Biochemical Characterization of the Cell-Biomaterial Interface by Quantitative Proteomics

W. Y. Tong, Y. M. Liang, V. Tam, H. K. Yip, Y. T. Kao, K. M.C. Cheung, K. W.K. Yeung, Y. W. Lam

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Surface topography and texture of cell culture substrata can affect the differentiation and growth of adherent cells. The biochemical basis of the transduction of the physical and mechanical signals to cellular responses is not well understood. The lack of a systematic characterization of cell-biomaterial interaction is the major bottleneck. This study demonstrated the use of a novel subcellular fractionation method combined with quantitative MS-based proteomics to enable the robust and high-throughput analysis of proteins at the adherence interface of Madin-Darby canine kidney cells. This method revealed the enrichment of extracellular matrix proteins and membrane and stress fibers proteins at the adherence surface, whereas it shows depletion of extracellular matrix belonging to the cytoplasmic, nucleus, and lateral and apical membranes. The asymmetric distribution of proteins between apical and adherence sides was also profiled. Apart from classical proteins with clear involvement in cell-material interactions, proteins previously not known to be involved in cell attachment were also discovered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2089-2098
Number of pages10
JournalMolecular and Cellular Proteomics
Issue number10
Early online date20 Jun 2010
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2010
Externally publishedYes

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