A Novel 3D Scaffold for Cell Growth to Asses Electroporation Efficacy

Monica Dettin, Elisabetta Sieni, Annj Zamuner, Ramona Marino, Paolo Sgarbossa, Maria Lucibello, Anna Lisa Tosi, Flavio Keller, Luca Giovanni Campana, Emanuela Signori

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Tumor electroporation (EP) refers to the permeabilization of the cell membrane by means of short electric pulses thus allowing the potentiation of chemotherapeutic drugs. Standard plate adhesion 2D cell cultures can simulate the in vivo environment only partially due to lack of cell-cell interaction and extracellular matrix (ECM). In this study, we assessed a novel 3D scaffold for cell cultures based on hyaluronic acid and ionic-complementary self-assembling peptides (SAPs), by studying the growth patterns of two different breast carcinoma cell lines (HCC1569 and MDA-MB231). This 3D scaffold modulates cell shape and induces extracellular matrix deposit around cells. In the MDA-MB 231 cell line, it allows three-dimensional growth of structures known as spheroids, while in HCC1569 it achieves a cell organization similar to that observed in vivo. Interestingly, we were able to visualize the electroporation effect on the cells seeded in the new scaffold by means of standard propidium iodide assay and fluorescence microscopy. Thanks to the presence of cell-cell and cell-ECM interactions, the new 3D scaffold may represent a more reliable support for EP studies than 2D cancer cell cultures and may be used to test new EP-delivered drugs and novel EP protocols.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 19 2019


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