Experimental cell research

Endothelial cell responses towards low-fouling surfaces bearing RGD in a three-dimensional environment.

PMID 21679704


This study reveals that it is possible to obtain a specific cell response towards low-fouling carboxymethyl dextran (CMD) surfaces bearing the RGD adhesive peptide in fibrin. To avoid cell sedimentation on surfaces observed in traditional cell culture systems, CMD surfaces bearing RGD were vertically embedded in fibrin containing human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) and their effect over cells was investigated. Compared to the CMD surfaces and to CMD layers bearing the negative control RGE, RGD coatings promoted cell adhesion, induced focal contact formation indicated by co-localization of vinculin and actin fibers, and presented a significant effect over HUVEC net growth during the first 24h of the culture, as revealed by Ki67 staining and cell counting. The intracellular localization of caveolin-1 combined with the expression of beta 1 integrins was investigated and the orientation of HUVEC towards and on the RGD surfaces was studied. When compared to the negative controls, HUVEC responded to the RGD surface in fibrin resulting in acceleration of morphological changes. RGD surfaces supported fibrin degradation by HUVEC as revealed by fluorescent fibrin experiments as well as multi-cellular structure formation, vacuolation and lumen formation.