Curved Culture Surfaces
Curved surfaces improve muscle cell alignment
Newcastle University, United Kingdom
Who: Ricardo Gouveia, Postdoctoral scholar
When: 2018 – 2020
Institutes: Newcastle University, United Kingdom
Supervisors: Che Connon, professor of tissue engineering at Newcastle University
Ricardo is testing the use of curved surfaces to culture myoblasts, which may encourage the cells to self-organize into the structure of muscle. This could be a simple and cost-effective way to form muscle tissues that have the natural texture of meat.
Current strategies to create the intricate texture of meat rely on costly setups with limited ability to scale. Ricardo’s strategy is a simple and cheap way to control the alignment of muscle cells.
Ricardo’s work led to an open access publication in Advanced Sciences, “Milliscale Substrate Curvature Promotes Myoblast Self-Organization and Differentiation”. This study found that curved surfaces, compared to flat (or planar) surfaces, promoted myoblast differentiation and alignment. As a result, the tissues produced on curved surfaces were more dense and similar in structure to muscle. This study supports curved surfaces as an inexpensive tool to scale cultured meat production. The results of this project inspired Ricardo’s second project on macromolecular crowding.
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