Decellularised cartilage ECM culture coatings drive rapid and robust chondrogenic differentiation of human periosteal cells

Vas, Wollis J., Shah, Mittal ORCID logoORCID:, Roberts, Helen C. ORCID logoORCID: and Roberts, Scott J. (2022) Decellularised cartilage ECM culture coatings drive rapid and robust chondrogenic differentiation of human periosteal cells. Bioengineering, 9 (5) , e203. pp. 1-11. ISSN 2306-5354 [Article] (doi:10.3390/bioengineering9050203)

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The control of cell behaviour in an effort to create highly homogeneous cultures is becoming an area of intense research, both to elucidate fundamental biology and for regenerative applications. The extracellular matrix (ECM) controls many cellular processes in vivo, and as such is a rich source of cues that may be translated in vitro. Herein, we describe the creation of cell culture coatings from porcine decellularised hyaline cartilage through enzymatic digestion. Surprisingly, heat-mediated sterilisation created a coating with the capacity to rapidly and robustly induce chondrogenic differentiation of human periosteal cells. This differentiation was validated through the alteration of cell phenotype from a fibroblastic to a cuboidal/cobblestone chondrocyte-like appearance. Moreover, chondrogenic gene expression further supported this observation, where cells cultured on heat sterilised ECM-coated plastic displayed higher expression of COL2A1, ACAN and PRG4 (p 0.05) compared to non-coated plastic cultures. Interestingly, COL2A1 and ACAN expression in this context were sensitive to initial cell density; however, SOX9 expression appeared to be mainly driven by the coating independent of seeding density. The creation of a highly chondrogenic coating may provide a cost-effective solution for the differentiation and/or expansion of human chondrocytes aimed towards cartilage repair strategies.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article belongs to the Special Issue Extracellular Matrix in Musculoskeletal Regeneration
Keywords (uncontrolled): decellularised, extracellular matrix, chondrogenic differentiation, periosteum-derived cell
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Natural Sciences
Item ID: 35057
Notes on copyright: Copyright: © 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
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Date Deposited: 12 May 2022 09:29
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2022 12:42

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