Apr 23, 2020

Modulation of cell adhesion and migration by poly-dispersed-acid-functionalized-single-walled carbon nanotubes in lung epithelial cells

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S. P. Behera, Rajiv K Saxena


Epithelial cell lining of the lung alveoli is under constant onslaught of airborne pathogens and pollutants that may cause injury and disruption of the epithelial lining. Repair mechanisms involve proliferation and migration of nearby healthy epithelial cells to the site of injury. Using murine LA4 and human A549 lung epithelial cell lines, and in vitro models of cell migration we have examined the modulation of cellular adhesion and migration by poly-dispersed acid-functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes (AF-SWCNTs). Flow cytometric and confocal microscopy studies indicated that AF-SWCNTs were efficiently internalized by both cell lines and were localized essentially in the cytoplasmic area. In the scratch wound repair model, exposure to AF-SWCNTs blocked the filling of the scratched area of the cellular monolayers in both cells. Behaviour of the cells around the scratch area was examined in by live-cell imaging time-lapse micrography. The results indicated active cell proliferation around the scratch area that was totally blocked by AF-SWCNTs in LA4 cells and significantly inhibited in A549 cells. Cell migration across a porous membrane in trans-well assay system also indicated a marked inhibition of migration of both c...Continue Reading

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