A novel method for quantifying cell migration through tissue engineering scaffolds: evaluation of modified collagen matrices

T Bodamyali, M Jarman-Smith, C Stevens, J Chaudhuri

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Abstract

A novel method to quantify cell migration through potential tissue engineering 3-d scaffolds is described. The migration assay uses a dot-blotting apparatus into which the tissue engineering matrix is placed on top of a nitrocellulose membrane. This assay was used to evaluate human dermal fibroblast migration through four porcine collagen matrices with varying pore diameters and pitch lengths. Fibroblasts were placed on the matrix surface, at between 1 x10(3)-3 x 10(3) cells mm(-2), and left for 18 h to allow migration. The nitrocellulose membrane was stained with haematoxylin, the membrane digitised and the pixel intensity of the stained cells quantified. We showed that for all matrix variants, migration was more effective with a higher initial seeding density. The application of varying initial cell densities resulted in the greatest extent of cell migration through the matrix variant with pores of 30 mum diameter and 400 mum pitch length (i.e. 10.3% migration at 1 x10(3) cells mm(-2)). This method was coupled with confocal microscopy to evaluate the depth of cell migration within the matrix. At a depth of 20 mum cell numbers were similar to those on the matrix surface: at a depth of 100 mum only a few cells were observed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1491-1497
Number of pages7
JournalBiotechnology Letters
Volume24
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Keywords

  • BIOL (Biological study)
  • PRP (Properties)
  • Fibroblast (dermal
  • quantifying human dermal fibroblast migration through collagen matrixes)
  • Human (quantifying human dermal fibroblast migration through collagen matrixes)
  • THU (Therapeutic use)
  • USES (Uses) (quantifying human dermal fibroblast migration through collagen matrixes)
  • Prosthetic materials and Prosthetics (scaffolds
  • Skin (fibroblast
  • Porosity (quantifying cell migration through tissue engineering scaffolds)
  • Cell migration
  • collagen scaffold fibroblast migration quantification
  • Collagens Role
  • quantifying cell migration through tissue engineering scaffolds)

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