Study of local hydrodynamic environment in cell-substrate adhesion using side-view μPIV technology

Yi Fu, Robert Francis Kunz, Jianhua Wu, Cheng Dong

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Abstract

Tumor cell adhesion to the endothelium under shear flow conditions is a critical step that results in circulation-mediated tumor metastasis. This study presents experimental and computational techniques for studying the local hydrodynamic environment around adherent cells and how local shear conditions affect cell-cell interactions on the endothelium in tumor cell adhesion. To study the local hydrodynamic profile around heterotypic adherent cells, a side-view flow chamber assay coupled with micro particle imaging velocimetry (μPIV) technique was developed, where interactions between leukocytes and tumor cells in the near-endothelial wall region and the local shear flow environment were characterized. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations were also used to obtain quantitative flow properties around those adherent cells. Results showed that cell dimension and relative cell-cell positions had strong influence on local shear rates. The velocity profile above leukocytes and tumor cells displayed very different patterns. Larger cell deformations led to less disturbance to the flow. Local shear rates above smaller cells were observed to be more affected by relative positions between two cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere30721
JournalPloS one
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 17 2012

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Rheology
Hydrodynamics
Cell Adhesion
Velocity measurement
hydrodynamics
adhesion
Tumors
Adhesion
image analysis
Technology
Imaging techniques
Substrates
Cell adhesion
Shear flow
shear stress
Shear deformation
cells
Cells
endothelium
cell adhesion

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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