Matrices for Cell Culture – How to develop healthy attachment

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Answers by: Timothy Fawcett, Ph.D., Director, BioTechnical Institute of Marylandd (BTI)


According to the dictionary there are many definitions for the word matrix.  From my point of view the following three pertain to cell culture; 1)  a substance in which something is embedded or enclosed; 2) a situation or set of circumstances that allows or encourages the origin, development, or growth of something and; 3) the substance that exists between cells and from which tissue., for example, cartilage and bone, develops.

Many of the common cell types we use are robust and grow on cell culture treated plastic.  However there are many cell types that have difficulty attaching and/or spreading on cell culture treated plastic.  In other cases, cells may attach but not differentiate unless the attachment surface correct. To learn more about matrices or if you are using them and have questions, this Ask The Expert topic is your chance to learn more about attachment surfaces and the rationale for using them.

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How do matrices affect differentiation? Is there a way to control this?

Yes they do. One of the major reasons people use matrices is to maintain or promote differentiation. Years ago attachment was thought of as simply that…now we know attachment proteins in a cell contacting the proper matrix is a survival signal and a differentiation signal. Many of the different attachment proteins in a cell act […]» Read More

Respected Sir, I want to know that, above mentioned Matrices for Cell attachment are autoclavable? What concentration will be effective per square centimeters of surface area?

This is a difficult question to answer since it depends on the matrix you are using. Generally for things like collagen, laminin, fibronectin, poly-L-lysine or something like that, we use 0.1 mg/ml using for example, 2 mls for a 35 mm cell culture dish. I use sterile water to reconstitute and dilute, then I add […]» Read More

Respected sir , I am currently working on the stem cell research for the assessment of nano particles in Caprine Wharton’s jelly derived mesenchymal stem cells . Last month I take the sample from local abbatior and separate the whartons jelly and pour it in different patriplates after proper procedure and kept the plates in C02 Incubator after 15-20 days I observed the plate under microscope and cells were grown and were healthy and contamination free but there were not any attachment of cells. Sir please advise me and guide me what will be the problem. Thanking you Sir

Hello Sir. So, I need to tell the readers a bit of background to your question before I answer it. Caprine are related to animals of the subfamily Caprinae” (goat-antelope) and Whaton’s jellyi(from Wkipedia) is a gelatinous substance within the umbilical cord also present in vitreous humor of the eyeball, largely made up of mucopolysaccharides […]» Read More