Nanotopographic cell culture substrate: Polymer-demixed nanotextured films under cell culture conditions

Jung Yul Lim, Christopher A. Siedlecki, Henry J. Donahue

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Modulating physical cell culture environments via nanoscale substrate topographic modification has recently been of significant interest in regenerative medicine. Many studies have utilized a polymer-demixing technique to produce nanotextured films and showed that cellular adhesion, proliferation, and differentiation could be regulated by the shape and scale of the polymer-demixed nanotopographies. However, little attention has been paid to the topographic fidelity of the polymer-demixed films when exposed to cell culture conditions. In this brief article, two polymer-demixing systems were employed to assess topographic changes in polymer-demixed films after fibronectin (FN) extracellular matrix protein adsorption and after incubation in phosphate-buffered saline at 37oC. We showed that FN adsorption induced very small variations (< 2 nm) to the polystyrene/polybromostyrene (PS/PBrS)-demixed nanoisland textures, not substantially altering the nanotopographies given by the polymer demixing. In addition, poly(L-lactic acid)/PS (PLLA/PS)-demixed nanoisland topographies using PLLA with Mw = 50×103 did not show notable degradation up to day 24.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)252-255
Number of pages4
JournalBioResearch Open Access
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2012


  • Cell culture
  • Degradation
  • Nanotopography
  • Polymer demixing
  • Protein adsorption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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