Journal of biomedical materials research. Part A

Phenotypic expression in human monocyte-derived interleukin-4-induced foreign body giant cells and macrophages in vitro: dependence on material surface properties.

PMID 25045023


The effects of different material surfaces on phenotypic expression in macrophages and foreign body giant cells (FBGC) were addressed using our in vitro system of interleukin (IL)-4-induced macrophage fusion and FBGC formation. Arginine-glycine-aspartate (RGD)-, vitronectin (VN)-, and chitosan (CH)-adsorbed cell culture polystyrene, carboxylated (C, negatively charged) polystyrene, and unmodified (PS, non-cell culture treated) polystyrene were compared for their abilities to support monocyte/macrophage adhesion and IL-4-induced macrophage fusion. Pooled whole cell lysates from four different donors were evaluated by immunoblotting for expression of selected components in monocytes, macrophages, and FBGC. In addition to RGD and VN as previously shown, we find that CH supports macrophage adhesion and FBGC formation, whereas C or PS support macrophage adhesion but do not permit macrophage fusion under otherwise identical conditions of IL-4 stimulation. Likewise, components related to macrophage fusion (CD206, CD98, CD147, CD13) are strongly expressed on RGD-, VN-, and CH-adsorbed surfaces but are greatly diminished or not detected on C or PS. Importantly, material surfaces also influence the FBGC phenotype itself, as demonstrated by strong differences in patterns of expression of HLA-DR, B7-2, B7-H1, and toll-like receptor (TLR)-2 on RGD, VN, and CH despite morphologic similarities between FBGC on these surfaces. Likewise, we observe differences in the expression of B7-2, α2-macroglobulin, TLR-2, and fascin-1 between mononuclear macrophages on C and PS. Collectively, these findings reveal the extent to which material surface chemistry influences macrophage/FBGC phenotype beyond evident morphological similarities or differences and identify CH as an FBGC-supportive substrate.