Adhesion and Proliferation of Fibroblasts on Cluster-Assembled Nanostructured Carbon Films: The Role of Surface Morphology
We have investigated the influence on adhesion and proliferation of NIH 3T3 fibroblasts of the surface morphology of cluster assembled carbon films deposited by Supersonic Cluster Beam Deposition. Nanostructured carbon films exhibit a multi-scale morphology, which resembles the surface structure of the extracellular matrix, and possess a high specific area, while being relatively smooth at all scales. Correlations between measured morphological parameters and adaptive cell response have been brought out. High specific area and smoothness appear to conceivably favour both the early attachment of plated cells and the long-term survival of adherent cells. Moreover, nanostructured carbon films affect the cells morphology as well as the extension and the number of the focal contacts.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 01 December 2006
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