Jump to main content
Jump to site search

Issue 8, 2010
Previous Article Next Article

Deformation of stem cell nuclei by nanotopographical cues

Author affiliations


Cells sense cues in their surrounding microenvironment. These cues are converted into intracellular signals and transduced to the nucleus in order for the cell to respond and adapt its function. Within the nucleus, structural changes occur that ultimately lead to changes in the gene expression. In this study, we explore the structural changes of the nucleus of human mesenchymal stem cells as an effect of topographical cues. We use a controlled nanotopography to drive shape changes to the cell nucleus, and measure the changes with both fluorescence microscopy and a novel light scattering technique. The nucleus changes shape dramatically in response to the nanotopography, and in a manner dependent on the mechanical properties of the substrate. The kinetics of the nuclear deformation follows an unexpected trajectory. As opposed to a gradual shape change in response to the topography, once the cytoskeleton attains an aligned and elongation morphology on the time scale of several hours, the nucleus changes shape rapidly and intensely.

Graphical abstract: Deformation of stem cell nuclei by nanotopographical cues

Back to tab navigation

Supplementary files

Publication details

The article was received on 23 Oct 2009, accepted on 14 Jan 2010 and first published on 19 Feb 2010

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B921206J
Soft Matter, 2010,6, 1675-1681

  •   Request permissions

    Deformation of stem cell nuclei by nanotopographical cues

    K. J. Chalut, K. Kulangara, M. G. Giacomelli, A. Wax and K. W. Leong, Soft Matter, 2010, 6, 1675
    DOI: 10.1039/B921206J

Search articles by author