Cell morphology and migration of nucleus pulposus cells depends on substrate stiffness and ligand

Changes in nucleus pulposus (NP) cell phenotype and morphology are implicated in the progression of intervertebral disc (IVD) disorders. Understanding how changes in the NP cell microenvironment influence cell behavior and function is important for revealing how pathology-related changes in IVD extracellular matrix may affect NP cell biology. In this study, live-cell imaging techniques were utilized to study changes in cell migration and morphology when cultured upon substrates of different matrix proteins and stiffnesses. Results indicate that soft substrates containing matrix proteins promote cell clustering and cell-cell interactions which mimic in vivo conditions of healthy NP cells. Copyright © 2012 by ASME.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hwang, PY; Gilchrist, CL; Francisco, AT; Chen, J; Setton, LA

Published Date

  • 2012

Published In

  • ASME 2012 Summer Bioengineering Conference, SBC 2012

Start / End Page

  • 1205 - 1206

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1115/SBC2012-80338

Citation Source

  • SciVal