Sequential and switchable patterning for studying cellular processes under spatiotemporal control

Zisis T, Schwarz J, Balles M, Kretschmer M, Nemethova M, Chait RP, Hauschild R, Lange J, Guet CC, Sixt MK, Zahler S. 2021. Sequential and switchable patterning for studying cellular processes under spatiotemporal control. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 13(30), 35545–35560.

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Zisis, Themistoklis; Schwarz, JanIST Austria; Balles, Miriam; Kretschmer, Maibritt; Nemethova, MariaIST Austria; Chait, Remy PIST Austria ; Hauschild, RobertIST Austria ; Lange, Janina; Guet, Calin CIST Austria ; Sixt, Michael KIST Austria ; Zahler, Stefan
Abstract
Attachment of adhesive molecules on cell culture surfaces to restrict cell adhesion to defined areas and shapes has been vital for the progress of in vitro research. In currently existing patterning methods, a combination of pattern properties such as stability, precision, specificity, high-throughput outcome, and spatiotemporal control is highly desirable but challenging to achieve. Here, we introduce a versatile and high-throughput covalent photoimmobilization technique, comprising a light-dose-dependent patterning step and a subsequent functionalization of the pattern via click chemistry. This two-step process is feasible on arbitrary surfaces and allows for generation of sustainable patterns and gradients. The method is validated in different biological systems by patterning adhesive ligands on cell-repellent surfaces, thereby constraining the growth and migration of cells to the designated areas. We then implement a sequential photopatterning approach by adding a second switchable patterning step, allowing for spatiotemporal control over two distinct surface patterns. As a proof of concept, we reconstruct the dynamics of the tip/stalk cell switch during angiogenesis. Our results show that the spatiotemporal control provided by our “sequential photopatterning” system is essential for mimicking dynamic biological processes and that our innovative approach has great potential for further applications in cell science.
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2021-08-04
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ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Acknowledgement
We would like to thank Charlott Leu for the production of our chromium wafers, Louise Ritter for her contribution of the IF stainings in Figure 4, Shokoufeh Teymouri for her help with the Bioinert coated slides, and finally Prof. Dr. Joachim Rädler for his valuable scientific guidance.
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13
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30
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35545–35560
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Zisis T, Schwarz J, Balles M, et al. Sequential and switchable patterning for studying cellular processes under spatiotemporal control. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 2021;13(30):35545–35560. doi:10.1021/acsami.1c09850
Zisis, T., Schwarz, J., Balles, M., Kretschmer, M., Nemethova, M., Chait, R. P., … Zahler, S. (2021). Sequential and switchable patterning for studying cellular processes under spatiotemporal control. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. American Chemical Society. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.1c09850
Zisis, Themistoklis, Jan Schwarz, Miriam Balles, Maibritt Kretschmer, Maria Nemethova, Remy P Chait, Robert Hauschild, et al. “Sequential and Switchable Patterning for Studying Cellular Processes under Spatiotemporal Control.” ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. American Chemical Society, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.1c09850.
T. Zisis et al., “Sequential and switchable patterning for studying cellular processes under spatiotemporal control,” ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 13, no. 30. American Chemical Society, pp. 35545–35560, 2021.
Zisis T, Schwarz J, Balles M, Kretschmer M, Nemethova M, Chait RP, Hauschild R, Lange J, Guet CC, Sixt MK, Zahler S. 2021. Sequential and switchable patterning for studying cellular processes under spatiotemporal control. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 13(30), 35545–35560.
Zisis, Themistoklis, et al. “Sequential and Switchable Patterning for Studying Cellular Processes under Spatiotemporal Control.” ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 13, no. 30, American Chemical Society, 2021, pp. 35545–35560, doi:10.1021/acsami.1c09850.
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