Special Issue "Interaction between Nano-Structure Materials and Cells"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2013)
Prof. Dr. Akiyoshi Taniguchi
1 Advanced Medical Materials Group, Biomaterials Center, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba-shi Ibaraki, 305-004 Japan
2 Wased University-NIMS Joint Graduate Program, 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan
Fax: +81 29 860 4714
Interests: cell- based biosensor; nanotoxicology; in vitro co-culture; microfluidics
The interactions between human cells and biomaterials are one of the substantial studies to produce novel biomaterials with enhanced cells integration properties. As living cells in their native environment, are embedded in complex, well defined organic matters called “extracellular matrix” ECM. The ECM possesses the essential physical and biochemical cues that trigger the optimum cellular behaviors. The individual ECM molecules, such as collagen moieties, which are a fibrous protein with a triple helical structure, are approximately 300 nm long and 1.5 nm wide. These helices are assembled into fibrils that extend for tens of micrometers in length and have diameters between 260 and 410 nm. Therefore, micro/nano-texturing features of ECM provide the essential cues that deeply influence cell morphology, migration, adhesion, and proliferation. Consequently, modification of biomaterial surface texturing and topography would provide an excellent mean to control cellular functions. Nanotechnology now could mimic the unique ECM structures. Study of interaction between Nano-structure materials and cells will be provide useful information for biofunctional materials development. This new special issue “Interaction between Nano-structure materials and cells” will include research papers and review articles reflecting the most recent progresses and challenges in this dynamic research area.
Prof. Akiyoshi Taniguchi
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- cellular response
- cell function
- tissue engineering