Establishing Planar cell polarity in in vitro system using multiphoton fabrication


Miss Razaghzadeh Bidgoli Mina

PhD candidate in the Mechanical Engineering Dept.

Date & Time

Thursday, 28 April 2022

1:30 am


Via Zoom


Birth defects including developmental abnormalities causes infant mortality and death of children. A leading mechanism which its disruption can cause sever birth defects is known as “planar cell polarity (PCP)”. PCP refers to polarization along the plane of a cell sheet; indeed, the asymmetric distributions of cells’ proteins can govern the coordinated direction and behaviour of a collective cells through cellular adhesion and cytoskeleton components. In vivo studies showed that Wnt molecules, as a large family of secreted proteins, act as important global cue for PCP orientation since they can bind to the Frizzled (Fz) receptor, a core PCP protein, in a gradient manner of distribution. However, there is currently no in vitro system to directly study the mechanism of PCP initialization. To directly evaluate the effect of Wnt molecules in a gradient manner on PCP establishment, we want to engineer a synthetic platform using multiphoton microfabrication technology which has been established in our lab. Our primary results showed that a gradient concentration of Wnt5a molecules can be immobilized on the fabricated patterns. In this presentation, fabrication of micropatterns and immobilization of gradient concentration of Wnt5a molecule in a controllable manner will be discussed.

Research Areas:

Biomedical Engineering

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