Rho kinase regulation of fibroblast migratory mechanics in fibrillar collagen matrices

Chengxin Zhou, W. Matthew Petroll

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Abstract

Migration of activated corneal fibroblasts plays an important role in matrix patterning during embryonic development and wound repopulation following injury or refractive surgery. In this study, we investigate the role of Rho kinase in regulating fibroblast migration mechanics, by modifying a previously described nested collagen matrix model to facilitate dynamic imaging of cell-matrix interactions. Human corneal fibroblasts were cultured in nested matrices with media containing either 1% fetal bovine serum (FBS), or 1% FBS plus the Rho kinase inhibitor Y-27632. Time-lapse DIC imaging of cell and extracellular matrix (ECM) movements was performed for up to 72 h. In addition, static confocal imaging was used to assess 3-D cell morphology and local matrix reorganization. In 1% FBS, significant tractional forces were generated during migration, as indicated by inward displacement and reorganization of collagen in front of cells. When Rho kinase was inhibited, cells became more elongated, and extended dendritic processes into the outer matrix. Interestingly, these dendritic cells were still able to generate tractional forces at their leading edge, whereas cell translocation was substantially reduced. Overall, the data suggests that Rho kinase impacts 3-D fibroblast migration by affecting morphology, polarization, and mechanical coordination between the leading and trailing edges of cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)76-83
Number of pages8
JournalCellular and Molecular Bioengineering
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2010

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Fibrillar Collagens
rho-Associated Kinases
Collagen
Fibroblasts
Mechanics
Cell
Migration
Imaging techniques
Imaging
Dacarbazine
Serum
Time-Lapse Imaging
Refractive Surgical Procedures
3D
Somatostatin-Secreting Cells
Surgery
Wounds and Injuries
Dendritic Cells
Cell Communication
Embryonic Development

Keywords

  • Cell migration
  • Collagen matrix
  • Fibroblast
  • Rho kinase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Modeling and Simulation

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Rho kinase regulation of fibroblast migratory mechanics in fibrillar collagen matrices. / Zhou, Chengxin; Petroll, W. Matthew.

In: Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, Vol. 3, No. 1, 03.2010, p. 76-83.

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