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Facilitating the culture of Mammalian nerve cells with polyelectrolyte multilayers.

When neuron-like cells (NLCs) derived from pluripotent embryonal carcinoma cells (P19) are cultured on bare tissue culture substrates, they require a monolayer of fibroblast cells to exhibit normal neurite outgrowth, behavior typical of neuronal cultures. However, substrate treatment with polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) composed of poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) and poly(styrenesulfonic acid) (PSS) significantly improved these cultures. Cell morphology was more spread, indicative of healthy cells, and direct attachment of neuronal cell bodies to the treated surface was observed. Neuronal outgrowth across the surface was not dependent on an underlying fibroblast monolayer with the PEMs surface treatment. Additionally, the PEMs surface treatment can be used to condition various surfaces, facilitating neuronal cultures on surfaces which are natively hydrophilic ( tissue culture polystyrene) or hydrophobic (poly(dimethylsiloxane), PDMS). Microfluidic networks were used to micropattern the PEMs onto PDMS, resulting in confined regions of cellular attachment and directed neuronal outgrowth. The ability of PEMs to encourage NLC attachment without supporting cells to a variety of surfaces and surface geometries greatly simplifies neuronal culture methodology and enables neuronal investigations in new environments.[1]


  1. Facilitating the culture of Mammalian nerve cells with polyelectrolyte multilayers. Forry, S.P., Reyes, D.R., Gaitan, M., Locascio, L.E. Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids. (2006) [Pubmed]
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