Chick tendon fibroblast transcriptome and shape depend on whether the cell has made its own collagen matrix



Yeung, CY, Zeef, LA, Lallyett, C, Lu, Y, Canty-Laird, Elizabeth and Kadler, KE
(2015) Chick tendon fibroblast transcriptome and shape depend on whether the cell has made its own collagen matrix. Scientific Reports, 5.

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Abstract

Collagen- and fibrin-based gels are extensively used to study cell behaviour. However, 2D-3D and collagen-fibrin comparisons of gene expression, cell shape and mechanotransduction, with an in vivo reference, have not been reported. Here we compared chick tendon fibroblasts (CTFs) at three stages of embryonic development with CTFs cultured in collagen- or fibrin-based tissue engineered constructs (TECs). CTFs synthesised their own collagen matrix in fibrin-based TECs and better recapitulated the gene expression, collagen fibril alignment and cell shape seen in vivo. In contrast, cells in 3D collagen gels exhibited a 2D-like morphology and expressed fewer of the genes expressed in vivo. Analysis of YAP/TAZ target genes showed that collagen gels desensitise mechanotransduction pathways. In conclusion, gene expression and cell shape are similar on plastic and 3D collagen whereas cells in 3D fibrin have a shape and transcriptome better resembling the in vivo situation. Implications for wound healing are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cell adhesion, cellular imaging
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2016 08:50
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2022 15:11
DOI: 10.1038/srep13555
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3000631