Key Takeaway: Curved surfaces promote cell alignment and differentiation, and result in denser, more compact muscle tissue.
Research Topics: scaffold
Che J. Connan & Ricardo M. Gouveia propose the use of miliscale curved surfaces for improving myoblast migration, proliferation, orientation, and differentiation. The study used concave hemicircles 7.5–15 mm in diameter created from glass tubes, compared to planar glass scaffolds. Connan & Gouveia confirm that the curvature promotes myoblast differentiation and alignment. The tissues on the curved surfaces are also found to be more dense and compact. This study raises curved scaffolds as a possibility for cultured meat scaffold design, and it also provides clues to mechanisms of muscle tissue formation and healing.