectively. The PMMA surface was modified by producing grooves of varying widths and depths; the stainless steel surface was modified with overlapping micro-craters to produce varying surface roughness. The proliferation, morphology and alignment of NIH-3T3 fibroblasts on these micro-textured surfaces was analysed. It was found that cells aligned along the V-grooved samples, and were randomly-orientated in the U-grooved and on the raw samples. Furthermore, the cells were spindle-shaped on the V-grooved and raw samples, but triangular on the U-grooved samples. Cells proliferated well on the micro-textured stainless steel, and reached confluence on textured surfaces; on smooth areas, the cells generally did not adhere. In both cases, cells proliferated better in the presence of gelatine coating.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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